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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny

    I started a quilt as you go (hand quilting) Log Cabin 25 or 30 years ago. Some day, I'm going to pull it out and finish it on the machine. Sure.
    I am not so sure about the hand quilting part!? But, I am sure you could do the finishing on the machine part! I'd love to see it.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I saw that machine last night and thought you were going to take it.
    Something tells me it will be yours.
    Well, Monica, it would be nice if you were here to go with me to see this machine. It is not in a good section of town from the zip code. I will have to wait until DH has time to go with me.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I saw that machine last night and thought you were going to take it.
    Something tells me it will be yours.
    Well, Monica, it would be nice if you were here to go with me to see this machine. It is not in a good section of town from the zip code. I will have to wait until DH has time to go with me.

    Nancy
    I would have gone with ya if I lived up there close by. In fact, I would like to get together with you and Penni one day. And anyone else that would like to meet in the East Bay or Valley area. Someone pick a spot.
    I turned down a great deal on a Wilcox and Gibbs that I saw for $75. It was in a nice treadle, but I didn't want the machine. The treadle was cute, but I do not have room for another (I'm sure Miz Johnny would say I have plenty of room).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    Thank you guys for the compliments! Quilt As You Go is a fun way to use your treadles or even the electric vintage machines. You are only working with one block at a time to quilt, but when I finish 4 blocks (the blocks are 17"s square), then you still have to do a little wrestling to attach them to the sashing. Not like trying to quilt a queen sized quilt, though, and wrestle the whole thing just to quilt it! I have done that many a time! The really neat thing about the way I did these blocks is your blocks don't have to all measure the exact same thing! When you use the back ground, attach it to all sides and put the blocks on point, wacky, then square each one up to 17 1/2"s, no one ever knows your blocks didn't all measure exactly 12 1/2 inches to start with! Love it!
    Nancy
    I really like the wacky/wonky-ness of it. It's a striking quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Anyone know if it's safe to remove the feed dogs on my new 201-2? I don't want to mess anything up but I see tons of lint and debris under there. I searched for the answer but couldn't find it.
    If you lower them, does that help. I just cleaned while up and then lower them and cleaned while dropped. I used toothpick or pin to get stuff out and took the shop vac to the spot.
    One of my favorite 'tool' for cleaning in hard to reach places are pipe cleaners. You can get them in all thicknesses. They help me out alot cause you can bend them to reach where you need to get and the little fibers on them grab lint like a magnet.

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    Beautiful Nancy. I want to learn how. Kathie

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    [quote=BoJangles]
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Y

    The really neat thing about this is that you can make a completely reversible quilt. Here I am using flannel on the back to make a comfort quilt, but I have done one completely reversible.

    Nancy
    Oh sorry about the pink, orange, and yellow stickies! I have to number the blocks to make sure they stay wacky!
    This is beautiful! I like this, very NICE!

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    There's a 501 - is that the Rocketeer? - wirh a case and attachments on ebay closing in few hours. It looks like it is going to go for less than $100. What a temptation! I think I'm going to turn the computer off until the machine is sold. Shipping is listed at $40, but that's expedited. Economy will be less.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=p5197.c0.m619

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    Vacuuming the inside. I have a Sharp hand held vacuum that I use for cleaning "inside" the machines. Once I put the crevice tool on, then I use duct tape to attach a drinking straw. Just make sure the duct tape leaves a bit of space so you don't get too much suction. I can slide that straw into just about any spot, even squeezing it a little to fit the tiny spots. By using a handheld vac, if I accidently suck up something important , there is only a small screen to clean to find it instead of going through a whole vacuum cleaner bag!

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    Well Kids this is a heads up that I am going to be having a big sale on some machines in the Sale section of the forum. It looks like I will have 6 or so machines and some manuals and accessories. Its going to be my clean out the studio and thin a bit of the collection out to make room for more machines of higher quality. But this will happen in a couple of weeks and I will post here after listing them in the proper area.

    Billy

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    My friend gave me a portable handcrank that someone gave her 20 years ago in England. She has just had it in storage. I was telling her about my treadle and she said she had an old machine she thought I would like, so she gave it to me! It is a SERATA serial #640765. I have been searching and haven't found anything yet. It has a beautiful wooden case with inlays. Not sure where to find info to date it or get parts. {she went to show me the extras inside the sliding wooden drawer and found that the bottom was missing. she has no idea which move it may have been lost in} I will download my pictures later tonight and post them soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I turned down a great deal on a Wilcox and Gibbs that I saw for $75. It was in a nice treadle, but I didn't want the machine. The treadle was cute, but I do not have room for another (I'm sure Miz Johnny would say I have plenty of room).
    If they're not stacked on top of each other and you're not tripping over them or climbing over them to get into bed, you have plenty of room.

