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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    A really good friend in Boston picked one up locally for less than a $100 so they are out there!

    Billy
    Billy, I have only seen a Pfaff treadle twice, both times in a picture!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I have a FW 222K. The feed dogs go down and it sews beautiful buttonholes on just a double layer of fabric (no starching) and ditto with the zig zag patterns. I got my two attachements on ebay, and they both work a treat.
    Wow, you have a free arm FW? I didn't know they could drop their feed dogs? So you are telling us that using the button holer is actually easy and the FW makes a nice button hole? You also have a zig zag attachment? I guess, I need to pay more attention to what is out there for those little girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    I am a little late on this one but I wanted to show you my Willy. We did sew on him and he makes a nice chain stitch. Since reading about yours I will look for the seral number on the leg.
    Trish, I love your Willy! Look at his base! And look at his treadle feet! Yours must be older than ours, and a different Model too! What is the last patent date on the chrome table?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I have two Willies, one electric and one non.
    For the time being they are just pretties I dust, although hubby got electric Willy to run.
    Don't know much about them.
    Hubby traded one of his swords for them.
    He's done that a few times now (trading swords for sewing machines).

    I have an awesome hubby.

    Sandi
    You do have an awesome hubby. Deara, do both of your Willy's say April 17, 83, as the last patent date? I am just curious if maybe after that date nothing about the machines changed? Oh --- and I love your two Willy's!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I have two Willies, one electric and one non.
    For the time being they are just pretties I dust, although hubby got electric Willy to run.
    Don't know much about them.
    Hubby traded one of his swords for them.
    He's done that a few times now (trading swords for sewing machines).

    I have an awesome hubby.

    Sandi
    You do have an awesome hubby. Deara, do both of your Willy's say April 17, 83, as the last patent date? I am just curious if maybe after that date nothing about the machines changed? Oh --- and I love your two Willy's!

    Nancy



    Thank you Nancy, my hubby is a special man and I am truly blessed.

    The electric one has the April 17, 1883 as the last patent date.
    The non-electric has a patent date of July 4, 1871.

    Sandi

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    After all the talk about my FW even thou I am not impressed I have decided to keep her. Her name is Josephine, named after a mule my grandfather had--slow and did not like to do work that required much power :lol: But I want to thank you for your good advice on the FW and thank you Nancy for you cleaning advice it did help. Glenn
    Glenn I'd be very happy to adopt Josephine if you decide you don't want her!

    Nancy
    I'd like be her adoptive mother too! :mrgreen:
    Sharon
    Thank you Nancy and Sharon I would have considered this adoption but my wife used her today to repair some seams in her shirts and things and she thinks it is wonderful. She just loves the portability and ease of use. She said it had all the power she wanted and did not know why I did not like it. Then she said you men and your power requirements!!!!! She turned to me and said if I get a new belt it would improve the start up and the power. I did everything I was instructed to do but never crossed my mind to replace the belt. Just goes to show you that we sometimes are worried about the wrong things. :oops: Thank you again ladies. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok you guys, this is Willy. He doesn't look like much right now, although, I love him to death! He has very cute little feet to treadle and the painted emblem is on the inside of his coffin top! I am going to re-finish his cabinet with Glenn's tutorial and see if he still remembers how to sew! His last patent date is April 17, 1883.

    Nancy
    I am a little late on this one but I wanted to show you my Willy. We did sew on him and he makes a nice chain stitch. Since reading about yours I will look for the seral number on the leg.
    Love your Willys~~~ Maybe someday I will find one.

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    [quote=tomilu]
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    At a guild bee get together today I spied a tan Singer 500a sitting in with some vacuum cleaner hoses looking pretty lonely. It has the manual, lots of extras. Tomorrow I'm going to pick it up. Don't know yet whether I'll keep it or not, but it needs a home.
    Wow! That's great! Hum, if it turns out you don't want it... er... you could send it to me! lol! <hand raised in the air, politely of course....> I'm sure there's a few more on here that would make a 'home' for a Rocketeer... Gosh, you have the eagle eye to spot machines!
    Picked Rocketeer up today. Has some dings on the handwheel and the upper hinge on the faceplate is broken. I have a hinge pin I can put there and hope DH can do something about the hinge. The buttonholer can be used on either slant or straight machines. First time I've ever seen the stocking darner.
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    I have only seen a Pfaff treadle twice, both times in a picture!

