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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    What a great place to relax for awhile. I love old machines but only have my featherweight from GM to date. Fixed incomes ae just that....fixed. Big question! How do I get the musty odor out of the cabinet? I've tried everything I know of but no luck. HELP?

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    Ooo I just found this wonderful room ... have put you on my watch thread ... :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    So exactly where are we to find your new Shop? I really don't know what PDA is, I don't think I will ever learn what sall the abbreviations stand for!!
    Clem you are in it now, so just pull you up a stool and join in the conversation.

    Welcome my friend!!

    Billy
    Hello - This is exactly what I'm looking for! I just bought an old Singer last week from a thrift shop I volunteer at. I paid $50. for it, and when you plug it in it does run, although I haven't really got it figured out yet.

    The instruction manual says 1921, and it has a vibrating spindle bobbin, which I don't know anything about. I'd really like to see how she works, but don't quite know where to start.

    One of the members on this board gave me a website which tells how to change it to a handcrank, but I'm really not sure where to go from here.....

    I'd love to be part of this group. I'm sending a photo......
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    How fun to see everyone's machines! I will post a pic later of mine.

    So nice to see you set up shop, Billy! Now everyone can benefit from your answers to our questions. Thanks for a place to share the love of old machines. :thumbup:

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    grreat! I just bought a a kenmore sewing machine(non treadle) vintage 20's -30's but needs a lot of work looking for parts
    ceegee

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftsByRobin
    Ooo I just found this wonderful room ... have put you on my watch thread ... :D
    How do I do that?

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    May I come in and sit a spell? I take my coffee lite w/ cream and suger. I will supply the coffee cake or the cobblers.

    I don't have any of the Singer or other vintage machines of my dreams. As stated before, I am after a FW from 1955 and want a treadle from around the 1910 to 1920.

    I have my mom's 1963 Singer 603A slant top.

    Have my eye on a Franklin at the thrift store. It comes in a cabinet that will need some work. She wants $125 for it which I think is way too much for the condition it is in. It belonged to her aunt and so it has sentimental value. It's ok tho 'cuz I can't afford it anyway. Trying to watch my pennies for school tuition.

    Thanks for letting me sit a spell.
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    double post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuckninepatch
    Quote Originally Posted by CraftsByRobin
    Ooo I just found this wonderful room ... have put you on my watch thread ... :D
    How do I do that?
    at the top of the page on the left hand side, you will see two links ... a bookmark and a watch ...

    The watch allows me to get responses in the email, bookmark allows me to save it in the website's bookmarks, which I can access under the link at the top right hand of the screen called "My Bookmarks"

    hope that helps ...

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    Sorry, but I don't understand. Maybe I am dense! Where do I go to get into this neat corner shop you have created?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Hello All!!!!

    Welcome to the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.

    This is where anyone who has a vintage machine or has interest in vintage sewing machines are welcome and feel free to pull up a stool and sit a spell!!!! :D :D :D

    I want everyone to feel like they are family and do not be afraid to share knowledge with us. Remember this is OUR shop and I want it to be a wonderful place for us to step back into time and relive the "Golden Age" of sewing machines.

    As you can tell by the decor it is almost like you just stepped back into history sometime in the 50's and boy would you look at the machines and the store front! No modern cars out there!! We have the Doo Wop and Big Band playing in the background and unlike some places we have all sorts of machines here from treadles to the latest and greatest Japanese machines (I wonder if they will ever catch on) and of course we even have several FW's!!

    So now let the fun begin!!!

    Billy

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    I am so glad you started this. Maybe you can help with a treadle that has been sitting here for a couple of years. I did go to a yahoo group but no one answered my question.
    what I have is a Singer/New Family Model 12 dated 1876.
    I did get that off the Singer dating site.
    The pedal freezes up on me after it moves back and forth a few times. The machine moves fine and the pedal moves fine until I put the belt on. The the pedal will move back and forth maybe 3 times and freeze. I am sure it is the operator but I don't know what to do.
    As much as I would love to have a treadle I would rather use the room for one of my other machines that I can actually work.
    So if anyone can give me any hints I will take them. If not she will be up for sale. Living with my daughter I have very limited space. My sewing stuff isn't allowed in the rest of the house. Just my room and the little office space. I have a Kenmore 48 I would much rather put up in the cabinet in this space.
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    she isn't pretty but she is kinda cool looking
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    I just love the Redeye machines they are so pretty. But the ones with the sphinx is gorgeous. We just don't make things pretty anymore. I love my new Brother and wouldn't give it up but its not pretty. lol

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    Oma- your here dear. This is it.

