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    Miriam, I already bought a bobbin case it should be in the mail to me by now.

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    This machine was Introduced at the 1964 World Fair, a White 'Fair Lady' model 763. One of my first vintage machines in my collection.
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    I saw one on CL the other day but I missed it. I thought it looked pretty cool. Do you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I saw one on CL the other day but I missed it. I thought it looked pretty cool. Do you like it?
    I love it. Does the best straight stitch! Though I had to plunk $70 into it to have it re-timed. But, worth it to me as it will sew forever.

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    That's pretty Candace!

    I want one... :lol:

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    I keep reading about having a machine re-timed and would like to ask what that means..... Does that apply only to the newer machines or do the old vintage and antique machines require that. How would you know if your machine needed that service anyway?

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    Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this baby is gonna take a bunch of time, work and TLC to get it fully functional again. Time, which at this point I do not have to spare. I haven't started research in this particular model. The wiring needs replacing for sure, so haven't tried to get 'er working. The wheel is difficult to turn. Cabinet repair is pretty much just a glue/clamp situation, I hope. Will need refinish work too, as the varnish is badly blistered. Machine will probably respond to a good cleaning and oiling. It's been sitting for years, it'll just have to sit a couple more months.

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    Cable run area needs to be glued and clamped.
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    olebat, it looks like you have quite a project on your hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    I keep reading about having a machine re-timed and would like to ask what that means..... Does that apply only to the newer machines or do the old vintage and antique machines require that. How would you know if your machine needed that service anyway?
    When the timing is off, you'll have tons of skipped stitches, or you won't be able to sew without breaking needles. The timing is the correlation between the needle dropping into the bobbin area, and the bobbin shuttle being in the right position to catch the thread from the needle and loop around it. (so to speak)
    It applies no matter what machine you have or how old it is, and while sewing machine repair guys would have you believe that it's brain surgery, it's not all that tough to accomplish...good instructions and a little patience will get you through setting the timing on your machine. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this baby is gonna take a bunch of time, work and TLC to get it fully functional again. Time, which at this point I do not have to spare. I haven't started research in this particular model. The wiring needs replacing for sure, so haven't tried to get 'er working. The wheel is difficult to turn. Cabinet repair is pretty much just a glue/clamp situation, I hope. Will need refinish work too, as the varnish is badly blistered. Machine will probably respond to a good cleaning and oiling. It's been sitting for years, it'll just have to sit a couple more months.
    Looks to me like you've not only looked in that gift horse's mouth, but have seen the rotton teeth and decided it was worthwhile anyway! :)
    You've got your work set for you, and I can't wait to see the "after" pictures! Sure you don't have time to work on it now???? ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth,
    Looks to me like you've not only looked in that gift horse's mouth, but have seen the rotton teeth and decided it was worthwhile anyway! :)
    . . . Sure you don't have time to work on it now???? ;)
    This one is in the Que. Big cave event coming up, quilt retreat, and our guild quilt show in October. I hope to have several other vintage ladies for display at the quilt show. Space inside is precious now, and it's too hot to work outside. I'll squeeze in a little cleaning, but I want to do the repairs properly, and that will take scheduling it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth,
    Looks to me like you've not only looked in that gift horse's mouth, but have seen the rotton teeth and decided it was worthwhile anyway! :)
    . . . Sure you don't have time to work on it now???? ;)
    This one is in the Que. Big cave event coming up, quilt retreat, and our guild quilt show in October. I hope to have several other vintage ladies for display at the quilt show. Space inside is precious now, and it's too hot to work outside. I'll squeeze in a little cleaning, but I want to do the repairs properly, and that will take scheduling it in.
    ~sigh~ ;) ;) Oooook...I'll try to be patient!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickylsf
    That gives me hope! Looks like the same condition as the 66 Redeye I picked up yesterday for $15. I have been scared to post the "before" picture!
    Oh please post it !! For $15, you can learn on it and if it doesn't come out perfect, you aren't out a ton of money. That was why I bought this machine, just to see how much of a difference there could be, and it had all its parts there.

    Texas Jan
    Here is a picture of the aforementioned 66 Red Eye I picked up the other day. I was a bit disappointed when I saw it, as it was worse that the pics on Craiglist. But it will be fun and educational to do the best I can on it. It is missing a few parts (bobbin case, plate, upper thread spool) and many of the decals are silvered.
    It has been used, and not too well loved, but you will love it and learn from it, and it is still a wonderful machine. Evaporust (from Harbor Frieght) will clean the rust off that faceplate and any other plain metal surface.

