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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    EDIT: Here is a picture of her. She still looks good and I can't wait to get her going!
    a friend of mine just got one of those and wants me to help her get it going - let me know how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Did I waste my $5.00??? This Singer 327 followed me home from a garage sale. Anyone have a owners manual for this vintage one??
    Texas Jan
    Nice machine! I treadle a Singer 328K, that machine has the decorative function.

    Here is your manual, free online:
    http://sewingonline.co.uk/instructions/singer327k/

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Okay, I couldn't wait until evening. It's my lunchtime; so, I took some pictures since it was faster than trying to figure out where my post is located. Singer Class 66 bobbins have a curve to them while Singer Class 15 bobbins are flat. The newer metal bobbins that are sold don't always work correctly since they are poorly made. They are either warped or the center moves around so that you can't wind them. Plus, some sit higher in the bobbin area, so they will not work well either. Look for vintage metal bobbins since they work! Hope this helps ya!
    I found out that the newer 66 bobbins do not work :( I bought 2 packs of them and none worked. I only have 2 of the vintage bobbins and I was hoping to get more.

    Anyone one know where to find vintage ones or ones that work in the vintage machines

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Okay, I couldn't wait until evening. It's my lunchtime; so, I took some pictures since it was faster than trying to figure out where my post is located. Singer Class 66 bobbins have a curve to them while Singer Class 15 bobbins are flat. The newer metal bobbins that are sold don't always work correctly since they are poorly made. They are either warped or the center moves around so that you can't wind them. Plus, some sit higher in the bobbin area, so they will not work well either. Look for vintage metal bobbins since they work! Hope this helps ya!
    I found out that the newer 66 bobbins do not work :( I bought 2 packs of them and none worked. I only have 2 of the vintage bobbins and I was hoping to get more.

    Anyone one know where to find vintage ones or ones that work in the vintage machines
    http://shop.sew-classic.com/searchqu...ywords=bobbins
    they aren't new but they work great - Oh, and I am not affiliated in any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Did I waste my $5.00??? This Singer 327 followed me home from a garage sale. Anyone have a owners manual for this vintage one??
    Texas Jan
    ha! if the motor doesn't work you could treadle - you stole it!
    Thanks, that is good to know.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by SerendipiD
    I do have a question about my 15-91...

    THe machine was purchased off of Craigslist and came with 2 bobbins - one metal and one plastic. The metal one works perfectly, but the plastic one is a hair too narrow, so it gets stuck in the bobbin winder when the foot presses down. My metal bobbin only has one hole in it and then the notch for the bobbin winder to fit into. The manual states that the machine takes 15 class bobbins, but all of the ones I see for sale have more holes in them than the one I have. Are those still the correct bobbins for this machine? Or do I need to be looking for bobbins with the one hole. Sorry if the question is confusing.

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    NO plastic in an all metal machine, at least for the Singer 15-90/91.
    might as well try making them stupid plastic bobbins into Christmas ornaments or something useful
    Heehee! that could be cute.

    I had posted the difference of the 15 vs 66 once here, but I can't find my post right now, and I can't find my photos that I thought I saved of the bobbins (must of trashed them). So, I will try to take photos of the different bobbins again. Might be later this evening that the photos get posted.
    Thanks for the replies. :)

    OK - so total newbie here... thankfully it only came with one plastic bobbin. So, what is wrong with a plastic bobbin in a metal machine? Would someone be willing to explain?

    And thank you so much for taking photos - I am sure that many people will find them useful. :)

    D~

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by SerendipiD
    I do have a question about my 15-91...

    THe machine was purchased off of Craigslist and came with 2 bobbins - one metal and one plastic. The metal one works perfectly, but the plastic one is a hair too narrow, so it gets stuck in the bobbin winder when the foot presses down. My metal bobbin only has one hole in it and then the notch for the bobbin winder to fit into. The manual states that the machine takes 15 class bobbins, but all of the ones I see for sale have more holes in them than the one I have. Are those still the correct bobbins for this machine? Or do I need to be looking for bobbins with the one hole. Sorry if the question is confusing.

    D~
    Okay, I couldn't wait until evening. It's my lunchtime; so, I took some pictures since it was faster than trying to figure out where my post is located. Singer Class 66 bobbins have a curve to them while Singer Class 15 bobbins are flat. The newer metal bobbins that are sold don't always work correctly since they are poorly made. They are either warped or the center moves around so that you can't wind them. Plus, some sit higher in the bobbin area, so they will not work well either. Look for vintage metal bobbins since they work! Hope this helps ya!
    I didn't get down far enough on the page to see your next reply with pictures... Thanks so much! Now, to go in search of bobbins for my 15-91. Ebay maybe?

