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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Miz Johnny who made the case for you? It lools like a nice job of woodworking there. I am making one for my soon to be HC.
    glenn
    I was going to ask you the same thing? I like your Franken-machine!! :-D

    Ooooops....I see that you've already answered that. Does Cindy sell them on her website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Miz Johnny who made the case for you? It lools like a nice job of woodworking there. I am making one for my soon to be HC.
    glenn
    I was going to ask you the same thing? I like your Franken-machine!! :-D

    Ooooops....I see that you've already answered that. Does Cindy sell them on her website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Miz Johnny who made the case for you? It lools like a nice job of woodworking there. I am making one for my soon to be HC.
    glenn
    I was going to ask you the same thing? I like your Franken-machine!! :-D

    Ooooops....I see that you've already answered that. Does Cindy sell them on her website?
    She does. If they're not listed, just email and ask her.

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    I'm back working in the dungeon. (My basement. A hoarder's paradise.) I hate to throw anything away. Does anyone need a solid hand wheel? I have one handy, left over from a conversion. I'm sure I have more!

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    A cautionary tale: THIS is what happens when you have no self-control. I just bought this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...253D&viewitem=

    Isn't it slick??

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    Miz Johnny Yes slick is the perfect word for it! What a neat looking machine! Lucky you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    A cautionary tale: THIS is what happens when you have no self-control. I just bought this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...253D&viewitem=

    Isn't it slick??
    Beautiful machine! Congrats! If you don't have room you can mail it to me and I will take good care of it. :)

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    Happy Chinese New Years! To All!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    After restraining myself from bidding on a 201-2 on eBay I found one on Craigslist, last night!! I went to pick it up this morning. It was $75 and it came in a #71 Singer cabinet!!

    Not sure how much it weighs but man oh man----it's HEAVY!!
    Congrats! You are going to just love her. And see the machine found you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    OK--can't resist. I may have posted this before (short term memory loss), but have to again. Here's my FranKenKranKer--a New Home with adapter for repro Singer-type HC and a new base (not yet stained).
    Not shown is the latest adaptation--a spring that goes around the handwheel and to the bobbin winder, as this head started life as a treadle.
    Very cool looking machine Miz Johnny. Did you built the base for this machine, or is it a redone base? The whole thing really looks great!

    Oops, I see this already got answered! That is what I get for being in a quilting class all day then having 4 pages to read!
    Nancy

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    [quote=kwendt]
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
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    Okay guys... what about Tung oil. Yes? No?
    I used Formby's Tung Oil high gloss finish on my cabinets. I like the look. You can also use 100% Tung Oil that Lee Valley sells. I use that on my kitchen wooden counter top, works well.
    I get a lot of my stains and shellac from Lee Valley, I do not like Formby's and I really do not tung oil. It must be reaplied every year or so to keep the furniture looking good. Shellac provides a much better moisture barrier than tung oil. I do nodt think tung oil is bad I just think shellac is a better finish. Glenn
    Hum... okay. I guess it's a personal thing.. but if the one is a better moisture barrier, then that's a reasonable reason for me to choose that over the other. Meanwhile, when I got home this afternoon, one of the cats had thrown up on top of teak entertainment center. Can we say... nasty mess/nasty spot? <sigh> Tonight, I'll be fixing that. I love my cats, I love my cats, I'm not in Kansas anymore... I love my cats, I....
    I used the Tung oil on my older cabinets. I grew up sailing and my dad would use Tung oil on the tiller. I remember him sanding and applying many coats of Tung oil, and he could get away with this for a couple of years before he had to re-sand and apply again. I always like the look of the wood after the Tung oil has been applied. I use the 100% Tung oil on my butcher-block counter top, but I do have to reapply twice a year since I only apply two coats. I really don't care what one uses (Tung, Shellac, varnish) on the cabinet, as long as the cabinet doesn't fall apart. Guess you can tell I'm not into restoring, but I do hate to see a sad looking cabinet that was once gorgeous.

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    [quote=BoJangles]
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny


    Very cool looking machine Miz Johnny. Did you built the base for this machine, or is it a redone base? The whole thing really looks great!

    Oops, I see this already got answered! That is what I get for being in a quilting class all day then having 4 pages to read!
    Nancy
    I'm reading pages now too! What did you quilt/piece today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    A cautionary tale: THIS is what happens when you have no self-control. I just bought this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...253D&viewitem=

    Isn't it slick??
    Yes, it is slick! Miz Johnny I have never seen a machine with such skinny slide plates! How is the world will you change the shuttle? I just love this site! Everyday we all learn something new. I didn't know they made 1/2 size machines except for a few like the FW's?

