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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    New to me 27K 1904 with 45,000 alloted. It is STICKY! Can't imagine what is all over it, but there is wheat or weeds or something stuck in the sticky. LOL Decals are in pristine shape and the cabinet is not bad. DH thinks it is cherry. Brother found this one,
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    OMG! What a pretty mess! Interesting what can happen in a barn. That is a nice find though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie

    I got this HONEYMOON in a pretty cabinet for $25. Someone here said they thought NEW HOME was the manufacturer. I have no idea if the cabinet belongs to the machine or not. The machine has a lot of hard oily dirty icky stuff on it, but the cabinet has none.
    Great deal and find! Beautiful cabinet and machine! Both are going to be gorgeous once they are cleaned up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Looking for information please--A friend bought this Singer 201 Centenial machine at a Salvation Army auction for $5.00. Inside was the owners information, personal address book, etc. When the friend got to looking at the names in the book, he recognized that it was a high society list of the important people in Ft Worth Texas in the mid 1950's. How fun!!
    They have never seen a cabinet like this, and wondered if it is unusual or if it had a "style" name, Really anything on it.
    Thanks,

    Texas Jan
    Congrats on your 201! Still my favorite Singer machine since it sews so quietly and makes beautiful stitches top and bottom of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Looking for information please--A friend bought this Singer 201 Centenial machine at a Salvation Army auction for $5.00. Inside was the owners information, personal address book, etc. When the friend got to looking at the names in the book, he recognized that it was a high society list of the important people in Ft Worth Texas in the mid 1950's. How fun!!
    They have never seen a cabinet like this, and wondered if it is unusual or if it had a "style" name, Really anything on it.
    Thanks,

    Texas Jan
    Jan, it's Singer's #42 cabinet. Not rare. ISMACS website describes it as:

    Finished in handsomely grained woods that reflects good taste in keeping with other fine furniture, this modern sewing cabinet also serves as a writing desk of unusual beauty. Four, spacious, dust-proof drawers provide ample room for all sewing accessories, stationery and correspondence. The top right drawer contains a spool rack and an oil can holder. The roomy drawer at the left has a built-in ink well and pencil tray.

    Comfortable handling of bulky material is afforded by the large extension leaf

    Nice machine! I have it's sister! :) (Not the cabinet tho, I'm still looking for a nicer one that what mine came in!)
    Thanks Charlee !

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Looking for information please--A friend bought this Singer 201 Centenial machine at a Salvation Army auction for $5.00. Inside was the owners information, personal address book, etc. When the friend got to looking at the names in the book, he recognized that it was a high society list of the important people in Ft Worth Texas in the mid 1950's. How fun!!
    They have never seen a cabinet like this, and wondered if it is unusual or if it had a "style" name, Really anything on it.
    Thanks,

    Texas Jan
    As Charlee said, not really rare. I have the same one--with a 201 Centenial too. :) (June 13, 1950, Elizabeth, NJ allotment). This was my 1st vintage machine. I found it at an estate sale here in Wichita Falls, not too far away from your friend's machine. Love the storage space in it. The built-in pedal slides back in to stay out of the way when you push the bench in. Mine has a small bench seat rather than a chair. I actually just found the spool holder that Charlee mentioned, never knew I had it tucked away in the bench storage! It has a nice solid feel, and I like the deco styling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndnchf
    My wife works part time at a local Civil War museum. They were thinning out there collection and had this little beauty for sale. It was in such nice condition that I couldn't pass it up.

    From some internet research, I believe it is a Nettleton and Raymond chainstitch machine from about 1857-1858. They were made in Brattleboro, Vermont. Its quite portable, only about 10" long.

    Its cute as a button though !
    Neat machine! I like how the gearing and what would be the "insides" of a modern machine are all exposed. It's like pointing out how modern and "machine age" you are to have this in your home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    New to me 27K 1904 with 45,000 alloted. It is STICKY! Can't imagine what is all over it, but there is wheat or weeds or something stuck in the sticky. LOL Decals are in pristine shape and the cabinet is not bad. DH thinks it is cherry. Brother found this one,
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    That will make one heck of a before and after picture! I bet that thing shines, the decals look so nice.

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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/for/2552323113.html It is NOT mine - but, this looks interesting. Don't need one though. I wonder how old something like that would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    buslady,

    Could you post a pic of the back of the two spool cabinet? Nice machine by the way. The 27 too.
    I knew there was something specific someone wanted, I took this picture last night. Told DH I thought I would need it. LOL

    Back of the two spools, per your request.
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    Let me know if neither of thse is what you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    New to me 27K 1904 with 45,000 alloted. It is STICKY! Can't imagine what is all over it, but there is wheat or weeds or something stuck in the sticky. LOL Decals are in pristine shape and the cabinet is not bad. DH thinks it is cherry. Brother found this one,
    $55
    That will make one heck of a before and after picture! I bet that thing shines, the decals look so nice.
    DH asked me why I didn't clean it up a bit before I took the pictures, that is exactly why!

