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

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneK
    Hi fellow vintage lovers. I recall somewhere around pages 893-895, Nancy and Fabric Whisperer were discussing their "willy " machines and cabinets, and BTW Nancy, your refinished cabinet is spectacular! But I digress..there was some mention of finding a wilcox to go with Fabric Whisperer's cabinet, and in my CL travels, I found one...check out the listing in Fond Du Lac Wisconsin:

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    looks pretty! and they list it as a toy machine!
    Jane
    I tried the link and it wouldnt work for me but I did find this........

    http://duluth.craigslist.org/art/2247452037.html

    This is an awesome price!!!

    Billy

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    I've read and enjoyed every single page and will keep on doing so cause this place is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    You need to find him a hobby to hold over his head. My husband plays poker and tennis and watches a LOT of sports. Plus I'm pretty mean when I get mad, and the husband really wants to keep me happy. Heh heh.

    All joking aside, this hobby has sustained me through some pretty bleak times, and if all it takes is a few sewing machines to perk up your life, it's a very <pick one> safe, cheap, entertaining--hobby. If people raise their eyebrows (or, since many folks have little sense--make nasty comments), just tell then you spent your crack money on the new machine. And THEN tell me what they said!!
    Miz Johnny you always know how to make a person feel better! My problem is I have 7 horses, which my DH holds over my head! So I have to be good about the sewing machines. Luckily, my DH is pretty cool with the machines too.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    So lets do a poll for kicks and giggles.......Who has read all 901 pages of the shops thread?

    You would figure I have but I will admit I have skipped a few pages here and there just to be caught up. :oops:

    Billy
    I have read all the pages. I love learning new things about these old machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by JaneK
    Hi fellow vintage lovers. I recall somewhere around pages 893-895, Nancy and Fabric Whisperer were discussing their "willy " machines and cabinets, and BTW Nancy, your refinished cabinet is spectacular! But I digress..there was some mention of finding a wilcox to go with Fabric Whisperer's cabinet, and in my CL travels, I found one...check out the listing in Fond Du Lac Wisconsin:

    [email protected]

    looks pretty! and they list it as a toy machine!
    Jane
    I tried the link and it wouldnt work for me but I did find this........

    http://duluth.craigslist.org/art/2247452037.html

    This is an awesome price!!!

    Billy
    I have copied the link exactly, but if it doesn't work with the tag just go to craigslist, state is Wisconsin, and the town is Appleton. then the listing is Toy Treadle Sewing machine.

    Love the monogrammer!

    And I too have heard of the Vicks on the feet thing, and have used the remedy with success. Kind of funny because I have a master's in nursing, and still find the old home remedies to be very useful. I guess the vintage thing extends to my professional recommendations, too, as i use all the old stuff as well as the new science!

    Jane

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    Okay since I cant do anything but play on my laptop and Cell Phone I have been looking around for sewing machines and I am working a deal on a couple of them and this is one of them. I should have it tomorrow evening when my friend is able to go get it for me.

    This one is a very early machine......like around the 1840's

    Billy
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    l have read and enjoyed being in this group l love looking for my vintage machines and cleaning and sewing on them l haven't got room for any more at the moment til l re organize
    my arrangement and finish cleaning one machine my GREEN WITH ENVY 319K that's its name l fell into that one but it is in very good order but for Aus$31.50 l could not resist and now l am the proud owner of the feather weight 222K so to cut a long story short this group maks my day THANK YOU BILLIE AND EVERY ONE
    From Elsie in South Australia

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    I have read all the pages but I'm anal/compulsive/what have you that way and this shop is my escape from reality. :) Also, as a result of being on here, I have acquired approximately 11 vintage machines.

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    That's a very pretty Wilcox & Gibbs treadle. :mrgreen:
    I'm so happy that its in Wisconsin. I won't be able to buy it.
    :roll:

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    I have read up to 901, been keeping up with it daily. There
    is lots of good information here and lots of lovely machines
    pictured.
    Billy I hope you feel better soon, I had what you have from Christmas to nearly February, it turned into brochitis for me.
    hugs,
    Sharon W.

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    I've read every page. I like seeing all the vintage machines, though at the moment I'm not collecting. Five is enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    I have read all the pages but I'm anal/compulsive/what have you that way and this shop is my escape from reality. :) Also, as a result of being on here, I have acquired approximately 11 vintage machines.
    Agreed. This site is bugged, and we've all caught it. Started off with a simple family machine, and an old relic of a treadle base someone dragged home as ornamentation. Then I needed to add a machine to the base. Then I got a donation of 5 vintage beauties which had been classroom machines. I had them serviced, on the donors nickel.

    THEN, this segment of the board starts, and I realize how simple and inexpensive it would have been to just clean them myself. (One still needed professional work because of an electrical current leak.) The guild got me interested in having a featherweight, then things began to blossom. My little students have mixed emotions about using the old ladies. Some think it's pretty cool. I think the boys like the treadle technology more so than the girls. We'll be getting a new 4-H center in July, and I can start reclaiming my house. (Translation = add to MY collection without attracting hubbies attention.)

