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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Here is another CL find. Not for me, although if I didn't already have a slew of machines AND a Tiffany machine I'd be tempted. Here is a1920 Model 15-30 Tiffany in a Parlor Cabinet, $150:

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2631604415.html

    I believe last spring it was listed (looking at the address) for a lot higher by itself, now they are trying to move it with a garage sale. If it was this price back then, it would be sitting in my house right now!
    Boy, there are some lovely sewing machine floating around the Rochester area, so often you show us one that is really neat. I wonder how come Syracuse and Binghamton don't have as many great machines...for good prices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Here is another CL find. Not for me, although if I didn't already have a slew of machines AND a Tiffany machine I'd be tempted. Here is a1920 Model 15-30 Tiffany in a Parlor Cabinet, $150:

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2631604415.html

    I believe last spring it was listed (looking at the address) for a lot higher by itself, now they are trying to move it with a garage sale. If it was this price back then, it would be sitting in my house right now!
    Boy, there are some lovely sewing machine floating around the Rochester area, so often you show us one that is really neat. I wonder how come Syracuse and Binghamton don't have as many great machines...for good prices?
    That one is so special that it's worth a drive...
    I wrote the lady - she said she had it on and off CL (I was right!) She refinished the cabinet herself. She said if it doesn't sell she is going to see if she can donate it to a museum - if one will take it. I'd hate to see it end up here:

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2625524992.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Hey Everyone!!! We have STITCHES at our house!! Hazel, "bless her heart" :lol: , wouldn't stitch. She set her presser foot down and firmly REFUSED to make a stitch, so...the SU (spousal unit) and I tag teamed the issue...I played for a bit, got frustrated and he took over. He broke a needle (at THREE bucks a needle, he was NOT Mr. Popular at that moment) he stepped away and I went back at it...he came back to help and together, we figured out that the race was extended out as far as it would go, causing the top thread to catch and hang up between the race and the shuttle causing it to miss the loop. Backed the race up just a hair and we all of the sudden had a stitchin' machine! Not one skipped stitch, tension perfect! :)


    I'm a pretty happy camper right now! :)
    Charlee, congratulations! Remind me - is your Hazel a New Vertical Feed or the original Vertical Feed? I believe it is the original older style. I have been putting on bindings with my "Betty," a old style Davis Vertical Feed like I believe yours is - pre 1900 -, but lately I have to go around my quilts twice to get a nice stitch. The first time around she does ok, then a few bunched up stitches - very loose, then ok again. When you are putting binding on a king/queen sized quilt, this is a lot of work. When I take the quilt out and just stitch with her, she is perfect! I'm beginning to think it is because of the weight of the quilt pulling? I really think I am keeping the quilt up without drag, but I wonder? I can't wait for you to put on a binding to see what your Hazel does!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I'd SO be on that one if I could...that parlor cabinet is on my wish list!! I've gotten to the point where I have to be super selective....I'm out of room!! :lol:
    Charlee, I am with you! We have 9 treadles in the house and three more in the garage waiting to be refinished! I can't get any more treadles - just portable machines! At that, I have nearly 40 machines now!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I donated 10 inches of hair - WOW I feel so FREE!!!! I've wanted to donate hair since I was in 4th grade - there was a girl who had to wear a wig... I always wanted to do it and never knew how. I went to Great Clips and they were so excited for me!!!
    Wow Miriam - that is so cool! Some lucky lady will get that hair!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I have a complaint!!

    I am getting no sewing done... I go into my sewing room, look at all the pretty vintage machines and can't decide which one to use.... :)
    Is this truly a complaint, or are you bragging about all your wonderful vintage machines?!!!!! :lol: :lol:

    Question ---

    I have a kenmore 158.14000 - took the head out of the cabinet to clean the machine. Thanks to the gremlins that attack at the worst time, I cannot find the set screws to hold the machine head in the cabinet. Any ideas on where to look for replacements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Hope everyone is having a good evening. Attached are pictures of my first treadle. The belt is in one of the drawers. Unfortunately I had to pack it before I could play with it. We are getting ready to move next month so it went from the Jeep to the trailer. I am going to go out tomorrow and get the serial number off it. It will probably be after the first of they year before I can set her up and get her going.
    Marie, that is a really neat looking cabinet. I love the way White had "White" on their cabinets. That cabinet is really unusual looking, simple but elegant too! Nice set up!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I have a complaint!!

    I am getting no sewing done... I go into my sewing room, look at all the pretty vintage machines and can't decide which one to use.... :)
    Is this truly a complaint, or are you bragging about all your wonderful vintage machines?!!!!! :lol: :lol:

    Question ---

    I have a kenmore 158.14000 - took the head out of the cabinet to clean the machine. Thanks to the gremlins that attack at the worst time, I cannot find the set screws to hold the machine head in the cabinet. Any ideas on where to look for replacements?

    Trust me, it's a complaint!

