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    Hey Glenn, If your wife kills you... do you think she'd mind sending me the quilt pictured in your avatar?? Everytime I see it I like it that much more.

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here is the first picture, this one is of Kathie's new Jones !!!!! I think she said from 1890?
    kathie your machines are wonderful, I must start looking again!!! :lol: My wife will kill me if I do :lol: Glenn
    That is okay Glenn, you can only die once and than you get to go to sewing machine Heaven, nothing wrong with that LOl. Hubby told me that 14 machines are enough. The sad thing is that he is right. That is until the next one comes around that I want. I am wanting a coffin top and a red eye. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I am wanting a coffin top and a red eye. Kathie
    I am so anxious to go get my coffin top..Also a Kenmore 158--and two more that are surprises from 2 friends......

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    The problem I have is that each time I pine after a machine, then fulfill my "need", another one takes its place on my wish list. prob is im running out of room, proven by the fact I stubbed my little toe on a FW case, split the nail at the quick, hurts like he dbl hockey sticks. DSIL pointed out the obvious, too many machines for my small house. time for a new house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    The problem I have is that each time I pine after a machine, then fulfill my "need", another one takes its place on my wish list. prob is im running out of room, proven by the fact I stubbed my little toe on a FW case, split the nail at the quick, hurts like he dbl hockey sticks. DSIL pointed out the obvious, too many machines for my small house. time for a new house?
    Every time I buy a machine I tell myself that it is absolutely the last one....I have said that at least 50 times over the last year.....but I hear you girl.... :lol: and I haven't bought any since Monday (3 that day)--that counts, right??!! :roll:

    ***Smirking here in KS***

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    too many machines for my small house. time for a new house?[/quote]

    Yes, you must get your priorities straight. You must have a bigger house so you can acquire more machines. Tell hubby I said so. I am sure that he would listen to me. lol Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnserge
    Hi Billy, and all! I have just added two new members to my sewing "family" -- Ellie and Adah... I'll attach pics here of Adah -- a Singer model 27 built in 1909, tredle machine. Billy - I need needles and belts for both machines. Can you give me an idea of where to look? The industrial machine has a leather belt. Also, is there a place to go and get a repair manual for either machine, and/or a diagram explaining all the parts, etc. I copied the info about how you clean up your machines, but am unsure of what the different "Plates" are -- I know the plate where the feed dogs is probably the needle plate... Sorry to be so uneducated!!

    Also -- when you restore these machines, do the beautiful decals restore well, or do you need to replace them?? Mine are beautiful, but some parts have worn away. Is there a place to purchase new decals??
    Sewnserge, what is the serial number on the machine you are calling a 27? Your machine has the bobbin winder where a Model 127 would be, a Model 27 has the bobbin winder down low, but that machine is not a Model 27 nor 127. I am really curious as to what Model it is? It has a tension disk on the face like a Model 15 and the stitch regulator is a slide like a 15, but I am not sure that is what it is either?

    The industrial 31 is a really nice machine, they both will be beautiful when you get them cleaned up!

    Just very curious -- the one you call the Model 27 is really pretty!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnserge
    Hi Billy, and all! I have just added two new members to my sewing "family" -- Ellie and Adah... I'll attach pics here of Adah -- a Singer model 27 built in 1909, tredle machine. Billy - I need needles and belts for both machines. Can you give me an idea of where to look? The industrial machine has a leather belt. Also, is there a place to go and get a repair manual for either machine, and/or a diagram explaining all the parts, etc. I copied the info about how you clean up your machines, but am unsure of what the different "Plates" are -- I know the plate where the feed dogs is probably the needle plate... Sorry to be so uneducated!!