    Nancy[/quote]

    OK, here we go about Pfaff machines, I'm off topic a bit but....I bought a Pfaff 76 on Ebay the other day. It has not arrived, but I cannot seem to find anything on the web to read about the particular machine, or manuals or anything. Does anyone here, know any online sources I can check to find out about this machine? Help please, I know, impulse buying is not a good thing but sometimes it just happens :)
    Thanks all,
    Jane

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    Picked Rocketeer up today. Has some dings on the handwheel and the upper hinge on the faceplate is broken. I have a hinge pin I can put there and hope DH can do something about the hinge. The buttonholer can be used on either slant or straight machines. First time I've ever seen the stocking darner.[/quote]

    Here is a pic of the stocking darner and the buttonholer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Trish and Sandi, love your Willys! Thanks Trish for showing what one looks like in a cabinet with the proper feet!
    I am wary of plugging my guy in, because the wiring is strange,but one day, after I find the right GFI plug!

    Nancy, I printed out the manual and will have a go at my model 27.

    I love this board!
    OPPS sorry everyone I posted the wrong picture. The one I posted is of our Wheeler Wilson. Here is our Wilcox Gibbs.
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    tomilu,

    Congratulations on your Rocketeer. You got lots of goodies with her! Mine also has the same pin broken. If you find a fix for it, please share with me. Other than some nicks, that seems to be the only thing wrong with mine other than a lot of grim. I just got it within the last couple of weeks, thinking I would clean and service her with the tute Billy had said he was going to do using a Rocketeer. I have seen a photo of the sock darner and thought it would be interesting to see in action, though it's probably much easier to buy a pair of socks at the dollar store!

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    Trish, your Willy still has a cute foot pedal! When you have a number of vintage machines, it is hard to tell them apart! Reminds me of my mother when she would call out ALL our names when she wanted only one of us. It was easier than remembering that ONE name! We all came, and she pointed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    tomilu,

    Congratulations on your Rocketeer. You got lots of goodies with her! Mine also has the same pin broken. If you find a fix for it, please share with me. !
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    Mine isn't the pin broken, it is the hinge itself. I'll see if I have a spare pin.

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    WooHoo, 700 pages! What a bunch of gabby people we are! So much information!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    WooHoo, 700 pages! What a bunch of gabby people we are! So much information!!!!!



    With so many sharing, there is so much to learn.

    Congrats Billy on 700 pages.

    Blessings,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    WooHoo, 700 pages! What a bunch of gabby people we are! So much information!!!!!
    I was thinking the same thing. What fun this is......

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    Just wish I could on get here when the muffins are still warm and the coffee hot! Play is definitely more fun than work....
    Cindy

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    [quote=Deara]
    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    WooHoo, 700 pages! What a bunch of gabby people we are! So much information!!!!!
    I was just thinking yesterday that around the first of the month we hit 600, or so it seems.

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    It was January 28th that we hit 600

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Lou Who
    Just wish I could on get here when the muffins are still warm and the coffee hot! Play is definitely more fun than work....
    Cindy
    I agree with you play is more fun and we all love to talk about old machines and yes we do learn a lot. However I seem to spend way to much time here and not getting anything done like quilting or cleaning my many machines,or getting my honey do's done.(I have found my wife lurking around the board several times) :lol: Glenn

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    I'll be dropping off some snickerdoodles in a couple of minutes plus a box of Thin Mints from the Girls Scouts. Yes, the 2nd ones aren't homemade but who cares as they are some fine eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    I'll be dropping off some snickerdoodles in a couple of minutes plus a box of Thin Mints from the Girls Scouts. Yes, the 2nd ones aren't homemade but who cares as they are some fine eating.
    Good, I just poured myself a hot cup of coffee. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    A really good friend in Boston picked one up locally for less than a $100 so they are out there!

    Billy
    Billy, I have only seen a Pfaff treadle twice, both times in a picture!

    Nancy
    I have a full-sized Pfaff treadle #30, but I certainly didn't give that much for it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Trish, your Willy still has a cute foot pedal! When you have a number of vintage machines, it is hard to tell them apart! Reminds me of my mother when she would call out ALL our names when she wanted only one of us. It was easier than remembering that ONE name! We all came, and she pointed!
    My Mother would do that too Shemjo! Then end her sentence with "Whoever you are, I know you live here!"

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