    One thing I found really funny when I took all the old thread off of my one metal bobbin, it was wound in several colors of thread (10 maybe)... so each time this person did a project, they just wrapped on the color of thread they were using. Maybe they have my current problem of "only one bobbin for this machine"... LOL. I'm tempted to wind another color on the top of the red I currently have on there, just to use her some more. :)

    D~

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    The place for good metal bobbins is listed in Miriam's post about 3 up from your post re plastic bobbins in a metal machine. Not an expert here but this is my theory. The plastic is so light that it unwinds differently (beacuse of lighter weight) than does a metal bobbin. You also find older bobbins wuond with several different colors because people were more frugal and if the spool had some thread left, the ladies or men would put that onto a bobbin vs. just discarding the thread remnant as we are likely to do now. I got about 15 bobbins with one of my vintage ladies and without exception all had at least 2 different colors on them. I hope this helps. ~ Chris

    FYI: The metal bobbins don't work n the plastic machines either. Don't ask how I know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    The place for good metal bobbins is listed in Miriam's post about 3 up from your post re plastic bobbins in a metal machine. Not an expert here but this is my theory. The plastic is so light that it unwinds differently (beacuse of lighter weight) than does a metal bobbin. You also find older bobbins wuond with several different colors because people were more frugal and if the spool had some thread left, the ladies or men would put that onto a bobbin vs. just discarding the thread remnant as we are likely to do now. I got about 15 bobbins with one of my vintage ladies and without exception all had at least 2 different colors on them. I hope this helps. ~ Chris

    FYI: The metal bobbins don't work n the plastic machines either. Don't ask how I know that.
    Thank you Chris, I really appreciate you taking the time to educate me. :) What you said makes total sense. I will go to the above site (if it's Sew-classic, I ordered most of my replacement parts from her)... I thought about ordering the bobbins too, and I should have. Oh well, live and learn. :)

    D~

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    The place for good metal bobbins is listed in Miriam's post about 3 up from your post re plastic bobbins in a metal machine. Not an expert here but this is my theory. The plastic is so light that it unwinds differently (beacuse of lighter weight) than does a metal bobbin. You also find older bobbins wuond with several different colors because people were more frugal and if the spool had some thread left, the ladies or men would put that onto a bobbin vs. just discarding the thread remnant as we are likely to do now. I got about 15 bobbins with one of my vintage ladies and without exception all had at least 2 different colors on them. I hope this helps. ~ Chris

    FYI: The metal bobbins don't work n the plastic machines either. Don't ask how I know that.


    Yup! They were frugal back then. I too picked up a machine with many of the bobbins having multiple colored threads. I now use that thread in basting my quilts. Quick way to recycle the thread and empty the bobbins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SerendipiD
    Thank you Chris, I really appreciate you taking the time to educate me. :) What you said makes total sense. I will go to the above site (if it's Sew-classic, I ordered most of my replacement parts from her)... I thought about ordering the bobbins too, and I should have. Oh well, live and learn. :) D~
    You're more than welcome and my theory is just that - an educated guess. The 2 threads on a bobbin was a bit simpler to
    figure out b/c my grandmother did the same thing with hers right up ubtil she dies. She did with plastic bobbins even though they don't much like it. She was very frugal having raised a family during the Great Depression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Yes! I love zucchini bread. It's too hot here to make bread today, that bread sounds yummy.
    Technically, it's too hot here too but it's kinda rainy and having a garage sale on Sat so making baked goods to also sell. I use spices in my zucchini bread so just be aware when you take a bite. :)
    Spicy zucchini bread sounds yummy! I love spicy foods.
    What spices do you put in the bread. Is your recipe in the recipe section of QB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam

    Oh and it's sausage and lentil soup with sun dried tomato and biscuits for supper here

    I'm on my way!!! That sounds like an absolutely wonderful dinner!!! :lol: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    The place for good metal bobbins is listed in Miriam's post about 3 up from your post re plastic bobbins in a metal machine. Not an expert here but this is my theory. The plastic is so light that it unwinds differently (beacuse of lighter weight) than does a metal bobbin. You also find older bobbins wuond with several different colors because people were more frugal and if the spool had some thread left, the ladies or men would put that onto a bobbin vs. just discarding the thread remnant as we are likely to do now. I got about 15 bobbins with one of my vintage ladies and without exception all had at least 2 different colors on them. I hope this helps. ~ Chris

    FYI: The metal bobbins don't work n the plastic machines either. Don't ask how I know that.


