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    Old 02-06-2011, 11:44 AM
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    My friend gave me a portable handcrank that someone gave her 20 years ago in England. She has just had it in storage. I was telling her about my treadle and she said she had an old machine she thought I would like, so she gave it to me! It is a SERATA serial #640765. I have been searching and haven't found anything yet. It has a beautiful wooden case with inlays. Not sure where to find info to date it or get parts. {she went to show me the extras inside the sliding wooden drawer and found that the bottom was missing. she has no idea which move it may have been lost in} I will download my pictures later tonight and post them soon.
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    Old 02-06-2011, 11:53 AM
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    Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I turned down a great deal on a Wilcox and Gibbs that I saw for $75. It was in a nice treadle, but I didn't want the machine. The treadle was cute, but I do not have room for another (I'm sure Miz Johnny would say I have plenty of room).
    If they're not stacked on top of each other and you're not tripping over them or climbing over them to get into bed, you have plenty of room.
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    Old 02-06-2011, 11:57 AM
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    [quote=Miz Johnny]
    Originally Posted by BoJangles


    I started a quilt as you go (hand quilting) Log Cabin 25 or 30 years ago. Some day, I'm going to pull it out and finish it on the machine. Sure.
    I would just finish it on machine. I'm seeing more quilts that have handwork along with machine quilting to them. The quilter will use thicker threads for the handwork. I been thinking of doing some of that on my latest one.
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    Old 02-06-2011, 11:59 AM
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    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I turned down a great deal on a Wilcox and Gibbs that I saw for $75. It was in a nice treadle, but I didn't want the machine. The treadle was cute, but I do not have room for another (I'm sure Miz Johnny would say I have plenty of room).
    If they're not stacked on top of each other and you're not tripping over them or climbing over them to get into bed, you have plenty of room.
    Okay, now I picture you dancing around your machines! :)
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    Old 02-06-2011, 12:03 PM
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    Originally Posted by tjradj
    Vacuuming the inside. I have a Sharp hand held vacuum that I use for cleaning "inside" the machines. Once I put the crevice tool on, then I use duct tape to attach a drinking straw. Just make sure the duct tape leaves a bit of space so you don't get too much suction. I can slide that straw into just about any spot, even squeezing it a little to fit the tiny spots. By using a handheld vac, if I accidently suck up something important , there is only a small screen to clean to find it instead of going through a whole vacuum cleaner bag!
    That is such a clever idea! My husband owns a Sharp hand held vac; I will try that next time.
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    Old 02-06-2011, 12:07 PM
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    Originally Posted by irishrose
    There's a 501 - is that the Rocketeer? - wirh a case and attachments on ebay closing in few hours. It looks like it is going to go for less than $100. What a temptation! I think I'm going to turn the computer off until the machine is sold. Shipping is listed at $40, but that's expedited. Economy will be less.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=p5197.c0.m619
    It's a shame it has an ouchie......what do you do when the decal is messed up like this?
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    Old 02-06-2011, 12:09 PM
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    Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Well Kids this is a heads up that I am going to be having a big sale on some machines in the Sale section of the forum. It looks like I will have 6 or so machines and some manuals and accessories. Its going to be my clean out the studio and thin a bit of the collection out to make room for more machines of higher quality. But this will happen in a couple of weeks and I will post here after listing them in the proper area.

    Billy
    UHOH do we have to hit up a bank for this sale??
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    Old 02-06-2011, 12:20 PM
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    Donna Mare, That's not the machine I was considering. The one I was bidding on is a tan 501. It looks like a Rocketeer.

    The one you have pictures one has the look of one whose orignal owner tied fabric around the top to use as a pin cushion. Looks like water damage on the base, too.
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    Old 02-06-2011, 12:26 PM
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    Yes I will, when I have a chance to upload pics. I have several favorites, but on the lookout for a treadle with good decals. My g-grandmother's machine was pretty ugly when I got it, but I treasure it. I have some 15 clones that are cute-got 2 pink ones for Christmas, an Atlas and a Monarch. I actually like the stories behind mine as much as the machines. My family is quite enabling with this addiction, which is a double edged sword for sure. My younger daughter got me a glass singer oil bottle for Christmas, and is the source of my Davis Model D. Thanks for asking about the machines.
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    melinda1962, in case someome hasn't asked you yet, are you going to share pics of your machines? We always love to ooh and aah over the machines that find their way into our homes!
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    Old 02-06-2011, 12:44 PM
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    Originally Posted by tjradj
    Vacuuming the inside. I have a Sharp hand held vacuum that I use for cleaning "inside" the machines. Once I put the crevice tool on, then I use duct tape to attach a drinking straw. Just make sure the duct tape leaves a bit of space so you don't get too much suction. I can slide that straw into just about any spot, even squeezing it a little to fit the tiny spots. By using a handheld vac, if I accidently suck up something important , there is only a small screen to clean to find it instead of going through a whole vacuum cleaner bag!
    Awesome idea, I have one of little Shark hand helds. It would be perfect. I keep it in my shop where my LA is to clean out the tracks on my long table. Now I have another good use for the little vac.
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