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Old 08-01-2012, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
A friend and I went to Eugene to just to go to thrift stores without the hubby's!! Since I've been wanting a cheep machine that I didn't feel like I could ruin I figured $9.99 was cheep enough. Have now seen one of these mentioned on here before but that could mean I just forgot!! After I carried the HEAVY thing to the counter she only charged me $8.00 and some change. (Senior discount) I had plugged it in at the store and it ran. After getting home I noticed it had had a Singer foot peddle put on it. That is plastic so I knew it wasn't the one that came with the machine.

The writing is in fancy lettering and as near as I can figure out it says
RH Macy & Co
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New York

On the end of the arm it says " The Eldredge Rotary Manufactured by National Sewing Machine Co. Belvidene, Ill.

Now Charlee, you told me once what the feet we called for my "New Home" and this has the same kind. Please tell me again so I can write it down this time and then I can forget where I put it!!!

Got to find a needle for it (I hope) and see if I can figure out how to thread it. Then if it works will try to sweet talk hubby to build a case for it.

If any of you know anything about this machine please let me know.
Nice machine Margie!! I'm not sure what you want to know about the feet? Are you talking about "top clamp"? Did you check to see if the feet I sent for the New Home would fit this one?
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:07 PM
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I think Nancy has that Morse. Hey, Nancy.....!!
Hey, I have been off for a week and look at you guys! Geeze! I have several pages of catching up to read!

Nope I don't have that Morse anymore! It was one I sold at the Community Yard sale for $40 last week! Very nice Japanese 15 - great machine - I just had to thin out my machines so it was one that I thinned! I have sold or given away 7 machines in the last month - only gained one! I am down to around 50 machines - give or take a couple! Now I can look for more of the ones I really really like!

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by miriam View Post
I think I have another 401A, a 403, a 411G, a 401G and a very bad 500. I need to get rid of all but the 403 and the 401G. I have way too many machines. I think I have 3 301s - those gotta go. Way too many clones and Kenmores. I like fixing them... after that I'm done for the most part. Sort of like Sudoku - do the puzzle and then go do another puzzle.
Miriam, I am very sorry to hear about your shoulder! Are you sure it is not a rotator cuff problem? I thought I had dislocated my shoulder and it turns out I have two small tears in the shoulder - this is from a very large/fractious horse who use to pull me off my feet when I did ground work with him!

Anyway, you said you have 3 301's. Are any of them the two tone?

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Nice machine Margie!! I'm not sure what you want to know about the feet? Are you talking about "top clamp"? Did you check to see if the feet I sent for the New Home would fit this one?
Yes Charlee it was "top clamp" and I did try one of those and also the regular foot for the New Home and they won't work. Just a tad bit to narrow so now I guess I need to remember a new name huh???

As for finding a cheep machine I felt like I could take apart---not going to happen!!! I've played with it this evening, found a needle and then got brave and stepped on the peddle. It took off like it was going to the races. Had to play with the tension and by the time I got that adjusted I had the foot peddle figured out and could slow it down quite a bit. So no taking this one apart either. The only thing is you can't lower the feed dogs to quilt, but if it is like my Huskystar I can quilt on it with them up. Now I will need to figure out some kind of a base for it. I remember a post on here someplace where someone had built a bottom to put one in. Will need to see if I can find that and then find a place to put this exciting find! Thanks Charlee and if these new feet have a name let me know because they are different.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
Yes Charlee it was "top clamp" and I did try one of those and also the regular foot for the New Home and they won't work. Just a tad bit to narrow so now I guess I need to remember a new name huh???

As for finding a cheep machine I felt like I could take apart---not going to happen!!! I've played with it this evening, found a needle and then got brave and stepped on the peddle. It took off like it was going to the races. Had to play with the tension and by the time I got that adjusted I had the foot peddle figured out and could slow it down quite a bit. So no taking this one apart either. The only thing is you can't lower the feed dogs to quilt, but if it is like my Huskystar I can quilt on it with them up. Now I will need to figure out some kind of a base for it. I remember a post on here someplace where someone had built a bottom to put one in. Will need to see if I can find that and then find a place to put this exciting find! Thanks Charlee and if these new feet have a name let me know because they are different.
I wish you lived close - I have 4 or 5 tables that will fit that machine. Does the wheel turn back when you run it?
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Miriam, I am very sorry to hear about your shoulder! Are you sure it is not a rotator cuff problem? I thought I had dislocated my shoulder and it turns out I have two small tears in the shoulder - this is from a very large/fractious horse who use to pull me off my feet when I did ground work with him!

Anyway, you said you have 3 301's. Are any of them the two tone?

Nancy
The shoulder is a bit of everything - the chiropractor put it back but there is still some pain - I've had it massaged and iced, Tiger Balm, Arnica, Biofreeze and I take Ribose - but I keep using it wrong. lifting at work, GKs yanking on it, heavy sewing machines, Gks climbing, everyday activities, GKs.... pulling heavy carts at work...
I have (3) 301s. A mocha long bed and a mocha short bed and a very nice 2 tone. The long bed is in a case the other two have cradles. My sister has 2 or 3 too - I think she got a couple black. I'm not keeping mine. I like my clone better.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
Yes Charlee it was "top clamp" and I did try one of those and also the regular foot for the New Home and they won't work. Just a tad bit to narrow so now I guess I need to remember a new name huh???

As for finding a cheep machine I felt like I could take apart---not going to happen!!! I've played with it this evening, found a needle and then got brave and stepped on the peddle. It took off like it was going to the races. Had to play with the tension and by the time I got that adjusted I had the foot peddle figured out and could slow it down quite a bit. So no taking this one apart either. The only thing is you can't lower the feed dogs to quilt, but if it is like my Huskystar I can quilt on it with them up. Now I will need to figure out some kind of a base for it. I remember a post on here someplace where someone had built a bottom to put one in. Will need to see if I can find that and then find a place to put this exciting find! Thanks Charlee and if these new feet have a name let me know because they are different.
Margie, they're still a top clamp attachment, but according to Charlene Phillips in her "The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook", there are 16 different sizes of top clamp attachments. Do you have at least one foot that you can measure for me? I might have some here...
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Originally Posted by miriam View Post
I wish you lived close - I have 4 or 5 tables that will fit that machine. Does the wheel turn back when you run it?
In a lot of ways it would be nice if you lived closer BUT then I bet I would really be in hot water and need a bigger house. LOL Is there a picture of the table someplace so I know what to keep my eyes open for. Also I don't know what you mean by the "wheel turn back when I run it"? The stitch size lever does push up for reverse if that is what you are asking but something tells me that is not what you are saying!
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
Margie, they're still a top clamp attachment, but according to Charlene Phillips in her "The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook", there are 16 different sizes of top clamp attachments. Do you have at least one foot that you can measure for me? I might have some here...
I googled the Attachment Handbook and that looks like an interesting book what I got to see of it. I have the regular foot that came with it ( a perfect 1/4 inch which will be nice to quilt with) and I have tried with the tape measure but it is very very close. Need to wait till other half gets up so I can use his reloading thingy to measure it for sure, but on my tape measure it looks like it is just about 1/32 bigger than the New Home.
Also it is not as deep or it doesn't slide in as far. Clear as mud right???

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Old 08-02-2012, 08:01 AM
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OK Charlee he measured them and they are so close that even with the magnifying glass we neither one can read the marks (and he just got new glasses) But the depth of each one is different. New Home depth is 3/8 and the Macy is 5/16. Don't go to to much work to figure this out because I will probably only use it for quilting. Would love to do FMQing with it but I figure there is not a foot for doing that.
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