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    I need help! I got a nice Singer Spartan (the no-frills 99) and have cleaned and oiled it...but the presser foot doesn't clamp down tight on the feed dogs. It has a lot of "play" in it and so the fabric doesn't move well no matter what stitch length I set it on. Other than that it runs very nicely, quiet and smooth. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    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.
    Miz Johnny, you already have 2 or 3 Jones machines? Geeze, I want to be your relative! Are the other Jones machines as pretty as the one we are watching?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    http://cgi.ebay.com/JONES-HAND-CRANK...item3cb5da59b0

    That's Billy's friend. The decals are really beautiful on this one.

    This seller is the best of the best. I've bought several machines from him.
    Geeze, that is good to know! Only 5 hours left - I am so tempted to bid!

    Nancy

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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!!!!
    Geeze, I will probably end up giving a couple away, but not the ones we re-do!!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    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.
    Yes, the motor probably needs grease, at least the older motors have to be greased! The machine probably needs to be oiled and deep cleaned to make sure there isn't hardened oil causing a drag. I wouldn't even try to run that machine until I had cleaned, greased the gears and motor, and oiled the machine. There are about 11 oil holes behind the face plate, several under the bottom cover, under the slide plates, and on the arm of the machine.

    Good luck, I really love to sew on my Featherweights in classes!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by michbutler
    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.
    Congratulations on your Davis! I just finished attaching binding to my first quilt with my Davis!

    There are pictures here on pages 533, 474, 519, 585, 554, 593, and 817. What is your serial number? It is listed on the slide plate? I am trying to put together a dating list for this group.

    Nancy

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    Nancy, please put me on your list for give aways. I can drive to California. I just looked at the Jones again, is that price kind of low right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    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
    Melinda, they were only made until 1956 so that has to be one of the last models - a 66-24!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    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.
    Congratulations! You won't regret it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    Nancy, please put me on your list for give aways. I can drive to California. I just looked at the Jones again, is that price kind of low right now?
    Yes, but I bet it goes crazy right before it closes! There are 10 bids, which means there are probably at least 5 people watching it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    This was my final message from Alan and my time with the NB is apparently over. :mrgreen: The funny part is I think this is supposed to hurt my feelings or something? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I tried to give him some constructive criticism and even tried to smooth it over by compromising but they were so ashamed that I tarnished the site on the web for everyone to see. All I did was quote what he said directly and things that we have heard throughout the years there. Basically I reinforced everyone's perception of what the attitude of the Needlebar is like.

    But this is his opinion of this site, our Shop, and members over here including me. Honestly do you really want to be a part of this dictatorship?

    I think it is time to pull down the curtain on "The Billy Show" in the NeedleBar. Let him perform his egotistical antics elsewhere for those gullible enough to listen to his manipulative bullshit.

    So Billy, now you can go over to the other forum where you can paint yourself as "Saint Billy", soothe your giant ego and tell them all about the injustices meted out to you by the evil Alan Quinn in his NeedleBar lair.

    Someone over here forwarded the other quotes that I made about the site to him so I imagine that they will do the same thing about this one. And you know what I could care less and I am sticking by my guns on this one.....

    This is OUR shop and we are all family here and the welcome mat is always out! Plus its not like an old stuffy museum, we like to use our machines like we stole them!! :P

    Oh by the way I have a fresh pot of coffee on and my wife baked a couple of her famous chocolate pies!!!

    Billy
    an I come over for tea?Been lurking a long time and now out! pab

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    My mom has Sears Franklin treadle machine. She's had it for years, my step-grandmother gave it to her. She hasn't used it in a few years because she said it was hard to find parts for it. She says the bobbin (bullet shaped) is probably worn out and probably needs to be serviced too, because she's not able to adjust the stitching. It is a good sturdy machine from what I remember!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    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.
    Congratulations! You won't regret it!


    Nancy
    Thankyou! I'm really excited- also a bit nervous till I actually set eyes on it, but mostly excited! I've heard so much about these machines and how their owners love them.

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    Nancy, just went to the Jones auction and looked at bid history - 8 people have bid on it. You are right it will go crazy soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    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.
    If yours didn't come with the manual, I would be more than glad to fax or e-mail you copies of the oiling & greasing diagram from mine. Send me a PM if I can be of help.

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    Check that the presser bar is tightened and adjust the little hand screw on the top, above the lever and make sure it is turning at all to put the pressure needed. Too loose will give you nothing, and too tight will pucker the fabric's tail off. Also there is a spring on the presser bar. Open the face and look at it and check for functionality.

    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    I need help! I got a nice Singer Spartan (the no-frills 99) and have cleaned and oiled it...but the presser foot doesn't clamp down tight on the feed dogs. It has a lot of "play" in it and so the fabric doesn't move well no matter what stitch length I set it on. Other than that it runs very nicely, quiet and smooth. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    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.
    You don't have a pic of your Mum's Husqy do you?? I have a Husqvarna, but not sure of it's date. I figure it's about mid 60's but would love to have a pic to compare it to.

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    Hi l have just looked at my machine and the screw is to the back so l am a back clamper is that right thank you l am still so happy that l have these machines l only have the one treadle though no room for more as yet????????
    Elsie Blight
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    You people are such enablers. I just bought the New Home Ruby by phone. I haven't even seen a picture of the machine just the cabinet. The seller says it doesn't have the tension on the top like the picture I found and she has sewn on it. If she wasn't on dial up, I would have asked her to email a picture.

    I hate $$$ or best offer. I never know how much less to offer. When I sell something, even a house, it's $$$ firm.

    It's only a mile from the location of the wedding. Was that an omen that I should go get it? I haven't sewn on a treadle in 50 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    You people are such enablers. I just bought the New Home Ruby by phone. I haven't even seen a picture of the machine just the cabinet. The seller says it doesn't have the tension on the top like the picture I found and she has sewn on it. If she wasn't on dial up, I would have asked her to email a picture.

    I hate $$$ or best offer. I never know how much less to offer. When I sell something, even a house, it's $$$ firm.

    It's only a mile from the location of the wedding. Was that an omen that I should go get it? I haven't sewn on a treadle in 50 years.
    It is like riding bike once you know how you never forget how to ride. Enjoy your new treadle. Glenn

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    Question...Do those of you who have a 66 set the thread spool on the top pin with the thread coming from the back of the spool or from the front of the spool? Then it goes to the left toward the little hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    Question...Do those of you who have a 66 set the thread spool on the top pin with the thread coming from the back of the spool or from the front of the spool? Then it goes to the left toward the little hook.
    I really never thought about that. I look at the spool to see which way it unwinds with the least curls. Usually on the back to go to left of the hook. I have been sewing on my 66-1 for years and never had a problem either way. Glenn

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    I doubt if it makes a difference, but I couldn't find a photo clear enough to see. Maybe someone else knows if there's a right or wrong way.

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    I need information on a 1928 Singer 99-13. It didn't come with power cord or controller. It is in a bentwood case, but no key. I have been searching and searching for a picture of the key I need, but can't find one.

    I also see that some of the 99-13s came with a knee controller and some with a foot controller. How do I tell which one I have?

    HELP!!! :-) Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    I doubt if it makes a difference, but I couldn't find a photo clear enough to see. Maybe someone else knows if there's a right or wrong way.
    I looked in my manual the thread comes off counter clock wise but like you think it will make no diff. Glenn

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