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    Billy, what a great idea. I will be looking forward to this shop each morning. I drink tea though.

    I will try to post pictures later today. My sweet hubby drove me 3.5 hours north of our place to purchase a Featherweight. We went back 2 days later to get some specialty wood at the same home and I purchased 2 handcranks. One is a Jones Hand Machine as presented to HRH the Princess of Whales and the other is a Collier's No. 4. I found quite a bit of history on the Jones but am having trouble locating info on the Collier's. Found info on the Collier's No. 3. I just want more and haven't figured out exactly where else to go.

    My DH is planning to make a wooden case and stand for each one of them. I love it that my hubby enjoys this new adventure in collecting. The history one finds is terrific.

    Here's to you.

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    Okay I finally got the GoJo. I hope it is the right stuff. It is the original creme formula and it does not state Pumice anywhere on the jar. I also bought WD40 so now I have to hurry up and get this house ready for my SIL to move in with us (big sigh) and then I can fix up my Redeye! Saying I am anxious doesn't do it justice....LOL!

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    OK. I had a feeling I was in the right place, but not absolutely sure. Thank you so much for the reply.
    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    Oma- your here dear. This is it.

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    No1jan: I have a machine just like this one. It was my mothers and the first machine I ever sewed on. I am soon going to have a gentleman come to my house to clean oil and get it working again for me.

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    I wonder how many pages we have to show before they will sticky this at the top of the Main board? This thread definitely deserves to be stickied!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    I wonder how many pages we have to show before they will sticky this at the top of the Main board? This thread definitely deserves to be stickied!
    I agree, do you have to contact the Admin Billy? How does that work. Anyone have any ideas?

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    I think Admin or a moderator has to 'sticky' a topic to keep it at the top of the board...

    Or a lot of people use the thread, which would keep it at the top, also! ;)

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    Count me in!

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    I find myself getting "sucked in" to the vintage sewing machine world and loving it. My first vintage machine is my great grandmother's Singer treadle (no pictures yet) that dates to 1906.

    About a year ago, I acquired my little Featherweight from eBay. She's in great condition and dates to October 28. 1947. She's already pieced 6 quilts.

    My last acquisition is a Singer 15-88 (I think) that dates to 1956. The machine itself is in pretty good shape, but the cabinet was termite-ridden and had to be discarded.
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    Hi Billy
    I just bought "Louise" after seeing her advertised on Craigs List. She was a real bargain at $50 which included the cabinet, lots of attachments, 2 manuals and 40 assorted Singer needles. I emailed the Singer folks with the model and serial number to get a little more info on her. The lady I bought from said it was originally bought in 1948 by her great aunt. It says "Made in Canada" on the top of the head. I got a reply from Singer this morning and they said this machine was manufactured in Oct. of 1948 in Clydebank, Scotland. The Canada part means even more to me because my maternal grandmother came from Ontario.

    Now I have a question. I want to take her in for a checkup and have her nether regions cleaned and oiled. I got the head out of the cabinet with no problems but I can't figure out how to remove the foot control. In picture 2 you can see the hole where the cord runs through that small hole in the side of the machine bed. What do I do next?? Help
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    [quote=hulahoop1]I find myself getting "sucked in" to the vintage sewing machine world and loving it. quote]

    I know what you mean. I like your machines.

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    Billy i don't know if you want to see all the machines i have ! I have about 15 or 16. I have a Kenmore, White, Rex, A Vogue-stitch, a Singer serger, and a Brother ( but we won't talk about that one i don't like it !) The rest are vintage Singers From 1910-1950's and 60's! Plus my husband does upholstery and has a Consew 225, 226, and a 226 Long Arm which is 36 inches long! He also has a Juki LU 562, and his dad's Singer 111w-155 from 1950. We like sewing machines can you tell! hee hee!

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