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    Hi Everybody,

    Well today I joined the Featherweight Club. I bought a 1955 221 that had been stored in it's case in a barn for decades. It was dusty pretty bad, but the worst was that the motor was barely functioning when we plugged it in and hit the button. It made a labored sound and barely turned the belt at all. How bad will this be to get it going again? Does it sound like it just needs grease, or a whole new motor? The motor belt needs replacing, but there's something going on with the motor, as it just doesn't turn the belt much at all. What can I try? All the wiring looks surprisingly good.

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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.
    Love it! It's a twin to mine, only one year younger... I adore sewing on mine, and I'm sure you will love using yours too. These are just such fine machines.

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    Okay.... has anyone asked this question yet? There are tons of good clones of 15-91s, 27s, 66s and even 99s. But the 'best' seamstress' machine Singer made was their top o line 201 model.

    But I don't see any clones of that? I see front tensioner clones that are like the 66-16, and face plate tensioner clones like the 15-91s.... but were there full sized, 201 clones?

    Curious?

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    Hey, forgot to mention that the lady I bought the Featherweight from also had a nice model 201 in a cabinet that she wanted to sell. I wasn't interested because I have two of those already (they keep finding me!) but I told her I'd mention it here and see if anyone is looking for one. The machine had been in her family, but she didn't sew, so the machine has just sat for a long time and would need a good clean up. She didn't want a lot for it. It's in Mississippi, just outside of Brookhaven, so ATTN: MS BOARD MEMBERS! Anyone interested can PM me and I have her permission to give out her phone number to interested persons. 201s are fantastic machines-- gear driven, beltless, and quiet. This one was built in 1950.

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    I'm trying to get the hang of how to post. Please bare with me. I recently bought a Davis VF. How do I find out what model I have and how old it is? Thank you for any help.

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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
    That box is very nice with its tape measure! Machine looks very nice too, but the price is too high for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Okay.... has anyone asked this question yet? There are tons of good clones of 15-91s, 27s, 66s and even 99s. But the 'best' seamstress' machine Singer made was their top o line 201 model.

    But I don't see any clones of that? I see front tensioner clones that are like the 66-16, and face plate tensioner clones like the 15-91s.... but were there full sized, 201 clones?

    Curious?
    Kwendt, I like your avatar right now, love those vintage dresses.

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    please explain what back clamping feet are l am just learning l have a singer treadle 66 l have had her about six weeks now l would appreceite this
    Thank you
    Elsie Australia

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    l have four days ago aquired a singer 242 with motor l think it maybe 1972 can any one help with this it is pale green.
    Today after l had done the shopping l stopped at a garage sale and could not resist for $10 a Borletti 1102 l havent had a good look at her so l don't know if she works yet any one know anything about this one she still has her books with her.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    please explain what back clamping feet are l am just learning l have a singer treadle 66 l have had her about six weeks now l would appreceite this
    Thank you
    Elsie Australia
    Hi Elsie.... welcome to "66" owners land! (I have one too... as do a lot of people on this board!) We love them.

    The 'back clamp' or 'side clamp' phrases refer to the way the presser feet are attached to the presser bar/machine. Sewing machines in general (particularly those designed for home sewing) change out presser feet so that the seamstress can sew different types of things. There are different presser feet to do straight stitching, zippers, buttons, edging, hemming, 1/4" seams, overcasting, etc. etc.

    Singer 66 machines have low shank presser feet that are changed out by simply unscrewing the screw on the side or the back and letting the foot drop off the machine. You put the desired foot on by fitting it up to the shaft and re tightening that screw.

    The very first models of the Singer 66 used 'back clamping'... meaning that the feet clamped in from the back. The other 66 models, and most all of Singer's other machines used side clamping feet. The back clamping feet are harder to find.

    Which style feet do you have on your 66? You can tell by looking to see if your attachment screw is facing to the left or to the back. If you're not sure, take a picture and post it here. The 'experts' can tell you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    l have four days ago aquired a singer 242 with motor l think it maybe 1972 can any one help with this it is pale green.
    Today after l had done the shopping l stopped at a garage sale and could not resist for $10 a Borletti 1102 l havent had a good look at her so l don't know if she works yet any one know anything about this one she still has her books with her.
    Thank you
    A 242... I've never seen. Nor the Borletti! Wow... great finds. Post pics!

