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    I wanted to thank the folks for their input when I was considering two vintage machines. I really liked both for different reasons and ended up getting both of them.

    The Singer is home, I am very pleased with it. I will replace the wire to the foot control since it is rather brittle. Otherwise nothing needs to be done to it.

    I will pick up the Standard Rotary Treadle sometime this week. It runs beautifully and has all the original attachments, and original operating manual. Most likely around 100 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    He was asking 75 but if I pick it up 65. What do you think?? LOL!

    I would be picking up that machine after work tomorrow, cleaning it in the evening (at my kitchen table if it is too cold outside in the garage) and this weekend just to get it cleaned up to use. No, waiting until spring for me. In fact, it would have already been in my house by now! :) eeks, go get that machine girl!
    I agree with Vintagemotif, she told me about my new featherweight and Davis and I had them both within a day! I'd already have that Davis at home! And, he is already is the ball park on price, I wouldn't haggle too much!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondrose

    The Singer is home, I am very pleased with it. I will replace the wire to the foot control since it is rather brittle. Otherwise nothing needs to be done to it.

    I will pick up the Standard Rotary Treadle sometime this week. It runs beautifully and has all the original attachments, and original operating manual. Most likely around 100 years old.
    I can't wait to see the pictures!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
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    Billy - weren't you once interested in a vintage longarm?

    http://spokane.craigslist.org/atq/2140209464.html
    Dunster, Are you looking for a vintage longarm? You got to get a vintage one!
    Ok I looked up that number and there is no D200AA listed under Singer's serial numbers? So how old is that machine? I only found one Model 19 under the serial numbers beginning with a D and it was a 1908, which we know this machine is not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whenpigsfly
    (OK! File this under Dumb Questions!) Those of you who use hand cranks... do you crank the whole time? Or crank and "coast"? I can't figure out how to maintain control of the fabric with both hands AND power the machine!
    LOL and LOL some more! Everyone of us went through this! I couldn't for the life of me figure out how anyone could treadle and sew a straight line -- I couldn't -- much less hand crank and sew a straight line with one hand! But, low and behold, I learned how and I love doing thread play and FMQing with my treadles! You just have to practice practice and practice some more -- it is really a lot of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    LOL and LOL some more! Everyone of us went through this! I couldn't for the life of me figure out how anyone could treadle and sew a straight line -- I couldn't -- much less hand crank and sew a straight line with one hand! But, low and behold, I learned how and I love doing thread play and FMQing with my treadles! You just have to practice practice and practice some more -- it is really a lot of fun!

    Nancy
    Working with a treadle ... I understand that 'cause my grandmother let me practice (two-handed) years ago on her machine. But I just tried sewing one-handed (slowly) on the electric and had to stop every inch or so to get back on course! I'm too old to cope with a very steep learning curve!

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    ok, I keep hearing about FMQ on treadles... just got my first one today, pics a couple pages back... HOW do you do that? I learned on a treadle a looong time ago, gramma taught me when I was little... but i only did simple little projects, like doll clothes, using up her scraps for dolly blankies, dog tug-o-war toys, and then progressed to making a sundress when I was about 12... How do you do FMQ on these babies? That seems like my old bones would jostle outta whack? (I'm seeing disco dancing in my seat as a better visual haa haa)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric whisperer
    alright, I've been bitten by the bug, and it's contagious! I found this on CL today, and it reminds me sooo much of the one I learned on! Billy, any history you can give me?!? Serial #H149696 (user's book is dated 1921). It appears to just be very very dirty, and the drive cable is snapped, but all seems to move fairly smoothly! I've attached a pic of the toys I got with the machine:
    Okay sorry its taking me so long to get back to everyone because
    I am back working again in the studio!!

    Your machine is a model 27 (bobbin winder is mounted low) and it was allotted on February 6 1906 with 60,000 of them allotted. You are right it has the Tiffany Gingerbread decals on it. For what decals that are left on the machine they are in really nice condition.