    Also -- when you restore these machines, do the beautiful decals restore well, or do you need to replace them?? Mine are beautiful, but some parts have worn away. Is there a place to purchase new decals??
    The machine in the first picture is a Singer 115, rather than a model 27. Most of the time we just clean the machines as best we can. The worn decals just show that
    they have sewn lots fabric through the years. Sometimes the decals show up better after cleaning; others are very
    fragile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maura
    I just won a Singer 201-2 on ebay. I can't copy the picture to show here, but it looks like it is in good condition, the decals are heavy and clear. I have a Pfaff that will sew a good 1/4" seam, but it skips stitches when going over more than two layers of cloth and I'm ready to throw it out the window. I figured that these old machines made many quilts, piecing and quilting, and that is all I really need. I've read reviews that say the 201 is the best machine singer ever made. For $207, that ain't bad (total $246).

    I now have absolutely NO excuse not to make a dozen quilts this year!
    Ok Maura, what Model Pfaff do you have? It must be a newer machine as the old ones could sew through 4 layers of canvas making sails! I have a 1222E from 1976 and a Model 130 from 1952 that will sew through anything! I also have a new computerized one that I don't even use to sew now after having to get it repaired -- I only use it for embroidering -- it is like you said -- won't sew through more than two layers. I broke it trying to use it for piecing!

    Yes, the 201 was advertized as the 'finest sewing machine Singer ever made." There are a lot of people here that swear by the 201. Congratulations on your new machines!


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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    The problem I have is that each time I pine after a machine, then fulfill my "need", another one takes its place on my wish list. prob is im running out of room, proven by the fact I stubbed my little toe on a FW case, split the nail at the quick, hurts like he dbl hockey sticks. DSIL pointed out the obvious, too many machines for my small house. time for a new house?
    Yes, you are exactly right! This is why I am trying to stop buying that one because its cute, that one because I don't have that type, that one because it is priced right, that one just because I want it, so on and so on! I don't need the Graybar! It is not the price - I think I could get it for less than $50 anyway -- I really don't need it! I am trying to use every machine I have for one thing or another! This way I can justify why I have so many! I need to hold out for the red 15 clone I want really bad, and the very ornate Jones I want (only because my Daughter's married name is Jones)!

    The serpentine like Kathie's is a beautiful machine, but I want one of the British Jones machines that say "Jones" across the arm and the emblem says something like "his majesties court?"

    We are all so hopeless!

    Nancy

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    I was wondering if anyone recalls the post about 30 pages or so ago... where someone was having difficulty getting their feed dogs to advance the fabric? I think she had a Singer 66 Redeye? Does anyone know if she ever figured out what was wrong?

    Judy

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    Hi Nancy - As you can tell I am a real novice, feeling around in the dark.... Thought I was so cool, could tell the model.. Sigh. Well, I am always willing to learn!! :oops: Now, I am not even sure if this is the serial number... it is the number on the flat part of the machine, in front of the main part of the body of the machine, below the medallion. It is
    G1097672
    If you could help me learn more about her, I would be delighted! Thanks for any help you can offer!!!

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    Thanks!! I will try to be very gentle with those beautiful decals -- I just love them! I will do some research and find out more about her, now that I know she is a 115! Thanks, again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    OK, you guys I have been pining over a Graybar that our local antique store has had for a month or so. I need to be talked out of this machine!!!! I don't need another machine! Nancy
    Oh Nancy.... you know... if you just 'compare' yourself to the all the machine's BILLY has.... then you know you don't have enough yet! Easy! Go get it! Lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    kathie your machines are wonderful, I must start looking again!!! :lol: My wife will kill me if I do :lol: Glenn
    That is okay Glenn, you can only die once and than you get to go to sewing machine Heaven, nothing wrong with that LOl. Hubby told me that 14 machines are enough. The sad thing is that he is right. That is until the next one comes around that I want. I am wanting a coffin top and a red eye. Kathie
    Oh Glenn, I'll pm you with my name, address and DOB so you can add a codicil in your will regarding those sewing machine.... um, since I know you'll 'always' be looking! lol j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Hey Glenn, If your wife kills you... do you think she'd mind sending me the quilt pictured in your avatar?? Everytime I see it I like it that much more.

