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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    I found this interesting. http://www.mysingerstory.com/
    Loved those stories. Thanks although I was surprised to see a Touch 'N Sew praised considering what most people on here think of them. :D

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    Wish someone would put the tutes in a separate category so we can find out how to clean or fix something faster. I wish I would have bookmarked them when I started.

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    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/for/2549610875.html anybody want a bunch of machines??? Looks like a school

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    I picked up an Empira treadle today from CL. I will post pics later. I can't find any information on it! The decals are lions and there are also decals on the cabinet and even on the irons. It has a shuttle and some attachments. Any info out there? Thanks!

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    Heads up, Okies and MO folks. This is a pretty Singer 128 BLACKSIDE, crinkle finish. Only $50. Case is shot but machine looks great. This is kjiji site.
    http://tulsa.ebayclassifieds.com/ant...sg=OUT_OF_AREA

    And this one is in a bentwood case, also Blackside, crinkle.
    http://springfieldmo.ebayclassifieds...sg=OUT_OF_AREA

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    I found this interesting.
    http://www.mysingerstory.com/

    There are some lovely stories on that site.
    Thanks for sharing the link :-D

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    Ladies I have been reading your posts and learning lots of things about all the different machines.
    I am up to 8 machines now!

    My newest beauty was $20.00 and her name is Stella. She is named after the lady I bought her from. She is a 1936 15-30?and lives in a Straight leg wooden treadle ..that I actually attempted to treadle...woohoo
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    DD picked this up at an auction, 2 of 2 Minnesota 'B'
    $20 Today she inform me that she spotted a National Two Spool for $30, will have to go look at that one, she says it in rough shape.
    Both machines are pretty - but it's nice to see a Minnesota B in such good shape and in a cabinet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    I saw at a local thrift store a Necchi Alco sewing machine. It looked a little lonely, but I wanted to get some input on the machine before considering buying it. The machine seemed clean, the cabinet was in so-so condition. Usually at this particular store, they test appliances before putting them on the floor, so I think it runs. No plate to cover the bobbin area. No bobbin. No manual. It does have the cord & pedal. There is some kind of double plug-in on the pedal cord. Anyone know why that might be? (Sorry, no pictures.)
    Quilt Mom, I have a Necchi Alco 400 that I picked up at a local consignment shop. I love the power it has. After sewing on my 4 year old machine and then on the Necchi I couldn't believe how smooth the Necchi runs (like driving a luxury car). I haven't found any instructions and Allyn Distributors were no help (apparently, no one kept any information on the old machines). I did find a local Necchi repair shop in Belgrade, MT and they had the bobbins and I also purchased a new plastic case for it (mine did not come in a cabinet). As for the plugs, I'm not sure why it is designed the way it is, but it works and I guess if you electrical issues you can repair one section of wiring and not have to do the entire thing...but that's just an assumption.

    I love this machine for piecing. I've also used it for repairing a canvas boat cover, a tent and hemming blue jeans, it worked great. I'll be interested to see what responses you find. I've also joined a Necchi group on Yahoo, but didn't find much help with the "newer" Japan made Necchi.

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    Marie, thanks for sharing your experience. I think I will go see if I can get the serial number and any other info they can give me tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    I saw at a local thrift store a Necchi Alco sewing machine. It looked a little lonely, but I wanted to get some input on the machine before considering buying it. The machine seemed clean, the cabinet was in so-so condition. Usually at this particular store, they test appliances before putting them on the floor, so I think it runs. No plate to cover the bobbin area. No bobbin. No manual. It does have the cord & pedal. There is some kind of double plug-in on the pedal cord. Anyone know why that might be? (Sorry, no pictures.)
    Quilt Mom, I have a Necchi Alco 400 that I picked up at a local consignment shop. I love the power it has. After sewing on my 4 year old machine and then on the Necchi I couldn't believe how smooth the Necchi runs (like driving a luxury car). I haven't found any instructions and Allyn Distributors were no help (apparently, no one kept any information on the old machines). I did find a local Necchi repair shop in Belgrade, MT and they had the bobbins and I also purchased a new plastic case for it (mine did not come in a cabinet). As for the plugs, I'm not sure why it is designed the way it is, but it works and I guess if you electrical issues you can repair one section of wiring and not have to do the entire thing...but that's just an assumption.

