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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I just bought another sewing machine for $40. It is a 1942
    Singer knee peddle. It is in great shape. It is black matte crinkle finish. It is in a portable cabinet with out the key. :cry:
    It is a little noisey but I think it may just need to be oiled. I need a throat plate for it. I have plently of bobbins that will fit, but no plate to cover them. It seems to be clean but have not checked it out yet. Have a wonderful day. Kathie
    Kathie, Is your new SM a Singer or a different manufacturer?
    It is a Singer. The Lettering is somewhat faded but it does say Singer. I am excited about it. The machine came in a portable cabinet and when you put the top on it locks. The only problem being is there is no key. You need a screwdriver to open it. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    As far as Featherweights go I have yet to give over $100 for one. In fact the last 3 that I bought to keep in my collection (never happened) was bought for less than $30 each. So the cheap deals are out there, but I would opt for a 301 while they are affordable. I have been watching the prices of those jump and they look to be passing the FW soon.

    Billy
    Billy I want you to find me a FW for $30! I have never seen one for under $250, anywhere around here!

    Nancy
    Only one was really a steal and a half it was a Mint Green one (it was green I set it next to a white FW) and it was mint. But I traded it for a Singer 12 MOP.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Thought I'd share another project.... 1873 Singer Mother of Pearl - Handcrank. I need some patience or she's going to see Uncle Billy in Bikini Bottom :)

    Judy
    OH please send her to Uncle Billy!! I just want to love her............

    Billy<<<<Who has a super soft spot for MOP 12's
    You're such a softie. lol. I'm really considering it. I could send her to you and pick her up when we have our VSMS Retreat. Hmmm....what do you think?
    Maybe!!! :mrgreen:

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I just bought another sewing machine for $40. It is a 1942
    Singer knee peddle. It is in great shape. It is black matte crinkle finish. It is in a portable cabinet with out the key. :cry:
    It is a little noisey but I think it may just need to be oiled. I need a throat plate for it. I have plently of bobbins that will fit, but no plate to cover them. It seems to be clean but have not checked it out yet. Have a wonderful day. Kathie
    Kathie, what Model Singer? A 99?

    Nancy

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    Thank you guys for the suggestions thus far. . .

    In response, Billy, I had that area open when I did your tute. I tried to clean real good when in the kerosene bath, but not knowing what it SHOULD look like at the time, there certainly could be something wrong. I will check what you said about the stitch regulator, put some more oil in the proper spots and get back to you. . .

    Kitzone, there is a before cleanup photo of her on page 594, but I will post some closeups of the after so you can maybe see what you are looking for. . .

    and redbugsullivan, the feed dogs move, but I'll doublecheck to see if there's more goop that I may have missed. . .

    I will add some more photos tomorrow so you guys can help me make her well

    Thanx again. . . Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I just bought another sewing machine for $40. It is a 1942
    Singer knee peddle. It is in great shape. It is black matte crinkle finish. It is in a portable cabinet with out the key. :cry:
    It is a little noisey but I think it may just need to be oiled. I need a throat plate for it. I have plently of bobbins that will fit, but no plate to cover them. It seems to be clean but have not checked it out yet. Have a wonderful day. Kathie
    Kathie, Is your new SM a Singer or a different manufacturer?
    It is a Singer. The Lettering is somewhat faded but it does say Singer. I am excited about it. The machine came in a portable cabinet and when you put the top on it locks. The only problem being is there is no key. You need a screwdriver to open it. Kathie
    You must think that I'm a little off in the head... or just to lazy to read. I am not sure how I missed "Singer - knee peddle" ... Would you happen to have a Singer Blackside? That would be a great bonus! You can find a replacement key and I am sure Billy might even have a throat plate. Hope you can post pictures sometime.

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    If you guys haven't seen Susan's 15 you need to look at it, it has the rare Indian Star decal pattern on it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-110830-1.htm

    This is one of the nicest I have ever seen!

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    Wow, that Indian Star is beautiful!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    As far as Featherweights go I have yet to give over $100 for one. In fact the last 3 that I bought to keep in my collection (never happened) was bought for less than $30 each. So the cheap deals are out there, but I would opt for a 301 while they are affordable. I have been watching the prices of those jump and they look to be passing the FW soon.

    Billy
    Billy I want you to find me a FW for $30! I have never seen one for under $250, anywhere around here!

    I'm with Nancy, I want a FW for $30. also!! Heck, I'll even go $50!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay here are some neat things I have archived in my laptop. The first is a Singer factory photo of how to oil a Featherweight. The last one is an ad from Life Magazine in 1948. Look at all the neat things singer sold back then, and if you look close enough at the store front image, see the SINGER above the storefront? I have one of those signs (all individual letters) that will be put onto my edition of my studio. My studio will be a replica of a late 40's to early 50's Singer store front complete with the huge windows for display.

    Billy
    Billy that store front will look really good, but you have more than just Singers?