    Ah... okay, here's a threading diagram for it anyways...
    http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diag...ng_diagram.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Wow, very pretty.... VM, That's a different type than the VS machines. Is that a transverse shuttle? I know little about the older shuttle mechanisms. If it is indeed the transverse, what are the pros and cons of this particular system?

    (and oh... BTW.... thank you for the compliment on my current avatar pic of 40's dress pattern. lol) Yes, I love them too.

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    I keep reading about the 66s and started laughing, as I realized I have a newer 66. I bought it at a garage sale from the original owner, who had sewn a good bit on it. The decals are worn, but she had three daughters. I asked her several times if she was sure her daughters didn't want it, and she was. It is AM073776, and made in 1955. The original purchase date was June 20, 1956, and I bought it because my birthday is June 20, and I figured that was a sign, like I needed one. It came in a Singer cabiinet, with all the attachments and manuals, buttonholer and manual as well. This was 3 years ago, before I knew about sewing machine addictions. I already had quite a few machines already, but didn't realize I had a "problem" until I joined this board. LOL
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    Sewbizgirl, I am really anxious to get it cleaned up and be able to use it.

    One of the ladies in our car club volunteers at a thrift shop on Wednesdays. If the phone rings around noon on a Wednesday, Bob just cringes. Most of the time it is her calling to tell me of a machine she saw at the shop. Of course, we have to take a run over there right away. Most of the time, one or two, just might somehow follow me out to the van. lol.

    Right now, I have 7 treadles. Don't have the room to open them right now. I also have some machines in cabinets and I have some portables. I'm trying to make some room in my sewing room. Of course, I have to share my sewing room with the washer & dryer, freezer, a large hutch, Bob's large workbench, a band saw and a lathe. Not much room for my stuff. Hope to get some of that stuff out of there, soon. I want to be able to display my machines. Maybe, this afternoon, I can see about moving some things around. Wish me luck.

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    My broken 201 handwheel problem is solved - the seller sent me his wife's beautiful chrome one! I'm going around singing Trace Adkin's song "Chrome" LOL

    Now just waiting for the mounting hinges to arrive to put her in the cabinet. And for the other machine to arrive so I can do a little rearranging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    I already had quite a few machines already, but didn't realize I had a "problem" until I joined this board. LOL
    Problem, what problem....

    :?: :?: :?: ;-) ;-) ;-) :roll:

    Lovely machine. I love my 66. Hey, that should be on a T-shirt.

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    I have listed on the Classified section for an original 301 manual and acc.
    Tommie

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    I've just bought a Featherweight! I saw one on Ebay that looks as if it's in good condition, from a seller with a 100% rating, and it's a 1953, like me, so I decided that maybe that was a good omen! I've thought about getting one a few times, but never got around to it, or there were none available when I looked. I've recently been using my Mum's late 60s Husqvarna and loved its solidity and reliability, but she's not about to part with that, so as I could do with a lightweight machine, I decided to take the plunge.

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    Tommie you can get a manual copy here:
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...e_manuals.html

    You might check eBay for an original.

    Also there is a 301 web site where you can get what accessories were available and how to use them. Here:

    http://singer301.com/accessories/default.html.

    You might try Sew-Classic for accessories or eBay.
    Don't know if this will help, but I hope it will.

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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.

    . . . . . . . . . . .

    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.
    Thanks! I was hoping it would take a standard needle.
    Now to find info on the other one. A Free Westinghouse Type 5...how much fun this is!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    DROOL! A beautiful treadle! Wish I was closer...

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    Is there a special page that shows all of Billy's tuts?
    I don't know if he has written one for greasing and oiling yet or not.
    Thanks!
    And Thank you Billy for providing so much needed information for all of us!
    Will leave 2 Lemon Meringue Pies in the shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Wow, very pretty.... VM, That's a different type than the VS machines. Is that a transverse shuttle? I know little about the older shuttle mechanisms. If it is indeed the transverse, what are the pros and cons of this particular system?

    (and oh... BTW.... thank you for the compliment on my current avatar pic of 40's dress pattern. lol) Yes, I love them too.
    I don't know anything about this type of machine since I haven't taken an interest to research about them. Maybe Miz Johnny or someone else that owns one can fill you in. Just start with a google search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    My broken 201 handwheel problem is solved - the seller sent me his wife's beautiful chrome one! I'm going around singing Trace Adkin's song "Chrome" LOL

    Now just waiting for the mounting hinges to arrive to put her in the cabinet. And for the other machine to arrive so I can do a little rearranging.
    Have fun with your 201! You are going to love that machine.

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