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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Here are My Two Pink Ladies that I got recently. .
    Very nice ladies, Melinda. Congratulations!

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    Have you all seen these numbers to call before? I just found them tonight.
    New Home Dating: 1-800-631-0183
    White Dating: 1-800-446-2333 or 440-808-6550Elna Dating/Info. on the web: http://www.elna.com/en/indexFor information & identification for German machines try:www.schlingenfaenger.com

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    Melinda, Nice machines Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Have you all seen these numbers to call before? I just found them tonight.
    New Home Dating: 1-800-631-0183
    White Dating: 1-800-446-2333 or 440-808-6550Elna Dating/Info. on the web: http://www.elna.com/en/indexFor information & identification for German machines try:www.schlingenfaenger.com
    Thank you for the link for German machines. I couldn't read most of it, hopefully they can find a way to answer my request for info. on dating my SERATA. I did enjoy the multimedia link on their site. It showed a museum display of many vintage machines. Y'all would enjoy looking at it. The link on the left says 'multimedia" it is a very nice display.

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    Wahoo, DH took my Davis VF open today and discovered the problem (more gunk) cleaned it again, oiled and now that old lady hums like a teenager and sews a wonderful even stitch. I'm a happy camper now. Have my 3 treadles set up in a U formation in my MM room and can use them all. I'm gonna get to piecing on them first thing next week.

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    Anyone know anything about Vesta sewing machines.....are they known to be good machines or not? Thanks for any info.

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    Morning everyone, well, noon now. . . I've just dropped off some warm struesel swirl cake. . . Wasn't today the day for Billy's sale? Did I miss it? I can't find it! Have a good day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Wahoo, DH took my Davis VF open today and discovered the problem (more gunk) cleaned it again, oiled and now that old lady hums like a teenager and sews a wonderful even stitch. I'm a happy camper now. Have my 3 treadles set up in a U formation in my MM room and can use them all. I'm gonna get to piecing on them first thing next week.
    Woo Hoo!! These old machines just keep on keepin on. But gunk is their worst enemy. Glad yours is doing good for you now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Here are My Two Pink Ladies that I got recently. My husband and I saw the Monarch and went home to think about it; I told my mother that we saw a pink sewing machine in the flea market and she thought it was the Atlas that was actually 75 miles away. They both surprised me, and each other with these prizes. Also I put the 404 that my mother paid me for doing a plumbing job. All of these machines sew great.
    Melinda, love your new machines!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    I'm having a heck of a time getting my old Davis VF to make feed the fabric through and make a nice stitch. Anybody that has one, do you have any advice? My frustration level is about to top out.........TIA
    Play with your stitch regulator - if it is like mine it is located on the inside of the head. Mine did the same thing and I just played with that stitch regulator until it started working perfect! Also, make sure your needle is a Davis needle, Boye #10, and inserted correctly - flat side to the needle bar (right), and threaded left to right.

    Nancy

    Sorry Weedwoman, I see you fixed the problem - gunk as usual!

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    Here is the 301A I just bought on eBay for pretty cheap. She's in decent condition, just really dirty, and I had to order power and food controller separately as they were missing. Got her yesterday. Don't have the cords yet, so can't try the motor, but everything moves smoothly by hand, so I am optimistic!!

    Anybody know how to do a major cleaning on one of these? I saw Billy's tutorials, but am worried I am going to do something wrong and not get it back together. Thanks!!

    BTW, her name is Miss Ida, after my maternal grandmother who was a fabric lover and sewed for her entire family of 8 children clothing and quilts on a farm in central MO.
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    Billy would be proud - I cleaned, oiled & lubed both my machines. Realized that I didn't know the last time the Featherweight was done. And I've had my Mom's machine for a while now & hadn't done it. Guess it's like a tetanus shot...if you can't remember when you last had one...you need one! Both machines just purrrrrrrrrrrrrr now. :)

    Next project is to replace the belt on the Featherweight.

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    The black ones are so pretty; I have a tan one and it is a work horse. I keep it threaded for blue jean hemming most of the time. Mine came in a decent wood cabinet, cradle, book, and all from a thrift store for $35. I think I "need" a black one too, where the pair can sit there and contrast each other.
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Here is the 301A I just bought on eBay for pretty cheap. She's in decent condition, just really dirty, and I had to order power and food controller separately as they were missing. Got her yesterday. Don't have the cords yet, so can't try the motor, but everything moves smoothly by hand, so I am optimistic!!

    Anybody know how to do a major cleaning on one of these? I saw Billy's tutorials, but am worried I am going to do something wrong and not get it back together. Thanks!!

    BTW, her name is Miss Ida, after my maternal grandmother who was a fabric lover and sewed for her entire family of 8 children clothing and quilts on a farm in central MO.

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    Melinda did you have to do a lot of work to it when you got it? I have ordered a repair and adjustment manual for it in case I need to do major stuff. Hope not...although I am mechanically inclined, I don't want to take the time fixing things this week!! I want to sew!! :-)

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    Does anybody have any long bobbins they would like to part with? I'd like a couple extra for my Davis VF. PM me if you have any. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Here are My Two Pink Ladies that I got recently. My husband and I saw the Monarch and went home to think about it; I told my mother that we saw a pink sewing machine in the flea market and she thought it was the Atlas that was actually 75 miles away. They both surprised me, and each other with these prizes. Also I put the 404 that my mother paid me for doing a plumbing job. All of these machines sew great.
    I have a pink Atlas that I'd love to put back together--I have no idea what I did with all the parts!! It's destined to be a HC, but life got in the way and it hasn't happened yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    Anyone know anything about Vesta sewing machines.....are they known to be good machines or not? Thanks for any info.
    I just got a 1/2 sized one a week or two ago. I have it cleaned up, but have never threaded and sewn on it yet. I was thinking I have another one, but if I do, I have lost it. (LOL--that really happens to me.) Mine little one is so very cute! I can't wait to sew on it.

    Others that Vestas love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    Anyone know anything about Vesta sewing machines.....are they known to be good machines or not? Thanks for any info.
    I just got a 1/2 sized one a week or two ago. I have it cleaned up, but have never threaded and sewn on it yet. I was thinking I have another one, but if I do, I have lost it. (LOL--that really happens to me.) Mine little one is so very cute! I can't wait to sew on it.

    Others that Vestas love them.
    Miz Johnny, could you show us newbies what a Vesta looks like? Thanx!

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    I need help with my featherweight, my patience is wearing very thin. LOL it atarted skipping stitches. i cleaned, oiled etc, it sewed for about ten minutes. DH cleaned, oiled, etc. i changed needle. have threaded and rethreaded, still skipps, even worse. it looks to me like the bobbin is the issue. the thread does not 'loop' around the bobbin case only once in several stitches. im thinking it is ssome dumb thing i am doing wrong, or missing. PLEASE help put me out of my misery. thanks.

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    Miz Johnny, not sure if you remember, but I have an Elna Supermatic like yours in your avatar pic. I have to go through it, and need a knee control. Does yours take the folding or bayonet knee control? I can't tell from the connector at the front of the machine. Thanks!

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    Actually not at all. I just threaded it and started sewing. Sorry Billy, then I cleaned it up and oiled it. Voila!! It has never missed a beat.
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Melinda did you have to do a lot of work to it when you got it? I have ordered a repair and adjustment manual for it in case I need to do major stuff. Hope not...although I am mechanically inclined, I don't want to take the time fixing things this week!! I want to sew!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn

    Miz Johnny, could you show us newbies what a Vesta looks like? Thanx!
    Here's the one I bought a couple of weeks ago:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT

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