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    I have an old Necchi machine (1955) but new to me. It has two strips of masking tape on the bed. I think it was to mark inches as she was a seamstress and made tailored suits etc.
    I have tried wd-40, Opps, and anything else I could think of to remove the strips. Does anyone here have any more suggestions? I don't want to damage the paint. I just want that tape off from the machine!!
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    I have had success with rubbing alcohol. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446
    I have an old Necchi machine (1955) but new to me. It has two strips of masking tape on the bed. I think it was to mark inches as she was a seamstress and made tailored suits etc.
    I have tried wd-40, Opps, and anything else I could think of to remove the strips. Does anyone here have any more suggestions? I don't want to damage the paint. I just want that tape off from the machine!!
    Jan on 446
    I have had luck with Goo Gone as well as mineral oil, cooking oil or any other type of oil ! Important to let it sit awhile B/4 wiping off. On my walnut SM table that my DH put the hot turkey platter on at Thanksgiving one year, I mixed reg. white toothpaste and mayo and let it sit overnight (if poss,) then rub gently. Hope something works for you.

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    I took my ROSIE (white featherweight) to group last night, after about 2.5 hours it started to smell like something burning. I turned it off and dh will look at it maybe tomorrow, any suggestions as to where he should start? I am just sick to think i might have hurt her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    I am so proud of myself l have finished cleaning my 319K at last and l have managed to put the tension parts back together without a hitch which was my great worry but after a couple of alterations for the tension and a reread of the instructions l have her sewing like a dream and have tested out the zig zag the rest will follow tomorrow after l have done the mending ha ha
    Elsie in Australia
    Oh Elsie, you are going to be in love with your 319. I have one and it sews beautifully! I use the decorative stitches after piecing on my 221. I do need to keep the instructions handy, though. It has a lot of information and I think it would be difficult to use it without the manual! Enjoy. :)
    Jane

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    Billy

    With the meds you're taking I would sleep for days. Hope you will try the vicks on the bottoms of your feet and then put socks on, it seems to help all the aches and pains besides the coughing. Hope you try it.
    Also thank you for starting this virtual forum, it is the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    Hey, everyone!
    Got the bug! Just picked up my first treadle today. A 127 Sphinx in a cabinet...but boy, there must be a learning curve on treadling. I was a mess trying it out. No photos yet and I have a quilt getaway so won't be home for a few days. (I'm hoping DH finds a good place for it in the house while I'm gone).
    Will keep you posted!
    lots2do
    One good tip I learned from another member was to join some long strips while you are learning to treadle. Something like the tube quilt is a good project for a new treadler... I am just now getting to where I can move my hands and reposition the work without stopping while treadling. I think a lot of my problem is an old, loose belt, tho. I really need to stop and shorten that thing so I won't have to cuss at it so much.
    I sewed the strips in my avatar with my treadle..another good tip I found from another member, was to mark your 1/4 " with a free magnetic business card. I tried it and it works great!

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    Thank you for that l have just bought a 222k and am about to use that today as well l just love my machines and l love belonging to this site it is so interesting to see the pictures of the machines and read the updates on machines and how to fix the problems l have learn'd so much keep it up
    Elsie from South Australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork

    I sewed the strips in my avatar with my treadle..another good tip I found from another member, was to mark your 1/4 " with a free magnetic business card. I tried it and it works great!
    Whoda thunked it? A magnetic business card for a seam guide! :lol: Now that's recycling and reusing! :thumbup: Of course, just last week I pitched 4 of those in the trash from our new phone books. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    I took my ROSIE (white featherweight) to group last night, after about 2.5 hours it started to smell like something burning. I turned it off and dh will look at it maybe tomorrow, any suggestions as to where he should start? I am just sick to think i might have hurt her!
    It's not something silly like a dusty lightbulb is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I just saw this machine on eBay....I have looked and Googled and I can't find a reference to it. It says Free Westinghouse. Anyone know anything about this one?
    I had one just like it for a while; made by Free and nearly identical to the Elna Grasshopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I just saw this machine on eBay....I have looked and Googled and I can't find a reference to it. It says Free Westinghouse. Anyone know anything about this one?
    I had one just like it for a while; made by Free and nearly identical to the Elna Grasshopper.
    Hi l saw a Elna Grasshopper in a shop last week l wondered if you could tell me anything about it like how old it is what it does ect
    Thank you
    Elsie Blight from
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    I sewed the strips in my avatar with my treadle..another good tip I found from another member, was to mark your 1/4 " with a free magnetic business card. I tried it and it works great!
    What a cool idea!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    My hats off to you people who enjoy tinkering with these old machines. I am ready to pull my hair out on my 66. Hubby and I can not get the tension right. The more we fool with it the bigger the birds nest on the bottom gets. We are ready to throw in the towel and take it in to be serviced. We worked on the White today also and we could not get it to pick up the bobbin thread. I walked away from it and hubby continued working with it. He found out that you turn the balance toward the back instead of front like the Singers. It took a while to get the bobbin case threaded. I need to take some classes for dummies. :-( Kathie
    Kathie, I am sorry, I can hear your frustration. You are right, the hand wheel on the White goes away from you, the opposite of most other machines.

    On your Lotus, is your needle inserted correctly - flat side to the right? Is the needle a good, not bent or barbed needle? Is the needle threaded from left to right? Is the machine threaded correctly? Is the bobbin threaded correctly - leading from the top and threaded in the slot in the bobbin case correctly?

