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    [quote=vintagemotif][quote=buslady]
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Monica look at this! Is this machine actually a Two Spools?

    [url=http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2431474651.html
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2431474651.html[/url]

    Nancy
    Yes there is a second spool of thread. Instead of a bobbin, a can that holds a spool of thread is used. The machine has a winder for winding thread onto a wooden small spool from another spool. I will take more pictures of the machine.

    Additional photos are of my 2nd Two Spools in parlor cabinet with coil-spring belt that I recently put on.
    Monica, thank you for posting the pictures of the way to use the second spool for the Two Spools! It will really help me when I go see the Two Spools to know what I have to have in order to use the machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Buslady;

    Two spools refers to to a National machine that did use 2 spools of thread. One was the upper thread and the other was the bobbin thread. I have one and it's a treadle. Not sure if they were ever e-machines or just people powered ones. They can be found but must be checked thoroughly to see if all the bobbin parts are complete as those are difficult to find from what I understand. Mine is complete. Dh would like her to go so I can oput some of my other finds in my sewing room and out of his garage space. I am undecided as of the moment. I do want a treadle but not sure what kind.
    My first Two Spools looked like it once had a motor on it.
    I had my first Two Spools in a modified treadle that my husband did the modification for me (clever man). Since the machine is narrower, he took a wider portion of another cabinet ( lighter in color top section shown in photo) to hold the machine on the front lip. Since the pins don't line up, he set the machine in one hinge pin and got a small metal plate the sets next to the Singer other hinge pin ( screwed in underneath by pin) for the machine to rest on. That metal plate swings out of the way so that other Singer machines can be used too. So one straight-leg treadle was used for Singer machine heads as well as the National Two Spools. Last weekend at the Mini TOGA in Sacramento CA, I showed how the conversion works in the straight-leg with the Two Spools and Singer 328K.
    Monica, you did a great job - at least your DH did a great job - putting that straight leg cabinet together to work with the Two Spools. My 15-88 sits in a straight leg treadle and I love the way it runs.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    !

    Monica look at this! Is this machine actually a Two Spools?

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2431474651.html

    Nancy
    I'm not Monica, but yes, it is. I love that cabinet style!
    Miz Johnny, it is so fun to have you back! What is your opinion of the Two Spools? Do you have one? We all know how Monica feels about it, but I'd like your opinion as well as I am running out of space for machines!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Look what came in the mail today!!!
    I bought a Singer hand crank last week on E-bay. She is a K28 model made in 1902. When I was taking pictures and looking her over, I noticed that inside the back plate, her serial number is scratched into the japanning. Does anyone know why that would have been done??


    Texas Jan
    Texas Jan, congratulations on your cute little hand crank! We all want to see pictures after she is shinned up!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I was busy Friday driving around picking up FINDS. I did make a brief stop at home to eat lunch, check in on all of you, and fix dinner.

    My first stop in the morning was for a free Singer cabinet and Singer VS2, fiddlehead. The couple letting this one go for free started the renovation project 25 years age. They took some items off the cabinet to sand and after sanding was done the jar of parts, draw pulls, nuts and screws, were gone. That projected never got done for them. They posted Thursday night on CLs free cabinet for someone else to take over the project. Well, I'm the one that will be finishing this project. I feel they did all the hard work with the sanding; now, I just need to assemble.

    My second stop in the evening was for a FW that was hidden on CLs. The lady posted it as a Singer 15-91 with another 15-19 (post read two 15-91, portable and table). I took a looked at the posted photos and immediately sent off e-mail. She was happy to sell and I was happy to receive my first FW, (which will be my only e-machine).

    My husband was waiting for me each time I arrived back home to help unload the car. With the FW, he went to the back of car, opened hatch, and stated where is the machine! I chuckled and told him its sitting behind me. So, he goes to open the passenger seat door behind me and says "this is it…it's so light…no wonder everyone wants one". When I opened the box and showed him the box layout and machine, he was so surprised at the size. All night long he kept talking about how cute it is and that the FWs look like toys…and I should look for more…start a family.

