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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    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!
    Mine is folding. Is there a metal piece that comes out of the front of the machine? If so, the folding control attaches to it by a screw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Here's the one I bought a couple of weeks ago:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT
    Wow! I remember this! Very cute machine with the skinniest little slide plates!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Mine is folding. Is there a metal piece that comes out of the front of the machine? If so, the folding control attaches to it by a screw.
    Miz Johnny do you know where I can get a threading diagram for my New Home T No 3 machine? Or better yet, do you have something like the T No 3 that you can thread and post a picture of that funny face plate with the long wire that runs all the way down the front?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    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.
    Buslady, is the little arm of the bobbin hook/race thingy in the slide plate slot? Is the needle in correctly - flat side to the left? Is the needle threaded correctly - from right to left. Those machines are so well made, it has to be something simple. What size thread are you using - 50 wt? Kathie was using a larger weight embroidery thread on her Featherweight that did not work well. Does your bobbin roll counter clockwise in the bobbin case when you hold the bobbin case in your left hand and pull on the thread with your right hand after threading the bobbin case? Is the bobbin case threaded properly? You already changed needles, so that shouldn't be the issue - but, to me it sounds like the needle is not threaded from the right direction, which would make the machine not pick up the bobbin thread correctly, or the needle is inserted wrong.

    Nancy

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    i've checked all that, thrice! it is driving me nuts. i did get new bobbins, i did try a couple different ones to no avail. is it possible that Rosie just doesn' like the new ones? ive heard this discussion before. what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    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
    Thanx Miz Johnny, That is a very cute machine. . looks brand new and the case is gorgeous!! I am constantly amazed at the many many different brands and type of machines which have been made. It's very interesting where the tension control is located. I would love to have a chance to see how each one threads and sews. It makes me wish I had realized there was such a variety and developed an interest in them when I was younger so I could have learned more about them. It seems I can't pack enough info in my head fast enough and just can't get enough of looking at them!! Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and machines with us. Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    i've checked all that, thrice! it is driving me nuts. i did get new bobbins, i did try a couple different ones to no avail. is it possible that Rosie just doesn' like the new ones? ive heard this discussion before. what do you think?
    That's a possibility. Do you have an old one you can try?

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    pertaining to the fw question....my white one just started doing that the other day also...but i was already sewing when it suddenly skipped stitches or the thread breaking at the same time, so i just shut it down and will look later. I didn't changed needle yet but it could be due for a new one? Hope you can solve the probelm.

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    buslady, are you using a Singer needle? My 301A acted like that free motion quilting with a Schmetz needle. She had been fine with the Singer. I changed the needle and she acted up. The instructor said to try a new Singer. It worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    i've checked all that, thrice! it is driving me nuts. i did get new bobbins, i did try a couple different ones to no avail. is it possible that Rosie just doesn' like the new ones? ive heard this discussion before. what do you think?
    First, I'd find an original bobbin, it seems some of the old machines like old bobbins. Second what kind of needle are you using? I'd use a Schmetz Sharp 80 or 70 not something larger. Are you sure you threaded in right to left and inserted the needle all the way up with the flat side to the left?

    Also, did you take the bobbin slide plate off and make sure there is no thread caught in there. You need to look from the top side and take the cover off the bottom and look from the bottom too. There may be a little thread wound up around the hook/race thing that is causing the skipped stitches.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    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!
    Mine is folding. Is there a metal piece that comes out of the front of the machine? If so, the folding control attaches to it by a screw.
    Thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    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
    Wow....awesome looking machine!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    i've checked all that, thrice! it is driving me nuts. i did get new bobbins, i did try a couple different ones to no avail. is it possible that Rosie just doesn' like the new ones? ive heard this discussion before. what do you think?
    First, I'd find an original bobbin, it seems some of the old machines like old bobbins. Second what kind of needle are you using? I'd use a Schmetz Sharp 80 or 70 not something larger. Are you sure you threaded in right to left and inserted the needle all the way up with the flat side to the left?

    Also, did you take the bobbin slide plate off and make sure there is no thread caught in there. You need to look from the top side and take the cover off the bottom and look from the bottom too. There may be a little thread wound up around the hook/race thing that is causing the skipped stitches.

    Nancy
    Sometimes with my machines, all that is needed is for the machine to be oiled. Try that too, couldn't hurt. :)

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    thanks for all the suggestions, i have to work this morn, and quilting at church this aftnoon, had to pack the new janome, but first thing this evening will try some more. i ordered the bobbins off ebay, any idea where can get some old ones?

