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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    this is so neat because yesterday i adopted my first featherweight 221-1!!! which i bought on Ebay 8-) she came with several hem attachments, lots and lots of oil in the original boxes and tins, the instruction book, button holer, all kinds of goodies. i hadn't thought about naming "her" but now i'll put some thought to it. she was apparently born in 1948 in Scotland according to the serial number. i can't wait to get sewing, but she's a little dirty and she needs a new belt before she shows me her stuff, so off to the shop she goes. what a nice surprise to open my computer to this today after meeting my new friend today!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewred
    Billy i don't know if you want to see all the machines i have ! I have about 15 or 16. I have a Kenmore, White, Rex, A Vogue-stitch, a Singer serger, and a Brother ( but we won't talk about that one i don't like it !) The rest are vintage Singers From 1910-1950's and 60's! Plus my husband does upholstery and has a Consew 225, 226, and a 226 Long Arm which is 36 inches long! He also has a Juki LU 562, and his dad's Singer 111w-155 from 1950. We like sewing machines can you tell! hee hee!
    I don't know about anybody else, but I would love to see them! :thumbup: :)

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    Great thread Billy I am sure it will be well used!

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    Damaquilts, are the machine and treadle irons well oiled? Thats a sweet little machine, I'd be proud to own it! :) Is the treadle hard/impossible to move when it "freezes"? I'm thinking it almost has to be a problem with either the belt or the pitman arm...and most likely the belt since you don't seem to have a problem until you put it on... to echo what's often heard and what I've said many times...BILLY will know!! ~grin~

    Linda, can't wait to see your photos!! I've heard of a Jones, but not a Collier! I've been keeping my eyes open for a handcrank to take in the camper with us this summer, but haven't found one yet that suits me...

    ifw045...work on your machine and let SIL take care of the house!! ;) :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    Quote Originally Posted by sewred
    Billy i don't know if you want to see all the machines i have ! I have about 15 or 16. I have a Kenmore, White, Rex, A Vogue-stitch, a Singer serger, and a Brother ( but we won't talk about that one i don't like it !) The rest are vintage Singers From 1910-1950's and 60's! Plus my husband does upholstery and has a Consew 225, 226, and a 226 Long Arm which is 36 inches long! He also has a Juki LU 562, and his dad's Singer 111w-155 from 1950. We like sewing machines can you tell! hee hee!
    I don't know about anybody else, but I would love to see them! :thumbup: :)
    I'll second that!! :)

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    I have a Model 66 that I bought for $50.00 and I just bought another one ($100.00) but don't know which model it is. It came with all the attachments and is in excellent condition but no book. Do you know where I can find out what machine I have and if there are instruction manuals out there.

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    I think it must be the belt. I just don't know what to do about it. Everything is oiled well. I use Triflow so no build up of brown junk.
    I want a treadle but I hate to see this one sit here. I would rather see someone get it who can figure it out.
    Do you think 100 is too much to ask for it?

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    Holy cow!!!! Talk about a popular thread!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

    I am tickled to see everyone here and I was talking to the admin and it was brought up that we could make this a "Virtual Forum" I am still kinda confused as to how it all works but I will be in control over the content and the post.

    But I am kinda like you guys this does deserve a sticky but like it was stated a bit earlier it is going to stay at the top anyway because of the interest by all of you. I might have to get a few more stools it looks like! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    It is going to take me a few post to weed through the questions and Charlee feel free to jump in and help!! :-D :-D

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts
    I am so glad you started this. Maybe you can help with a treadle that has been sitting here for a couple of years. I did go to a yahoo group but no one answered my question.
    what I have is a Singer/New Family Model 12 dated 1876.
    I did get that off the Singer dating site.
    The pedal freezes up on me after it moves back and forth a few times. The machine moves fine and the pedal moves fine until I put the belt on. The the pedal will move back and forth maybe 3 times and freeze. I am sure it is the operator but I don't know what to do.
    Okay lets start with this one!

    How tight do you have the belt on the treadle? It is suposed to be just tight enough to not slip but loose enough so it will not put any wear on the bushings in the machine.

    Are the treadle irons oiled? use sewing machine oil on spots were metal rubs metal and the pitman arm. It sounds like the belt is a little too tight and the pitman needs oiling.

    Try this out and let me know how it works.

    Billy

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    Will try everything tomorrow. I am fostering a chihuahua and he has worn me out for today. lol
    I am pretty sure everything is oiled well. My brother did it for me and then I did it again.
    Thank you for answering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Billy, what a great idea. I will be looking forward to this shop each morning. I drink tea though.

