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    Old 08-15-2010, 03:46 PM
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    Originally Posted by hulahoop1
    I just purchased a 1946 Featherweight 221 yesterday. She looks pretty well taken care of, her motor is fairly quiet, and her stitch is perfect. Last night, I opened her up, cleaned out some of the gunk (including a fuzzball to end all compacted fuzzballs under the throatplate), oiled her and put her back together. My only problem is that her top speed is granny gear. Is there a way to increase her speed?
    Good question. My little girl just zooms. Usually more quickly than I'd like. I had to get used to very light pressure on the foot control which is an original.

    I know this sounds sick, but I swear I stroke her every time I take her out of the case and plug her in.

    What beautiful old time workmanship and pride in producing a machine that will last. The phrase, "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" sure does apply. Now, if I could just find my mother's.........................
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    Old 08-15-2010, 03:49 PM
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    Originally Posted by Glenn
    Now that my machines are all clean, I noticed that the singer on the treadle is a faint gold. I am cleaning the iron work and what paint was used for the gold? Brilliant gold or just gold paint? Thanks Glenn
    I just use a gold paint for mine Glen. I have a set of irons that one of our members needs restored and I will do a tutorial on them. I am also restoring her machine and I am really excited about doing both of them. When I went to the Grocery store I even got a few ladies bringing their vintage machines to me for servicing. I am telling you this business of mine is shooting through the roof and I am loving every minute of it.

    But the best part is I get to play with all of these wonderful machines!!

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    Old 08-15-2010, 03:53 PM
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    Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Originally Posted by Glenn
    Now that my machines are all clean, I noticed that the singer on the treadle is a faint gold. I am cleaning the iron work and what paint was used for the gold? Brilliant gold or just gold paint? Thanks Glenn
    I just use a gold paint for mine Glen. I have a set of irons that one of our members needs restored and I will do a tutorial on them. I am also restoring her machine and I am really excited about doing both of them. When I went to the Grocery store I even got a few ladies bringing their vintage machines to me for servicing. I am telling you this business of mine is shooting through the roof and I am loving every minute of it.

    But the best part is I get to play with all of these wonderful machines!!

    Billy
    Thanks Glenn
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    Old 08-15-2010, 04:34 PM
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    Originally Posted by kathome
    Originally Posted by hulahoop1
    I just purchased a 1946 Featherweight 221 yesterday. She looks pretty well taken care of, her motor is fairly quiet, and her stitch is perfect. Last night, I opened her up, cleaned out some of the gunk (including a fuzzball to end all compacted fuzzballs under the throatplate), oiled her and put her back together. My only problem is that her top speed is granny gear. Is there a way to increase her speed?
    Good question. My little girl just zooms. Usually more quickly than I'd like. I had to get used to very light pressure on the foot control which is an original.

    I know this sounds sick, but I swear I stroke her every time I take her out of the case and plug her in.

    What beautiful old time workmanship and pride in producing a machine that will last. The phrase, "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" sure does apply. Now, if I could just find my mother's.........................
    My other one goes at a pretty good clip, especially on the straight seams, which is why I noticed such a big difference in this one. Maybe she's shy and isn't used to me yet......
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    Old 08-15-2010, 07:25 PM
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    Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Hi Nancy,
    It appears that you are a new owner of a Singer 27. 1 of 39,900 made on Nov. 18th, 1901. Congratulations! Sounds like you have a little work ahead of you but I am sure you'll enjoy the process :)

    Judy
    Judy, thank you! I love all my machines, but this one is in the sadest shape. I hope I can give this little jewel some new life.

    Nancy
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    Old 08-15-2010, 07:27 PM
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    Originally Posted by Lostn51

    When I went to the Grocery store I even got a few ladies bringing their vintage machines to me for servicing. I am telling you this business of mine is shooting through the roof and I am loving every minute of it.

    But the best part is I get to play with all of these wonderful machines!!

    Billy[/quote

    Congratulations Billy!

    Nancy

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    Old 08-15-2010, 07:35 PM
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    Hey Billy, yes if you have aor can find the button and walk me thru how to fix the cord that would be great!!! YOu cansend me a PM if you want. Now, what about all the accessories, manual and a case. My case is broken and missing the tray. Of course for a reasonable price. I looked on websites and all the individual parts cost a fortune. I looked on eBay and found exactly what I wanted, but the bid closed before I could get it. I also searched closed bids and found that I can get the case, accessories, manual all for about $50 to $60. I thought that was a fair price. What do you think??? Inquiring minds want to know.
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    Old 08-15-2010, 07:46 PM
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    Originally Posted by hulahoop1
    I just purchased a 1946 Featherweight 221 yesterday. She looks pretty well taken care of, her motor is fairly quiet, and her stitch is perfect. Last night, I opened her up, cleaned out some of the gunk (including a fuzzball to end all compacted fuzzballs under the throatplate), oiled her and put her back together. My only problem is that her top speed is granny gear. Is there a way to increase her speed?
    My Feather weight is emaculate and runs perfectly but it appears slower then the other machines (singer 301 or 15 electric). Still not bad at all. I am wondering if there is something keeping yours from running at full potential.
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    Old 08-15-2010, 07:51 PM
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    That is a good price if you can get a case for that with accessories. I can sell the reproduction cases for around $75 to $80 depending on the amount that I order.

    Heck I can even get a reproduction 221 and was thinking about buying one just to see how they act. If it was a high quality reproduction then I would start selling them also. I am going to be selling brand new Japanese 15's in 3 different colors next year badged under my companies name.

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    Old 08-16-2010, 03:54 AM
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    Originally Posted by Darcene
    Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Originally Posted by Darcene
    This lady bought a gem....check it out here:

    http://meari.multiply.com/photos/alb...Sewing_Machine
    Thats the first time I have seen the "PERSIAN" decals other than photos of them on the NB. If it will clean up she has a super hard to come by decal pattern to lay claim to!!

    Billy
    And for all of $30.00.....she is one lucky lady....

    Very pretty machine and cabinet. She should be very proud of herself.
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