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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
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    Nancy, my A.G. Mason machine that I just got (Mamie, the New Florence) is closely associated with White, and some maintain that it IS a White (I disagree). It takes the 20x1 needle too...

    White DID badge a Challenge machine btw....
    Charlee, the White Dating site does not list any 'Florence' nor 'New Florence' under the White, Mason line. But if you go to ISMACS needle list, they list several machines called "Florence" under the Mason line and Davis? The ISMACS site also lists only two 'Challenge" machines - one was made by Davis, which would be consistant with Kathies machine taking the Boye 10 and the other one is made by National.

    It is interesting that my Hitachi treadle is not even listed as existing at all!

    http://www.ismacs.net/needle_and_sha...eedle-list.pdf
    Nancy

    Ps for those of you going to this site for the first time, you use the second column, which is the machine name. The second column is in alpabetical order, followed by the first column, which is the manufacturer's name!
    Which White dating site are you refering to Nancy?

    This one:
    http://community.webshots.com/user/arachnesobsession

    refers to the New Florence as a "Mason D" and implies that it's a White machine, but the Mason company sold to National, (can't recall the date off the top of my head) and then National was absorbed by White in 1916. According th ethe webshots site, my machine's serial number isn't listed, altho some shortly after that are. The implication is that my machine is pre-1910, but it sure looks a LOT like some of the White machines I've seen out there...
    Charlee, you are right. I just went and looked and she has a 'New Florence' shown - picture - under the White Mason Line. It is a 1912 machine. Under the ISMACS site there is also a 'New Florence' listed under the Mason line, AKA., White. I was looking up 'Florence., not 'New Florence. My bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I was wondering if anyone here is a member of any of the Yahoo groups for vintage machines. I am thinking about joining, but I feel uncomfortable with all the info they ask about. The problem is I am not finding much info on how to actually take apart the motor on my 500a or how to check the brushes on it and my 301. Any thoughts?
    Honestly I would stay away from Yahoo just because they sell your information for one and secondly they tell you that they give it all to different authorities to monitor your emails. Anything Yahoo I try to stay as far away as I can. I have books here that will tell you anything you need to know about your motor and what part #'s you need to find.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45983-1.htm Billy has good info - I would read as much info as you can before starting to clean up the machine. It is probably caused by dried up oil or 3 in one oil or some rust. You can fix it up if you can follow directions. There might be more info - look in the vintage sewing machine shop - http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013
    miriam thank you for the info .Dottie Bug
    Just gotta ask....is 3 in 1 oil not good for machines? How about cleaning them??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I was wondering if anyone here is a member of any of the Yahoo groups for vintage machines. I am thinking about joining, but I feel uncomfortable with all the info they ask about. The problem is I am not finding much info on how to actually take apart the motor on my 500a or how to check the brushes on it and my 301. Any thoughts?
    DH has done it on mine. I would like for him to do a tutorial some time. Until then, the service manual tells how to take the motor out of the machine. You can get a free service manual on line here: http://parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/306W25.pdf You have to scroll down 125 pages or so but it is there and very helpful. It's for a 401 but it is about the same inside. Maybe Ismacs has something more specific. Then take the motor to a small motor repair shop and have them go over it. When they are done, you follow the service manual instructions to return the motor. It is pretty easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    That machine looks like it could play football...dang!
    Congrats and have fun with it!

    Billy, I hope all goes well for you. Please rest, that machine isn't going anywhere...it will wait for you when you are better.

    I do hope they have identified what type of blood cancer you do have and it can be cured quickly.

    If they don't know yet, have them check for Waldenstrom's disease, a rare form of blood cancer.

    Rest and eat healthy!!
    They do but its not that, I forgot what they said the choices were all I know is I went pretty much blank when they told me about it. But they said I will live to tell about it so thats a good thing! But this is all from getting hit in the face by the stupid copperhead. I guess that was all that it needed to trip its trigger.

    Billy

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    [quote=BoJangles]
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    It is interesting that my Hitachi treadle is not even listed as existing at all!
    Nancy, I don't think you will find much info on the Hitachi since it is a Japanese machine (and I do believe this machine made a special trip over for someone's personal usage here in the States). The Japanese are known to use Romanji (Roman characters) in their logo/name along with the Japanese characters. Hitachi is mainly an appliance company that may have made some sewing machines and then moved on to other appliances and electronics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here are my latest finds.

    My National Two Spools, Willie Sue, had one owner before me! She came with her attachments, manual, warranty, and several letters of correspondence between Ms Willie Sue and the National Sewing Company! Pretty Cool!

    The Rocketeer is a 500a from 1961 that I have been playing with all day. I got her yesterday from a yard sale for $15, and she is perfect!

    Nancy
    Your machines are beautiful. Why is the National called a two spools? I only see one spool holder on it. Kathie

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    [quote=Charlee]From John's needle list:

    Davis Challenge 1x2 C 1X 10 F FF B 54 17 F;DD;B C 673 Davis [N.S. F.S.]
    National Challenge 20x1 E Z 14 J BB C 56 15 J;K E 53 Eldredge F.S.