    Having ADHD doesn't help either.... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I donated 10 inches of hair - WOW I feel so FREE!!!! I've wanted to donate hair since I was in 4th grade - there was a girl who had to wear a wig... I always wanted to do it and never knew how. I went to Great Clips and they were so excited for me!!!
    That is wonderful. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    It's nothing more than a side table if it doesn't stitch!! Don't need another side table, so it HAS to stitch! :lol:
    Hazel is cute! Glad to hear she is up and running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I'd SO be on that one if I could...that parlor cabinet is on my wish list!! I've gotten to the point where I have to be super selective....I'm out of room!! :lol:
    Charlee, I am with you! We have 9 treadles in the house and three more in the garage waiting to be refinished! I can't get any more treadles - just portable machines! At that, I have nearly 40 machines now!

    Nancy
    How do you decide which one to sew on? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Hey Everyone!!! We have STITCHES at our house!! Hazel, "bless her heart" :lol: , wouldn't stitch. She set her presser foot down and firmly REFUSED to make a stitch, so...the SU (spousal unit) and I tag teamed the issue...I played for a bit, got frustrated and he took over. He broke a needle (at THREE bucks a needle, he was NOT Mr. Popular at that moment) he stepped away and I went back at it...he came back to help and together, we figured out that the race was extended out as far as it would go, causing the top thread to catch and hang up between the race and the shuttle causing it to miss the loop. Backed the race up just a hair and we all of the sudden had a stitchin' machine! Not one skipped stitch, tension perfect! :)


    I'm a pretty happy camper right now! :)
    Charlee, congratulations! Remind me - is your Hazel a New Vertical Feed or the original Vertical Feed? I believe it is the original older style. I have been putting on bindings with my "Betty," a old style Davis Vertical Feed like I believe yours is - pre 1900 -, but lately I have to go around my quilts twice to get a nice stitch. The first time around she does ok, then a few bunched up stitches - very loose, then ok again. When you are putting binding on a king/queen sized quilt, this is a lot of work. When I take the quilt out and just stitch with her, she is perfect! I'm beginning to think it is because of the weight of the quilt pulling? I really think I am keeping the quilt up without drag, but I wonder? I can't wait for you to put on a binding to see what your Hazel does!

    Nancy
    Hazel is old style...but a high arm. I figure she's about 1887 or so....after (of course) the last patent date of May 1885, but before 1890, when the Davis company fired up operations in Dayton, OH. Hazel was made in Watertown, NY. Davis shut down operations in NY in 1888 to make the move.

    I have a table runner that is about ready for binding...just have to finish hand quilting the border on it and it'll be ready for Hazel to stitch on the binding....I figured a small task for her first job here! :lol: I have a quilt top that I just need to get the borders on...she may get that whole job of quilting it....she treadles really easy, btw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I'd SO be on that one if I could...that parlor cabinet is on my wish list!! I've gotten to the point where I have to be super selective....I'm out of room!! :lol:
    Charlee, I am with you! We have 9 treadles in the house and three more in the garage waiting to be refinished! I can't get any more treadles - just portable machines! At that, I have nearly 40 machines now!

    Nancy
    How do you decide which one to sew on? :)
    It's usually my favorite of the moment...or it's whichever one is most convenient at the time!! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I have a complaint!!

    I am getting no sewing done... I go into my sewing room, look at all the pretty vintage machines and can't decide which one to use.... :)
    Is this truly a complaint, or are you bragging about all your wonderful vintage machines?!!!!! :lol: :lol:

    Question ---

    I have a kenmore 158.14000 - took the head out of the cabinet to clean the machine. Thanks to the gremlins that attack at the worst time, I cannot find the set screws to hold the machine head in the cabinet. Any ideas on where to look for replacements?
    You can try ebay or googling Kenmore set screws. I don't know if they're the same size as Singer or not. I'd put some more effort into finding them before buying new ones. WORST case, as I had to do this with one of my machines, you can buy a tap and die set and re-drill the holes to fit common grub screws available at Lowes. But, finding replacements would be cheaper and easier.

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    Take off the screw knob at the top left of the machine (the pressure foot tension control). Take the face plate off. Spray WD 40 lightly on the parts where the pressure foot rod is supported by the cast iron sewing machine frame. Gently heat it with a hair dryer. Stop every few minutes to try the foot lever. Once you get it heated up, spray it again with WD 40 on the rod. It should come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    I purchased a Sphynx treadle sewing machine...127? I think the presser bar is froze up on it so it won't move the presser foot up and done. My husband at the moment is trying to soak it in something at the moment. If he can't unfreeze it I was wondering how to obtain a new bar for my machine? Thanks!
    Don't force it. Heat it and gently try rocking it up and down if it will move at all. New ones can be had but you should be able to keep yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I have a complaint!!