    They haven't seen the pristine Taiwanese clone yet. I'm sure it'll get their attention. I do want to put it in a table. I'd still like some feed back on applying decals to the unadorned. I wouldn't want to impersonate a special model, but perhaps some motorcycle flames or garden flowers. Most of my kids are between 10 & 15. Once they learn some basic skills, then I set them up with a more modern machine that they can sign out and take home. More donations and Goodwill machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    So lets do a poll for kicks and giggles.......Who has read all 901 pages of the shops thread?

    You would figure I have but I will admit I have skipped a few pages here and there just to be caught up. :oops:

    Billy
    Every.Single.Word. When you are obsessive-compulsive, you have no choice.

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    I have read every page and started at the beginning as it progressed. I have learned so much about the workings of the machines and now I'm not afraid to dig in and really refurbish one. I love history and research too and of course all the photos of the oldies, both before and after. Thanks Billy, for starting this great thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    So lets do a poll for kicks and giggles.......Who has read all 901 pages of the shops thread?

    You would figure I have but I will admit I have skipped a few pages here and there just to be caught up. :oops:

    Billy
    I have to admit I have not read all 901, but probably about 700 or so. I have learned so much, I can now go into our local thrift shops and know a machine by sight!! I even impress myself sometimes!! Haha----not likely!!! You guys make me feel like I'm still in kindergarten, but that's why I love it here...I get to learn all kinds of grea things about these wonderful gorgeous machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay since I cant do anything but play on my laptop and Cell Phone I have been looking around for sewing machines and I am working a deal on a couple of them and this is one of them. I should have it tomorrow evening when my friend is able to go get it for me.

    This one is a very early machine......like around the 1840's

    Billy
    Absolutely beautiful. Is it a Grover & Baker??

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat

    They haven't seen the pristine Taiwanese clone yet. I'm sure it'll get their attention. I do want to put it in a table. I'd still like some feed back on applying decals to the unadorned. I wouldn't want to impersonate a special model, but perhaps some motorcycle flames or garden flowers. .
    If a machine has no particular historic value (i.e., relatively modern and lots of them), decorate away!! I have a GF who uses decals on her Class 15 Japanese machines, and they look great. I always mean to do that, but never actually get around to it. Just one of the many things. . . . I also have a 99 that has tole painted roses on it. It caused quite a stir when it appeared on Ebay back ten years ago or so, with the purists being very upset. It's a common 99, so I wasn't upset. I bought it, and it is on display in my non-sewing room. She gets many compliments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay since I cant do anything but play on my laptop and Cell Phone I have been looking around for sewing machines and I am working a deal on a couple of them and this is one of them. I should have it tomorrow evening when my friend is able to go get it for me.

    This one is a very early machine......like around the 1840's

    Billy
    Absolutely beautiful. Is it a Grover & Baker??
    I am thinking so but will not know until it is here this weekend. I have my friend picking it up tomorrow and she will be sending me more photos of it so I can get an idea as to who made it and the age.

    I am telling you I really am falling in love with the early machines!!

    Billy

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    Oh sewing machines are so addictive its not even funny.Heck I am in bed sick as a dog and I bought 2 of them tonite. :mrgreen: I picked up the real early one and another Domestic from the 1870's.

    So what does that tell you about collecting them....... :-P

    Billy

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    Well, here is what happens to the bottom case of a 1917 Western Electric machine when it is not packed well enough for shipping. Luckily it's almost all just come apart at the seams, but there is some split wood too.

    DH was able to fix it by glue and long clamps over night. I can't wait to get the machine back in her bed to try her out. She was used every day by her previous owner, and I have been told she is a real hummer!! :-) Wish me luck!!

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    Lostn51, the decals on my 1904 treadle are cracking and very delicate. Is there anything that will give them protection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammygirlqt
    Lostn51, the decals on my 1904 treadle are cracking and very delicate. Is there anything that will give them protection?
    Liquid Gold in the pourable can will do the trick! It will protect them while hiding any crazing and will give it a shine like you never seen before!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Well, here is what happens to the bottom case of a 1917 Western Electric machine when it is not packed well enough for shipping. Luckily it's almost all just come apart at the seams, but there is some split wood too.

    DH was able to fix it by glue and long clamps over night. I can't wait to get the machine back in her bed to try her out. She was used every day by her previous owner, and I have been told she is a real hummer!! :-) Wish me luck!!
    Oh my, the Western Electric is just awesome! What a cool looking machine!

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    I have not read all 900+ pages, but have read several hundred of them. I figure the first couple hundred will still be there for me to enjoy at a later date!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzy
    Billy,
    If you are coughing alot rub vicks on the bottom of your feet put socks on go to bed ,you won't cough. My husband had this for almost 2 months and finally tried the vicks two nights in a row and has been getting a good nights sleep. He doesn't even cough anymore.

    Good Luck

    Suzy
    I have done this for my daughter and it really does work!!

    I have read all of the pages in this thread! Thanks [img]http://www.pic4ever.com/images/thankyou.gif[/img]
    for starting it, Billy, and I hope you feel better soon.

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