    Kathie, sometimes it is best to walk away and come back fresh - ready to start over. That is what I had to do for two months while I fought with my Betty (Davis Vertical Feed) until I finally got it working.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork

    I sewed the strips in my avatar with my treadle..another good tip I found from another member, was to mark your 1/4 " with a free magnetic business card. I tried it and it works great!
    Whoda thunked it? A magnetic business card for a seam guide! :lol: Now that's recycling and reusing! :thumbup: Of course, just last week I pitched 4 of those in the trash from our new phone books. :roll:
    I ordered those Q-tools today to fix all of my machines at the scant 1/4 inch. No more guessing.lol I haven't been feeling well today though, so hopefully I will get to it tomorrow. I was sooo wanting to drag my nana's treadle out in the shop today and start its cleaning process. (sigh) Guess it will have to wait a little longer.
    Tammy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    My hats off to you people who enjoy tinkering with these old machines. I am ready to pull my hair out on my 66. Hubby and I can not get the tension right. The more we fool with it the bigger the birds nest on the bottom gets. We are ready to throw in the towel and take it in to be serviced. We worked on the White today also and we could not get it to pick up the bobbin thread. I walked away from it and hubby continued working with it. He found out that you turn the balance toward the back instead of front like the Singers. It took a while to get the bobbin case threaded. I need to take some classes for dummies. Kathie
    Nancy, I have rethreaded several times and put a new needle in it. I used a Janome needle. Hubby stood and watch to make sure I did everything according to the book. He double checked my threading also. Hopefully one day I will check on to this, shall we say fun,


    Kathie, I am sorry, I can hear your frustration. You are right, the hand wheel on the White goes away from you, the opposite of most other machines.

    On your Lotus, is your needle inserted correctly - flat side to the right? Is the needle a good, not bent or barbed needle? Is the needle threaded from left to right? Is the machine threaded correctly? Is the bobbin threaded correctly - leading from the top and threaded in the slot in the bobbin case correctly?

    Kathie, sometimes it is best to walk away and come back fresh - ready to start over. That is what I had to do for two months while I fought with my Betty (Davis Vertical Feed) until I finally got it working.

    Nancy
    :x :x :lol: :lol: :)

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    Kathie, I am sorry, I can hear your frustration. You are right, the hand wheel on the White goes away from you, the opposite of most other machines.

    On your Lotus, is your needle inserted correctly - flat side to the right? Is the needle a good, not bent or barbed needle? Is the needle threaded from left to right? Is the machine threaded correctly? Is the bobbin threaded correctly - leading from the top and threaded in the slot in the bobbin case correctly?

    Kathie, sometimes it is best to walk away and come back fresh - ready to start over. That is what I had to do for two months while I fought with my Betty (Davis Vertical Feed) until I finally got it working.

    Nancy, I have rethreaded the machine several times with hubby watching me to make sure that is done by the book. I put in a new Janome needle. I tried using the old cheap thread, I tried using good thread and nothing helped. I am ready to throw in the towel. I may just take it into Ernie at Eand D and let them figure it out. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
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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.
    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.
    Well, this 301 plus cabinet now resides at my house :mrgreen:

    It has a knee pedal that pushes up against the foot pedal which is attached underneath the inside of the cabinet. I can't get the pedal out. Is there some sort of trick to getting the pedal out of the brackets or do you think it is just stuck from years of non-use? I actually have several cabinets like this, with the pedal stuck in the bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    Judy, I really don't know just where I found that picture and I'm hoping it is not copywrited! I'm just using it as an avatar. If I can find it again I could give you the link so you could make a copy of it. I'll let you know if I find it again.
    Behind in reading board, so apologize if someone has already said this, BUT there are bots trolling message boards finding copywrite photos and suing the boards. If I were you, I would lose the avatar immediately and replace with one of your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    Now I need a cabinet for my Singer -- and possibly a treadle for this Necchi?!!
    If you use a dremel to slightly enlarge the hinge pin holes in the Necchi, it will fit in a Singer treadle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    I bought this kenwood at garage sale 2 or 3 years ago for $25.00. I can find lots info on singers but nothing on this. do not find any serial number on it, where might they be?Aslo it says made in USA .Does anyone know anything about this machine? thanks for any info I can get.
    Your Kenwood is beautiful... could it have been made by the White Co.? It looks like one they made so maybe it was badged as a Kenwood. The cabinet and the irons are so pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tammy cosper
    TAKE A LOOK AT THE CINDERELLA MACHINE!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-114670-1.htm

    If you have any info on this please let me know.
    Tammy
    I have one with a different name somewhere in the basement. VERY cheaply made; the two pieces (front and back) are screwed together and don't.quite.meet. Cute though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    Hi l saw a Elna Grasshopper in a shop last week l wondered if you could tell me anything about it like how old it is what it does ect
    Thank you
    Elsie Blight from
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    AKA Elna #1, straight stitch only. Lightweight, open arm. All Elna machines I've used have been wonderful.

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    My birthday trip from DH resulted in a drive to AR. He saw me looking at the 3 treadles on CL Little Rock that someone posted. I mentioned that I was interested in the Velox. So Friday we started on this road trip to see the redbuds. And we came home with all 3 of the treadles. And found 2 boxes of old cams in a flea market. Will post pics later. DH is definitely a keeper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    My birthday trip from DH resulted in a drive to AR. He saw me looking at the 3 treadles on CL Little Rock that someone posted. I mentioned that I was interested in the Velox. So Friday we started on this road trip to see the redbuds. And we came home with all 3 of the treadles. And found 2 boxes of old cams in a flea market. Will post pics later. DH is definitely a keeper!
    I'm glad someone in this group got those machines! Please show us when you get them all cleaned up, especially the Velox! And hope you had a happy birthday...

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