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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Hi all.... I've been lurking for the last couple weeks....

    NICE machines and nice cabinets coming to new, appreciative homes!!!! Whooo hoo!

    Okay, it's time for me to brag a bunch now... lol.

    Here's what I picked up recently in the last 3 weeks:

    A pristine 403, with all original attachements, cams, books, buttonholer, hemstitcher, and extra cams too. PLUS... case and plus... the matching Metal legged Card Table to fit it. All for $75, which is a great price for down here. Not a spec of rust. I know that it's not as 'nice' as the 401 or the Rocketeer 500's; but I like it and it works like blazes. The card table is REALLY cool. If you don't have one... GET one. They made them to fit various machines. Mine still has the original instruction page glued to the backside, the wood insert and all rails. Solid. Seems folks like the metal legged tables better than the wood leg ones. Certainly, the one I found... could likely withstand anything short of a house fire or a nuke. lol...

    Found another, pristine black 301 shortbed.... no rust. Came with cradle still stuck to it, stuffed with all attachments and buttonholer, books, some other fancy stuff that I don't know what it is... It's pristine, except that the power cord was cut. No big thing. easy to replace. No rust and no nasty white metal rot either. Paid through the nose for it... $175, but it was worth it to me. It will fit just nicely in the trapazoid cabinet once that's re finished.

    My other, older 301, that has the rust lightly through out and the quarter-sized spot of white aluminum spauling on the base... well. That's prob. going to Goodwill. Unless someone wants it from this list (just pay the shipping). It didn't come with any attachments...

    No treadles yet. I do have three possible treadle heads (converting back to treadle the 66, and two 27s.)
    Sounds like you found a sweet spot!! Good finds!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I can't sew with my 66 treadle yet! :-( I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I purchased my 1921 Singer 66 Red Eye without the standard presser foot. The foot had been lost. It is 'L' shaped and the two projections that sit on the fabric are different lengths. The foot is 13/16" from bed to bottom of screw notch. It attaches on the back of the shaft. (Back clamp style). I think the part number is 32559. I'm using a shirt tail hemmer for the measurement. I really am anxious to get my treadle machine going so that I can use it. This is the only vintage machine that I have so far. If anyone could tell me where I might find this foot, I would greatly appreciate it.
    My 66 also uses back clamping feet, but I only have one of the foot you are looking for-- the one I use the most on the machine! Those feet are hard to come by. If you want to keep your machine original, you may have to be patient and check ebay regularly, and talk to as many vintage sewing machine repair people as you can find. Many people have changed out the pressure foot bar to take the more available side-clamping feet, for this reason. That's another option you have.

    Good luck-- I hope you are able to treadle on your machine soon. You will absolutely love it.

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    I would change it if I had the side clamp parts and knew how to do it! :| I am even watching for a parts machine. I missed one the other day for $15.50 plus a low shipping amount. It had what I needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I dont know about the Greyhound being cast into the treadle irons but it would be a gorgeous set if there were any!!

    Billy
    Heck, that's what I thought too!!!! I would be ALL OVER it. lol. Still searching/researching it. the logo def. had the hound, but I don't know if the machines had the full logo or just the NH. So far, it seems as if the designated "Light Running" machine title is given to the bronzy newer machine that was badged NH or Westinghouse, 15 clone. Reminds me of the Montgomery Ward France Libertie model. But the actual machines made by NH before Free took them over, all say New Home. Found one beautiful treadle on ebay, but has plain irons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I can't sew with my 66 treadle yet! :-( I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I purchased my 1921 Singer 66 Red Eye without the standard presser foot. The foot had been lost. It is 'L' shaped and the two projections that sit on the fabric are different lengths. The foot is 13/16" from bed to bottom of screw notch. It attaches on the back of the shaft. (Back clamp style). I think the part number is 32559. I'm using a shirt tail hemmer for the measurement. I really am anxious to get my treadle machine going so that I can use it. This is the only vintage machine that I have so far. If anyone could tell me where I might find this foot, I would greatly appreciate it.
    QUICK... go over to shopgoodwill.com I just saw a whole box of attachments that clamped that style! I remember, 'cause I was wondering if they were back clampers (I don't have such a machine...!).

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    [quote=irishrose]
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Found another, pristine black 301 shortbed.... no rust. Came with cradle still stuck to it, stuffed with all attachments and buttonholer, books, some other fancy stuff that I don't know what it is...