    Judy
    Thank you, I am glad you like my quilt it is my favorite also. I would make more( just scraps with no regard to color placement) but the embroidery kicked my butt took me months to complete it. Thanks again Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    kathie your machines are wonderful, I must start looking again!!! :lol: My wife will kill me if I do :lol: Glenn
    That is okay Glenn, you can only die once and than you get to go to sewing machine Heaven, nothing wrong with that LOl. Hubby told me that 14 machines are enough. The sad thing is that he is right. That is until the next one comes around that I want. I am wanting a coffin top and a red eye. Kathie
    Oh Glenn, I'll pm you with my name, address and DOB so you can add a codicil in your will regarding those sewing machine.... um, since I know you'll 'always' be looking! lol j/k
    Beleive it or not, you are not the first one to ask me to do this.
    :lol: Glenn

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    I have a question for all you experts. My 1911 New Home machine surface is rough. There are a few spots that are smooth and shiney. The majority of the machine is rough feeling and dull. I thought that maybe it was dirty. I took some cleaner and rubbed on it. The rag was not dirty and hubby and I got the feeling that maybe the machine had a clear coat on it and the clear coat went bad. Any feed back. I do not want to rub on it any more and neither does hubby for fear of destorying the decals. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here is the first picture, this one is of Kathie's new Jones !!!!! I think she said from 1890?
    Kathie, I have a Jones just like yours. I think your decals might be in better shape and I do not have a stand or cover for it like you do. I love it. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnserge
    Hi Nancy - As you can tell I am a real novice, feeling around in the dark.... Thought I was so cool, could tell the model.. Sigh. Well, I am always willing to learn!! :oops: Now, I am not even sure if this is the serial number... it is the number on the flat part of the machine, in front of the main part of the body of the machine, below the medallion. It is
    G1097672
    If you could help me learn more about her, I would be delighted! Thanks for any help you can offer!!!
    Geeze, it is a MODEL 15!!!!!! I thought so, but I didn't know the Model 15's went back that far! You have a Model 15 allotted on March 29, 1911! Does that machine back tack or is that lever just a stitch regulator??????

    Ok that machine should drop its feed dogs for FM quilting!!!!! It takes a normal 15x1 needle - the Schmetz work great! It takes a class 15 bobbin, those are readily available everywhere! Please post a close up picture of the machine decals and the face of the machine! I want to see the decals better! You can get the belts at most sewing repair shops and on-line for about $6 to $10. They all come 72", you just need to size it for your treadle and machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    I was wondering if anyone recalls the post about 30 pages or so ago... where someone was having difficulty getting their feed dogs to advance the fabric? I think she had a Singer 66 Redeye? Does anyone know if she ever figured out what was wrong?

    Judy
    Don't know if anyone helped her. She may have to give that area a good cleaning. Sometimes lint or threads can be the trouble.

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    Meet Mr. and Mrs. Two Spools, the Cowboy and Melinda.
    Some like to collect featherweights, but I like to collect Two Spools. I couldn't resist this one since it came in a treadle cabinet. Melinda is a pretty little lady ready to piece up my next quilt which will be a quilt for a friend's son who is getting his Eagle Scout Award. And the Cowboy has honorary position under my Singer 66-1 on the bookshelf.
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    They are beautiful VM.......looks like you've got too many treadles there maybe you'll have to send one to me to babysit?? LOL

    Bronwyn ;-)

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    Hank, my Singer 328k, got moved into my straight-leg treadle. I had to move treadles around to make room for my Two Spools treadle. The issue with the treadle belt hitting the metal part under the bobbin area on the 328k improved by changing the treadles, but it still rubs against that area just slightly. It is easier to treadle now. I just can't imagine that Singer design a machine to treadle and have the belt hit the machine. Others have cut the metal out where it rubs, but I do not wish to deface the machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HanNatNana
    They are beautiful VM.......looks like you've got too many treadles there maybe you'll have to send one to me to babysit?? LOL

    Bronwyn ;-)
    Heehheee, the newlyweds will not like that! ;) I think I'm done with machines for now. I really don't have room for anymore. And all my machines/treadles have a special job in assembling the quilts, from piecing to finishing off the binding with a decorative stitch. I feel extremely fortunate and thankful to own them all!

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