    Again I chuckled because my 2- Two Spools, Melinda and The Cowboy, just got married. So now, they have their first child, Heather-FW. And grandma, Rosemary-VS2, has taken up residence too. There went that honeymoon!
    Monica, that TOGA just made you even more addicted! It also sounds like your DH is addicted too! Geeze, I am so surprised I thought you didn't want a FW - remember my "Monica" you found for me? Now you have your own FW! I love it! You will love that little machine especially if you ever take some classes and need a portable! I now have 4 FW's.

    I also love your new VS2 fiddle base with the Victorian Decals! I have a VS2 fiddle base with the Painted Roses aka Rose and Cornflower decals on page 794 here. She sews perfect too!

    Congratulations ! And I am on my way today to see the Two Spools! I am very excited to go see her!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    My first stop in the morning was for a free Singer cabinet and Singer VS2, fiddlehead.
    The VS2 head is in very good condition!!

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    My Avatar has a name !!
    I sent pictures of my little National Paveway to the E-Bay guy who sold her to me. I asked if he had any history on her. He wrote back that she came from his grandmother's barn when his grandmother quit using her. So now she shares her original owner's name, Mary--from Trenton NJ.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Miz Johnny, it is so fun to have you back! What is your opinion of the Two Spools? Do you have one? We all know how Monica feels about it, but I'd like your opinion as well as I am running out of space for machines!

    Nancy
    Confession time here. I have one, have had it for years, but have never threaded it up. I just recently (within the past year) started emptying out my basement. (I've told you all, but I'm betting you don't believe me. Think "Hoarders".) I can now get to my Two Spool, BUT have been working on a shelf full of machines that I need to get cleaned up.

    BTW, this week, I have been working on a pair of Japanese clones. (I know Billy hates that term, but I love science fiction, so it stays!!) One is a Brother-made "Diamond", beautiful shiney black class 15 with interesting decals. #2 is badged "State", another class 15. This one is staying (!), as I have discovered it is lighter in weight than my other class 15 machines. I'll post when they're clean and running. Next up is a La Vinnie. Of course, I'm converting them all. . . . .

    Our world is kind of upside down here--my son has moved home again, and we have his 4 year old daughter most of the time. I'm trying to move a little faster to find more space for her. Also, I'm getting ready to go to NC for a week of vintage-sewing related activities, so busy, busy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    Ok I give up. I started using “my pages” I guess I did not use it right! I have looked at the last 125 pages. Would someone please send or post the all the cleaning and wiring list for me? I will copy and send it to myself, I promise. Thank you so much.
    You are always welcome to look in my profile and my user pages for info too.
    thank you i'll try when i get home.

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    Looking at your pics of the bobbin winder, I believe all the parts are there. I think the parts are assembled wrong, the part that pops when the bobbin is full is under where the bobbin is mounted, it needs to be above the bobbin. HTH's

    edit, I think the two parts need to be switch around, bobbin wheel (tire) on the bottom screw and shoe on the top screw.

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    This board is such a bad influence! This is my last sewing machine purchase. Really. I mean it. I picked up this 15-91 last week for $45. The cabinet needs refinishing but the machine is in excellent condition. Can you see what is in the open drawer? This is the seller's picture. It's a penguin walking foot in a little box.

    A couple of weeks ago I bought a featherweight 222 in very good condition, lovely clean case for $460. I thought it was a good deal. Then there's the 301 card table I just got that needs to be cleaned up and legs repainted.

    Enough!! Well, unless something else comes along calling my name!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by amBoo
    This board is such a bad influence! This is my last sewing machine purchase. Really. I mean it. I picked up this 15-91 last week for $45. The cabinet needs refinishing but the machine is in excellent condition. Can you see what is in the open drawer? This is the seller's picture. It's a penguin walking foot in a little box.

    A couple of weeks ago I bought a featherweight 222 in very good condition, lovely clean case for $460. I thought it was a good deal. Then there's the 301 card table I just got that needs to be cleaned up and legs repainted.

    Enough!! Well, unless something else comes along calling my name!