    So if her Challenge takes a 20x1, would that not make it a National made machine?
    ACK! I get more confused by the minute...gotta LOVE it! :lol:

    Yes, but Kathie just told me that she found a needle package with the Challenge marked 127X1, which is neither a 20X1, (Boye 4), nor a 1x2, (Boye 10 Davis long). The 127x1 is a Boye 18, the needle the W&W and Singer 9W use! Go figure! I am sticking to my guns that, that Challenge is either a Davis or a National!

    Nancy[quote]

    Ok I just compared Kathie's Challenge cabinet to my Davis Vertical Feed, and the two cabinets have the exact same drawer pulls! The cabinets look almost alike too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Just gotta ask....is 3 in 1 oil not good for machines? How about cleaning them??
    It is a paraffin based oil and will leave a build up after so many years. You need a good sewing machine oil and Walmart sells Singer brand oil. I buy mine by the gallons and I will have to see what I pay for it but it is not much $35 or so.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    That machine looks like it could play football...dang!
    Congrats and have fun with it!

    Billy, I hope all goes well for you. Please rest, that machine isn't going anywhere...it will wait for you when you are better.

    I do hope they have identified what type of blood cancer you do have and it can be cured quickly.

    If they don't know yet, have them check for Waldenstrom's disease, a rare form of blood cancer.

    Rest and eat healthy!!
    They do but its not that, I forgot what they said the choices were all I know is I went pretty much blank when they told me about it. But they said I will live to tell about it so thats a good thing! But this is all from getting hit in the face by the stupid copperhead. I guess that was all that it needed to trip its trigger.

    Billy
    Billy, So sorry. Happy to hear that you will be around for a long time to share this story with grandkids! Rest please!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here are my latest finds.

    My National Two Spools, Willie Sue, had one owner before me! She came with her attachments, manual, warranty, and several letters of correspondence between Ms Willie Sue and the National Sewing Company! Pretty Cool!

    The Rocketeer is a 500a from 1961 that I have been playing with all day. I got her yesterday from a yard sale for $15, and she is perfect!

    Nancy
    Your machines are beautiful. Why is the National called a two spools? I only see one spool holder on it. Kathie
    The other is the one you use for the bobbin.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45983-1.htm Billy has good info - I would read as much info as you can before starting to clean up the machine. It is probably caused by dried up oil or 3 in one oil or some rust. You can fix it up if you can follow directions. There might be more info - look in the vintage sewing machine shop - http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013
    miriam thank you for the info .Dottie Bug
    Just gotta ask....is 3 in 1 oil not good for machines? How about cleaning them??
    3-in-1 oil is very bad - when it dries it sets up like varnish - it is pretty hard to get off too - ask me how I know this. Please use Sewing Machine Oil. It should be clear liquid. If you have used 3-in-1 and it has dried up you can get it off by using kerosene if it doesn't work try denatured alcohol - better be very careful of your paint or any plastic parts. I had a machine I very liberally soaked with 3-in-1 oil. After it set a while nothing moved, it looked like it had an orange coating of gunk. It took a lot of work to get it all off. The machine is fine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here are my latest finds.

    My National Two Spools, Willie Sue, had one owner before me! She came with her attachments, manual, warranty, and several letters of correspondence between Ms Willie Sue and the National Sewing Company! Pretty Cool!

    The Rocketeer is a 500a from 1961 that I have been playing with all day. I got her yesterday from a yard sale for $15, and she is perfect!

    Nancy
    Your machines are beautiful. Why is the National called a two spools? I only see one spool holder on it. Kathie
    The second spool holder is under the machine where there would usually be a bobbin or shuttle!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    From John's needle list:

    Davis Challenge 1x2 C 1X 10 F FF B 54 17 F;DD;B C 673 Davis [N.S. F.S.]
    National Challenge 20x1 E Z 14 J BB C 56 15 J;K E 53 Eldredge F.S.

    So if her Challenge takes a 20x1, would that not make it a National made machine?
    ACK! I get more confused by the minute...gotta LOVE it! :lol:
    Just from the shape and position of items on the machine, I say it looks like a National.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Billy, So sorry. Happy to hear that you will be around for a long time to share this story with grandkids! Rest please!!

    I should be but I have to limit my activities because of the long term side effects but it will not be too bad. I am just waiting to get over this so I can get on my bike again and start pedaling. By then the triple digit heat days will be over with and it will actually be enjoyable weather again.

