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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    Hi!
    I just purchased this machine a few days ago! I am learning about it a little at a time. I learned that it could be a Sphynx?
    Serial number G0372039....which I believe would be a 1910? It needs a shuttle...which I don't know what kind, bobbins, throat plate, belt, etc. I want to be sure I get the right parts when I buy them. Is there a trick to that :roll: It also needs the post for the spool of thread....can you tell me what the model may be of this machine? I see numbers like 27 or 28 for some model numbers on the internet...but there are no model numbers on this machine. :cry:
    That is a very beautiful sphynx for sure. The decals are really great. The experts on here can tell you exactly what you need for it. You can look at the Singer Sewing Machine site and find the serial number range and it will show you what model you have and the month & year the serial number was issued. Hope that helps.

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    Well, I found out that the zipper/cording foot I bought online described as for my 301 doesn't work with it!! The needle hits the foot. What could be causing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Ok here we go again. This is my 'new' Elna - I'm hoping the picture comes up this time
    Love the new Elna -- what a clean looking machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldhag
    Wow! What a chatty bunch y'all are. I've been gone for a bit help out with my son who is very sick so I haven't been around much. That didn't stop me from adding to my collection. Actually my DH has been the one finding machines for me. I have added 2 from my wish list.Singer 500 and a 301. The 500 I purchased for $75.00 and the 301 for $50.00.
    Geeze, I think I need to come to Canada to get machines! Those are both great buys, both great machines! I love my Rocketeer and I don't have a 301 YET! And, look at all that you got with them -- again what great buys!

    Nancy

    PS Trish, I also love your green grasshopper -- it looks so nice -- like it is just waiting for someone to sew with her!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    Hi!
    I just purchased this machine a few days ago! I am learning about it a little at a time. I learned that it could be a Sphynx?
    Serial number G0372039....which I believe would be a 1910? It needs a shuttle...which I don't know what kind, bobbins, throat plate, belt, etc. I want to be sure I get the right parts when I buy them. Is there a trick to that :roll: It also needs the post for the spool of thread....can you tell me what the model may be of this machine? I see numbers like 27 or 28 for some model numbers on the internet...but there are no model numbers on this machine. :cry:
    Elizabeth that is a really nice Model 127 Sphinx decaled machine! I am using my Sphinx for piecing right now in my sewing room -- that machine will sew through a jean flat felt seam like butter! It won't skip a stitch! Very powerful machine. Just keep it well oiled and grease the foot pedal on the treadle occasionally!

    Irishrose AND Baysidegal, I can't bring myself to part out my new 66-6, I will just have to find a foot pedal to use with it! I wish it had reverse, not new enough, then I'd put it in a treadle to use! I have enough treadles without reverse now - I don't need another one!

    Mamajack3 did you get your problem with the FW not picking up the bobbin thread fixed? I'd start with changing the needle. Make sure the needle is inserted correctly (flat side to the left) and threaded correctly (right to left) too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    Would like some help in getting more information on a pretty black lady that my daughter brought to me. It is a Montgomery Wards H4810293 made in Japan. Thasnk you, Mary
    Mary did you post a picture that I missed?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I think your screw was a little loose (no pun intended) but that is the thread guide for the needlebar. I think you can get by without it but try to find the little buggar if not you might need to find a parts machine and get the screw you need off of it.

    Billy
    So there's a little screw that holds it on? Uh oh...hubby swept the floor yesterday. When I tried to put it back on, I couldn't get it to go onto the spot where I thought it fell off. Looks like the opening in the thread guide is too small to fit on there. Bugger.

    Thanks Billy.

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    Blinky- very nice machine...just like mine in my avatar..cabinet and all. Your decals on the bed are better, mine are worn. I was supprised to find the shiney gold paint on the irons when I cleaned them up.

    BoJangles- what grease should I have been using on the foot pedal and where? {the ball of the pitman and both sides of the pedal?} I just dripped oil into those spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandmother23
    My sister was given a Necchi-Alco to use by a friend:
    Necchi-Alco
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    Importers Dist.

    It is a Golden Stitch-n-sew with a Number of A709-5 13351 on it. Off to see what she was given. Never know what you find and where you might find it and it is one HEAVY machine. Love the hunt!

