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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I've got my piecing machine, the Two Spool, the Davis VF for straight & wavy quilting (I actually have both the old & new models because I love the machine so much!), the 15-88 for fm quilting, the 31-15 for larger projects (just got a walking foot for it, but waiting for a part), Eldredge chainstitcher for embroidery, a Necchi BU that I drop in the straight leg Singer cabinet for "ZZ" capabilities. Also re-painted a Singer 128 hand crank and named her Blue Sally (the instructions are on my webshots), a featherweight just because they're cute as a button (only electric). Got many others throughout the house but these are my 'main' machines that I use daily (at least I WISH I could use them daily!). REALLY gotta get my pictures updated. I have sworn off Craigslist for awhile now because I can't help myself. I joined this quilting forum so I would actually USE them more, and here I am again talking about machines. ha ha.

    If anyone has a machine that is beyond saving in regards to the decals & paint, the re-painting really wasn't that hard and you can pick your favorite color. I LOVE blueish-purple!
    Wow, I am a few pages behind so maybe this has been answered, but the Eldredge? Is that like a Wilcox and Gibbs with just a chain stitch or something different? I am so envious on your sewing space and machines!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    im at work at my party store, but sooo excited i can hardly stand it, one of my regular customers just came in and gave me an elna supermatic in a case like ive never seen before. Says he has several more in the attic he is going to bring them all to me. YIPPEE!!!
    What!!!!!!!!!!!! Some people have all the luck! Congratulations!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    DH and I have been playing musical chairs with my sewing machines. Trying to place them so they are actually usable and not just eye candy. My Mickey Mouse room (yes, I'm 65 and have a MM room) is full with my MM stuff, red furniture and an abundance of sewing machines. I have a big chest of drawers (red) full of the stuff that goes with my machines, the hutch my grandfather made (gramma used it in her kitchen all their life and it was pretty rough when I got it) we reworked it and painted it red. I have a model 15 in a red cabinet, 2 red eye treadles in cabinets, on the chest I have a hand crank 99k, and a sphnix head, on the hutch I have an old MW reverse sew and a 99k, on the wall on shelves I have 3 black feather weights and a long bed black 301, on the floor another 99k and a little machine I think made by National (it's a strange little one)plus Elvira is waiting for a cabinetand in this full room I'm going to put my Davis VF. Have an older Necci-Alco, a 306k, a Spartan, my computerized Brother and my serger in my regular sewing room. We put the Japanese Diamond model 15 treadle in our bedroom in a place where I can use it too.
    And I still want more machines.......lol
    Wow! I love red! I'd love to see your MM room too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Mare
    Thanks Billy. Just getting caught up on mail. Had a trip to the hospital sometime during the nite..home now. Kickin back and catchin up with mail. Things are gonna sit for a wee bit.. but will be full swing soon. Will enjoy pics of everyone else's stuff:) miss the pics...
    Donna, I hope you are just getting spoiled rotten and enjoying your self now!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by misseva
    Well, after talking to Glenn I got up enough nerve to remove the very damaged veneer from my machine and refinish what was underneath. Not a good job and my wood filler didn't take stain like the label said it would so I did some painting of my own.
    Miss Eva, you are quite talented!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I like to take her camping with me and sit at the picnic table. She went from a neglected machine to one I absolutely LOVE. I also hear there's an irredescent automotive paint out there that actually changes colors. How cool would that be?
    Oh my gosh! You take her camping and sew on the picnic table? What a novel idea! Geeze, I love this group!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Look what came to live at my house today!
    Sewbizgirl, I'd make room in my house for both of those machines in a heartbeat! Congratulations!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by denise d
    Her serial number is 11622384. From looking at the singer site looks like she is from around 1893, but what model is she... etc.

    Any help you can offer is much appreciated.

    Also, here is a picture of her
    She is a Singer Model 27 with the Sphinx decal. Very nice machine to treadle. She should have a perfect stitch and she'll go through almost anything including the doubled flat felt seams when you want to hem a pair of jeans! That is what I use my 127 (same as the 27, except where the bobbin winder is located) for!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish
    Okay, I thought we had the tension problem fixed on my Singer 201-2, but it acting up again. I sewed with it all afternoon with no problems, changed the bobbin twice. After the second bobbin change, I again had the top tread sitting on the top of the fabric. After re-treading both upper and bobbin 3 times, we fiddled again with the bobbin tension screw. Got it okay again, sewed two blocks, and now it sews three perfect stitches, then sews four stitches laying on top. How do I fix this.