    Thanks for posting it.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    This machine was Introduced at the 1964 World Fair, a White 'Fair Lady' model 763. One of my first vintage machines in my collection.
    Candace that White is so cute! It looks like a 3/4 size machine?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this baby is gonna take a bunch of time, work and TLC to get it fully functional again. Time, which at this point I do not have to spare. I haven't started research in this particular model. The wiring needs replacing for sure, so haven't tried to get 'er working. The wheel is difficult to turn. Cabinet repair is pretty much just a glue/clamp situation, I hope. Will need refinish work too, as the varnish is badly blistered. Machine will probably respond to a good cleaning and oiling. It's been sitting for years, it'll just have to sit a couple more months.
    Olebat, geeze the first photo of the complete machine doesn't look bad at all. But, the photo of the closeup with the knobs for reverse, stitch length look terrible? Are you sure that is from the same machine? In the complete photo those knobs appear to be whole? Anyway, good luck with the White - those machines are such tanks that not much can hurt them, although, I don't believe I have seen one with the knobs in the shape yours are in?

    Nancy

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    Here is a nice Jones. Looks like the decals are in good shape! I e-mailed the owner. It is a little more than I'd like to pay, but I'd love to have that Jones!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2525601970.html

    Nancy

    I am meeting a lady tomorrow to pick up a Two Spools (machine only) with attachments and the manual. She had advertized the attachments and manual on Craigslist a couple weeks ago. I contacted her about them - the owner's were on their way out of town for a couple weeks - anyway, she also said she has the machine. The machine belonged to her Aunt, whom she spent summers with. The aunt taught her to sew on that Two Spools. She had it shipped out here from back east when the aunt passed. When the machine arrived the cabinet was toast - crushed during shipment! She wants someone to get the machine that will take care of her! Monica, you always say we need two of each machine we use so we have a parts machine! Well, I doubt this machine will ever be for parts, but I will have two Two Spools since that is my piecing machine!

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    Yep, Nancy, same machine. I'm trying to get it closed now, and can't get it to fold back down. Cabinet looked OK because things were sort of in place, but the wood is dry, it wasn't screwed or nailed together, only glue, which is now long gone in some areas. As I began to close it, things shifted. It's gonna be a two person job. DH worked late shift last night, so he's still sleeping. He won't like helping on this one . . . says I have too many machines . . .

    It'll be better when the new 4-H center opens and most of the machines go there, then I'll just have a few treadles and a couple of my favs in the vintage line.

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    I have a question for everyone. I took in my Singer 201 that I posted here a few days ago to get refurbished. The man told me he might just get a cover for the wire in the back cuz he doesn't know if he can re-wire the motor and hes putting in a new foot pedal. Does this sound right? I called another guy and he said since it's in the cabinet he wouldn't even worry about the wiring that it should be safe cuz the wire isn't out in the open???? Should I be concerned? I thought they would just re-wire it so I could be done with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Quote Originally Posted by nickylsf
    That gives me hope! Looks like the same condition as the 66 Redeye I picked up yesterday for $15. I have been scared to post the "before" picture!
    Oh please post it !! For $15, you can learn on it and if it doesn't come out perfect, you aren't out a ton of money. That was why I bought this machine, just to see how much of a difference there could be, and it had all its parts there.

    Texas Jan
    Here is a picture of the aforementioned 66 Red Eye I picked up the other day. I was a bit disappointed when I saw it, as it was worse that the pics on Craiglist. But it will be fun and educational to do the best I can on it. It is missing a few parts (bobbin case, plate, upper thread spool) and many of the decals are silvered.
    It has been used, and not too well loved, but you will love it and learn from it, and it is still a wonderful machine. Evaporust (from Harbor Frieght) will clean the rust off that faceplate and any other plain metal surface.

    Thanks for posting it.

    Texas Jan
    Thanks Jan. The Evaporust is on its way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    This machine was Introduced at the 1964 World Fair, a White 'Fair Lady' model 763. One of my first vintage machines in my collection.
    Candace that White is so cute! It looks like a 3/4 size machine?

    Nancy
    I don't think it's considered a 3/4 machine. I could be wrong.

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    Seen a Spartan at the flea market last Sunday, but it had the logo for The Singer manufacturing company along the top of the arm. Was this a rare machine that I should have picked up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    I keep reading about having a machine re-timed and would like to ask what that means..... Does that apply only to the newer machines or do the old vintage and antique machines require that. How would you know if your machine needed that service anyway?
    Suzi, in my case I purchased the machine and tried to get it to make a stitch. No go. It wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread and the feed dogs were stuck in the up position. They wouldn't lower. I didn't want to mess with the timing. Though, since I've tackled other repairs lately, in the future this may be something I'm going to attempt. After picking it up, it sews like brand new.

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    Hmmm... I thought I had info saved about removing that old smell and/or musty smell... especially from FW little black cases. Can someone please point me in the right direction? Thanks.

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    I am going Thursday evening to pick this up. CL pic. Funny how you just can't say no to a $40.00 99K with attachments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    Seen a Spartan at the flea market last Sunday, but it had the logo for The Singer manufacturing company along the top of the arm. Was this a rare machine that I should have picked up?
    Yep, you'd should have picked up the Spartan! The Spartan is the lower end Singer 99, but because there are way fewer Spartans than there are 99's, it is worth more! Billy says, Spartans are money in the bank!

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