    Lauren

    Just was wondering if this was after 1975 and the cutoff date for vintage?
    Luaren, I have a Necchi Alco 400. I'll be interested to see what responses you get. I haven't been able to find out much about mine. Did your sister's have a manual? Mine only had the zig zag cam. Mine is a Japanese model (not the vintage Italian) but it is heavy and I can sew hem jeans (8 layers) and it sews like a dream.
    Marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by misseva
    I have this sewing machine that had LaRaine on it but when I started cleaning it there was a Honeymoon decal underneath. The shuttle has Davis on it. Anyone seen or heard of one like it?
    Misseva, yes Davis has a treadle called the 'Honeymoon.' What I don't understand is why it says 'LaRaine' until you cleaned it up and now it says 'Honeymoon?' Am I reading this right? You started cleaning up your 'LaRaine' treadle only to find the silver looking decals turned to red and now the machine says 'Honeymoon?' The true 'Honeymoon' style that Davis made does have the same reddish looking decals. That is definitely a Davis machine, but I don't understand why it said 'LaRaine' and now Honeymoon unless I am not understanding what you are talking about?
    I think everyone on here is waiting for someone else to answer this puzzle as it is very confusing, actually a little mind boggling to me?

    Nancy
    As you can see from the front of the machine - it was just - black. If you look real close it appears to have a label (?) on the front. I failed to take a pix from the back that showed the LaRaine logo. And when I started cleaning the place on the front that was solid black I detected the Honeymoon logo. Same thing on the back, when I started cleaning the LaReine logo it came off and the Honeymoon logo was there. I supposed it was sold by a department store. It had LaReine, LaReine, La. on it. I couldn't find anything about it in my internet search. I am attaching a picture on the cabinet. I can't believe I didn't take a pix of the back!!!! Thought sure I had

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Nancy, I love your quilt, thanks for showing that off to us. I love seeing the quilts made from using the vintage machines.
    And I like your new 66!
    Thank you to everyone who commented on my Mystery Quilt and my new 66-6! I love doing the Mystery Quilt's - they are a challenge as you are given clues from picking the fabric to actually piecing the blocks. When you start the Mystery Quilt you have no idea what you are making or if your fabric colors will look good!

    Nancy

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    H, no I didn't post a picture just some info. Here are a couple pics. The machine is in great condition but the case I think may be shot. It is a Montgomery Ward machine made in Japan no. is H4810293


    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    Would like some help in getting more information on a pretty black lady that my daughter brought to me. It is a Montgomery Wards H4810293 made in Japan. Thasnk you, Mary
    Mary did you post a picture that I missed?

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    BoJangles- what grease should I have been using on the foot pedal and where? {the ball of the pitman and both sides of the pedal?} I just dripped oil into those spots.
    Oil is better than nothing, but sewing machine lubricant (grease) works better and lasts longer!

    Nancy

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    I like that mystery. Very pretty. I tried one once, it didn't go well. Someday I'll try another one.

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    [quote=Mary M]H, no I didn't post a picture just some info. Here are a couple pics. The machine is in great condition but the case I think may be shot. It is a Montgomery Ward machine made in Japan no. is H4810293

    [quote=BoJangles]
    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    Would like some help in getting more information on a pretty black lady that my daughter brought to me. It is a Montgomery Wards H4810293 made in Japan. Thasnk you, Mary
    Wow, that is another Model 15 clone! You probably will never find out the year it was made. Those serial numbers were not kept. There were several companies making Japanese clones of Singer's Model 15 and 99 during the 40's, 50's, and 60's. There are a lot of people who like those Japanese clones better than the original Singer machines -- the clones I have seen are actually better made with more detail.

    You have a very nice machine!

    Nancy

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    Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness. I'm having rotten luck with key words in the search. I know I read about the insulation flaking off of the wires, and comments about lead - just don't eat it, but I can't locate that portion.

    While servicing my FW this weekend, the flakes were falling into the gears. I was camping, so didn't have everything I needed for the job at hand. I just picked the flakes out with a pin, and carried on with the lube job. At the time I read the thread, I was unaware of the flakes, now I have a need to know.

    Should I rewire the machine? Is that something which can be done by a good handyman, or do I need to pay a sewing machine specialist more than I paid for the machine to do the job? It's a great little machine and I like to keep it up, but that stitch in time thing is nagging me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Well, I found out that the zipper/cording foot I bought online described as for my 301 doesn't work with it!! The needle hits the foot. What could be causing that?
    301 is a slant-o-matic foot - don't know what the other machine is but it isn't likely the feet interchange

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    [quote=olebat]Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness. I'm having rotten luck with key words in the search. I know I read about the insulation flaking off of the wires, and comments about lead - just don't eat it, but I can't locate that portion.

    I was thinking the same thing myself. Thinking about starting on page 1 and making notes of the topics in a database as there is sooooo much information and 500 pages later I remember reading something and have no clue where to find it.

    Lauren

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    Marie,

    I will have to ask my sister and probably call her friend to see about the manual. The machine doesn't take cams-has a dial with stitches on it.

