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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    So, I am looking for a treadle base for my 66 so I can de-motorize it. I am not finding anything in my area reasonable (over $100 for terrible looking stuff), and neither is Sheryl finding anything around Fresno, though she has been trying hard to help me out.

    If anyone here within reasonable driving distance (??? from Bakersfield, very little is "reasonable" driving distance!! But hopefully I can do road trip to No or So CA within the next few weeks) has a Singer treadle they can part with for a reasonable price, please let me know. I can do restoration work if required....DH is a "wood guy". Thanks!!
    California folks - We (Janice & I) are also looking into the possibility that we would find a machine & cabinet. I am looking for a machine, working or not, with the coveted decals for display in my sewing room. She would take the cabinet, I would take the machine & we would split the cost. Let one of us know if you see anything in your local area.
    I will keep a look; I'm always looking across the nation.
    How far will you travel to pick up machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    So, I am looking for a treadle base for my 66 so I can de-motorize it. I am not finding anything in my area reasonable (over $100 for terrible looking stuff), and neither is Sheryl finding anything around Fresno, though she has been trying hard to help me out.

    If anyone here within reasonable driving distance (??? from Bakersfield, very little is "reasonable" driving distance!! But hopefully I can do road trip to No or So CA within the next few weeks) has a Singer treadle they can part with for a reasonable price, please let me know. I can do restoration work if required....DH is a "wood guy". Thanks!!
    You should make the trip up to Sacramento in Sept. for the Gold Country Treadleon Gathering. I'm sure someone there may have a treadle for you.
    Janice - sounds like a road trip for us. Pick me up on your way!
    If you do this trip, you should contact the treadleon group of your interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    So, I am looking for a treadle base for my 66 so I can de-motorize it. I am not finding anything in my area reasonable (over $100 for terrible looking stuff), and neither is Sheryl finding anything around Fresno, though she has been trying hard to help me out.

    If anyone here within reasonable driving distance (??? from Bakersfield, very little is "reasonable" driving distance!! But hopefully I can do road trip to No or So CA within the next few weeks) has a Singer treadle they can part with for a reasonable price, please let me know. I can do restoration work if required....DH is a "wood guy". Thanks!!
    There was one on Reno CL

    Singer Treadle- Frame Only - $30
    $30

    Reno

    2011-07-17, 4:20PM PDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    So, I am looking for a treadle base for my 66 so I can de-motorize it. I am not finding anything in my area reasonable (over $100 for terrible looking stuff), and neither is Sheryl finding anything around Fresno, though she has been trying hard to help me out.

    If anyone here within reasonable driving distance (??? from Bakersfield, very little is "reasonable" driving distance!! But hopefully I can do road trip to No or So CA within the next few weeks) has a Singer treadle they can part with for a reasonable price, please let me know. I can do restoration work if required....DH is a "wood guy". Thanks!!
    There was one on Reno CL

    Singer Treadle- Frame Only - $30
    $30

    Reno

    2011-07-17, 4:20PM PDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I got a pretty good set, so want to see if they work, first. I'll have to get it out and try them. But I can't run the machine, as the wires are bare! :shock: I'll just have to try them by turning the handwheel. Not gonna happen for a couple of weeks, at least! Thanks for the offer...I'll let you know. But if you want to sell them, go ahead and don't wait for me. There are always a bunch of these sets for sale on eBay and ShopGoodwill.
    Ok - will do that. Guess I need to figure out which machine they fit. Or let someone have them for a fair price & figure it out on their own.
    I have a domestic if they fit that I would be interested. If you can show a pic I might be able to tell

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I got a pretty good set, so want to see if they work, first. I'll have to get it out and try them. But I can't run the machine, as the wires are bare! :shock: I'll just have to try them by turning the handwheel. Not gonna happen for a couple of weeks, at least! Thanks for the offer...I'll let you know. But if you want to sell them, go ahead and don't wait for me. There are always a bunch of these sets for sale on eBay and ShopGoodwill.
    Ok - will do that. Guess I need to figure out which machine they fit. Or let someone have them for a fair price & figure it out on their own.
    I have a domestic if they fit that I would be interested. If you can show a pic I might be able to tell
    Here's a picture. If you need a better one, PM me. I could email better pics this evening. Charlee said this about them:

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Here's the 1949 Singer blackside 128-23 I picked up Saturday.
    The attachments you asked about are "top clamp" and go to one of these:
    Davis, New Home, Standard, White, Domestic, Kenmore, Free-Westinghouse, or National.
    (list from the book by Charlene Phillips, The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook)

    Evidently there are 12 different sizes of these top clamp attachments that all fit different machines...
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickylsf
    Here are a few pics of the Davis NVF that my DH picked up for me in San Jose over the weekend. It needs some cosmetic work but it sews beautifully. I figured out how to thread it and took a few stitches. The belt is too loose, and it has some krazing. I will use Billy's tutes to fix her up. Included were lots of attachments I have not had time to study yet. I even got the original receipt from 1919, and a history on the family that owned it.
    Wow, you will love the Davis NVF for doing bindings! Also, since you have the NVF, you don't have to find the very hard to find Davis Long needles! Your machine takes regular 15X1 needles!

