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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Here is a picture of my Singer straight-leg treadle. I don't know how to rotate the picture, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    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!!
    We all studied this over the weekend, and finally decided it has had a new hole drilled in the boss. A little more than I am ready to tackle!!

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    She is old enough to be considered vintage thats for sure! I say go get it and lets help you get it back into service and use it like it is supposed to be doing!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    We burned up that machine, and it was brand new! I went in the talk to Sears about it, this is before I learned about the machines, the guy in Sears said it was the bottom of the line and only meant to be a sometimes used, never really sewing with it, kind of machine!
    Nancy
    :shock: :roll: Leave it to Sears to sell a sewing machine that shouldn't really be used very much. It must have been one of their "Bait and Switch" items..... :shock: They were famous for that back in the 60's and 70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    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.
    I haven't been around much this weekend; this was our annual "sleepover" for some of my sewing machine friends. The posting for this machine is gone already, but I posted a picture last week of my "new" little Vesta, so am assuming it is the same thing.

    The shuttle in a transverse machine travels in a straight line, rather than an arc like a vibrating shuttle. The shuttles are "boat" shaped, with one side open. I love sewing on them; they are very simple machines.

    I love the old patterns, too--I have more than my share of them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Here is a picture of my Singer straight-leg treadle. I don't know how to rotate the picture, sorry.
    Here you go:
    Monica, did you redo this treadle and cabinet? It sure looks great!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Thought you all might like to see how my GFs and I are spending the first night of a long weekend!!
    How did Pam get a homemade cam for that 316?

    Nancy
    She made it herself, using some sort of compound her husband uses to make fossil replicas. I had seen the mold she created, but hadn't yet seen the completed project--so I was truly impressed.

    Some of the Singer flat cams are a bit scarce--the #1 zigzag and the hemstitch cams come to mind off-hand. Hers work great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    OMG!! Is that yellow sewing machine original yellow? I love the various colors that the Japanese 15s come in. I am on the hunt if it is. Sounds like a fun weekend to me. My husband works nights, so I have a lot of those weekends. My mom or kids will call and ask what I am doing......standard answer is playing with sewing machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Thought you all might like to see how my GFs and I are spending the first night of a long weekend!!
    Yes, it is. I found one several years ago and used it first as a treadle, and later as a handcrank. I love it--sews like a dream. My friend Di kept trying to talk me out of it, and this fall I found her one . She has it cleaned up and sewing, but was "coaxing" something loose. I had to take a picture of it, as we all kept saying, "I wouldn't do that if I were you!" She wound up just tapping it though, so it's all good.
    We all met through Treadleon and all live within 6 or 7 hours of each other, so get together at various places several times throughout the year. I have met some of the best friends I've ever had on the internet.
    We had a great weekend; spent some of it eating and drinking a bit of champagne (necessary for working on some of the older machines), some of it at quilt shops and antique malls, and the majority tearing down machines on my kitchen table!! I didn't even take the tablecloth off, just put on a piece of plastic. Yeah, we're classy.
    We're getting together at the Cincinnati quilt show in April--anyone else going to be there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Thought you all might like to see how my GFs and I are spending the first night of a long weekend!!
    How did Pam get a homemade cam for that 316?

    Nancy
    She made it herself, using some sort of compound her husband uses to make fossil replicas. I had seen the mold she created, but hadn't yet seen the completed project--so I was truly impressed.

    Some of the Singer flat cams are a bit scarce--the #1 zigzag and the hemstitch cams come to mind off-hand. Hers work great!!
    Geeze, there are some really talented and innovative people addicted to these old machines for sure!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    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
    No--I have the ugliest green one you've ever seen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Anybody know what this little machine is? It's listed in an auction as a featherweight with a ? after it. I think they are just thinking because it's small it's a featherweight. It is a treadle it seems in a pretty ugly green painted cabinet.
    I am way behind in reading posts, but just in case someone else hasn't answered this, it's a Singer 24 chain stitch machine. I have one just like it (minus the green paint), but they are not that easy to find. This one looks to be in really good condition--except for the paint!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Anybody know what this little machine is? It's listed in an auction as a featherweight with a ? after it. I think they are just thinking because it's small it's a featherweight. It is a treadle it seems in a pretty ugly green painted cabinet.
    Its a Singer model 24 and if that is the right cabinet that came with the machine it is worth a chunk of change!

    Billy
    I have no idea if it's the right cabinet or not. Is it actually a treadle? I couldn't tell by the pic for sure.
    Yes, it is in the right cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    well l ave just read through and every thing sounds so exciting l will now have a go to send pictures
    Wow, a red one!! Beautiful!