    The cabinet that you have is the top of the line treadle cabinet offered before the Parlor and Drawing Room cabinets. I have always loved the ornamental work on the drawers. You definitely have a real nice sewing machine and you did really good on the price!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric whisperer
    ok, I keep hearing about FMQ on treadles... just got my first one today, pics a couple pages back... HOW do you do that? I learned on a treadle a looong time ago, gramma taught me when I was little... but i only did simple little projects, like doll clothes, using up her scraps for dolly blankies, dog tug-o-war toys, and then progressed to making a sundress when I was about 12... How do you do FMQ on these babies? That seems like my old bones would jostle outta whack? (I'm seeing disco dancing in my seat as a better visual haa haa)
    That machine would be hard to FMQ on but it is possible if you put a card or something over the feed dogs and take the tension off of the presserfoot and you should be able to do it. I use a model 15 to FMQ on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Billy - weren't you once interested in a vintage longarm?

    http://spokane.craigslist.org/atq/2140209464.html
    Dunster, Are you looking for a vintage longarm? You got to get a vintage one!
    Ok I looked up that number and there is no D200AA listed under Singer's serial numbers? So how old is that machine? I only found one Model 19 under the serial numbers beginning with a D and it was a 1908, which we know this machine is not?

    Nancy
    I think it is a lot newer than what the date says it is. And I think he is missing some numbers.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric whisperer
    ok, I keep hearing about FMQ on treadles... just got my first one today, pics a couple pages back... HOW do you do that? I learned on a treadle a looong time ago, gramma taught me when I was little... but i only did simple little projects, like doll clothes, using up her scraps for dolly blankies, dog tug-o-war toys, and then progressed to making a sundress when I was about 12... How do you do FMQ on these babies? That seems like my old bones would jostle outta whack? (I'm seeing disco dancing in my seat as a better visual haa haa)
    I FMQ with a Singer 15-88 treadle that I can drop the feed dogs on! When I use my 66 or 127 or Wheeler/Wilson I do stitch in the ditch and straight line stuff!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric whisperer
    ok, I keep hearing about FMQ on treadles... just got my first one today, pics a couple pages back... HOW do you do that? I learned on a treadle a looong time ago, gramma taught me when I was little... but i only did simple little projects, like doll clothes, using up her scraps for dolly blankies, dog tug-o-war toys, and then progressed to making a sundress when I was about 12... How do you do FMQ on these babies? That seems like my old bones would jostle outta whack? (I'm seeing disco dancing in my seat as a better visual haa haa)
    Fabric Whisperer, Your cabinet is gorgeous and I love the ornate face plate on your machine. I wouldn't even try to FMQ on this machine. I would just use it for piecing. Please post pics after you have cleaned up this pretty lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    He was asking 75 but if I pick it up 65. What do you think?? LOL!

    I would be picking up that machine after work tomorrow, cleaning it in the evening (at my kitchen table if it is too cold outside in the garage) and this weekend just to get it cleaned up to use. No, waiting until spring for me. In fact, it would have already been in my house by now! :) eeks, go get that machine girl!
    I agree with Vintagemotif, she told me about my new featherweight and Davis and I had them both within a day! I'd already have that Davis at home! And, he is already is the ball park on price, I wouldn't haggle too much!

    Nancy
    I e-mailed him to set up a time on Saturday to pick it up! Also, discussed this with DH and while not thrilled, didn't argue other than to say "can you haggle the price with him?" I told him I already had! LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Fabric Whisperer, Your cabinet is gorgeous and I love the ornate face plate on your machine. I wouldn't even try to FMQ on this machine. I would just use it for piecing. Please post pics after you have cleaned up this pretty lady.
    I will, I am thinking of just doing a dustbunny cleanup and adding a new belt ~ get her running, do a quick lapquilt with DD (she is already raiding the stash, she's so excited)... then when the weather warms in spring, we can move it to the porch for complete teardown... that way we may get her up and running for a little while :) worth a try!

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    Link to tutes on page 442 of this topic.

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    I found a Domestic electric portable with nice case and pristine pansy decals. The decals are in more than excellent shape. The only number I could find on the machine was 2X5748 and a patent date of 1920 on the shuttle plate. They wanted $30 for it but I did not try out the motor. I figured it could always be converted to a hand crank or treadle. What do you think, is it worth the $30? It sure was pretty, had a manual, shuttle, bobbins and extra feet. I'd also like to know a little more about the machine but could not find anything on the web.

    Thanks!

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    Billy, did you see the post on my 306k? I don't know what he did but I don't have to use special needles anymore. That's a good thing, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redpurselady
    I found a Domestic electric portable with nice case and pristine pansy decals. The decals are in more than excellent shape. The only number I could find on the machine was 2X5748 and a patent date of 1920 on the shuttle plate. They wanted $30 for it but I did not try out the motor. I figured it could always be converted to a hand crank or treadle. What do you think, is it worth the $30? It sure was pretty, had a manual, shuttle, bobbins and extra feet. I'd also like to know a little more about the machine but could not find anything on the web.