    Lauren

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    [quote=Grandmother23]
    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness. I'm having rotten luck with key words in the search. I know I read about the insulation flaking off of the wires, and comments about lead - just don't eat it, but I can't locate that portion.

    I was thinking the same thing myself. Thinking about starting on page 1 and making notes of the topics in a database as there is sooooo much information and 500 pages later I remember reading something and have no clue where to find it.

    Lauren
    too many topic on this topic?

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    [quote=Grandmother23]
    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness.

    I was thinking the same thing myself. Thinking about starting on page 1 and making notes of the topics in a database as there is sooooo much information and 500 pages later I remember reading something and have no clue where to find it.

    Lauren
    Yes, it would be rather nice to be able to SEARCH within a single thread, such as this 1000+page one! And/or to have the ability to AUTO ADVANCE within the thread to where the searched for TERMS are located. Anyone?

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    Then is it a clone of a Singer? I have no instruction book for it so need to know how to thread it. Would any Singer manual help with this? Thank you so very much for the info. I am anxious to try it but going to have it rewired first for the chord is very brittle. Mary

    [quote=BoJangles][quote=Mary M]H, no I didn't post a picture just some info. Here are a couple pics. The machine is in great condition but the case I think may be shot. It is a Montgomery Ward machine made in Japan no. is H4810293

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    Would like some help in getting more information on a pretty black lady that my daughter brought to me. It is a Montgomery Wards H4810293 made in Japan. Thasnk you, Mary
    Wow, that is another Model 15 clone! You probably will never find out the year it was made. Those serial numbers were not kept. There were several companies making Japanese clones of Singer's Model 15 and 99 during the 40's, 50's, and 60's. There are a lot of people who like those Japanese clones better than the original Singer machines -- the clones I have seen are actually better made with more detail.

    You have a very nice machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Well, I found out that the zipper/cording foot I bought online described as for my 301 doesn't work with it!! The needle hits the foot. What could be causing that?
    301 is a slant-o-matic foot - don't know what the other machine is but it isn't likely the feet interchange
    I have both slant foot machines (301, 403) and low shank 'straight' foot machines (66, 15-91s) and the feet are not interchangable between the two types. (um and there are LOTS and lots of folks on this thread/board that have way more machines and experience than I do!) They'll tell you the same.

    Actually, there are at least 4 styles of basic machine feet that I know of (snap on, low shank, high shank, slant) but there are probably many more, especially with newer machines.

    But, in regards to the old style/vintage machines, there are readily available feet out there made to fit each style. Learn which style/type your machine calls for. Then it's a case of reading the ebay descriptions very carefully - some of those descriptions are vague!

    Perhaps you can contact the seller and offer an exchange? You'll send back the foot that doesn't fit, if s/he will send you the slant version? Was it a special type of zipper foot? I have several sets of 301 feet, and some extras... if I have a z foot you can use, I'll gladly send it to you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Elizabeth that is a really nice Model 127 Sphinx decaled machine! I am using my Sphinx for piecing right now in my sewing room -- that machine will sew through a jean flat felt seam like butter! It won't skip a stitch! Very powerful machine. Just keep it well oiled and grease the foot pedal on the treadle occasionally!

    Irishrose AND Baysidegal, I can't bring myself to part out my new 66-6, I will just have to find a foot pedal to use with it! I wish it had reverse, not new enough, then I'd put it in a treadle to use! I have enough treadles without reverse now - I don't need another one! Nancy
    Elizabeth... love your machine. I have TWO 127s, both Eqyptian decals. One I'm going to keep electric, the other I'm going to treadle. (eventually!). I love them. Both were machines bought by friend's grandmothers... loved... sewed with lots... and both purr from being so well taken care of. Decals a little fuzzy... but they've seen lots of cloth under those needles!

    Nancy... you can get a foot pedal for the the 66-6 off ebay. I ended up rewiring the old one, but then also bought a 'new' foot pedal with the 66 cord set - so that I can use it with finer control. I love best the knee lever operation, so I leave the old foot pedal in the cabinet hooked into the knee operation. But when I have the need to change out machine heads, I'll just plug in that 66-6 on the regular 66 cord/pedal and use it on the table. Works fine. On that backtack... I learned to start my stitching on a scrap piece, then holding firmly, sew onto the real project fabric (this makes tiny stitches, almost like a backtack, without bunching up the fabric). It works, and is now second nature to me. I LOVE my granny's 66-6 machine. No, it doesn't have reverse, but man, can I sew boat canvas with it!

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    The Brother "Neopolitan" on my local Craigslist has been reduced to $60! If anyone is interested & would like for me to check it out for you...let me know.
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