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    My friend was here for 2 days and she brought her elderly FW with her, its about a 1936.
    The lady she bought it from said that her engineer son had cleaned and oiled it. OMG The only thing he did was glop lots of black grease on the top & bottom gears. He didn't clean out the lint or oil anything, he did tighten all the screws and the handwheel clutch way too much and used a screw driver that was too big. grrrr! Some people should never be allowed to "service" a sewing machine ever!! :x I'd never serviced a FW that had no grease left in the motor at all.
    I gave the sweet FW lots of TLC and she sews very well now; purrs just like she should.

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    Tammy what we were told when Kathie and I took the FW class was that the Handwheel was just that a Handwheel - we should be starting the FW with that handwheel.

    Thanks for the information' now I won't worry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
    Nancy, let say this and I have to hit the hay cause tomorrow is another work day, but your quilt is gorgeous. You don't suffer from Adult ADD, do you.
    Cherrybsixty, I know you are not trying to be funny because ADD is not a funny subject, but I had to laugh. Sorry. No, I just come from a rancher family - my Dad was a cowboy. I was raised by the creed that as long as there is daylight you keep busy. My family did not have 9 to 5 jobs so I was taught at an early age to make my life productive - which means you work from dawn to dark! It drives my husband nuts sometimes, because he could watch movies all weekend, and he thinks after 5 you should be just sitting watching TV. That is from the way he was raised and our jobs! I want to make the most out of every day of my life - DH is much more laid back then I am - it has been a joke between us for 30 years that I can't sit through more than one movie -- then I have to do something!

    Nancy
    That's one of the reasons why treadles and HCs are so handy--you can do both!!
    I'm not really good at sitting still myself, but I'm also probably ADD (my kids are all diagnosed; I see no reason for an official diagnosis at my age), so I never really FINISH anything.

    It doesn't help that the @#$% phone keeps ringing. Anyone else hate the telephone??
    Yes especially if you break you neck to answer and it's a D%%mn recording to tell you about a credit card you don't have and don't want. GRRRRRRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    That's one of the reasons why treadles and HCs are so handy--you can do both!!
    I'm not really good at sitting still myself, but I'm also probably ADD (my kids are all diagnosed; I see no reason for an official diagnosis at my age), so I never really FINISH anything.

    It doesn't help that the @#$% phone keeps ringing. Anyone else hate the telephone??
    Well, that is why it is nice when you can screen your calls -- you don't have to talk to the person calling if you don't want to!

    Ok you all this is one of my dream machines! One of two! There are actually two of these on e-bay right now, but they always get bid out of sight! My daughter's married name is Jones!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0

    Nancy

    There are 10 bids on this machine already!
    That's Billy's friend. The decals are really beautiful on this one. DH has been watching this one too. Just to see it sell.

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    It doesn't help that the @#$% phone keeps ringing. Anyone else hate the telephone??[/quote]
    My fellings also.

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    billy, i have a singer301a and i think it is out of time is it hard to fix or do i need to put it in the shop to have it done i printed the instructions and it shows how to do it but the screws are so tight i can't get them loose so what would be the best thing to do? i don't really have the money to put it in the shop right now but am afraid of breaking something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura59
    Well, I did it again. Last night I got another sewing machine. We went out with the car club for our Tuesday night dinner and a sewing machine followed me home. About a month ago one of the guys said that he had an old sewing machine in his basement. He was going to toss it out because he didn't think anyone would want it. I told him that I would take it. Last night, he brought it along with him. It needs a good cleaning. There are some attachments with it. The machine is a Singer 66 treadle. The alloted date is 1909. Pretty cool for being over 100 years old. Just had to share my good news
    You have a very nice 66 with lotus decals my favorite. I wish I had a friends that would give a sewing machine. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    My friend was here for 2 days and she brought her elderly FW with her, its about a 1936.
    The lady she bought it from said that her engineer son had cleaned and oiled it. OMG The only thing he did was glop lots of black grease on the top & bottom gears. He didn't clean out the lint or oil anything, he did tighten all the screws and the handwheel clutch way too much and used a screw driver that was too big. grrrr! Some people should never be allowed to "service" a sewing machine ever!! :x I'd never serviced a FW that had no grease left in the motor at all.
    I gave the sweet FW lots of TLC and she sews very well now; purrs just like she should.
    Forgot to tell y'all it took me 2 hours to undo all that goopy mess. I should've taken before and after pix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446
    I recently posted about a Necchi machine I was thinking about getting.

    "There's a number pressed in the metal on the bottom front of the machine (when you tilt it back from the carrying case base) which I believe is the serial number. It is 507098. My guess is that it's from the 1940's or '50's.
    Note: ***
    Dh found another number also A107-3
    Other writing reads: Distributed by Necchi Elna Sewing Machine Sales USA
    *** Arm says Miracle on it.
    Motor: Champion Made in USA Universal Motion Cycles 25-75 Model 24
    I have one of these machines labeled as distributed by Necchi-Elna. Mine is a green straight-stitcher, and I believe it was made in the early 60s. My friend's ex-husband gave it to her for her birthday one year. I got it in the divorce--I'm pretty sure she didn't want to look at anything that reminded her of him!!
    Do you happen to know what size needles it takes. I am having a really hard time finding information about it. I am waiting to hear from a site that might have a manual.
    Thanks, it's seems to be a really "sweet" machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok you all this is one of my dream machines! One of two! There are actually two of these on e-bay right now, but they always get bid out of sight! My daughter's married name is Jones!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0

    Nancy

    There are 10 bids on this machine already!
    Oh my Gosh! That is beautiful! Those are yellow roses right? WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok you all this is one of my dream machines! One of two! There are actually two of these on e-bay right now, but they always get bid out of sight! My daughter's married name is Jones!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0

    Nancy

    There are 10 bids on this machine already!
    Oh my Gosh! That is beautiful! Those are yellow roses right? WOW!
    What a beautiful machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    So I have an old Singer - okay one of several. Her serial # is C5056816. She lives in a lovely bentwood, box and is knee press operated. According to Singer, those records were lost. How/where do I find out info about this baby?
    Chris-quilts, it is hard when you have one of the machines from the missing serial numbers. Anyway, you know it can't be older than 1908 and it was made in Wittenberge, Germany (Prussia). Can you post a picture and maybe we can figure out what you have?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    That's one of the reasons why treadles and HCs are so handy--you can do both!!
    I'm not really good at sitting still myself, but I'm also probably ADD (my kids are all diagnosed; I see no reason for an official diagnosis at my age), so I never really FINISH anything.