    I love this machine for piecing. I've also used it for repairing a canvas boat cover, a tent and hemming blue jeans, it worked great. I'll be interested to see what responses you find. I've also joined a Necchi group on Yahoo, but didn't find much help with the "newer" Japan made Necchi.
    If you can't get the throat plate you'll have a tough time using that machine. I searched images and found manuals. I had a couple old Necchi machines - I liked one and hated the other - don't know what models they were - DD swiped one and took it to one of her friends needed a machine - don't know what I did with the other - it ain't around. We hated the one because we couldn't see the needle without straining our necks - the needle set too far back.

    Is it like: http://cgi.ebay.com/Necchi-Alco-Sewi...item2a131ca03d
    That one is high shank feet

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    We're home! :)

    And yes. I came home with a "new" machine! :lol: Will post pics of it in a minute when I get them resized!

    Looks like I have lots to catch up on!

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    My newest baby!! The copyright on the manual is 1953.

    Not sure yet what I'll name her...a Singer Model 20 toy...box is in great condition for it's age!
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    A Safeway needlebook, A Darner and a Buttonholer which are the same EXACT things right down to the instructions!, Attachments are just standard short shank, and the sewing awl I intend to use for leatherwork.
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    For my Wheeler & Wilson!! Some of these I had, some I didn't...that booklet that's in such bad shape is instruction for the attachments
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    Over 100 years old...guess it's entitled to be tattered!
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    this is a rather LARGE tablecloth that I found at a thrift store, it and the 4 doilies in the next photo came home with me for $5.00!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    My newest baby!! The copyright on the manual is 1953.
    Hi Charlee, Looks like a successful shopping trip! Welcome back!

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    Thanks Nicky! We had a GREAT time, and the weather was beautiful for a change! :) Didn't want to come home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/for/2549610875.html anybody want a bunch of machines??? Looks like a school
    11 machines for $500 hell I a on it!!

    Billy

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    lee231 those are some really nice machines!!! I think you had a successful day of shopping for sure!

    Charlee I love the Singer toy machine talk about a nice complete machine with box.... :shock: And the feet with the instructions was a hell of a score also. And even though I am not the doily type of guy that was a great deal on them and the table cloth looks great.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    lee231 those are some really nice machines!!! I think you had a successful day of shopping for sure!

    Charlee I love the Singer toy machine talk about a nice complete machine with box.... :shock: And the feet with the instructions was a hell of a score also. And even though I am not the doily type of guy that was a great deal on them and the table cloth looks great.

    Billy
    Thanks Billy. I was pretty pleased with myself. Actually tho, I have to confess, William found and bought the 20... :) Said it was my birthday present, but my birthday isn't until November! :lol:

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    Celeste, Did you pick up that Singer VS2?

    Kathie, I will post the items one must bring to TOGA for the sewing cover project.

    Miriam, I will post a tutorial on a sewing machine cover some time in the near future here on the QG.

    Lisa aka quilt addict, Wish you could show too, but San Diego should be fun too!

    Lee23, Both machine have beautiful decals! Have fun with them!

    Grayhare, Thanks for posting the link for the stories!

    Justtrish, Very nice Singer with RAF decals and nice straight-leg treadle. Enjoy!

    Charlee, Sweet finds! I love the tablecloth. I have one similar, and love it since I don't have to iron it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    DD picked this up for me a couple weeks ago, 1 of 2 - Lakeshore.
    $30
    Nice score! The circle on the front gives it away as a badged National.
    Tommie

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    Great finds everyone. Enjoy your new toys and Ladies.
    Billy are you really going to buy all those machines?
    :mrgreen:

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    Charlee, nice little 20 sewing machine, what a great early Birthday present!

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    A friend gave me a Singer JC 665653. Does anybody know what it might be? TIA
    Also gave me an International Rotary w/manual and attachments. DH is in the process of cleaning them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Great finds everyone. Enjoy your new toys and Ladies.
    Billy are you really going to buy all those machines?
    :mrgreen:
    LOL I am I believe I am contacting the seller and I am supposed to be getting more photos of them sent to me. I might keep one or two of them but the rest will be serviced/repainted and sold off. I have a friend in the Cinci area that can hold them for me until I ca get up there to get them.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    A friend gave me a Singer JC 665653. Does anybody know what it might be? TIA
    Also gave me an International Rotary w/manual and attachments. DH is in the process of cleaning them up.
    Weedwoman, you need to post a picture so we can identify the Singer. The only thing the Singer site says is that JC is a 1948 machine.

    Nancy

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