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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    I have a question: which of your emachines did you use with the ruffler? Curious because I want to play with my ruffler also. TIA ~ Chris
    I used my Singer 201. I believe that this ruffler can be used on a Singer 66, 15, FW, and any other low shank. My Singer 201 is in treadle. No e-machine this was PP.
    Thanks for the information. Didn't realize you had treadled it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    No e-machine this was PP.
    What is an e-machine and PP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    No e-machine this was PP.
    What is an e-machine and PP?
    e-machine = electric machine
    PP = people powered machine (treadle or handcrank)

    (I learned the abbreviations this past weekend at the TOGA - now I'm "politically correct" haha)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    No e-machine this was PP.
    What is an e-machine and PP?
    e-machine is an electric machine and PP is people power treadle or hand-crank.

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    I finally got my 401G to PP! I'm pretty jazzed. I've had it hooked up but it wasn't working right. It was slipping and the belt was shredding. I shortened the belt and stuck together with dental floss then I put a bushing between the machine and the balance wheel to give the balance wheel room for the belt. I'm wondering if it needs a heavier balance wheel. The end knob some times comes off. It still shreds the belt. I sure am getting a work out - legs are saying I had too much fun. I think I will like it for detail work - an electric goes way to fast some times. I also noticed that the lid with the stitch info has different information than the 401a.

    I haven't tried to do anything with the 411G yet - it should be just about the same as the 401G. I also have a Bernina 530 that has electrical issues. I'm wondering if anybody has tried to treadle that one?

    The computer my pictures is on went down - I'll try to get some up later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Hi Everyone! Just wanted to check in...MIL is visiting (a good thing, love her to pieces! :) ) but while she's here, my computer/sewing room is her bedroom, so it's a bit harder to check in as much as I usually do!

    Hope everyone is having a GREAT week, see you soon!! :)
    Here I thought you went AWOL
    I thought you were out junkin'!!! :-) Enjoy your visit!!
    We went out today for awhile...didn't find anything for me, but found some slant shank attachments that I'll be posting for sale... :) (buttonholer, zig zagger, regular attachments...along with some I picked up a couple of weeks ago!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    This machine looks interesting, can anyone tell me who makes it ,or anthing about it. It has a shuttle. Thank you
    Thank you all for your help. I will let you all know what happens with the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Any thoughts on this one? I called about it - I can't tell a lot from the picture, but I've wanted a toy Singer. What should I be looking for- and what do they go for? Ive seen them go for a lot more on eBay,and that's not counting the shipping. I think it looks like a centennial one.
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2593341424.html
    I'd get it if I were there. I have no idea about value in your neck of the woods, but it looks reasonable in mine.
    I'm meeting her at one - unless it looks like there's a big problem I'm going to own a baby Singer!
    You have cool toys can I come over to play?
    Sure - anytime!
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room!

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    is the small hand crank really considered a TOY? Looks like a full blown sewing machine---------just small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Any thoughts on this one? I called about it - I can't tell a lot from the picture, but I've wanted a toy Singer. What should I be looking for- and what do they go for? Ive seen them go for a lot more on eBay,and that's not counting the shipping. I think it looks like a centennial one.
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2593341424.html
    I'd get it if I were there. I have no idea about value in your neck of the woods, but it looks reasonable in mine.
    I'm meeting her at one - unless it looks like there's a big problem I'm going to own a baby Singer!
    You have cool toys can I come over to play?
    Sure - anytime!
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room!
    What a beautiful child's Singer machine! I would love to have one, but in my area they are quite pricey! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Any thoughts on this one? I called about it - I can't tell a lot from the picture, but I've wanted a toy Singer. What should I be looking for- and what do they go for? Ive seen them go for a lot more on eBay,and that's not counting the shipping. I think it looks like a centennial one.
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2593341424.html
    I'd get it if I were there. I have no idea about value in your neck of the woods, but it looks reasonable in mine.
    I'm meeting her at one - unless it looks like there's a big problem I'm going to own a baby Singer!
    You have cool toys can I come over to play?
    Sure - anytime!
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room!
    I really like the little toy machines, they are so cute. What a great find, at a good price. It looks very well taken care of, it is so beautiful! Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
    is the small hand crank really considered a TOY? Looks like a full blown sewing machine---------just small.
    Well, it is small (7" x 3" - including the handle), but it does sew like a big machine. You can even regulate stitch length, which I didn't realize it could do. The presser foot is shaped to be a needle guard, which will be nice when DGD is around. The manual has directions for making gathers, tucks and ruffles - and talks about the girls using it now and taking it to college. I have to admit, I had fun sewing with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady



    I'm meeting her at one - unless it looks like there's a big problem I'm going to own a baby Singer!
    You have cool toys can I come over to play?[/quote]

    Sure - anytime!
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room![/quote]

    I LOVE my little model 20!! It's so much fun to play with, and makes a perfect chain stitch. The manual is so cute in the way it reads...
    You got a nice one there! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I finally got my 401G to PP! I'm pretty jazzed. I've had it hooked up but it wasn't working right. It was slipping and the belt was shredding. I shortened the belt and stuck together with dental floss then I put a bushing between the machine and the balance wheel to give the balance wheel room for the belt. I'm wondering if it needs a heavier balance wheel. The end knob some times comes off. It still shreds the belt. I sure am getting a work out - legs are saying I had too much fun. I think I will like it for detail work - an electric goes way to fast some times. I also noticed that the lid with the stitch info has different information than the 401a.