    If there's a ruffler in there that you don't want, it'd love to find a home here. I want to make a ruffled shower curtain. Just a thought. Judy
    Judy... I'll check to see if I have a spare slant ruffler. Will PM you tomorrow, either way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I can't sew with my 66 treadle yet! :-( I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I purchased my 1921 Singer 66 Red Eye without the standard presser foot. The foot had been lost. It is 'L' shaped and the two projections that sit on the fabric are different lengths. The foot is 13/16" from bed to bottom of screw notch. It attaches on the back of the shaft. (Back clamp style). I think the part number is 32559. I'm using a shirt tail hemmer for the measurement. I really am anxious to get my treadle machine going so that I can use it. This is the only vintage machine that I have so far. If anyone could tell me where I might find this foot, I would greatly appreciate it.
    My 66 also uses back clamping feet, but I only have one of the foot you are looking for-- the one I use the most on the machine! Those feet are hard to come by. If you want to keep your machine original, you may have to be patient and check ebay regularly, and talk to as many vintage sewing machine repair people as you can find. Many people have changed out the pressure foot bar to take the more available side-clamping feet, for this reason. That's another option you have.

    Good luck-- I hope you are able to treadle on your machine soon. You will absolutely love it.
    I have a wonderful sew shop that has BUCKETS of old Singer feet. She often gives them to me for FREE. I'll double check with her to see if she's got any back clamping feet. Just another excuse to go see the shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I would change it if I had the side clamp parts and knew how to do it! :| I am even watching for a parts machine. I missed one the other day for $15.50 plus a low shipping amount. It had what I needed.
    There's a couple place/shops on ebay that do this. As I understand it, you have to replace the presser bar totally but it has to be with another antique 66 presser bar from a donor machine. I'll look for those too. Whee !!! This is fun! The hunt is ON! <gosh, am I getting vintage machine 'drunk' or what?!?!>

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    You can use a presserfoot bar from a 27, 127, 28 ,128, 15, 66 if I remember correctly. I know I used a 27 before in one of mine a sold to a quilt shop.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I dont know about the Greyhound being cast into the treadle irons but it would be a gorgeous set if there were any!!

    Billy
    Heck, that's what I thought too!!!! I would be ALL OVER it. lol. Still searching/researching it. the logo def. had the hound, but I don't know if the machines had the full logo or just the NH. So far, it seems as if the designated "Light Running" machine title is given to the bronzy newer machine that was badged NH or Westinghouse, 15 clone. Reminds me of the Montgomery Ward France Libertie model. But the actual machines made by NH before Free took them over, all say New Home. Found one beautiful treadle on ebay, but has plain irons.
    Here are the one set of New Home irons I have that date to 1870.

    Billy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I dont know about the Greyhound being cast into the treadle irons but it would be a gorgeous set if there were any!!

    Billy
    Heck, that's what I thought too!!!! I would be ALL OVER it. lol. Still searching/researching it. the logo def. had the hound, but I don't know if the machines had the full logo or just the NH. So far, it seems as if the designated "Light Running" machine title is given to the bronzy newer machine that was badged NH or Westinghouse, 15 clone. Reminds me of the Montgomery Ward France Libertie model. But the actual machines made by NH before Free took them over, all say New Home. Found one beautiful treadle on ebay, but has plain irons.
    Here are the one set of New Home irons I have that date to 1870.

    Billy
    Very pretty. I have a New Home but the irons are just plain on it. Still haven't found out to much about it. I am still searching.

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    I have to sand blast these and repaint them, they used to be a BBQ grille stand at one time. I have gotten to where I can make a set of irons look like they were just off of the line they are so slick!

    But at the time I needed to get them inside before winter so I rattle canned them black and put a top on them.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    But at the time I needed to get them inside before winter so I rattle canned them black and put a top on them.

    Billy
    <<<gasp!>>>> SACRILEGE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Heck, that's what I thought too!!!! I would be ALL OVER it. lol. Still searching/researching it. the logo def. had the hound, but I don't know if the machines had the full logo or just the NH. So far, it seems as if the designated "Light Running" machine title is given to the bronzy newer machine that was badged NH or Westinghouse, 15 clone.
    I don't have a New Home Treadle, but I do have a New Home from 1939 that has the greyhound and emblems - page 482. It is a black machine, not bronzy. There is actually a New Home treadle for sale on Craigs list - http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2247042690.html - maybe, I will go take a peek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    My mom has got the sewing machine bug!! She had gotten a 99K a few years back, but sold it due to lack of space. Well, she got to thinking that the lady who had bought it had passed away, and her family might sell it back. So she got it again. Here is a pic, as is, and will post another when it gets spit-shined.
    Melinda, your Mom is very lucky to get the same machine back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Here are the one set of New Home irons I have that date to 1870.