    It doesn't help that the @#$% phone keeps ringing. Anyone else hate the telephone??
    Ok Cherrybsixty, Miz Johnny diagnosed me. I don't have ADD - I have to finish everything I start - drives me batty until I get er finished!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Well, that is why it is nice when you can screen your calls -- you don't have to talk to the person calling if you don't want to!

    Ok you all this is one of my dream machines! One of two! There are actually two of these on e-bay right now, but they always get bid out of sight! My daughter's married name is Jones!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0

    Nancy

    There are 10 bids on this machine already!
    I do screen my calls, but SOMETIMES, you just have to talk to people or they get their feelings hurt. Ask me how I know.

    I've been watching that Jones as well, and was greatly tempted, but I have 2 or 3 Jones machines, so thought I'd better let that one pass me by. That big yellow rose really does float my boat, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    That's one of the reasons why treadles and HCs are so handy--you can do both!!
    I'm not really good at sitting still myself, but I'm also probably ADD (my kids are all diagnosed; I see no reason for an official diagnosis at my age), so I never really FINISH anything.

    It doesn't help that the @#$% phone keeps ringing. Anyone else hate the telephone??
    Well, that is why it is nice when you can screen your calls -- you don't have to talk to the person calling if you don't want to!

    Ok you all this is one of my dream machines! One of two! There are actually two of these on e-bay right now, but they always get bid out of sight! My daughter's married name is Jones!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0

    Nancy

    There are 10 bids on this machine already!
    That's Billy's friend. The decals are really beautiful on this one. DH has been watching this one too. Just to see it sell.
    This seller is the best of the best. I've bought several machines from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446
    I recently posted about a Necchi machine I was thinking about getting.

    . . . . . . . . . . .

    Do you happen to know what size needles it takes. I am having a really hard time finding information about it. I am waiting to hear from a site that might have a manual.
    Thanks, it's seems to be a really "sweet" machine.
    I am almost sure it will be a 15 x 1 (standard) needle. All the Necchis, Elnas, and the Japanese machines I've seen take the common needle.

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    Now this would be for you Miz Johnny! A modern HC that you could do decorative stitches with! Geeze, I'd like that!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SINGER-3...item20b7dcc19a

    Read the description, the lady wanted the 306 so she could sew down by the lake without electricity!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Found: Adorable Mission Style cabinet with a "The Free" SM :) Not sure what year it was made but most likely dates around 1910 - 1912. I really like the cabinet style and would love to modify it to fit my singer 206. Any suggestions on how to go about making this swap-out work?

    Judy
    Wow--beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Now this would be for you Miz Johnny! A modern HC that you could do decorative stitches with! Geeze, I'd like that!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SINGER-3...item20b7dcc19a

    Read the description, the lady wanted the 306 so she could sew down by the lake without electricity!

    Nancy
    My friend Pam has been trying to do this--a regular HC won't fit for some reason. I'm going to have her check it out and see how this was done!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Now this would be for you Miz Johnny! A modern HC that you could do decorative stitches with! Geeze, I'd like that!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SINGER-3...item20b7dcc19a

    Read the description, the lady wanted the 306 so she could sew down by the lake without electricity!

    Nancy
    What an AWESOME machine :shock: :shock: :shock: I can't wait to see what it sells for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    Nancy, I have room at my house.
    and mine!!! Oh, wait... DH doesn't 'get' the VSM fascanation. I better not. I can't barely hide all the ones I've got now! lol!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura59
    Here is a pic of the cabinet for my Singer 66. Not much room to take a good pic. Sorry.
    Nice, clean cabinet. I love both the ornate ones...but really like the plain ones. They 'look' cleaner to my eye. (personal taste, of course).

    Great little Red Head....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    So I have an old Singer - okay one of several. Her serial # is C5056816. She lives in a lovely bentwood, box and is knee press operated. According to Singer, those records were lost. How/where do I find out info about this baby?
    Post a photo of her, front and back.... and Billy, MsJohnny, Nancy or Brenda can tell you not only 'what' she is... but what she had for breakfast.... lol.

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    [quote=Miz Johnny][quote=Crossstitcher]
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok you all this is one of my dream machines! There are actually two of these on e-bay right now, but they always get bid out of sight! http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0
    Nancy
    That's Billy's friend. The decals are really beautiful on this one. DH has been watching this one too. Just to see it sell.
    This seller is the best of the best. I've bought several machines from him.
    wow... just....wow. Is that a beaut. or what? I'm thinking of bidding. Once. Not that I'd win, of course.... but just to at least 'come close'.... to a yellow rose Jones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here goes - the 66 spanned 1902 to 1956:

    The 66-1 with the Egyptian? was made from 1902 - 1906 and the Scroll (red - must be the redeye?) from 1906 - 1923 was a back clamp. These were treadles with back clamping feet.
    My 66-1 is a 1908 model, with Egyptian Lotus decals. Feet are back clamping and it's a treadle.

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