    Nancy
    You got a penguin walking foot??? You lucky dog! They are so rare. Pretty 15-91.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amBoo
    This board is such a bad influence! This is my last sewing machine purchase. Really. I mean it. I picked up this 15-91 last week for $45. The cabinet needs refinishing but the machine is in excellent condition. Can you see what is in the open drawer? This is the seller's picture. It's a penguin walking foot in a little box.

    A couple of weeks ago I bought a featherweight 222 in very good condition, lovely clean case for $460. I thought it was a good deal. Then there's the 301 card table I just got that needs to be cleaned up and legs repainted.

    Enough!! Well, unless something else comes along calling my name!

    Nancy
    Congrats on all of your treasures!

    It is fun seeing what everyone rescues! It is nice to see that folks are saving these machines.

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    Oh, good grief, now I want a two spools. Does this ever end? lol

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    Hi, I am now an official member of the vintage sewing machine owner's club! Don't know why, but I am a little terrified of it. Can anyone help ID the exact model for me? Serial number is GO108195. I'd really like to find a manual. And a little hand holding would be good, too! :roll:
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    Quote Originally Posted by amBoo
    Can you see what is in the open drawer? This is the seller's picture. It's a penguin walking foot in a little box.
    The foot will bring a lot more than $45. Sell it on Ebay and buy more machines!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    Hi, I am now an official member of the vintage sewing machine owner's club! Don't know why, but I am a little terrified of it. Can anyone help ID the exact model for me? Serial number is GO108195. I'd really like to find a manual. And a little hand holding would be good, too! :roll:
    Its okay, she won't bite. You have a model 66-1 with Red Eye decals, she's a sister to my machine. Do the feet attach at
    the back or on the side?
    Yours is older than mine by a few months made in 1910,
    my serial number is G5960807.
    You could remove the motor and light and make her a treadle again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    You could remove the motor and light and make her a treadle again.
    Except the irons are gone, and it's very hard to find ones that will fit.

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    Oh why oh why would someone do that to such a beautiful cabinet? And your redey is fabulous! My favorite machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    You could remove the motor and light and make her a treadle again.
    Except the irons are gone, and it's very hard to find ones that will fit.
    Dang it! I see that now. :cry: :shock:

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    Hello all, Back in Jan. I posted a picture of 'Rose' on page 531. She is missing the cover for the thread take up lever. Well I have been looking at parts sites to find a replacement and so far no luck. Rose is a 1924 Singer 127, made in Canada. As far as I can remember it was a silver tooled plate with a large thumb screw, but as I have had her for 38 years I could be wrong on that! Can anyone give me some idea as to where to look for that cover? Thanks Dixie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Look what came in the mail today!!!
    I bought a Singer hand crank last week on E-bay. She is a K28 model made in 1902. When I was taking pictures and looking her over, I noticed that inside the back plate, her serial number is scratched into the japanning. Does anyone know why that would have been done??


    Texas Jan
    Texas Jan, congratulations on your cute little hand crank! We all want to see pictures after she is shinned up!

    Nancy
    It may be a little while before I do that one. I have a New Home Ruby that I need to finish first. I got the bug BAD and have bought 4 in the last 6 weeks.

    Bad me,

    Texas Jan

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    Your Red Eye is beautiful, cabinet is gorgious.
    Just bought a RE myself this week.

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    [quote=cabbagepatchkid][quote=purplefiend]
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    If my husband wouldn't kill me (and if I had the money and space) after buying the featherweight and the 99, I would love to have this! The case is really cool and it would be neat to have a treadle!

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2409565933.html
    Pretty cabinet and machine! The decals on the machine is Tiffany or Gingerbread.
    The machine is a Singer 15-30, beautiful machine & OMG the parlor cabinet is to die for!
    I have that same cabinet but mine is really dark and I don't like it but I do like the one in the ad. I wonder if it's possible to lighten a darkened cabinet by removing the shellac/varnish.
    You can use the Homer Formby products to clean up all the old "gunk" and make it pretty again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    Hi, I am now an official member of the vintage sewing machine owner's club! Don't know why, but I am a little terrified of it. Can anyone help ID the exact model for me? Serial number is GO108195. I'd really like to find a manual. And a little hand holding would be good, too! :roll:
    What a beauty! congrats!

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