    I have checked the bobbins, and I am using the older ones, and I checked for warpness. What am I missing.
    Maybe it needs a new needle. Have you tried that, yet?
    Possibly it is THAT particular bobbin that is causing the problem.

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    I had a question about my Free treadle pictured on page 627 that I got answered in a book Cathie bought for me about treadle sewing machines that I thought I'd share with you all!

    My Free seams to want to pull the fabric sideways when I am piecing with him. According to this book, that is because the older machines sometimes have feed dogs that were different lengths - a short and long feed dog -- well, when the feed dogs are different lengths they tend to want to feed the fabric kinda sideways. This book says in the case of the different length feed dogs, you will have to really hold onto the fabric to keep it going in a straight line! I thought, WOW so that is why I always have trouble keeping my 1/4 seam straight on that treadle!

    Also, thought I'd share something else. Kathie to answer the question about the tension spring wire, I said last night some of the machines are not so picky about having that tension spring wire. Well, Billy is right (of course). You do need the wire. Someone else on here has a problem with her 201's thread sitting on top? My Free did that too until my DH and I figured out that the tension spring wire was not rocking up and down with thread correctly which is what keeps the thread from bunching on top of the fabric when the take up thread guide goes up and down! That tension wire has to rock with the thread to keep enough tension on the thread to give you uniform nice smooth stitches!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    Hello every one out there l have within this last week become the owner of a Singer Treadle sewing machine and would you believe four Singer portable machines and two other portable ones. l went to look at the treadle at a deceased estate and he asked me if l was interested, well to cut out a long story l made two trips to collect them with all sewing kneedles ectr. so l have now got a second sewing room l will post pictures when l know how to get them in this section. Can any one tell me how?????
    l love this section.
    Haaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaa....welcome to the dark side :mrgreen: !!!!Once you have bought ONE vintage machine they begin to follow you home and soon you will wonder how your house has been taken over by vintage machines and cabinets :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I was having trouble with my tension on my new white feather weight machine. I saw Nancy and she worked on
    my machine and discovered it was the thread I was using.
    She had me use cotton thread, what a difference that made.
    No more polyester thread for my little lady. Thanks Nancy
    you are the best. Kathie
    Kathie you are welcome. That little FW might take a 50 wt poly, but the thread you had in it was too heavy a thread. I have never tried anything heavier than a 50 wt in the old machines. I doubt so much it is the type of thread that makes a difference, but the weight of the thread. I think a 50 wt poly would work fine, but no embroidery thread.

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    I have had a Singer 66, serial #AK886098, for about 6 months now. I've loved sewing on it and use it lots. Now I can't get the needle to pull up the bobbin thread.

    I was sewing last week and my top thread broke, I re-threaded the needle, sewed about 18" and it broke again, I re-threaded the entire top thread,and changed the needle, sewed about 12" and it broke again, took the bobbin out, oiled it per instruction manual, and now it won't pull the bobbin thread up. Everything in the bobbin case moves. I've re-threaded both top and bobbin several times. If any of you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate.

    Thanks,
    Marie M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    I have had a Singer 66, serial #AK886098, for about 6 months now. I've loved sewing on it and use it lots. Now I can't get the needle to pull up the bobbin thread.

    I was sewing last week and my top thread broke, I re-threaded the needle, sewed about 18" and it broke again, I re-threaded the entire top thread,and changed the needle, sewed about 12" and it broke again, took the bobbin out, oiled it per instruction manual, and now it won't pull the bobbin thread up. Everything in the bobbin case moves. I've re-threaded both top and bobbin several times. If any of you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate.

    Thanks,
    Marie M.
    This exact same problem was just answered in the MAIN section ( http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-101371-1.htm )
    It seems that the needle was put in incorrectly. Have you changed your needle recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    I have had a Singer 66, serial #AK886098, for about 6 months now. I've loved sewing on it and use it lots. Now I can't get the needle to pull up the bobbin thread.

    I was sewing last week and my top thread broke, I re-threaded the needle, sewed about 18" and it broke again, I re-threaded the entire top thread,and changed the needle, sewed about 12" and it broke again, took the bobbin out, oiled it per instruction manual, and now it won't pull the bobbin thread up. Everything in the bobbin case moves. I've re-threaded both top and bobbin several times. If any of you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate.

    Thanks,
    Marie M.
    This exact same problem was just answered in the MAIN section ( http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-101371-1.htm )
    It seems that the needle was put in incorrectly. Have you changed your needle recently?
    I did but I'll double check. Thanks, Marie M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    I was going to find some Evaporust to use on my older sewing machine feet that have a little corrosion on them... Apparently it's not sold in my area, as all I could find was Naval Jelly for rust, which said NOT to use it on chrome. Aren't all the machine feet chrome? Those are the parts that are rusty! So, what is generally used to get rust off of chrome? Some 0000 steel wool?

