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

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
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    Hi!

    The past week I have been out sick too with a nasty cold that has settle in my lungs. I been drinking my tea, eating my chicken noodle soup, and using Vicks. Just read about putting the Vicks on the bottom of my feet, so I will give that method a try tonight.
    Well, I'm glad that you are feeling better! It sounds like there is a nasty virus going around....and that virus doesn't have anything to do with acquiring vintage sewing machines. I hope you are back to sewing very soon.
    No that virus is not curable trust me........

    I tell folks collecting sewing machines is like a drug addiction you just have to have more! I know that I am going through detox right now even though I bought a couple while laying in bed earlier this week. Every Saturday I drive around looking for Estate Sales just knowing the next rare treadle is going to be in there. I even go online looking at the sale companies web pages and seeing where the good sales are going to be at.

    I am glad I have a great support group like you guys that keep me in line and making my wish list grow even more. :thumbup:

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Thank you thank you what type of grease do you use?
    I use sewing machine oil for mine. just oil all of the moving points of the treadle and your good. But if it is a Singer treadle your working with they usually clunk and clank a bit anyway. Just adds to the experience. ;)

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    If anyone has any experience navigating PayPal disputes/claims over a sewing machine that was said to be functioning properly by the Seller, but once received does not, would they please PM me?

    Thanks,
    I had a dispute over two sewing machine manuals I ordered through e-bay - paid with Paypal -- and never received. It is a very simple process. You open the claim. Tell them why you are opening a claim. The seller is given 30 days to respond. If the seller does not respond, you escalate the claim, but remember if you do not escalate the claim before the 30 days is up, Paypal assumes the two of you solved the problem and will not proceed. So, if no resolution within a couple weeks or so, I'd put the claim in esculation status then Paypal will take it and usually refund your money. That is what happened with my claim.

    Nancy
    Thanks, Nancy,

    I did speak with a very helpful gent at PayPal last night who encouraged me to open a dispute. The Seller was actually threatening me, so I felt it necessary to let PayPal know this kind of behavior was going on.

    He told me the Seller has only 10 days to respond to them. I wonder if the # of days has changed, or if maybe it depends on each case? I thought I read 20 days... So much to learn. Sheesh, I'd rather be sewing. :(

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    Billy, you are online. I hope that means you are feeling better.

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    I have a tendency to use sewing machine oil while at the mirror...works better that way.. put it in one ear and see if it gushed onto the mirror through the other ear.. great way to test it's viability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Thank you thank you what type of grease do you use?
    I use sewing machine oil for mine. just oil all of the moving points of the treadle and your good. But if it is a Singer treadle your working with they usually clunk and clank a bit anyway. Just adds to the experience. ;)

    Billy
    Thanks Billy, I finally got the Minnesota D working (Only have 1 needle), but one of the places has a clanking sound, and I was hoping there was a way to fix it.

    Bev

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    I just realized I haven't been getting all my posts from our VMS - anyone else had this problem? I didn't know Billy was sick until I noticed I hadn't seen any posts from him in a while and PM'ed him. Had to go back & catch up.

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    http://littlerock.craigslist.org/atq/2312088274.html

    Can anyone tell from the picture what model it is? Do you think its worth $40 with no accesories? The embossing looks excellent. I might call about it at lunch to get more details, model etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9
    http://littlerock.craigslist.org/atq/2312088274.html

    Can anyone tell from the picture what model it is? Do you think its worth $40 with no accesories? The embossing looks excellent. I might call about it at lunch to get more details, model etc...
    jtapp, that looks like a 99. Mine looks just like that, but I got the original case with it. It has to be in a case to work. It's a 3/4 size machine, so it looks little, and it is! :-)

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    WOW! The Vicks works! I can breathe and my lungs feel so much better this morning. I'm not coughing as much. Some ethnic groups believe in reflexology of the feet as an aid in healing, but this Vicks works too. Who would have thought that the bottom of the foot is that sensitive and delivery of medicine be transported that quickly from the bottom of one's foot. Thanks for sharing this cure for a cold.

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    I love reading in this thread and seeing all the photos and hearing about all the machines that we 'rescue'. I don't post a lot but it's still nice to read along.

    Anyway, I have a chance to purchase an older Omega brand machine for my daughter to learn how to sew on. I've never heard of this brand. Can you still find things like bobbins and needles for it? Also, can anyone tell me the model number of this particular machine? I'll try to post a photo. Does this model drop the feed dogs?
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    I am going to have to try that Vicks trick the next time I get the coughs. My grandma use to make us take castor oil. Yuck!!

    Hopefully everyone will get to feeling better soon.

    Judy

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    There is a black Singer model 301 in a Queen Anne cabinet, plus stool, for sale in Shrewsbury, Ma for $175.00. That is a wonderful price for that combination.

    http://worcester.craigslist.org/atq/2312513851.html

    I wish I had the extra money, this week. I would be running right over there right now! It's just the next town over from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    There is a black Singer model 301 in a Queen Anne cabinet, plus stool, for sale in Shrewsbury, Ma for $175.00. That is a wonderful price for that combination.

    http://worcester.craigslist.org/atq/2312513851.html

    I wish I had the extra money, this week. I would be running right over there right now! It's just the next town over from me.
    Sweet machine and cabinet. Wish I was there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    There is a black Singer model 301 in a Queen Anne cabinet, plus stool, for sale in Shrewsbury, Ma for $175.00. That is a wonderful price for that combination.

    http://worcester.craigslist.org/atq/2312513851.html

    I wish I had the extra money, this week. I would be running right over there right now! It's just the next town over from me.
    Wish I was closer, I am looking for a 301.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Check out the new treadle machines on Lehmans non electric web site:

    http://www.lehmans.com/cgi-bin/lehma...?page_number=1
    Farmstitcher, that is very interesting. The whole thing for $1000, but that is mostly for the little treadle cabinet. Those sewing machines are only $399, and it doesn't say what brand - just made in Taiwan.