    I am getting no sewing done... I go into my sewing room, look at all the pretty vintage machines and can't decide which one to use.... :)
    Is this truly a complaint, or are you bragging about all your wonderful vintage machines?!!!!! :lol: :lol:

    Question ---

    I have a kenmore 158.14000 - took the head out of the cabinet to clean the machine. Thanks to the gremlins that attack at the worst time, I cannot find the set screws to hold the machine head in the cabinet. Any ideas on where to look for replacements?
    You can try ebay or googling Kenmore set screws. I don't know if they're the same size as Singer or not. I'd put some more effort into finding them before buying new ones. WORST case, as I had to do this with one of my machines, you can buy a tap and die set and re-drill the holes to fit common grub screws available at Lowes. But, finding replacements would be cheaper and easier.
    If you have another machine in a singer cabinet you can test drive one on that machine. If it works, take it to your OSMG or local hardware store and see if they have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    deplaylady...I have a question....on the 128, it comes in a cabinet, I see no motor, was it taken off? I understand putting a handle on it but there were no "portable" treadle machines were there? Was this machine electric to begin with...am I confusing?????
    I'm not sure what was going on with that 128. From what I've read they were:

    "#128 normally portable with hand crank, knee control or electrified"

    The wooden top was missing from the box, and there is a hole the box bottom where there would have been a knee control, and the black metal part that covers the electric parts is gone, so I am thinking that someone removed the motor and the electronic stuff at one time for some reason or other. Or it was originally a hand crank and they removed that,which I think is less likely.

    So, I will be putting a hand crank on this one, it's too small to slip into my treadle base and it will be fun to have it be portable.
    thanks, I wondered how they came in a case? They had to be handcranks. I haven't found one yet but I didn't think I would ever find a treadle cheap either...someday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    It's nothing more than a side table if it doesn't stitch!! Don't need another side table, so it HAS to stitch! :lol:
    If she gets tired of stitching, I'll give her a retirement home with no work required.

    Texas Jan :-P

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    My husband got the pressure bar unfrozen with the help from everyone! Thanks so much! So relieved! :thumbup:

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    Anybody in Springfield, IL
    http://springfieldil.craigslist.org/hsh/2612336860.html
    and it has the table too! too bad its so far from me...
    and a 301 http://springfieldil.craigslist.org/atq/2628929813.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    My husband got the pressure bar unfrozen with the help from everyone! Thanks so much! So relieved! :thumbup:
    YAY!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    It's nothing more than a side table if it doesn't stitch!! Don't need another side table, so it HAS to stitch! :lol:
    If she gets tired of stitching, I'll give her a retirement home with no work required.

    Texas Jan :-P
    Ah Jan...I have enough machines now that the old girl's not gonna get tired....but be ready for a road trip, just in case!!! ;)

    Wait!! If I tell you that you can come get her, wouldja? Even if I tell you that I might change my mind by the time you get here????? ;) :lol: (Thinking of ways to get you here for a visit! :lol: )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    It's nothing more than a side table if it doesn't stitch!! Don't need another side table, so it HAS to stitch! :lol:
    If she gets tired of stitching, I'll give her a retirement home with no work required.

    Texas Jan :-P
    Ah Jan...I have enough machines now that the old girl's not gonna get tired....but be ready for a road trip, just in case!!! ;)

    Wait!! If I tell you that you can come get her, wouldja? Even if I tell you that I might change my mind by the time you get here????? ;) :lol: (Thinking of ways to get you here for a visit! :lol: )
    I'm thinking that is quite aways from Dallas Tx area. Maybe you better keep her. I have 5 yorkies, so that makes a lot for me and DH to handle. Boarding them gets a bit expensive, but if you are ever in the Dallas area--give me a shout.

    Texas Jan

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    I got a Singer 241-12 a while ago. Got her all unstuck and moving nice. Put her to the test. NADA. Her tension was wonky. Then the shuttle wouldn't loop. I put her on hold and had a bout of PI and broken toe etc for the summer. OK so I got her out - fixed the tension in 3 minutes. YEAH I won. Then started checking for burrs on the hook. NADA. Put the bobbin in and out in and out. NADA. That bobbin case had a screw missing. I replaced it a while ago. Seems like the dumb think is off. Won't hold in right. Then I got to digging around in my junk. None of the bobbin cases I have on hand match the hole. I'm not even sure the one that came with it was the right one. Now I'm thinking - order a new bobbin case. They range from 3 to 40 dollars. So if I buy the 3 dollar one will it work? Then I notice you can just buy the bobbin tension spring. That should be a clue... So I look over the bobbin case. EW. It was coated in rust - I got a bit of oil and a bit of aluminum foil and polished it up. Poked it in the bobbin hole - NADA. It makes a loop but add fabric and it balls up something awful. Has to be that tension spring. I'm beating my head against the stupid wall on this one.

    Needle tip of the day: The needle curf goes toward the bobbin when you put in the needle - industrial machines have round needles - no flat side.

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    I know some of you have an Elna SU that you say isn't the best for quilting. Is it the 62C model that you have? Or another model?

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