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    Check this site out for dating Domestic machines. I happened to bump into this site and was really interesting to see the machines on it.

    http://www.kelsew.info/Domestic/dome...lsnolinks.html

    The 3rd machine down is just like the one I have.

    Billy

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    Oh and this is for the Smithsonian website and their sewing machine information.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...wing-Machines/

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay kids (and Glenn :D ) I think I have found a supplier for the spoked handwheels for the handcrank conversions. You know that I am a stubborn person when it comes to buying quality parts for my customers and I think these handwheels will do the trick!

    So if the test subject works out like I think it will then I will be selling both the handcrank kits and the HC's by themselves.

    Billy
    Yeah Billy!

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    I just posted a fix for worn spots on cabinets that you may not want to completely refinish. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I just posted a fix for worn spots on cabinets that you may not want to completely refinish. Glenn
    I'm about 100 pages behind here....where did you post this fix at??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I just posted a fix for worn spots on cabinets that you may not want to completely refinish. Glenn
    I'm about 100 pages behind here....where did you post this fix at??
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-97670-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    1937 I think.
    Geeze are you sure? I thought the white FW's were made much later - like in the 60's. The first FW was introduced at the World's Fair in 1933 - only black at that time. That would be a very old machine for a white one? I have a white FW just like that, but mine is a 1964.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I just posted a fix for worn spots on cabinets that you may not want to completely refinish. Glenn
    I'm about 100 pages behind here....where did you post this fix at??
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-97670-1.htm
    Thank you Glenn, I bookmarked this page!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    1937 I think.
    Geeze are you sure? I thought the white FW's were made much later - like in the 60's. The first FW was introduced at the World's Fair in 1933 - only black at that time. That would be a very old machine for a white one? I have a white FW just like that, but mine is a 1964.

    Nancy
    I too thought they were later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Check this site out for dating Domestic machines. I happened to bump into this site and was really interesting to see the machines on it.

    http://www.kelsew.info/Domestic/dome...lsnolinks.html

    The 3rd machine down is just like the one I have.

    Billy
    Now, this confirms what I thought. All of those Domestic with the weird tension on top like my New Home T No 3 are either pre 1900 or very early 1900?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Check this site out for dating Domestic machines. I happened to bump into this site and was really interesting to see the machines on it.

    http://www.kelsew.info/Domestic/dome...lsnolinks.html

    The 3rd machine down is just like the one I have.

    Billy
    Really like the new machine. It looks like my pathfinder but I like the sape of the bed on yours much better. Maybe I will go look for a domestic. Glenn

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    I just wanted to cross post this here, as it may relate to some of you :)
    I am looking for an older Singer or similar all-metal machine. I am still fairly new to sewing and my very basic machine died on me. Hubby and I are tight on money so hoping to find a good used machine that will last and last. I heard the Singer models 301, 328, 401, 403, 500a, Slant-O-Matic, Rocketeer, etc are very good workhorse types. I am willing to pay for shipping and then some for the machine as well, but our budget is pretty limited. Please PM me :) Thank you for your time.
    Ashley

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    1937 I think.
    Geeze are you sure? I thought the white FW's were made much later - like in the 60's. The first FW was introduced at the World's Fair in 1933 - only black at that time. That would be a very old machine for a white one? I have a white FW just like that, but mine is a 1964.

    Nancy
    I too thought they were later.
    you are right, I didnt have my notes, and my memory aint what it used to be. It is a 64. My black FW is a 39. The 201 is a 37, and the 99 a 41. The red eye a 1915. Still working to date the Whites and Domestic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    1937 I think.
    Geeze are you sure? I thought the white FW's were made much later - like in the 60's. The first FW was introduced at the World's Fair in 1933 - only black at that time. That would be a very old machine for a white one? I have a white FW just like that, but mine is a 1964.

    Nancy
    I also have a white FW , she is a 1964 too.

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    Don't most of these older machines sew only straight stitch?
    Just curious why so many of them have a buttonhole attachment with them? Or does the buttonhole attachement somehow do the zigzag needed for buttonholes? It just occured to me that a lot of machines that I have seen or called about, the owner will specifically point out that they have a buttonhole attachment with them? ? ?

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    Wow!!! Take the hubby to ER for one day... .and there's 8 pages of thread to read!!!! Whoo hoo... (He's okay now).

    Yesterday, I found a Singer 27, with partially trashed Sphinx decals. They nice ladies 'cleaned' it with 409 before I got there. <sigh>. It's a 1906, but was electrified and cased at some point. Still has the big spoked wheel, I'll likely take it back to treadle at some point. All the chrome on it is pristine - and beautiful. There's a bobbin in the race. The bed has a lot of small nicks in the finish, this was a well used and loved machine. For now, it's my first serious cleaning job - to practice on. If I screw it up further, I'll just repaint it. I'll see what Billy's tutes say about protecting decals - what type of clear coat can be used, after they are cleaned. It is in SMOOTH running order... well oiled, the only spot of rust is on the hinges on the outside of the carry case. Very very well taken care of.