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    [quote=vintagemotif][quote=QuiltnCowgirl][quote=jljack][quote=QuiltnCowgirl]
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    Don't laugh! You are rubbing off on me! LOL I am even thinking about how to do some rearranging in my sewing room so I could have room for one. You can tell me what you think Friday, "oh great queen of fitting lots of machines in your room". :mrgreen:

    I'm not the queen, but I bet ya can fit one more treadle in your sewing room.
    My command center, as my husband calls it, is about 2 1/2 yds by about 1 3/4 yds and has 5 treadles, four of which have machines sitting up ready to use and the other treadle has my cutting matt and other items sitting on top. Chair sits in center. Bit of a mess right now since I have multiple projects going on.
    OMG Monica!!! That room is amazing!!! LOL Mine doesn't look anything like that. I thought I was crowded....Wow!!! :-)
    I bow to you, Oh Queen!!! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    Janice besides tightening the belt, take a rag and wipe the entire belt down. Also wipe the treadle belt grooves - the one near the hand wheel and the one on the irons. Sometimes, when we oil these machines we get oil in those grooves and on the belt, which will cause slipping.

    Nancy
    Thanks, Nancy. I tried that, but still slipping some. If I start out slow, it seems to work better. It just feels like the belt is really really stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndnchf
    My wife works part time at a local Civil War museum. They were thinning out there collection and had this little beauty for sale. It was in such nice condition that I couldn't pass it up.

    From some internet research, I believe it is a Nettleton and Raymond chainstitch machine from about 1857-1858. They were made in Brattleboro, Vermont. Its quite portable, only about 10" long.

    Its cute as a button though !
    What a wonderful little machine!! Lucky you!!

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    ndnchf: that machine is soooooooo cute!!!

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    In June my mom and my sister use some red henna stuff on their hair. It was really funny - their hair turned orange. Well, my mom must have liked it cause she wanted me to take her to the store and get some more so she could do it again. On the drive, Mom told me some stuff I never knew. Mom majored in Home Ec and minored in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - well, I knew that... She went on a 4-H scholarship she won for her gardening. I knew that too... It was during WWII For the sewing end of her program she sewed on an antique (back then) hand crank chain stitch sewing machine. She said it was a relic back then - it was all she had and the best she could afford. The teacher and all the other students laughed at her machine and made jokes. But then she said they couldn't find fault with her sewing. She said she learned on it and sewed on it and got herself through college. Then she bought a Singer FW in 1950 - then she thought she died and went to heaven. When I was a kid, I remember her saying she wished that FW did zig zag. Didn't know you could get attachments. She has an old button hole maker but I don't remember if she ever figured it out. My mom never made a quilt that I know of. She mostly sewed everything our family wore - well, except for Dad's stuff that I know of was sewed on that FW. There were times when things got rough and she used to re-purpose things as long ago as I can remember. Her finest was an old coat. Someone dropped off a bag of old clothes and she pulled out a geenormous old red/green/blue/gold ancient wool plaid coat - she turned it into a jacket I still compare coats to it... My sisters wore it too. We all say it was our favorite coat - sure was ugly... but in northern Wisconsin all we cared was it was warm...

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    it's leaves aren't jagged like in the pictures on line
    If the leaves do not look like the ones on the internet then its not it. You probably have a weed. Also the fact that its in your yard and the neighbors points to a weed as well.

    Hope the poison ivy clears up. I have never gotten it but heard its painful

    You probably have a weed? LOL! Isn't that what she was afraid of? Still giggling over here! How many leaves does it have?
    5 & 7 fanned leaves - actually there are 3 plants that I saw - some shoots come up out of the ground and are pretty tall before they get a leaf. Some stalks have several branches with leaves on the ends. They have white flowers on the ends - very fragrant. DH told me they were all along the fence. He was referring to jewel weed. He got it mixed up because it is right in there with the beautiful fragrant white flowered very tall plant that isn't poison ivy or jewel weed. DH can't tell a dandelion from a clover.... under there I saw some day lilies that were too crowded to get day light. There are azaleas and some nice ground covers lots of spring bulbs. There are also some huge trees that used to be ornamental and pretty. Then there are locust trees and mulberry trees EVERYWHERE in the same garden. I don't think I have poison ivy too bad - just a ton of bug bits and they cleared up - benedryl helped a lot
    Nope. Not that kind of weed. Bad weed has hairy, brownish flowers from what I have seen on the net. Watched some flower on Youtube. If it smells pretty, leave it. You are safe from the law!
    I kind of thought they were safe. You'd think if they weren't somebody would have harvested them a long time ago... Not all hairy at all. Thanks. Some of them spike up to 7 ft tall.
    It is a butterfly weed I mean bush. It was full of humming birds, bees and butterflies earlier this summer. The flowers smell real nice.