    I haven't tried to do anything with the 411G yet - it should be just about the same as the 401G. I also have a Bernina 530 that has electrical issues. I'm wondering if anybody has tried to treadle that one?

    The computer my pictures is on went down - I'll try to get some up later.
    Congrats for getting the machine into treadle. Yes, treadling the 401As are a bit of a workout. I think it just has to do with the belt hitting the machine. I noticed if I sit back just a bit from the cabinet, I can treadle a bit easier (hope this makes sense). I too don't like the e-machines speed for the detailed work that I'm doing on the bindings. Looking forward to your pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady

    Sure - anytime!
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room!
    It's sew cute!! In my Singer Student's Manual of Machine Sewing that I was reading today, it states that machine is a Singer No.20 aka "midget models". Your machine looks like the one in photo in my manual. Those machines were used to teach little girls to sew, and also to be used by college and business girls for occasional minding and altering.

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    At the risk of getting my friends here on the vintage machine thread all riled up (smile - just kidding!), how difficult is it to convert a hand-crank machine to electric? I have a lovely 1916 hand-crank that I may want to try and convert, especially this week after having no end of problems with my fancy-schmancy machine. At least I know my all-metal antique machine would be realiable! I have absolutely no knowledge of electrical work, by the way. Any insight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC
    At the risk of getting my friends here on the vintage machine thread all riled up (smile - just kidding!), how difficult is it to convert a hand-crank machine to electric? I have a lovely 1916 hand-crank that I may want to try and convert, especially this week after having no end of problems with my fancy-schmancy machine. At least I know my all-metal antique machine would be realiable! I have absolutely no knowledge of electrical work, by the way. Any insight?
    It's not a problem Donna....you attach a motor, a belt and go to town! If your machine is a VS, it may not take well to the speed of an electric motor...

    You really ought to consider leaving your handcrank as is and getting a 201 or a 15.. :) (JMHO)

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    I totally agree, Charlee! I keep looking for a great deal on one of those two models.... !

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    I ran across a centennial Singer 15-90, I believe, with attachments, buttonholer, buttonholer templates, needles, bobbins and in a lovely blonde wood cabinet. It also had the manual with it. Seller wants $87.50 for it. Am only mildly tempted because I have already have 2 or 3 15s plus a couple of clones but wondered what thoughts are about the price. DH has pretty much I could buy it if I wanted it but I do a teensy space issue already plus over 20 machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC
    I totally agree, Charlee! I keep looking for a great deal on one of those two models.... !
    If you plan on doing free motion quilting then look for a Singer 15-90 or 15-91. The 15s do a better job of FM than do the 201s. Have fun hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Any thoughts on this one? I called about it - I can't tell a lot from the picture, but I've wanted a toy Singer. What should I be looking for- and what do they go for? Ive seen them go for a lot more on eBay,and that's not counting the shipping. I think it looks like a centennial one.
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2593341424.html
    I'd get it if I were there. I have no idea about value in your neck of the woods, but it looks reasonable in mine.
    I'm meeting her at one - unless it looks like there's a big problem I'm going to own a baby Singer!
    You have cool toys can I come over to play?
    Sure - anytime!
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room!
    OOh! I'm jealous! I keep looking, and looking, and looking. Lately my travel has been curtailed by the roads that are (still) closed due to the Missouri River flooding. Ah, well. Some day I will find one of those cute little toy machines! I am happy you got the sew-handy. Enjoy! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    OMG! These things really do work well!

    After seeing a demo at the TOGA this weekend, I got brave enough to play with my Singer ruffler today.

    These are the best! This is the prettiest gathering I have ever done.
    Wow Monica good for you! I tried to use the ruffler a while back and got 'flat' spots. It would ruffle for a while - skip with no ruffling - then ruffle again! I wonder if it was operator error or a bad ruffler? I will have to try again!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Well, I didn't have any problems - we met in a parking lot at a local shopping plaza. Just mover her MIL to a nursing home and was selling her things. Here are some pictures of my newest machine - good thing it's small, I'm running out of room!
    Deplaylady, what a cute little machine! Congratulations!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC
    I totally agree, Charlee! I keep looking for a great deal on one of those two models.... !
    If you plan on doing free motion quilting then look for a Singer 15-90 or 15-91. The 15s do a better job of FM than do the 201s. Have fun hunting!
    Donna, I agree with Monica if you are on the hunt for an e-machine, which I know you are, - but for the rest of you that want a treadle to free motion quilt with - find a 15-88! They come as treadles, never had a motor attached. I do all my free motion quilting with my 15-88!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    vinetagemotif and lee231, what is that bar and screw at the top of the machine for??? something to do with the thread??
    Linda, I know this got answered already, but the correct term for the thingy on top is a 'Tension Spring and Cap.' The screw is the 'Tension Screw.' And, yes this is the tension assembly.

    Nancy

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