    I will try to post pictures later today. My sweet hubby drove me 3.5 hours north of our place to purchase a Featherweight. We went back 2 days later to get some specialty wood at the same home and I purchased 2 handcranks. One is a Jones Hand Machine as presented to HRH the Princess of Whales and the other is a Collier's No. 4. I found quite a bit of history on the Jones but am having trouble locating info on the Collier's. Found info on the Collier's No. 3. I just want more and haven't figured out exactly where else to go.
    Try this link out, it is to the Smithsonian website just for sewing machines. They have a lot of factory documents, memos, advertisements, and manuals.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...wing-Machines/

    I will look around and see what I can come up with but it sounds like you have a great hubby and some wonderful machines!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjaye44
    Now I have a question. I want to take her in for a checkup and have her nether regions cleaned and oiled. I got the head out of the cabinet with no problems but I can't figure out how to remove the foot control. In picture 2 you can see the hole where the cord runs through that small hole in the side of the machine bed. What do I do next?? Help
    I would leave the pedal on the machine, the repair guy is going to need it to test the machine and make sure everything is dialed in. Also he might need to replace the wiring somewhere.

    But you will have to undo the wires either at the pedal or the plug what ever it takes to get it out of the hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewred
    Billy i don't know if you want to see all the machines i have ! I have about 15 or 16. I have a Kenmore, White, Rex, A Vogue-stitch, a Singer serger, and a Brother ( but we won't talk about that one i don't like it !) The rest are vintage Singers From 1910-1950's and 60's! Plus my husband does upholstery and has a Consew 225, 226, and a 226 Long Arm which is 36 inches long! He also has a Juki LU 562, and his dad's Singer 111w-155 from 1950. We like sewing machines can you tell! hee hee!
    Yes please post them!!

    We have lots of room here in the shop for machines!!! :D :D :D

    Billy

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    I showed you picks of my two old machines a few weeks ago. So I am glad you started this up. Maybe someone can identify the one (made in japan) I drink my coffiee black, and I'll bring my own stool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Linda, can't wait to see your photos!! I've heard of a Jones, but not a Collier!
    Collier #4 is a Jones machine that was badged and sold by the London company of J. Collier. So go look at the Jones section of the Smithsonian and you should find some information or hop on the NeedleBar.org and register if you are not a member yet. Lots of good information on that site about the Jones/Collier machines.

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    Billy, so glad you opened up shop! I have two treadles, a Featherweight and an older Elna, as well as the two Elnas I use now. Didn't know too much about my treadles until I joined this site at the beginning of the year, except that I love sewing on them and my DH keeps them running pretty well. Have recently moved and neither one has come over to the house yet. Hopefully they will arrive soon. It will be much easier to review the wealth of information all of you provide now that it will be in one place. Keep up the good work. Elaine

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    Your machines are wonderful. The restoration project will be tough. There are woodworking cat. on the web to get veneer for repairs to cabinet and it is not to hard to do. You will have fun with this one it just takes time. I restore antiques and really like to work on these things that seem to be impossible to repair. Glenn

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    Referring to Charlee's fire damaged machine Glenn

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    I found a binder foot for my 66 but they want $40 for it. Is this to much. Glenn

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    I have a hand-crank that lives in our camper thru the summer. We camp in the boonies and no electricity. I entered a quilt in the fair that I had pieced on this machine and won a blue ribbon on it. Love this machine!!!!

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am very new to quilting and I'm teaching myself through online tutorials and books. I've seen a lot of you talking about using an old treddle machhine for your quilt tops. I have a treddle which was my late MIL's, but it needs a fair amount of restoration. Before I spend, can you please tell me the advantage of using the treddle and what kind of work you use it for.

    Thanks All

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    I am so glad to see your shop. I have a Singer machine I will need some help with soon. I need to do pics first to send. Great place Billy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juneayerza
    Hello Everyone,

    I am very new to quilting and I'm teaching myself through online tutorials and books. I've seen a lot of you talking about using an old treddle machhine for your quilt tops. I have a treddle which was my late MIL's, but it needs a fair amount of restoration. Before I spend, can you please tell me the advantage of using the treddle and what kind of work you use it for.

    Thanks All
    Welcome to the shop, Please post some pictures. Billy and charlee can help Glenn

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    I will try to take pics in a few days . right now i am in the process of helping hubby move our upholstery shop to a new building we are now going to be official business owners
    with our own building! Whoo hoo! Wish us luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juneayerza
    Hello Everyone,

    I am very new to quilting and I'm teaching myself through online tutorials and books. I've seen a lot of you talking about using an old treddle machhine for your quilt tops. I have a treddle which was my late MIL's, but it needs a fair amount of restoration. Before I spend, can you please tell me the advantage of using the treddle and what kind of work you use it for.

    Thanks All
    I do it all on a treadle from the tops to doing the FMQ and the binding! I have a central treadle mounted under a bench that when the leaf is in place it is 36x140 work surface. I also have different plates that I can put in the central hole and use different machines.

    The advantage in my own opinion is that you have a piece of living history in your hands and somehow you can see and feel the love that was put into it. For me its like I stepped back into time and I am back in the golden age of the sewing machine. Everything stops for me and I am in another world listening to the little squeaks and clunks of the treadle, and the sound of the machine as its running. Time stands still!!

    Billy

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