    Billy

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    Nancy,

    That Two Spools is GORGEOUS! I'm just drooling looking at her. Very lovely!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45983-1.htm Billy has good info - I would read as much info as you can before starting to clean up the machine. It is probably caused by dried up oil or 3 in one oil or some rust. You can fix it up if you can follow directions. There might be more info - look in the vintage sewing machine shop - http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013
    miriam thank you for the info .Dottie Bug
    Just gotta ask....is 3 in 1 oil not good for machines? How about cleaning them??
    3-in-1 oil is very bad - when it dries it sets up like varnish - it is pretty hard to get off too - ask me how I know this. Please use Sewing Machine Oil. It should be clear liquid. If you have used 3-in-1 and it has dried up you can get it off by using kerosene if it doesn't work try denatured alcohol - better be very careful of your paint or any plastic parts. I had a machine I very liberally soaked with 3-in-1 oil. After it set a while nothing moved, it looked like it had an orange coating of gunk. It took a lot of work to get it all off. The machine is fine now.
    Rats! I've b een using oil that came with a sewing machine but it is red. I suppose I'd better get out some kerosene and re"oil" it then try and find some Singer oil. Can I buy it and grease online somewhere?

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    Joanns and Walmart carry it so you can get it from them.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Nancy,

    That Two Spools is GORGEOUS! I'm just drooling looking at her. Very lovely!!!
    Thank you Monica! Willie Sue is a very pretty old gal.

    And for you guys all trying to guess what Kathie's Challenge is - I just compared her cabinet to my Davis Vertical Feed cabinet! The two cabinets have the exact same drawer pulls, and the exact same shape.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Just gotta ask....is 3 in 1 oil not good for machines? How about cleaning them??
    It is a paraffin based oil and will leave a build up after so many years. You need a good sewing machine oil and Walmart sells Singer brand oil. I buy mine by the gallons and I will have to see what I pay for it but it is not much $35 or so.

    Billy
    Walmart sells it??? I was just there and have not seen any! What about the gear grease? Or motor grease?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...e-manuals.html
    free manual just scroll down to the 301
    Thank you Miriam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Just gotta ask....is 3 in 1 oil not good for machines? How about cleaning them??
    It is a paraffin based oil and will leave a build up after so many years. You need a good sewing machine oil and Walmart sells Singer brand oil. I buy mine by the gallons and I will have to see what I pay for it but it is not much $35 or so.

    Billy
    Walmart sells it??? I was just there and have not seen any! What about the gear grease? Or motor grease?
    The gear grease you can either get it at Hancocks or Joanns (Singer brand) or you can go to NAPA and buy Tri-Flow and use that. I swear by Tri-Flow its a synthetic grease and will not hurt any vintage gearing or motors.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Nancy,

    That Two Spools is GORGEOUS! I'm just drooling looking at her. Very lovely!!!
    Thank you Monica! Willie Sue is a very pretty old gal.

    And for you guys all trying to guess what Kathie's Challenge is - I just compared her cabinet to my Davis Vertical Feed cabinet! The two cabinets have the exact same drawer pulls, and the exact same shape.

    Nancy
    You're wrong Nancy...completely!! I'm just sayin'....
    Willie Sue is NOT a "very pretty old gal"...she's GORGEOUS!! ;) Two Spools is on my wish list...I'm thinkin' it might be awhile...I've never seen one in real life!

    Davis it is then! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here are my latest finds.

    My National Two Spools, Willie Sue, had one owner before me! She came with her attachments, manual, warranty, and several letters of correspondence between Ms Willie Sue and the National Sewing Company! Pretty Cool!

    The Rocketeer is a 500a from 1961 that I have been playing with all day. I got her yesterday from a yard sale for $15, and she is perfect!

    Nancy
    The National is just gorgeous! It's neat to have the little bits of paperwork and the story they tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    I've just been catching up from everyone's weekend haul. Such fun to see everything and know it's going to be cleaned up and loved.

    My new job(s) schedule lets me have all weekend off (yay!) and I finally got out to clean up my Red Eye yesterday. I didn't expect her to be so shiny! (Posted before and after on the pics page). I can't wait to try treadling. Thanks for the tutorials Billy--they are wonderfully detailed, and I would never have thought of attempting to break down and clean a machine without them.

    I also did some FMQ last week on the 15-91. :) I had attempted FMQ years ago on my mom's Huskvarna, but I wasn't really happy with the results so stuck to straight line patterns. Then I saw where people here have been using their vintage machines to FMQ, so I bought another foot and tried it out. It was okay, but not spectacular, kept having some skipped stitches and tension problems. Then I found a random darning foot that I had stuck in a box in a closet, probably because I had no idea what it was. It worked better. Then I found the information by Leah Day on FMQ, kept up my feed dogs, set the stitch to zero, and away I went. It was fun, and the stitch quality looks good to me. No snarls or skipped stitches on my little FMQ doodles. Can't wait to try more! If you're thinking of trying FMQ on a vintage machine, I say go for it.
    Bennett,

    Work work looks good enough for me! Next time I free motion quilt with my 15 in treadle, I will give this technique a try. Thanks for posting!
    I was really surprised at how well it turned out. Before, I always had a few skipped stitches somewhere or would get a snarl on the back. I have top that has been sitting forever that I think I want to try to FMQ now and see how it works for something larger than a piece of paper!

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