    Nancy

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    I'm with Nancy,

    Billy, I'll take a FW for $30.. . . Heck, I'll go $50.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    I'm with Nancy,

    Billy, I'll take a FW for $30.. . . Heck, I'll go $50.!
    . . . And that folks, is exactly how they get to be, $300, and up huh? ? ? . . We do it to ourselves!!. . . including me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Thought I'd share another project.... 1873 Singer Mother of Pearl - Handcrank. I need some patience or she's going to see Uncle Billy in Bikini Bottom :)

    Judy
    Judy, Geeze you have some great finds! I love the Mother of Pearl fiddle base!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    My little Leader came home with me. She is tiny. I have part of a book and it does say 10M-3' 28 Irwin Part of different book says 3M-J '28 Irwin, so I think it must be 1928. I have a huge box of attachments - I may have the ruffler I want, though I'd rather have one for the 301. Two wooden boxes of needles. They are 1/4" longer that a 15x1.
    Judy, I can't wait to see pictures of the Leader. You said she is tiny - is the Leader a 3/4 size machine? Yes, the Boye 4 needles are longer than the Schmetz 15x1. Congratulations on finally getting the Leader home!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I just bought another sewing machine for $40. It is a 1942
    Singer knee peddle. It is in great shape. It is black matte crinkle finish. It is in a portable cabinet with out the key. :cry:
    It is a little noisey but I think it may just need to be oiled. I need a throat plate for it. I have plently of bobbins that will fit, but no plate to cover them. It seems to be clean but have not checked it out yet. Have a wonderful day. Kathie
    Kathie, what Model Singer? A 99?

    Nancy
    Yes Nancy it is a 99. I have a question for you. I did oil it very good and everywhere that there was a hole. It is a noisy machine is that normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Yes Nancy it is a 99. I have a question for you. I did oil it very good and everywhere that there was a hole. It is a noisy machine is that normal?
    No, it shouldn't be noisy. Did you clean it really good, take off the throat plate, oil everything and grease the motor? There might be hardened grease in the motor or gears.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Yes Nancy it is a 99. I have a question for you. I did oil it very good and everywhere that there was a hole. It is a noisy machine is that normal?
    No, it shouldn't be noisy. Did you clean it really good, take off the throat plate, oil everything and grease the motor? There might be hardened grease in the motor or gears.

    Nancy
    Hubby was having a fit when I told him that I needed to grease the motor. He said that it did not sound like a motor sound. I will bring it to ladies night out and let you check it out. I want to use it as my class machine. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay here are some neat things I have archived in my laptop. The first is a Singer factory photo of how to oil a Featherweight. The last one is an ad from Life Magazine in 1948. Look at all the neat things singer sold back then, and if you look close enough at the store front image, see the SINGER above the storefront? I have one of those signs (all individual letters) that will be put onto my edition of my studio. My studio will be a replica of a late 40's to early 50's Singer store front complete with the huge windows for display.

    Billy
    Billy that store front will look really good, but you have more than just Singers?

    Nancy
    Yes I have a Domestic, Eldredge, FC Henderson, Wheeler and Wilson, and Singers. But I couldnt find a store front sign for them.....:lol:

    Billy

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    Billy I sent you a pm. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Thought I'd share another project.... 1873 Singer Mother of Pearl - Handcrank. I need some patience or she's going to see Uncle Billy in Bikini Bottom :)

    Judy
    This fiddlebase is so pretty. I hope you don't consider painting over all those beautiful mother-of-pearl inlays!
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    Sorry, that's what I first thought you meant when you said you were gonna send it to Billy...

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    Billy, you told someone that owned a FW not to use Liquid Gold on it but to use carnuba wax. I have seen waxes with carnuba wax but with other ingredients. What brand/name should I look for? Also, I have a 301A. Should I use Liquid Gold on that or the carnuba wax. Thanks
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    i sure wish i could find one like it have been looking on line for one but they are out of my price range if you can think of place i can try to find one please let me know yours looks great thanks Evelyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Hubby was having a fit when I told him that I needed to grease the motor. He said that it did not sound like a motor sound. I will bring it to ladies night out and let you check it out. I want to use it as my class machine. Kathie
    Kathie, remember some of the FW's from on FW cleaning class? Some were not so much purring until after their deep cleaning, oiling, and greasing of the motor and gears!

    Looking forward to Girls Night Out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Yes I have a Domestic, Eldredge, FC Henderson, Wheeler and Wilson, and Singers. But I couldnt find a store front sign for them.....:lol:

    Billy
    LOL that's ok, most people think all old sewing machines are Singers anyway!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Do any of you vintage sewing machine collectors have a source for Davis long bobbins? I have three but now that I am piecing with it could use more. Thanks Glenn
    Glenn I don't have a source, except I have bought from the e-bay seller RWCollecting several times. Bill is great about answering your questions, and he knows antiques machines.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by lnlwhitt
    I just got home with a Singer featherweight 221-1. It's in good shape with the case and attachments. I paid 300.00 do you think I paid too much? It was a silent auction at a thrift store so it went to a good cause. Where do I find the "birthday" info. The serial number starts AG82...isn't that what you look up?
    Thanks
    You have a 1946 model, made in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Hope you enjoy playing with it! That would have been too much $$ for me, but others seem to be willing to pay that and a whole lot more... I guess if you can afford it and it's for charity, it's all good. :-D
    I paid more than that for my first one, but learned how to do a full service on it, then sold for more than I paid for it, so it wasn't overpriced for me!!

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