    Nancy

    Yes, open the page and click on just the machine. They are Necchi, it's on the machine!

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    Farmstitcher, I really admire your avatar. I'd love to put that picture in my sewing room. You wouldn't have a 8 X 10 copy laying around any place?

    Also, wondering if any one would know what size motor belt a Necchi Nova would take?

    Judy

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    I'm pretty new to this Quilting Board and I'm sure that this question has been addressed numerous times but I don't have time to go thru all 915 pages. Is there any way to get the musty smell out of the older Singer machines. I have a 221 and just purchased a 301A that I love and am using for my quilting. The 301 is not in the case because I'm sewing with it and I have to purchase a new case for the 221. I'm still holding on to the original cases. But the smell gets to my asthma. Any good suggestions would be appreciated and I'm thanking all in advance. Blessings, Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvmycats
    I'm pretty new to this Quilting Board and I'm sure that this question has been addressed numerous times but I don't have time to go thru all 915 pages. Is there any way to get the musty smell out of the older Singer machines. I have a 221 and just purchased a 301A that I love and am using for my quilting. The 301 is not in the case because I'm sewing with it and I have to purchase a new case for the 221. I'm still holding on to the original cases. But the smell gets to my asthma. Any good suggestions would be appreciated and I'm thanking all in advance. Blessings, Nancy
    Welcome to VSMS!! I am sure there are several different remedies but I have had success with a product called Odor-B- Gone. A friend bought a old farm house that had been vacant for several years. They were planning on moving in and renovating but found a skunk had been living under the porch. Needless to say the sunk was not happy having people encroach on his/her territory and sprayed everyplace. The odor was horrific. After a couple applications of Odor-B-Gone the sunk smell was gone.

    You might want to try it on a towel outside first as I am not sure what might work for you and your asthma.


    ** Just called them and they said it was OdoBan and they purchased it at Sam's Club or Walmart. Sorry for the confusion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    There is a black Singer model 301 in a Queen Anne cabinet, plus stool, for sale in Shrewsbury, Ma for $175.00. That is a wonderful price for that combination.

    http://worcester.craigslist.org/atq/2312513851.html

    I wish I had the extra money, this week. I would be running right over there right now! It's just the next town over from me.
    Wish I was closer, I am looking for a 301.
    I am sick, sick, sick :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: . I ended up calling the ad and I will go to see it in the morning. Well, now my other black 301 will no longer be lonely :lol: I have several two tone 301's and 2 mocha 301's and my lonely little black one was feeling left out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvmycats
    IIs there any way to get the musty smell out of the older Singer machines. I'm still holding on to the original cases. But the smell gets to my asthma. Any good suggestions would be appreciated and I'm thanking all in advance. Blessings, Nancy
    Welcome to the forum!!
    Are you saying the smell is on the machine or in the case? If the odor is on the machine it might just need a really good cleaning, inside and out, to get all of the old oil and grease off. If the odor is in the case then it may be mildew.

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    Wow, $40.00 for this pretty one. Wish I lived in Arkansas. Seems like a good deal. Well, I guess a link would help..... http://littlerock.craigslist.org/atq/2312088274.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
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    Hi Billy, hope you feel better.

    Can you tell me about treadles and should they make a clank when treadling?

    I'm not sure if anyone has adressed how to adjust them or if you can.

    Could someone help please.
    I am a couple pages behind so maybe this has been addressed already, but have you greased your treadle joints? The only treadle I have that comes close to making a clanking sound is my Davis Vertical Feed. The more I use the treadle, the better she does; but, I have had to grease her irons a few times.

    Nancy
    The pitman rods have ball bearing joints that have to stay packed with grease. My fancy parlor cabinet treadle did a lot of clunking when I got it. It helped to tighten up the big nut on the forked piece that goes to the pitman, so there was less play in it, as well as keep everything well greased. Now it clunks a lot less, and if I keep my feet balanced left and right on the treadle pad just right, I get no clunking at all...
    Thank you thank you what type of grease do you use?
    I used Singer grease because it was all I had, but now I have Triflow grease and will probably switch to that for my machines. It contains some teflon additive, which is supposed to be good. I bought it from an online vendor-- maybe SewClassic?

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    How quickly we become addicted to the older machines! I've only had my 301 since January, but when AnnieRose malfunctioned earlier today, I panicked. Miss Elna would eat the tiny triangles I am using make stars on my grandson's quilt to take to B'Rahan. He's being deployed and I want to send a quilt. I need to get back to it if I need to deliver it the 23rd.

    Oh, AnnieRose's bobbin thread came out of the little fingers that guide it so the tension was way off. Easy fix, rethread the bobbin and she's sewed for hours since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvmycats
    I'm pretty new to this Quilting Board and I'm sure that this question has been addressed numerous times but I don't have time to go thru all 915 pages. Is there any way to get the musty smell out of the older Singer machines. I have a 221 and just purchased a 301A that I love and am using for my quilting. The 301 is not in the case because I'm sewing with it and I have to purchase a new case for the 221. I'm still holding on to the original cases. But the smell gets to my asthma. Any good suggestions would be appreciated and I'm thanking all in advance. Blessings, Nancy
    My featherweight box stunk to high heaven, too. It made the machine stink so bad I couldn't have it in the house for a while. I got rid of most of the stink by wiping down the inside of the box really well with diluted bleach (and made myself sick in the process-- hate bleach!) Then I left it out in the sun, open for several days. I also close up some Odor Eaters shoe inserts in the box. For the machine, I just cleaned it real well with GoJo and waxed it a bit with clear boot polish and it smells much better.

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