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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
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    Billy when you pull the brushes out the whole thing can come apart on those - unless you know what you are doing they need to be left alone. The one with the oil inside needs to be cleaned up - it smells horrid when it runs.
    Is this the machine that was drowned in oil? if so just shake the living crap out of it after warming it up with a hair drier and run it like you stole it! It will smoke and smell but it will go away eventually.

    Billy
    No Billy, I am the culprit. Thanks so much for your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterGary
    Here is a real Treasure. Never saw one before.

    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/atq/2533382930.html
    Pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
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    Silly Seller!

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/atq/2535535097.html

    :shock: :shock: :lol:
    Maybe, I should send him a picture of the 500a I just got for $15 posted on page 1449!!!!!!Geeze!

    Nancy
    Where do these people come up with the outrageous prices for machines???
    :roll: :roll: :roll:
    Sharon W.
    I do not know. I am resisting the temptation to contact the seller and ask them what dream world they live in. That IS the most outrageously priced vintage machine I have seen... I think :?:
    If you read the rest of the ad, the seller says that $1600 is not an unheard of price for the machine. :shock: :roll:
    I hope he gets it... I wonder I could advertise mine on the same town - heck for that price I would ship it for free...
    Sewww, you are really getting a bargain at $1200, huh? :shock: Like I said, what dream world are they living in? :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Heck, I could drive one up there in my Corolla, and still come out ahead and deliver it in person for that. Even sew them a project on it while they watched!! LOL
    I used to drive a maroon Corolla... '88, I think. Loved that car untl my boys trashed it. They owe me, don't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I do not know. I am resisting the temptation to contact the seller and ask them what dream world they live in. That IS the most outrageously priced vintage machine I have seen... I think :?:

    I did write this person and asked him to reconsider his pricing. I told him that I just bought the same Rockeeter for $30.[/quote]

    Oh please, do let us know if he replies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Billy when you pull the brushes out the whole thing can come apart on those - unless you know what you are doing they need to be left alone. The one with the oil inside needs to be cleaned up - it smells horrid when it runs.
    Is this the machine that was drowned in oil? if so just shake the living crap out of it after warming it up with a hair drier and run it like you stole it! It will smoke and smell but it will go away eventually.

    Billy
    Nope. I knew better than to do that! It runs fine, so I won't mess with it! I really don't want to do any rewiring of anything. Now that 500 I got for $10 is just a gooey mess inside. I want to clean it out, but am not sure of the solvent that is best on that. Will I have to remove the motor to get the gunk out? I see them for sale on ebay or on youtube and they look like they just came out of the factory inside. How do I achieve even half of that? I have no problem with the really old ones, just these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I do not know. I am resisting the temptation to contact the seller and ask them what dream world they live in. That IS the most outrageously priced vintage machine I have seen... I think :?:

    I did write this person and asked him to reconsider his pricing. I told him that I just bought the same Rockeeter for $30.
    Oh please, do let us know if he replies![/quote]

    It has been two days now and no reply. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    My Eldredge Two Spools that has a nice cabinet, attachments, manual, - complete - posted here on page 1169 and the photo shop page 9, I paid $90. For the National Two Spool, just the machine, warranty, manual, attachments, and some very old letters between the owner and National, I paid $65.

    Nancy
    Monica, and anyone else with a Two Spools - did you know it drops its feed dogs? Geeze, I was reading the manual because I am still not good at inserting the spool, playing with my National, (which sews perfectly) and I read that you loosen some screws under the feed dogs to drop them or just change the depth! Isn't that cool Monica!!!! I am really stoked over this one! Now I have two treadles I can FMQ with!

    Nancy
    Nancy, I do remember reading this. I have been so happy just using my machines for piecing that I haven't even given it a thought. But now that you mention this, I pulled out my manual and read the directions. This seems simple to do that I will have to give it a try. Eeks another project on my to do list.