    Yup! They were frugal back then. I too picked up a machine with many of the bobbins having multiple colored threads. I now use that thread in basting my quilts. Quick way to recycle the thread and empty the bobbins.
    My 301 came with 3 original bobbins, and every one of them had at least 3 colors wound on!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    The place for good metal bobbins is listed in Miriam's post about 3 up from your post re plastic bobbins in a metal machine. Not an expert here but this is my theory. The plastic is so light that it unwinds differently (beacuse of lighter weight) than does a metal bobbin. You also find older bobbins wuond with several different colors because people were more frugal and if the spool had some thread left, the ladies or men would put that onto a bobbin vs. just discarding the thread remnant as we are likely to do now. I got about 15 bobbins with one of my vintage ladies and without exception all had at least 2 different colors on them. I hope this helps. ~ Chris

    FYI: The metal bobbins don't work n the plastic machines either. Don't ask how I know that.


    Yup! They were frugal back then. I too picked up a machine with many of the bobbins having multiple colored threads. I now use that thread in basting my quilts. Quick way to recycle the thread and empty the bobbins.
    My 301 came with 3 original bobbins, and every one of them had at least 3 colors wound on!!
    my mom used to wind a new color on there. I have gotten old bobbins with machines with layers of thread. I want to know how you would get to the first layer to use it??? Did they wind the other thread on to a different bobbin until they got the color they wanted? I just own more than 3 bobbins... LOL I like it when the bobbins work from one machine to another so they interchange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam

    Oh and it's sausage and lentil soup with sun dried tomato and biscuits for supper here

    I'm on my way!!! That sounds like an absolutely wonderful dinner!!! :lol: :thumbup:
    That sounds yummy!

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    I am begging for prayers, crossed fingers and toes and well-wishes right now. My 66-1 Lotus is somewhere in US Mail Parcel Post never-never land!!! She was shipped 8 days ago, and last scan was 7 days ago. The post office clerk couldn't find any scans of her since then. I am sooooo worried!! I just sent off an angry e-mail to the Goodwill that sent her. I had NO IDEA they were sending her Parcel Post, and I told them if they had said parcel post but offered other options I would have gladly paid more for better method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Yes! I love zucchini bread. It's too hot here to make bread today, that bread sounds yummy.
    Technically, it's too hot here too but it's kinda rainy and having a garage sale on Sat so making baked goods to also sell. I use spices in my zucchini bread so just be aware when you take a bite. :)
    Spicy zucchini bread sounds yummy! I love spicy foods.
    What spices do you put in the bread. Is your recipe in the recipe section of QB?
    Recipe is not posted there but I use cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. if you want it, I will post it.

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    Howdy Billy And everyone,

    About 2 weeks ago I asked Billy about a Singer in a bentwood case that I saw in an antique store, I haven't gone back to get it yet. Then I showed my husband some of the beautifully restored old timers and he said you know we have one in our old trailer. Nope I didn't remember it, so we went and uncovered it and guess what? Its a singer treadle 66 made July 28th in Elizabeth, NJ. :thumbup: :thumbup: I'm doing a happy dance and can't for the life of me remember from wence she came! So we have a restoration job ahead and I'll send photos this weekend, of the condition it is in now. :oops: Can't believe we can't remember we had it or where it came from. Could it be old age? :thumbdown:
    Debs & Hemi

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    Quote Originally Posted by debs
    Howdy Billy And everyone,

    About 2 weeks ago I asked Billy about a Singer in a bentwood case that I saw in an antique store, I haven't gone back to get it yet. Then I showed my husband some of the beautifully restored old timers and he said you know we have one in our old trailer. Nope I didn't remember it, so we went and uncovered it and guess what? Its a singer treadle 66 made July 28th in Elizabeth, NJ. :thumbup: :thumbup: I'm doing a happy dance and can't for the life of me remember from wence she came! So we have a restoration job ahead and I'll send photos this weekend, of the condition it is in now. :oops: Can't believe we can't remember we had it or where it came from. Could it be old age? :thumbdown:
    Debs & Hemi
    Welcome! It is a good feeling when you get those old gals working no matter what kind of sordid past they might have had.

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    Do--it sounds wonderful.
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Yes! I love zucchini bread. It's too hot here to make bread today, that bread sounds yummy.
    Technically, it's too hot here too but it's kinda rainy and having a garage sale on Sat so making baked goods to also sell. I use spices in my zucchini bread so just be aware when you take a bite. :)
    Spicy zucchini bread sounds yummy! I love spicy foods.
    What spices do you put in the bread. Is your recipe in the recipe section of QB?
    Recipe is not posted there but I use cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. if you want it, I will post it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Recipe is not posted there but I use cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. if you want it, I will post it.

    YUM YUM!!! Post it, post it! (and thanks...)

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    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/2479605305.html

    I need to stop looking, but it is so hard not to. I have about 20 as it is and during hurricane season, I wonder what I would do to protect them. Can't take them all with me if I have to evacuate for a storm. :twisted: And also what to know why so many machines are up for sale now in this area.

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