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    oops. dbl post. :)-

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    did you see the 99k below it??? For 9.99....

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    did you see the 99k below it??? For 9.99....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Mine is folding. Is there a metal piece that comes out of the front of the machine? If so, the folding control attaches to it by a screw.
    Miz Johnny do you know where I can get a threading diagram for my New Home T No 3 machine? Or better yet, do you have something like the T No 3 that you can thread and post a picture of that funny face plate with the long wire that runs all the way down the front?

    Nancy
    I have a National with the strange face plate; it has a TV on top of it right now, but I will get to it as soon as I can and see if I can remember how to thread it. If not, I will find someone who can.

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    buslady, Billy should have some real Singer ones available. If not, I got mine from April1930s.com
    She specializes in FWs, but sells for 301s, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    buslady, Billy should have some real Singer ones available. If not, I got mine from April1930s.com
    She specializes in FWs, but sells for 301s, too.
    I dont have any of the originals right now but I have a few after markets here and they are very pricey! PM me if you need one but make sure your sitting down when I give you the details!! :lol:

    Billy

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    This is where I get my Featherweight stuff. I have ordered their bobbins and have had no problems at all with them.

    http://www.221parts.com/#

    Also, before you get new bobbins, I'd really give that little machine a good cleaning. Remove the bobbin plate and really clean - use a flashlight so you can see really good to make sure there are no threads caught in there. Since the thread broke when it started skipping stitches, I'd bet there is something caught in there. After you clean under the slide plate and oil, turn the machine over, remove the bottom cover and clean and oil (there are like 13 oiling points under the machine) there really well - with a flashlight - so you can make sure nothing is wrapped around in or near the bobbin hook/race.

    You should also take off the front face plate and oil every little hole in there that is suppose to be oiled - your book will show you where to oil. There are little oil holes to all the joints - something like 11 oil places altogother. You need to oil all the outside points too on the machine head itself. Since, you have re-threaded, changed needles, I bet it is not your bobbin at all - but, gunk or a thread somewhere that is messing up your stitch.

    Good luck - let us know if you get it fixed.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
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    I was just given an old White like yours -Donna Mare-that was electrified, got it cleaned and oiled, and it runs nicely. I have an old treadle table, minus the original top that needs to be worked on. It is missing the rod between the treadle and the wheel. I will have to figure out some substitute. Then I can put the two together with a new top! Fun!
    That rod is called a "pitman". Billy may have one.
    Is it a metal or wood pitman that is supposed to be on the machine

    Billy
    Sorry I didn't get to this sooner, got sidetracked...majorly...by a visit to PA with family and to pick up three...3..sewing machines, two of them treadle and a singer 99k. Attached is the treadle base that I had before that is missing pitman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    I was just given an old White like yours -Donna Mare-that was electrified, got it cleaned and oiled, and it runs nicely. I have an old treadle table, minus the original top that needs to be worked on. It is missing the rod between the treadle and the wheel. I will have to figure out some substitute. Then I can put the two together with a new top! Fun!
    That rod is called a "pitman". Billy may have one.
    Is it a metal or wood pitman that is supposed to be on the machine

    Billy
    Sorry I didn't get to this sooner, got sidetracked...majorly...by a visit to PA with family and to pick up three...3..sewing machines, two of them treadle and a singer 99k. Attached is the treadle base that I had before that is missing pitman.

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    Help, clearly my internet search skills are lacking.

    I have a model 27 that I installed a belt on this morning.

    Let me preface this with... this is my first ever treadle and I am learning (using a big curve) ;)

    Anyway, I have the belt on, but it seems really hard to get started and then as I get the peddle moving the belt seems to slip. Is it operator error in the form of not knowing the proper "treadle technique" or is my belt too loose?

    Any help you can give would be much appreciated!!!

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    Monica, or any one in my area, here is a Model 15-90 that is pretty close to me. I love my 15-88 and really want another 15-88 because, I have mine set up exclusively for free motion quilting. Well, this 15-90, I know can have the motor removed and dropped into a treadle very easily.

    What would be a fair price to offer him? I am not going to pay $75 for the machine as I got my 15-88 in her treadle for $45 - and she is in really nice shape.

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2235250801.html

    Nancy

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