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    Thanks everyone for the comments on the 319W. Not sure if all the 319 machines are the same, but mine says 319W on the front of the machine, so I am pretty sure what it is. Just FYI, though, even the sewing machine parts houses online are conflicting about the bobbin case for this machine. 173058 is the only one that will work in my machine. There is a little peg at about 5 oclock inside the bobbin race, and this one has a notch and is enclosesd circle, forcing the user to use the 206x13 needle, that will work. The online stores offer one that is 105032 that does not have the notch in it at the 5 oclock point, and has the top cut away for a regular 15x1 to clear. I didn't try to cut the 5 oclock notch when this one came in the mail first, I just waited for the one with the original number and 203x16 needles to come in and try, with great success. I like to put the machines back in their most original state, so I had wanted to do it that way anyway. Either way, it is a cool machine. I downloaded the 111 page book, and it tries convincing the owner that it is a simple machine to use, but I would have to refer to the book often to change the stitch patterns. So many options it is crazy, but that is what makes it neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    Ok, I have a question...I have access to my mother's Kenmore which I learned to sew on. I started sewing at age 12 and that was hmmmmm, let's see, 48 years ago. It is mounted in a cabinet and has the knee lever for sewing. I had it at my house for a long time, then due to space limits, I took her back to my sister's (who swears Mama gave it to her...but she did NOT!) Anyway, my sister doesn't have a clue...it's sitting in her garage. So my question is...should I get her back and research her. Is she old enough to be considered an antique? If I remember correctly, she is a gray color. it sounds like your home would be a good place for the machine to live. that said, NOTHING is worth causing a family riff. ive seen a couple of very nice families "go to war" over "stuff". if sis is adamant that it is hers, move on. maybe she will see the light when she sees your other machines and how you care fore/use them. just my 2 cents.
    I like your response and agree with you. There are other cool machines out there to adopt. Go for your own machine. Have fun hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Here is a picture of my Singer straight-leg treadle. I don't know how to rotate the picture, sorry.
    Here you go:
    Thank your Cathy! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Here is a picture of my Singer straight-leg treadle. I don't know how to rotate the picture, sorry.
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    Monica, did you redo this treadle and cabinet? It sure looks great!

    Nancy
    Nope! It came that way. I picked up the cabinet for my Singer 201k since I thought the 201 would look striking sitting in a straight-leg cabinet. The machine that came with this cabinet is my Singer RAF 15-90 that sits on my shelf. Well, the 201 didn't stay in that cabinet very long. I didn't like the feel or sound of the straight-leg treadle with the 201, too noisy. Then I picked up my National Two Spools and my DH changed out the front plate for the Two Spools to sit in the cabinet. Most of the time I don't do too much in refurbishing the cabinets. Some of the history is there that I would like to keep, just don't want to mess with it either, unless the cabinet needs a good cleaning. Here is a picture of the top now.
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    :) Another member told me about you So I would like to know if you might have a slide plate for a 201-2 or can another slide plate fit the 201-2? I do not want a new one Thanks bannie

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    I need help with the underpinning on a featherweight table. I posted here - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-109197-1.htm - please take a look. TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    Oh fantastic l have just learn't what a striaght leg singer is l love getting up to read the pages l learn so much thank you all for sharing am l ok to clean my machine with white vinigar so it does not strip any thing offor should l try something else being in Australia l am a bit unsure how to clean them properly in other words any help would be appreceiated
    Elsie
    That's one style. I also have one with wooden rather than metal legs. I found the base with metal legs too small to sit at comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
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    Vintagemotif,
    My oldest Singer treadle is very quiet and smooth. The Elgin treadle irons were made by Free and have ball bearings in them, I've heard that's why its so smooth and quiet. If you take the Singer irons apart, clean and oil them they will get
    quieter. Sharon
    On those Elgin's.... what type of machine heads go into those ball bearing iron cabinets? Or perhaps the better question is, what machines will fit into the cabinet? Will full sized Singers (for example) fit the Elgin cabinets? I'm wondering if the Elgin's had VS machines in them, if the noise from the VS was just as loud as say a quieter Singer top load round bobbin, in a Singer (non ball bearing) cabinet. What's the quietest, smoothest combo?

    Thoughs?
    Elgin was made by The Free company, I don't know much more as I only got the treadle irons, there wasn't a cabinet or machine.
    Sharon W.

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    grandmother23,
    Here's a picture of my Singer 201K in the Singer straight leg cabinet, from the 1930s.
    Sharon W. in Texas

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    Check your new thread.

    Melinda

    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I need help with the underpinning on a featherweight table. I posted here - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-109197-1.htm - please take a look. TIA

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    I have a 27 with out a cabinet. My cousin has an old New Home treadle without a machine. I do not know the measurments of the opening. Does anyone know if my 27 would fit in the cabinet? Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    grandmother23,
    Here's a picture of my Singer 201K in the Singer straight leg cabinet, from the 1930s.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    sorry the 1st picture is so blurry, too late to take it out now.

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