    Billy
    Wow Billy, do you have the machine too?

    Nancy

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    Nope! Those go in from in front and a screw tightens down on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I can't sew with my 66 treadle yet! :-( I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I purchased my 1921 Singer 66 Red Eye without the standard presser foot. The foot had been lost. It is 'L' shaped and the two projections that sit on the fabric are different lengths. The foot is 13/16" from bed to bottom of screw notch. It attaches on the back of the shaft. (Back clamp style). I think the part number is 32559. I'm using a shirt tail hemmer for the measurement. I really am anxious to get my treadle machine going so that I can use it. This is the only vintage machine that I have so far. If anyone could tell me where I might find this foot, I would greatly appreciate it.
    My 66 also uses back clamping feet, but I only have one of the foot you are looking for-- the one I use the most on the machine! Those feet are hard to come by. If you want to keep your machine original, you may have to be patient and check ebay regularly, and talk to as many vintage sewing machine repair people as you can find. Many people have changed out the pressure foot bar to take the more available side-clamping feet, for this reason. That's another option you have.

    Good luck-- I hope you are able to treadle on your machine soon. You will absolutely love it.
    I have a wonderful sew shop that has BUCKETS of old Singer feet. She often gives them to me for FREE. I'll double check with her to see if she's got any back clamping feet. Just another excuse to go see the shop!
    Wow, it would be great if she has one. There's a presser foot bar on ebay but it's from a 99. Says it will fit a 66 too but I have no idea.

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    I found a Graybar electric machine today at an antique store near me. The lady only wants $50 for the machine, and it looks to be in great shape. I had never heard of a Graybar so did some research today. It seems Graybar was an actual company - still is - but, they made consumer products, including sewing machines from 1926 until 1934 when they succumbed to the Depression and discontinued their own lines of consumer products. Does anyone have a Graybar? Since they were only made for a few years, I'd think they are not real common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Here are the one set of New Home irons I have that date to 1870.

    Billy
    Wow Billy, do you have the machine too?

    Nancy
    Yes I have a machine that dates to then but I do not have the machine that came with the set of irons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I can't sew with my 66 treadle yet! :-( I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I purchased my 1921 Singer 66 Red Eye without the standard presser foot. The foot had been lost. It is 'L' shaped and the two projections that sit on the fabric are different lengths. The foot is 13/16" from bed to bottom of screw notch. It attaches on the back of the shaft. (Back clamp style). I think the part number is 32559. I'm using a shirt tail hemmer for the measurement. I really am anxious to get my treadle machine going so that I can use it. This is the only vintage machine that I have so far. If anyone could tell me where I might find this foot, I would greatly appreciate it.
    My 66 also uses back clamping feet, but I only have one of the foot you are looking for-- the one I use the most on the machine! Those feet are hard to come by. If you want to keep your machine original, you may have to be patient and check ebay regularly, and talk to as many vintage sewing machine repair people as you can find. Many people have changed out the pressure foot bar to take the more available side-clamping feet, for this reason. That's another option you have.

    Good luck-- I hope you are able to treadle on your machine soon. You will absolutely love it.
    I have a wonderful sew shop that has BUCKETS of old Singer feet. She often gives them to me for FREE. I'll double check with her to see if she's got any back clamping feet. Just another excuse to go see the shop!
    Wow, it would be great if she has one. There's a presser foot bar on ebay but it's from a 99. Says it will fit a 66 too but I have no idea.
    Only the 66-1 or 66-3 will fit the machine no other foot will fit.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    I don't have a New Home Treadle, but I do have a New Home from 1939 that has the greyhound and emblems - page 482. It is a black machine, not bronzy. There is actually a New Home treadle for sale on Craigs list - http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2247042690.html - maybe, I will go take a peek?

    Nancy
    Now THAT'S a machine I'd love to have! (Your machine, that is!) Beautiful. Thanks! That MUST be the greyhound machine I saw referenced. Funny though, that it's actually a later machine...after New Home was bought out by other company's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I would change it if I had the side clamp parts and knew how to do it! :| I am even watching for a parts machine. I missed one the other day for $15.50 plus a low shipping amount. It had what I needed.
    SHOOT! Don't you hate that? :evil:

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    for those with older treadles that are non-Singer:

    What is for sale over at shopgoodwill.com... is under Greist. Billy says that they are for white/national/eldredge machines, back clamping...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    re: the 66 with back clamping attachments....

    What is for sale over at shopgoodwill.com... is under Greist. There are some singer attachements, back clamping... but there's no straight stitch foot that I can see. hum.
    These are for the White/National/Eldredge type of machines, they will not fit the Singers

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