    Thank you all for your concern about Tarzan. I have cried for a week, it is hard. I am just so angry that our housesitter didn't notice he was not drinking. Who would have thought? My vet said to always leave your sitter's with instructions to give the tiny dogs Pedialyte (spelling?)with their meals, just to be safe. These little tiny dogs do weird things when their family is gone.

    And Janice, to answer your question, no Tarzan was not ill nor old. He was 9 and as you all know Chihuahua's are the longest lived of all dogs - they can easily reach 20. Our vet tried to save him, then did a bunch of tests just to make me feel better. He wanted to be able to tell me Tarzan had some condition that made him become dehydrated, but his tests were all great - he was extremely healthy, just so severely dehydrated that his blood had lost 75% of the water - it was like glue. We got back from our trip to a severely sick dog, a $1,000 vet bill and then a dead dog. Not fun. I just want you all to use this as a lesson, maybe Tarzan can save another tiny dog by you all knowing what happened to him. It is noones fault but mine - I just never thought he'd stop drinking.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    So, I am looking for a treadle base for my 66 so I can de-motorize it. I am not finding anything in my area reasonable (over $100 for terrible looking stuff), and neither is Sheryl finding anything around Fresno, though she has been trying hard to help me out.

    If anyone here within reasonable driving distance (??? from Bakersfield, very little is "reasonable" driving distance!! But hopefully I can do road trip to No or So CA within the next few weeks) has a Singer treadle they can part with for a reasonable price, please let me know. I can do restoration work if required....DH is a "wood guy". Thanks!!
    Do you live near Bakersfield? In Visalia, there is a Singer treadle with what looks to be a Redeye. Posting has two different prices. Cabinet looks like it may need some work and can't see decals on the Redeye. I say they are asking way too high for this cabinet.

    http://visalia.craigslist.org/clt/2483791627.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by nickylsf
    Here are a few pics of the Davis NVF that my DH picked up for me in San Jose over the weekend. It needs some cosmetic work but it sews beautifully. I figured out how to thread it and took a few stitches. The belt is too loose, and it has some krazing. I will use Billy's tutes to fix her up. Included were lots of attachments I have not had time to study yet. I even got the original receipt from 1919, and a history on the family that owned it.
    Wow, you will love the Davis NVF for doing bindings! Also, since you have the NVF, you don't have to find the very hard to find Davis Long needles! Your machine takes regular 15X1 needles!

    Thank you all for your concern about Tarzan. I have cried for a week, it is hard. I am just so angry that our housesitter didn't notice he was not drinking. Who would have thought? My vet said to always leave your sitter's with instructions to give the tiny dogs Pedialyte (spelling?)with their meals, just to be safe. These little tiny dogs do weird things when their family is gone.

    Nancy
    Thank you Nancy, I too am so sorry to hear about your pup. We have 3 Aussies and it is hot here and we have water available in at least 4 spots. I know how heartbroken you are.

    I am retiring Friday, and am looking forward to the extra time to figure out all the attachments. I have found some literature online explaining how to use them.

    Actually my Davis came with a little original Singer envelope with 3 long needles. Maybe someone will want them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Do you live near Bakersfield? In Visalia, there is a Singer treadle with what looks to be a Redeye. Posting has two different prices. Cabinet looks like it may need some work and can't see decals on the Redeye. I say they are asking way too high for this cabinet.

    http://visalia.craigslist.org/clt/2483791627.html
    Thank you vintagemotif. I'm about 45 minutes from Visalia so that is a possible one to look at.

    I called on this one this afternoon. The guy is supposed to text me better pictures & the serial number. We will see what happens. http://fresno.craigslist.org/clt/2504193978.html

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    Actually my Davis came with a little original Singer envelope with 3 long needles. Maybe someone will want them.[/quote]

    I am looking for some long needles for my Minnesota D, are the needles around 2" long?

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    If anyone is interested in buying the blackside Singer 128-23 I have pictures of on page 1364, please PM me.

    California folks preferred. This thing is heavy!(25-30lbs), so shipping would be costly. Plus, the case is in excellent shape & I would not want to risk it getting damaged. We can talk about meeting part way between me & you.

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    jljack,
    I was pretty sure that the case the 301 is in isn't the right one, but I wanted to protect it. I think it should work fine for the loose 15-91, but I figured that one is bullet proof and would be fine case less for the trip home. The bottom of the 301 is nicely finished and sealed, altho I haven't really had a chance to inspect it fully.

    I would love to hear from some one who has managed to do something about the "fungus" appearance of the 301, tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickylsf
    Here are a few pics of the Davis NVF that my DH picked up for me in San Jose over the weekend. It needs some cosmetic work but it sews beautifully. I figured out how to thread it and took a few stitches. The belt is too loose, and it has some krazing. I will use Billy's tutes to fix her up. Included were lots of attachments I have not had time to study yet. I even got the original receipt from 1919, and a history on the family that owned it.
    How beautiful. I love it when I am able to get the history on the owners. Love it that you also have an original receipt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    So, I am looking for a treadle base for my 66 so I can de-motorize it. I am not finding anything in my area reasonable (over $100 for terrible looking stuff), and neither is Sheryl finding anything around Fresno, though she has been trying hard to help me out.