    Nancy

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    [quote=Lostn51

    Oh by the way I have a fresh pot of coffee on and my wife baked a couple of her famous chocolate pies!!!

    Billy[/quote]

    I have my tea since I'm reading this at night, coffee is just in the morning for me. I made some brownies and have Italian Rum cake here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    http://modesto.craigslist.org/atq/2196572459.html

    I'm just curious about this machine & the price tag.
    Any comments?
    Minni ha ha???? for real?
    :D Minni ha ha for $1,000 !!!!
    Here is one that has beautiful decals and is only $50.
    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/cs...151965504.html

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    Here is another Minnehaha B. Much better price!

    Nancy

    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/cs...151965504.html

    Oops late on this one too. If I remember right someone here on the forum has a Minnehaha?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Yes, it is slick! Miz Johnny I have never seen a machine with such skinny slide plates! How is the world will you change the shuttle? I just love this site! Everyday we all learn something new. I didn't know they made 1/2 size machines except for a few like the FW's?

    Nancy
    This is a transverse shuttle machine, hence the skinny slide plates. It has an open shuttle; easy to change.

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    Here is something for you guys to play with. I have a love for Jigsaw puzzles and I am always buying any of them that have a quilting or a vintage sewing machine theme. Here is an online one that I think you all will enjoy.

    http://www.jigsaw-puzzles-free.com/J...wing%20Machine

    Billy

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    Billy, is there a machine re=assembly tute for after we've done the cleanup tute? Or do we just need to go backwards from the dis=assembly? Also what is the tute you're going to do using the 500a? And when will that be?

    Thanx. I think I'll be ready to put mine back together on Wed. But I can go backwards from the disassembly tute. I'll show photos when done.

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    Good morning all, or happy Super Bowl Day, you are killing me with gorgeous machines and full breakfasts (Tomilu) and coffee and chocolate pie (Billy) and tea and Italitian cake (Monica), now how is a girl suppose to watch her waist-line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    Is it possible for the novice, like me to purchase SERVICE/REPAIR manuals for the various machines, or only INSTRUCTION manuals? If so is there a good place? I haven't found any yet
    Thanx.
    All of my service manuals I picked up from Sewing repair shop buy outs, but you should be able to find the service manuals out there somewhere.
    Billy
    I have seen a couple on Ebay. But, I think that they were copies of the timing and wiring diagrams, not sure. There are folks out there who have found an original, make copies (either paper or CD) and then sell them on ebay. Not sure if that's actually legal or not. If Singer keeps up their copyrights, than it's not. Most people think that anything prior to 1923 is out of copyright, but that's not necessarily the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
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    Meanwhile, when I got home this afternoon, one of the cats had thrown up on top of teak entertainment center. Can we say... nasty mess/nasty spot? [/i]
    Teak is one of the woods that need oil to preserve the finish. If the cat stuff left a stain in the wood you can mix equal parts baking soda and corn starch with a little water to make a paste and put on the stain until removed. Then teak oil several times to even out the color. If not to bad you can just use cornstarch dry over the stain. I hope you are lucky and no staining. Glenn
    Glenn, you are such a wealth of info. I was lucky. I got to it in time. I used a mild paste cleanser and wiped it off. Let it dry, then used teak oil. It looks okay, a little lighter, but so faint you can hardly see it. I ended up oiling all the teak in the LR. What a job. But it needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    ] I love my cats, I love my cats, I'm not in Kansas anymore... I love my cats, I....
    You mean to tell me that you don't miss this lovely Kansas weather?????? Sure you don't want to come back for this week's snowfall???
    :roll:[/quote]

    LOL... I DO miss it! And if you'll be so kind as to make up another wonderful Kansas breakfast of bacon and eggs.... I'll troop right on over there and shovel your driveway! Gettin my boots on...... :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Thanks Miz Johnny I will check it out but I have a wood shop so will make my own or at lelast try to... Glenn
    Glenn, the Treadleon Workshop has directions on building display and handcrank machine bases. Blueprints and plenty of pics.

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    Anyone who ever gets a chance should attend a Ray White machine repair seminar. His web site has a listing of sites. We had him come to our town and it is not hard to do. You find a place, perhaps a LQS, for as cheap as you can and play host. You used to get a discount if so many came to the seminar. He also holds classes in MO, where he lives. He also brings lots of supplies and parts and sells them cheaper to students. Ray used to have a CD with lots of manuals on it. I don't know if he sells it on his website or not. Whitesewingmachine.com, I think.

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