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    Am pulling my hair out searching the Singer websites trying to find out the age and manufacture date of my Model 348, serial no. 81583-900 "made in Great Britain AIN". All the serial numbers seem to begin with a letter and nothing comes up for this. Have searched Ismacs, Singer Co. and Ask.
    Can anyone give me suggestions on where else to look!!
    Shelia

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    it's leaves aren't jagged like in the pictures on line
    If the leaves do not look like the ones on the internet then its not it. You probably have a weed. Also the fact that its in your yard and the neighbors points to a weed as well.

    Hope the poison ivy clears up. I have never gotten it but heard its painful

    You probably have a weed? LOL! Isn't that what she was afraid of? Still giggling over here! How many leaves does it have?
    5 & 7 fanned leaves - actually there are 3 plants that I saw - some shoots come up out of the ground and are pretty tall before they get a leaf. Some stalks have several branches with leaves on the ends. They have white flowers on the ends - very fragrant. DH told me they were all along the fence. He was referring to jewel weed. He got it mixed up because it is right in there with the beautiful fragrant white flowered very tall plant that isn't poison ivy or jewel weed. DH can't tell a dandelion from a clover.... under there I saw some day lilies that were too crowded to get day light. There are azaleas and some nice ground covers lots of spring bulbs. There are also some huge trees that used to be ornamental and pretty. Then there are locust trees and mulberry trees EVERYWHERE in the same garden. I don't think I have poison ivy too bad - just a ton of bug bits and they cleared up - benedryl helped a lot
    Nope. Not that kind of weed. Bad weed has hairy, brownish flowers from what I have seen on the net. Watched some flower on Youtube. If it smells pretty, leave it. You are safe from the law!
    I kind of thought they were safe. You'd think if they weren't somebody would have harvested them a long time ago... Not all hairy at all. Thanks. Some of them spike up to 7 ft tall.
    It is a butterfly weed I mean bush. It was full of humming birds, bees and butterflies earlier this summer. The flowers smell real nice. The poison ivy has come and gone a few times and I have one little patch again. sigh.


    Oh brother, I managed to do it twice... so sorry.

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    Miriam, that was a nice story about your mom making do with what she had. I remember as a child my Aunt had a heavy wool coat and the story goes that she saw a coat in the shop window that she liked so sketched a picture of it then took an old Army or Navy blanket and made the coat.I don't know if she was not able to afford the coat or just wanted to make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Miriam, that was a nice story about your mom making do with what she had. I remember as a child my Aunt had a heavy wool coat and the story goes that she saw a coat in the shop window that she liked so sketched a picture of it then took an old Army or Navy blanket and made the coat.I don't know if she was not able to afford the coat or just wanted to make one.
    Maybe she just knew it would be WARM those old blankets were warm specially with the right lining - if it was green it was probably Army if it was blue it was probably Navy. Mom sewed her wedding dress out of a surplus white silk parachute. The front was all hand smocked and it had 200 covered buttons with loops down the back and a big long train. I should ask her what machine she did it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty

    Now THAT's a chair!
    Monica, I love it, its so mid-century, is it comfy?[/quote]

    It does the job! :wink:
    This chair is cute, but my other chair is the comfy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelburn
    Am pulling my hair out searching the Singer websites trying to find out the age and manufacture date of my Model 348, serial no. 81583-900 "made in Great Britain AIN". All the serial numbers seem to begin with a letter and nothing comes up for this. Have searched Ismacs, Singer Co. and Ask.
    Can anyone give me suggestions on where else to look!!
    Shelia
    I just love the Singer service these day!
    Makes ya wonder why they would try to make it so difficult and frustrating to find the info.

    Hope this works!

    http://www.singerco.com/support/machineSerialNumbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelburn
    Am pulling my hair out searching the Singer websites trying to find out the age and manufacture date of my Model 348, serial no. 81583-900 "made in Great Britain AIN". All the serial numbers seem to begin with a letter and nothing comes up for this. Have searched Ismacs, Singer Co. and Ask.
    Can anyone give me suggestions on where else to look!!
    Shelia
    I poked around over at the Vintage Singers Yahoo group. One of the first mentions of the 348 was a woman getting hers new in 1967. That is probably as close as you are going to get for a birthday for it. Most of the records were destroyed.

    The lists of serial numbers that are provided on the Singer site were compiled by sewing machine lovers and sewing machine historians. The Singer Co. only provides the searchable database, They didn't do the nitty gritty work. We can thank all of the fine folks at ISMACS and many OSMG's - male and female - for the lists of numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom
    Quote Originally Posted by shelburn
    Am pulling my hair out searching the Singer websites trying to find out the age and manufacture date of my Model 348, serial no. 81583-900 "made in Great Britain AIN". All the serial numbers seem to begin with a letter and nothing comes up for this. Have searched Ismacs, Singer Co. and Ask.
    Can anyone give me suggestions on where else to look!!
    Shelia
    I poked around over at the Vintage Singers Yahoo group. One of the first mentions of the 348 was a woman getting hers new in 1967. That is probably as close as you are going to get for a birthday for it. Most of the records were destroyed.
    Are those 348s any good?

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    Do you like it and are you happy with it? If so - it is a good machine.

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