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    PE uniform- a yellow short dress with yellow short bloomers....so UGLY...that had to be ironed once a week or points were taken off. I hate to iron. Although, I don't mind ironing quilt tops and bottoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
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    We made Gym bags (remember when we had to wear shorts & shirts for gym class?), skirts, and something else, but I don't remember what it was.
    We had to wear one-piece gym suits. The top and the shorts were connected. UG---LEEE!!!!!
    were they turquoise??? ;)
    My one piece was blue.
    Mine was red and white striped top with solid red shoprts. Horizontal stripes of course and so very attractive. Luckily, high school had phased out the gym uniform by the time I arrived.
    I refuse to describe the swimming suits they made us wear for swimming class.
    Mine was a no-shape black nylon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Billy when you pull the brushes out the whole thing can come apart on those - unless you know what you are doing they need to be left alone. The one with the oil inside needs to be cleaned up - it smells horrid when it runs.
    Is this the machine that was drowned in oil? if so just shake the living crap out of it after warming it up with a hair drier and run it like you stole it! It will smoke and smell but it will go away eventually.

    Billy
    Nope. I knew better than to do that! It runs fine, so I won't mess with it! I really don't want to do any rewiring of anything. Now that 500 I got for $10 is just a gooey mess inside. I want to clean it out, but am not sure of the solvent that is best on that. Will I have to remove the motor to get the gunk out? I see them for sale on ebay or on youtube and they look like they just came out of the factory inside. How do I achieve even half of that? I have no problem with the really old ones, just these.
    I did it on several. Get a little kerosene in a can. Paint it on the internal parts. keep paper towels handy to clean up. If you pull the motor you sure won't get any on it. If you pm me I'll send you my phone number and we can chat.

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    [quote=Kathie S.]
    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I do not know. I am resisting the temptation to contact the seller and ask them what dream world they live in. That IS the most outrageously priced vintage machine I have seen... I think :?:

    I did write this person and asked him to reconsider his pricing. I told him that I just bought the same Rockeeter for $30.
    We are having a rash of the same thing around here. Ridiculous prices on both treadles and elec. Nice red eye in nice cabinet for $750? They obviously haven't done their research. Treadles come out of the woodwork around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    PE uniform- a yellow short dress with yellow short bloomers....so UGLY...that had to be ironed once a week or points were taken off. I hate to iron. Although, I don't mind ironing quilt tops and bottoms.
    I don't remember my gym clothes. With my boy's name, I was put into the 7th grade BOYS gym class. The teacher thought it was very funny; I was very embarrased, lol. Tommie

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    In JR High it was a one piece washed out med. green. In HS a one piece maroon, both were school colors. In college it was a bright yellow shirt with roomy black pants and thin white knee socks. We looked like a bunch of crazed neutron bumble bees. LOL :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    I don't remember my gym clothes. With my boy's name, I was put into the 7th grade BOYS gym class. The teacher thought it was very funny; I was very embarrased, lol. Tommie
    Tommie, I am so sorry. I would have died of embarrassment in your place. I do remember the uniforms and swimsuits - too awful to describe! Even in college, it continued. Yuk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    I don't remember my gym clothes. With my boy's name, I was put into the 7th grade BOYS gym class. The teacher thought it was very funny; I was very embarrased, lol. Tommie
    Tommie, I am so sorry. I would have died of embarrassment in your place. I do remember the uniforms and swimsuits - too awful to describe! Even in college, it continued. Yuk!
    the swim suits worked better if you wore a couple of them at a time.

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    CL from my DH home town -
    http://syracuse.craigslist.org/atq/2466538721.html
    $20 redeye

    White Rotary in Martha Washington Cabinet - $35
    http://syracuse.craigslist.org/atq/2479252977.html

    edited to add - I see now the dates are old, but, just saying, just shows some people have over inflated expectations of what they will get for their machines! (I wonder if they are still there?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    I don't remember my gym clothes. With my boy's name, I was put into the 7th grade BOYS gym class. The teacher thought it was very funny; I was very embarrased, lol. Tommie
    Tommie, I am so sorry. I would have died of embarrassment in your place. I do remember the uniforms and swimsuits - too awful to describe! Even in college, it continued. Yuk!
    One of my class mates was named after her dad, but her parents messed with her name---------
    instead of "Carletta"

    on records she was Carl E. Lastname (Carl Etta Lastname)

    First girl in our call to get calls from the military. (1965!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I love those old ads, thanks for sharing Billy!!