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    [quote=Miz Johnny]
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles


    I started a quilt as you go (hand quilting) Log Cabin 25 or 30 years ago. Some day, I'm going to pull it out and finish it on the machine. Sure.
    I would just finish it on machine. I'm seeing more quilts that have handwork along with machine quilting to them. The quilter will use thicker threads for the handwork. I been thinking of doing some of that on my latest one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I turned down a great deal on a Wilcox and Gibbs that I saw for $75. It was in a nice treadle, but I didn't want the machine. The treadle was cute, but I do not have room for another (I'm sure Miz Johnny would say I have plenty of room).
    If they're not stacked on top of each other and you're not tripping over them or climbing over them to get into bed, you have plenty of room.
    Okay, now I picture you dancing around your machines! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Vacuuming the inside. I have a Sharp hand held vacuum that I use for cleaning "inside" the machines. Once I put the crevice tool on, then I use duct tape to attach a drinking straw. Just make sure the duct tape leaves a bit of space so you don't get too much suction. I can slide that straw into just about any spot, even squeezing it a little to fit the tiny spots. By using a handheld vac, if I accidently suck up something important , there is only a small screen to clean to find it instead of going through a whole vacuum cleaner bag!
    That is such a clever idea! My husband owns a Sharp hand held vac; I will try that next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    There's a 501 - is that the Rocketeer? - wirh a case and attachments on ebay closing in few hours. It looks like it is going to go for less than $100. What a temptation! I think I'm going to turn the computer off until the machine is sold. Shipping is listed at $40, but that's expedited. Economy will be less.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=p5197.c0.m619
    It's a shame it has an ouchie......what do you do when the decal is messed up like this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Well Kids this is a heads up that I am going to be having a big sale on some machines in the Sale section of the forum. It looks like I will have 6 or so machines and some manuals and accessories. Its going to be my clean out the studio and thin a bit of the collection out to make room for more machines of higher quality. But this will happen in a couple of weeks and I will post here after listing them in the proper area.

    Billy
    UHOH do we have to hit up a bank for this sale??

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    Donna Mare, That's not the machine I was considering. The one I was bidding on is a tan 501. It looks like a Rocketeer.

    The one you have pictures one has the look of one whose orignal owner tied fabric around the top to use as a pin cushion. Looks like water damage on the base, too.

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    Yes I will, when I have a chance to upload pics. I have several favorites, but on the lookout for a treadle with good decals. My g-grandmother's machine was pretty ugly when I got it, but I treasure it. I have some 15 clones that are cute-got 2 pink ones for Christmas, an Atlas and a Monarch. I actually like the stories behind mine as much as the machines. My family is quite enabling with this addiction, which is a double edged sword for sure. My younger daughter got me a glass singer oil bottle for Christmas, and is the source of my Davis Model D. Thanks for asking about the machines.
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    melinda1962, in case someome hasn't asked you yet, are you going to share pics of your machines? We always love to ooh and aah over the machines that find their way into our homes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Vacuuming the inside. I have a Sharp hand held vacuum that I use for cleaning "inside" the machines. Once I put the crevice tool on, then I use duct tape to attach a drinking straw. Just make sure the duct tape leaves a bit of space so you don't get too much suction. I can slide that straw into just about any spot, even squeezing it a little to fit the tiny spots. By using a handheld vac, if I accidently suck up something important , there is only a small screen to clean to find it instead of going through a whole vacuum cleaner bag!
    Awesome idea, I have one of little Shark hand helds. It would be perfect. I keep it in my shop where my LA is to clean out the tracks on my long table. Now I have another good use for the little vac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Vacuuming the inside. I have a Sharp hand held vacuum that I use for cleaning "inside" the machines. Once I put the crevice tool on, then I use duct tape to attach a drinking straw. Just make sure the duct tape leaves a bit of space so you don't get too much suction. I can slide that straw into just about any spot, even squeezing it a little to fit the tiny spots. By using a handheld vac, if I accidently suck up something important , there is only a small screen to clean to find it instead of going through a whole vacuum cleaner bag!
    That is a great idea!! I could use something like that to get into my dryer lint trap, also.

    I ended up taking the feed dogs off and cleaning under them that way. It was packed with lint. Everything is nice and clean now but I think I knocked the bobbin case out of whack :roll: just a tiny bit when I tried to remove it. I'll have to wait until the kids go to bed so I can concentrate better. Everyone is a little wild today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    There's a 501 - is that the Rocketeer? - wirh a case and attachments on ebay closing in few hours. It looks like it is going to go for less than $100. What a temptation! I think I'm going to turn the computer off until the machine is sold. Shipping is listed at $40, but that's expedited. Economy will be less.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=p5197.c0.m619
    That's a model 500. You should bid on it :wink: !! That's a really good price and it's a cool looking sewing machine. If you watch that auction, for the last few minutes before it ends, you may see the price rise very quickly, but you never know so put in a bid...LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Donna Mare, That's not the machine I was considering. The one I was bidding on is a tan 501. It looks like a Rocketeer.

    The one you have pictures one has the look of one whose orignal owner tied fabric around the top to use as a pin cushion. Looks like water damage on the base, too.
    Irish Rose, I saw the one you were bidding on. Nice, did you get it? I liked this one but have enough with issues. Shipping get crazy too. I was good, didn't buy one for a week Monday. Have enough to fix or have fixed now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Okay, now I picture you dancing around your machines! :)
    Pretty much. Anyone interested in a nice Two-Spool for $150 or a Jones parlor that is beyond description for $300? If I had the room, the Jones would be mine. Contact me for details. (They're not mine so I'm not plugging them, I just know where they are!!)

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    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.
    Thank you for the info I am going to look at this tonight. glenn

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