    Also picked up that 301 in the trapazoid cabinet. Not so good a find. The machine itself is rusted lightly through out. The bobbin case is rusted, but the bobbin race area only has a few spots on it. It's gunked up, yellowed stuff inside. The bed is okay, but there is one spot on the underside corner of the bed (hidden when mounted in the cabinet), where the black paint has flaked off and seperated from the metal. Not sure what to do about that. I haven't really looked hard at it, but the metal underneath is white... oxidized aluminum I believe. Some pits in the chrome, all the thread guides and the foot need replacing. Not a pristine machine by any stretch. <sigh>. I'm not sure but that I won't sell the head and use my MIL's machine in the cabinet. The cabinet itself, was refinished on the top with some dense, glossy, poly looking stuff but not the sides. (Glenn, it's 'yuck' even to me). It too has some rusted bits/pieces, hinges and the like. There are some chips in the cabinet, not a lot.. the veneer is mostly sound, if dry/brittle in a couple of spots. I'll have to strip, condition, and refinish it, possibly replace the hinges. It's a very cool piece. I did talk the guy down in price by $25. But I think I still paid more for it than I really wanted to. If it had been in mint condition (either table or the head) it would have been worth it. Ah well. Live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    Don't most of these older machines sew only straight stitch?
    Just curious why so many of them have a buttonhole attachment with them? Or does the buttonhole attachement somehow do the zigzag needed for buttonholes? It just occured to me that a lot of machines that I have seen or called about, the owner will specifically point out that they have a buttonhole attachment with them? ? ?
    Right, most of the old machines that you see on this thread only do straight forward, or straight and a backtack, or straight with a true reverse (also straight stitching, just in reverse). Yet the machines could do a lot more, if you purchased the proper attachments and/or feet. I've been amazed and the flexibility of these straight stitch machines. They'll never 'equal' a 500 stitch option, new, computerized machine in that department, but who ever uses all 500 something specialty stitches anyways? You can do about 90% of what stitches you'd use most on these straight stitch machines with the attachments and/or feet. Clever...

    A lot of the old buttonhole attachments use cams, which somehow alter the stitch pattern to create buttonholes. You can also find "zig zagger" attachment to fit the low shank straight stitch machines. Some folks either love em or hate them. In any case, you still have to attach a big gommy thing to the pressure foot bar, and set it up... on order to work it. Not a 'one touch, automatic' option like we have today. Still, there are those who say that the button holes made on the old buttonholers are actually 'better' quality than those made on new machines today. I don't know... haven't yet tested out an old buttonholer or zig zagger.

    If you Google around, you can find blogs and write ups of Singers various attachments and how they work. You can find them on Ebay too..

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    You can use an automotive urethane clear on it but its a tricky task even for a person that paints cars and bikes all the time. If you do not know how it is going to react then it can turn into a mess.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pins n' Ndls
    I also have a white FW , she is a 1964 too.
    So nice...I bet you love that white FW. You know, FW's in general just never really turned me on. Not sure why. I must be a deviant or something! :-D What DOES have me lusting/catching my eye... are the 201ks! They are in a similar white/cream color. So neat!!!!

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    Hello everyone!!! I haven't been on in quite a while and I wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone. I will be moving soon so I'm not doing much (none) sewing right now. I've got to get this big house all packed up and ready to go. Oh what fun.

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    Another crunchy. I see most have nicknames. What would this be? Is this worth restoring or is it a paint job?

    Cabinet is ok..kinda..needs some veneer.
    14601109 appears to be a 1897

    this was my first machine.. and most expensive..live and learn. $125 but was delivered
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    Looks like your machine will clean up pretty good. Also looks as if someone used one of those pin cushion thingy's around the top. I would never have thought that so many people would have done that. I have one thats the same way. The cabinet is really beautiful and the drawer pulls are nice too! DH said you could ship it this way if you want. :D :-D :mrgreen:

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    Billy, I just posted a new topic on the 'Main' board under Cabinet Refinishing. It's for Glenn to look at. Can you move it to Vintage? Now that I think about it - I should have posted under 'Pictures'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misseva
    Billy, I just posted a new topic on the 'Main' board under Cabinet Refinishing. It's for Glenn to look at. Can you move it to Vintage? Now that I think about it - I should have posted under 'Pictures'.
    It is moved to the VSMS section!!

    Billy

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    Thanks Billy, you're a gem.

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