    Lisa...veneer isn't all that hard..did you know you can get an iron on veneer? It's pretty cool stuff...you can cut it and do "inlay" designs with it...according to my "refinishing friend", it's awesome to work with and fairly easy! I have a cabinet that I'm thinking about using it on.
    Charlee, I will have to look into that. I know how to iron. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
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    :lol: I couldn't stand the old snag that taught Home Ec...I took woodshop instead!
    Charlee, you are younger than I am. No possibility of woodshop for me :-( Ah, well :lol: :lol:
    Me neither!!! I had Home Ec in both Jr High and High School...one of my friends ran the sewing machine needle straight through her pointer finger nail...they had to take the needle out of the machine with it imbeded in her finger and take her to the hospital. I hated the skirt I had to make, and never wore it. We made Gym bags (remember when we had to wear shorts & shirts for gym class?), skirts, and something else, but I don't remember what it was.
    We had to make a wool suit. I don't think I ever wore mine. And in gym we had an ugly one piece shorts thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :lol: I couldn't stand the old snag that taught Home Ec...I took woodshop instead!
    Charlee, you are younger than I am. No possibility of woodshop for me :-( Ah, well :lol: :lol:
    Me neither!!! I had Home Ec in both Jr High and High School...one of my friends ran the sewing machine needle straight through her pointer finger nail...they had to take the needle out of the machine with it imbeded in her finger and take her to the hospital. I hated the skirt I had to make, and never wore it. We made Gym bags (remember when we had to wear shorts & shirts for gym class?), skirts, and something else, but I don't remember what it was.
    We had to make a wool suit. I don't think I ever wore mine. And in gym we had an ugly one piece shorts thing.
    I had to take home ec too - I remember when they came up with Touch and Sew machines. I had a horrid time with those - swore off Singer for years. Used the FW at home to do my wool project. Didn't learn much - my mom was a home ec teacher before she stayed home with kids - I learned a bunch from her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Do you guys and gals know how special each and every one of your are. I just had someone PM me about some needles for my new Davis sewing machine. When I have needed some parts or attatchments you are there as well as any information that I need. All of you go that extra mile for everyone with information and parts. There is no way that I can say thank you to each and every one of you so I am doing this as a group effort. THANK YOU to each and everyone of you. :thumbup: Kathie S.
    Isn't this bunch the greatest? I just bought some 20x1 needles on ebay for Mamie (New Florence)...they aren't cheap, but I *really* want to USE this machine!
    Did you get more than you need? I have been looking and looking for some for my Minnesota and have not been able to find them. I only have one needle and am so afraid of breaking it. If you do have a couple extra I would love to buy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Do you guys and gals know how special each and every one of your are. I just had someone PM me about some needles for my new Davis sewing machine. When I have needed some parts or attatchments you are there as well as any information that I need. All of you go that extra mile for everyone with information and parts. There is no way that I can say thank you to each and every one of you so I am doing this as a group effort. THANK YOU to each and everyone of you. :thumbup: Kathie S.
    Isn't this bunch the greatest? I just bought some 20x1 needles on ebay for Mamie (New Florence)...they aren't cheap, but I *really* want to USE this machine!
    Did you get more than you need? I have been looking and looking for some for my Minnesota and have not been able to find them. I only have one needle and am so afraid of breaking it. If you do have a couple extra I would love to buy them.

    Thanks
    Bev
    Bev, I was only able to get six needles, BUT!! I am going to go see the local SM "repair" guy (in quotes because his talents are questionable!!) and if I'm not mistaken, he's got a box or two in the back room...if he does, do you want me to get you some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Singer-Portable-...item2a12d4232f

    I wonder why no one is bidding on this item?
    It ended up selling for $208. The prices have come down...I have been watching, and many are going for right around $200 +/-!! Not like even a year ago when most were over $275.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    We made Gym bags (remember when we had to wear shorts & shirts for gym class?), skirts, and something else, but I don't remember what it was.
    We had to wear one-piece gym suits. The top and the shorts were connected. UG---LEEE!!!!!
    were they turquoise??? ;)
    We had black shorts and a starched white shirt. {sticking out tongue...pfffft} They were ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Had a time getting a FW I had sold working properly. The lady said it just starting popping top thread. Then she said she had "messed with" the tensions. After some frustration I found the gib screw was loose enough so it caused the thread to catch when sewing fast. I'ved never had that particular screw loosen voluntarily; perhaps she "messed with" that as well. And got the tension back right; she had tinkered with both top and bobbin tension and it was some kind of a mess. Glad that is behind me.
    Now to veg out the rest of the day.
    Don't ya' love it when people think they can be "helpful"!!! LOL

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