    I'd also appreciate any info I could get on the wooden Singer puzzle boxes for attachments. Were those made for certain models only, or just for a certain time period? If just for specific models, which ones?

    Thanks!
    I would also be interested in the answer to these questions. Thanx
    I have used plain old white vinegar, soaked for a short time and rinsed & dried well. Vinegar is acidic and does take off the minor rust problems, AND it's non-toxic. I couldn't find Evaporust anywhere here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I've got my piecing machine, the Two Spool, the Davis VF for straight & wavy quilting (I actually have both the old & new models because I love the machine so much!), the 15-88 for fm quilting, the 31-15 for larger projects (just got a walking foot for it, but waiting for a part), Eldredge chainstitcher for embroidery, a Necchi BU that I drop in the straight leg Singer cabinet for "ZZ" capabilities. Also re-painted a Singer 128 hand crank and named her Blue Sally (the instructions are on my webshots), a featherweight just because they're cute as a button (only electric). Got many others throughout the house but these are my 'main' machines that I use daily (at least I WISH I could use them daily!). REALLY gotta get my pictures updated. I have sworn off Craigslist for awhile now because I can't help myself. I joined this quilting forum so I would actually USE them more, and here I am again talking about machines. ha ha.

    If anyone has a machine that is beyond saving in regards to the decals & paint, the re-painting really wasn't that hard and you can pick your favorite color. I LOVE blueish-purple!
    Wow, I am a few pages behind so maybe this has been answered, but the Eldredge? Is that like a Wilcox and Gibbs with just a chain stitch or something different? I am so envious on your sewing space and machines!

    Nancy
    Hey Nancy, yepper, it's the same thing as the W & G machines (chainstitcher only, and really cute) but just made by a different company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    Billy, so if it is $200 pint, how much does it take to do one machine?

    And by the way, I think there should be a place on the VSMS where we can see your gallery pictures of ALL of your
    sewing machine paint jobs!
    It doesnt take that much for a sewing machine but the smallest amount it comes in is pints. I could get 2 or 3 machines depending on the size of them out of a pint.

    I have some machines that I have painted in my PDA and there are a few of them scattered about through out the board. But I will post a couple here so you can see what they look like.

    Billy

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    Oh WOW WOW WOW WOW Billy!!! Your re-paints are absolutely GORGEOUS. Wow. *drool*

    I thought they sold the color-changing paint in a spray can and it was made by DuPont or someone like that?

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    I got up with the intention of snapping pics of my MM room and my machines to post and I cannot find my camera to save myself. I thought I could walk right to the spot where it always is, but today it's not there and I can't figure out where I put it. Now I know why I collect sewing machines reather than something small, they don't hide from me.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    Oh WOW WOW WOW WOW Billy!!! Your re-paints are absolutely GORGEOUS. Wow. *drool*

    I thought they sold the color-changing paint in a spray can and it was made by DuPont or someone like that?
    Not trying to be ugly here but the stuff in the can is crap paint and it is made by Dupli-Color. The pigment is okay I suppose but their paint is a really crappy lacquer base and the Clears are some sort of industrial enamel and is far from glossy.

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    Found the camera (just where I'd put it) so I'll attempt to load some pics of MM room and machines. I didn't get a pic of my model 15 Diamond made in Occupied Japan, Elvira, my light green 15-185 or my Davis yet. Hope I'm not posting too many pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Found the camera (just where I'd put it) so I'll attempt to load some pics of MM room and machines. I didn't get a pic of my model 15 Diamond made in Occupied Japan, Elvira, my light green 15-185 or my Davis yet. Hope I'm not posting too many pics.
    That is a nice collection!!

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    [quote=Lostn51]
    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    It doesnt take that much for a sewing machine but the smallest amount it comes in is pints. I could get 2 or 3 machines depending on the size of them out of a pint.

    I have some machines that I have painted in my PDA and there are a few of them scattered about through out the board. But I will post a couple here so you can see what they look like.

    Billy
    Wow Billy those machines are gorgeous! A question, what did you refinish the table on the 24 with? And after redoing the little table, can you still read what was inscribed on that table? My Wilcox & Gibbs little table is really in bad shape and I wondered if I get it re-chromed would those patented dates, etc., show?

    Nancy

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    WOW Weedwoman I am so jealous of your wonderful collection. I really want a 99 hand crank.

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