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    I bought this off CL this weekend for $40. The year is 1959 and she was made in S.C. Do you think I got a good deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgray
    I bought this off CL this weekend for $40. The year is 1959 and she was made in S.C. Do you think I got a good deal.
    I would have bought it for that. Looks to be in good condition. Have you sewn with her yet?

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    Looks like a good deal to me. I would have bought it.

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    I'd have bought it! I absolutely covet a LBOW 301 or the 401. I'd have bought that one even for the cabinet, it looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    I'd have bought it! I absolutely covet a LBOW 301 or the 401. I'd have bought that one even for the cabinet, it looks good!
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgray
    I bought this off CL this weekend for $40. The year is 1959 and she was made in S.C. Do you think I got a good deal.
    Oh my Gosh! Is that a 301 in a cabinet? Yes, I definitely would have bought it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgray
    I bought this off CL this weekend for $40. The year is 1959 and she was made in S.C. Do you think I got a good deal.
    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
    You got the machine, cabinet and stool for $40.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll say you got a good deal :D :D :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I have two grandson and taught them to sew and one is showing interest in quilting. Look at the thread Ok guys lets show the ladies some of our quilts. It will give you a good idea of what I do in my spare time when I am not working on my 200 year old house. Glenn
    PS I agree grandmothers or grandfathers should teach the grandkids how to sew.
    Ok, I looked at the thread "Ok guys lets show the ladies some of our quilts." All 24 pages!

    Wow, I am blown away. Glenn your quilts are awesome. The Fan quilt closeup is just gorgeous on page 14. What is sitting in the middle of the foot pedal of your Redeye Treadle? Your embroidery work is also beautiful!

    Quilterken on page 17 - just so beautiful.

    And Billy all your quilts are so outstanding! I really like the Christmas Quilt for your wife!

    All the quilts on that thread are just so inspiring! How do you all have time to finish all those quilts! Especially you Billy, with all your other jobs!

    Nancy

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    Some of the Damascus cabinets are gorgeous with their ornate work. Do you own one of those gorgeous cabinets? I have never seen a Mason on my wanderings through vintage sewing blog land. I would still go with the Davis.[/quote]

    Yes, the Damascus cabinet is awesome. I had it as my avatar until recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgray
    I bought this off CL this weekend for $40. The year is 1959 and she was made in S.C. Do you think I got a good deal.
    Sewgray, You got an excellent deal! Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whenpigsfly
    Has anyone attended a TOGA (Treadle On Gathering and Academy)?

    If you're not familiar with them, check here
    http://www.treadleon.net/fleamarket/events.htm
    I have been to many. I go each year to the NC, TN, and Ohio TOGAs, and have been to the VA and MI ones as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    . . . I read today that someone used Oxy-clean for cleaning the bobbins and wheels. Has anyone heard of that? or used it?
    I have used it on bobbin winders that are encrusted with grease and dirt, and that I don't want to take apart to clean. It will eat the grease right off. I wouldn't leave anything in it very long, and I would only use it on metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
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    My Davis has the same bubbles and I have that cloudy look on my 66 after I cleaned it.
    I believe the bubbles have something to do with the finish on the machines. I rarely see a Davis with a good finish.

    The cloudy look is the shellac coating on the machine. It turns brown and cloudy when it gets water on it or is damaged in some other way. It must be completely removed and the head recoated with another finish. I have used TR-3 (time-consuming, but great) and have also removed the finish with Go-Jo and used Armour-All car wax (3 or 4 light coats) as a finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whenpigsfly
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    I belong to Treadle On.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I also belong to Treadle On.
    Have either of you been to TOGAs?
    If so....impressions?
    The standard joke is it's like a family reunion with people you actually like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63

    The seller have 100% rating, that's why I did bid on the machine. A lot of his items appear to be estate items, such as glass items, comic books and I did another sewing machine listed by this seller. I read the reviews which were good. I had no reason to think the machine would be in the condition I recieved it in.
    You have not mentioned the carrier. What service (PO, UPS, FedEx, etc.) did the shipping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Do you sew with your machines? Do you own Singer treadle? If you don't want another treadle because of lack of room, then the Wheeler and Wilson can fit into another Singer cabinet. The Davis is a different story. Seems Davis machines only fit into Davis cabinets and some older Davis only fit into older Davis cabinets. The Davis Vertical Feeds are that way from what I have read.

    . . . ..
    The Wheeler and Wilson machines are NOT the same bed size as Singer. The only WW style machine that will fit in a singer cabinet is the Singer 9W.
    Wheeler Wilson machines are a dream to sew on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    . . .
    My Davis has the same bubbles and I have that cloudy look on my 66 after I cleaned it.
    I believe the bubbles have something to do with the finish on the machines. I rarely see a Davis with a good finish.