    If anyone here within reasonable driving distance (??? from Bakersfield, very little is "reasonable" driving distance!! But hopefully I can do road trip to No or So CA within the next few weeks) has a Singer treadle they can part with for a reasonable price, please let me know. I can do restoration work if required....DH is a "wood guy". Thanks!!
    California folks - We (Janice & I) are also looking into the possibility that we would find a machine & cabinet. I am looking for a machine, working or not, with the coveted decals for display in my sewing room. She would take the cabinet, I would take the machine & we would split the cost. Let one of us know if you see anything in your local area.
    There's a set of irons for sale up here... In southern Washington!

    http://kpr.craigslist.org/fuo/2504479015.html

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    AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... at last, I am caught up on reading everyone's posts. Now... to quilt or work on machines. :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Actually my Davis came with a little original Singer envelope with 3 long needles. Maybe someone will want them.
    I am looking for some long needles for my Minnesota D, are the needles around 2" long?[/quote]

    They are a hair under 2." PM me if you would like to have them! I am pretty new at this but I don't think I would need these on most of the vintage machines I might pick up (as I do see more in my not so distant future).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Janice, to answer your question, no Tarzan was not ill nor old. He was 9 and as you all know Chihuahua's are the longest lived of all dogs - they can easily reach 20. Our vet tried to save him, then did a bunch of tests just to make me feel better. He wanted to be able to tell me Tarzan had some condition that made him become dehydrated, but his tests were all great - he was extremely healthy, just so severely dehydrated that his blood had lost 75% of the water - it was like glue. We got back from our trip to a severely sick dog, a $1,000 vet bill and then a dead dog. Not fun. I just want you all to use this as a lesson, maybe Tarzan can save another tiny dog by you all knowing what happened to him. It is noones fault but mine - I just never thought he'd stop drinking. Nancy
    Nancy, Sorry again to hear about Tarzan but thanks for the warning to the rest of us who have furbabies, especially small ones. I will tell you I had no idea that Pedialyte was good for small dogs 0 I learned something today. May you find comfort in your memories of Tarzan. ~ Chris

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    Ok, I am happy. After work I finally got a call from a lady selling treadle machine in a parlor cabinet. I made my son take me and his pickup truck to get it. The top is missing a few pieces of veneer and there is a small decorative piece of wood missing in front. Fortunately I am friends with a wood worker who can duplicate the missing piece. The machine is a Damascus Grand. Know nothing about it but, I love it! The machine was purchased new by the seller's husband's great grandmother and has been in the family ever since. The man said he used to sew with it when he was a kid. No one in the family wanted it any more, so it came home with me. Will post pics when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I got a pretty good set, so want to see if they work, first. I'll have to get it out and try them. But I can't run the machine, as the wires are bare! :shock: I'll just have to try them by turning the handwheel. Not gonna happen for a couple of weeks, at least! Thanks for the offer...I'll let you know. But if you want to sell them, go ahead and don't wait for me. There are always a bunch of these sets for sale on eBay and ShopGoodwill.
    Ok - will do that. Guess I need to figure out which machine they fit. Or let someone have them for a fair price & figure it out on their own.
    I have a domestic if they fit that I would be interested. If you can show a pic I might be able to tell
    Here's a picture. If you need a better one, PM me. I could email better pics this evening. Charlee said this about them:

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Here's the 1949 Singer blackside 128-23 I picked up Saturday.
    The attachments you asked about are "top clamp" and go to one of these:
    Davis, New Home, Standard, White, Domestic, Kenmore, Free-Westinghouse, or National.
    (list from the book by Charlene Phillips, The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook)

    Evidently there are 12 different sizes of these top clamp attachments that all fit different machines...


    I dont think they will work. The few that I have for the domestic look different. Thanks anyways

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    I LOVE that 99!![/quote]

    Janice, I have a hand crank 99 and I think that it might just be my favorite machine. Kathie

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    [Evidently there are 12 different sizes of these top clamp attachments that all fit different machines...[/quote][/quote]

    Those are nice looking feet. Kathie

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    I need some help. I am trying to get my Red Eye up and going and I think I may have a tension problem. The bottom of the fabric is a mess and went I cut the bobbin thread there were three pieces of thread coming out of the bobbin hole. I have tried rethreading it and have put in a new needle. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I need some help. I am trying to get my Red Eye up and going and I think I may have a tension problem. The bottom of the fabric is a mess and went I cut the bobbin thread there were three pieces of thread coming out of the bobbin hole. I have tried rethreading it and have put in a new needle. Kathie
    Sound like a bobbin problem. Pull the bobbin thread with your fingers is it hard to pull are very easy. If it is very hard to pull and almost breaking the thread you may need to change tension on the bobbin or vica versa. You could have a bad bobbin.

    Glenn

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    Kathie what does the stitch look like on top fabric? Is the tension control installled correctly. I will look at may red eye in the morning and see what else it could be. I very seldom have problems with the red eye.
    Glenn

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