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    Get it!! That is a give me price for that machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Billy, did you see the post on my 306k? I don't know what he did but I don't have to use special needles anymore. That's a good thing, huh?
    You sure he didnt alter anything? I think that its wonderful that you can use the 15x1 needles with the machine. Usually you have to whittle a little on the bobbin case and then your good. But what ever he did I am tickled pink that you dont have to buy the high dollar needles anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Billy, did you see the post on my 306k? I don't know what he did but I don't have to use special needles anymore. That's a good thing, huh?
    You sure he didnt alter anything? I think that its wonderful that you can use the 15x1 needles with the machine. Usually you have to whittle a little on the bobbin case and then your good. But what ever he did I am tickled pink that you dont have to buy the high dollar needles anymore.

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    All he did was time the machine after my DH messed it up and adjusted the feed dogs. He didn't dink with the bobbin case at all. I should have asked him more questions but they were so busy. He did mention the only difference in needles was the length from the eye but he lost me on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    All he did was time the machine after my DH messed it up and adjusted the feed dogs. He didn't dink with the bobbin case at all. I should have asked him more questions but they were so busy. He did mention the only difference in needles was the length from the eye but he lost me on that one.
    It might have had the bobbin case already altered or there is another case that will work on the machine (an industrial I think) that will allow you to run the 15x1's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by redpurselady
    I found a Domestic electric portable with nice case and pristine pansy decals. The decals are in more than excellent shape. The only number I could find on the machine was 2X5748 and a patent date of 1920 on the shuttle plate. They wanted $30 for it but I did not try out the motor. I figured it could always be converted to a hand crank or treadle. What do you think, is it worth the $30? It sure was pretty, had a manual, shuttle, bobbins and extra feet. I'd also like to know a little more about the machine but could not find anything on the web.

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    Get it!! That is a give me price for that machine.

    Billy
    I called the Husqvarna/White 800 number and it is a 2X model and manufactured in 1936 in Cleveland. You convinced me - I'll try and pick it up tonight if it is still there. I can't imagine why it would be so cheap, except that maybe the motor is shot. It is in beautiful shape cosmetically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    He was asking 75 but if I pick it up 65. What do you think?? LOL!

    I would be picking up that machine after work tomorrow, cleaning it in the evening (at my kitchen table if it is too cold outside in the garage) and this weekend just to get it cleaned up to use. No, waiting until spring for me. In fact, it would have already been in my house by now! :) eeks, go get that machine girl!
    I agree with Vintagemotif, she told me about my new featherweight and Davis and I had them both within a day! I'd already have that Davis at home! And, he is already is the ball park on price, I wouldn't haggle too much!

    Nancy
    I e-mailed him to set up a time on Saturday to pick it up! Also, discussed this with DH and while not thrilled, didn't argue other than to say "can you haggle the price with him?" I told him I already had! LOL!!
    We made a date for Saturday at 1 PM! I'm pumped! Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    He was asking 75 but if I pick it up 65. What do you think?? LOL!

    I would be picking up that machine after work tomorrow, cleaning it in the evening (at my kitchen table if it is too cold outside in the garage) and this weekend just to get it cleaned up to use. No, waiting until spring for me. In fact, it would have already been in my house by now! :) eeks, go get that machine girl!
    I agree with Vintagemotif, she told me about my new featherweight and Davis and I had them both within a day! I'd already have that Davis at home! And, he is already is the ball park on price, I wouldn't haggle too much!

    Nancy
    I e-mailed him to set up a time on Saturday to pick it up! Also, discussed this with DH and while not thrilled, didn't argue other than to say "can you haggle the price with him?" I told him I already had! LOL!!
    We made a date for Saturday at 1 PM! I'm pumped! Can't wait!
    You should be! I don't see too many of these machines listed, lots of Singer's FWs, 15s, and 66s, but not this Davis. So, tell your DH that he is making a great investment. I purchased my Two Spools for $30 and a month later saw one sold on ebay for around $650. Just tell him, it can be sold later for more than you paid for it. Looking forward to photos!

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    Well we went and picked up our two new orphans today. One is a 1919 Red Eye and the other is a Davis Vertical Feed. I have a number that is on the bobbin plate of the VF which is 1088859, and the last date listed on the bobbin plate is May 12,1886. Don't know how to date the machine Nancy do you have any idea how to look it up. Both machines took right off sewing. The belt is broke on the VD but I tried it out just turning the wheel by hand. They are really dirty but I think will clean up nicely.

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