    The cloudy look is the shellac coating on the machine. It turns brown and cloudy when it gets water on it or is damaged in some other way. It must be completely removed and the head recoated with another finish. I have used TR-3 (time-consuming, but great) and have also removed the finish with Go-Jo and used Armour-All car wax (3 or 4 light coats) as a finish.
    Did you work around the decals or did you go over the decals too? I don't want to mess up the decals....augh....that would break my heart. I did that with the Two Spools bed and cried at first. Then I equated it to the ups and downs of life; I told myself live and learn. This time I don't want to repeat that fiasco. I do want to clean the machine and give it a protective coat since I plan to use this machine. Thanks for responding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    So I have been researching old Singers, trying to educate myself so that I will know a RARE one when i see it at someone's garage sale... :mrgreen: I have run across a mention of two more, but there's not much written about them... (except perhaps at needle site, which I cannot access yet).

    One is a ??? 27? that has OWL decals. It's the decals that don't seem so common. Anyone know what approx. years/models they used these for? Is it indeed rare?

    The other one was mentioned as a floating bird detail/RAF decal. Some sort of model 15s but also on others too? Again, is it rare?

    What would you expect to pay for each one? Just a ball park figure... so I can file it away in my head JUST in case i'm as lucky as Jan at falling into wonderful deals/steals. lol
    The Owl decal is extremely rare; I've never seen one in the wild, and very few collectors own one. The RAF is more common, and comes up with some frequency. I have had at least 3 pass through my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    Miz Johnny, I'd love to live close enough to you to see your machines! I also have a 99K, but of course mine still has a cord attached. Your 99K looks great as a hand crank.

    Nancy
    I wish you lived close enough to come and take some HOME with you.
    I do! Any chance you have a 201? Preferably old enough to have a scroll plate.
    I have 201 electric, HC and treadle. And you'll pry them out of my cold, dead hands. . . . . .

    I spent 3 days at retreat, then came home to a---snow day. I've slept most of the morning, recuperating. I haven't even unloaded the car yet.
    I dropped off a parlor treadle in Nashville and sold a converted handcrank at retreat, so am down two, and ready to go to work moving stuff around again.
    Of course, I came home with more fabric (!), so have to find space for that as well. I only worked on one project while there. I made 90 blocks, cut them all apart, and. . . they were all wonky. I didn't cry, throw my scissors, or kick the machine, but was mighty disappointed. The blocks were made by making a simplified log cabin, sewing two together and cutting apart on the diagonal, so until the blocks were cut apart, I couldn't see my mistake. And I waited until I had them ALL done to start cutting apart because I wanted them done all at once. (I will NEVER do that again!!). I spent a lot of time ripping and resewing, but think I can save most of them. I finally put the ones I had done up on a design wall yesterday, which made me feel a little better!!
    Ah, well!
    So now I need to unpack the car and fondle the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63
    I received my Featherweight from Ebay. The motor was broke off and a piece was also broke off the bed. The Seller asked me to find out how much it cost to fix it. He said it must have got damaged during shipping. I sent Billy a PM. Here are the pictures.
    So sorry to hear that your new machine has such trouble. Since you got it on ebay, you can file a claim for the machine, or get the seller to take it back and start over. It will be cheaper than looking for white parts and a motor. A motor is easily changed out, even repainted and authentic ones in black go for around $50., sometimes even less. The repair on the mounting bracket is the costly item. here. I sell machines all the time on ebay and I can assure you, I have never had one arrive in such terrible condition. Packing correctly eliminates most problems, in all my experiences I have had exactly 1 machine arrive with a problem, it was a bent spool pin easily remedied. :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    I spent a lot of time ripping and resewing, but think I can save most of them. I finally put the ones I had done up on a design wall yesterday, which made me feel a little better!!
    .

    Please show us!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by whenpigsfly
    Has anyone attended a TOGA
    I have been to many. I go each year to the NC, TN, and Ohio TOGAs, and have been to the VA and MI ones as well.

    Of those, which would you recommend if someone could only attend one (and add NH to the mix if you know anything about it)?

    Any plans to attend the new one in Texas this year?

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    I'll enjoy it ALL! Just hope I know how to use the site. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    . . .
    My Davis has the same bubbles and I have that cloudy look on my 66 after I cleaned it.
    I believe the bubbles have something to do with the finish on the machines. I rarely see a Davis with a good finish.

    The cloudy look is the shellac coating on the machine. It turns brown and cloudy when it gets water on it or is damaged in some other way. It must be completely removed and the head recoated with another finish. I have used TR-3 (time-consuming, but great) and have also removed the finish with Go-Jo and used Armour-All car wax (3 or 4 light coats) as a finish.
    .

    Miz Johnny, I looked through your webshots and saw your National that you cleaned with GoJo and Armour-All. Very pretty machine!
    I guess I just need to get brave, start with a test area, and pray that all works well. :)

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    . . . ..[/quote]

    The Wheeler and Wilson machines are NOT the same bed size as Singer. The only WW style machine that will fit in a singer cabinet is the Singer 9W.
    Wheeler Wilson machines are a dream to sew on.[/quote]

    I was responding to another comment, Miz Johnny, lol. I wouldn't know what fits which. I appreciate the input and your knowledge.

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