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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    So glad to see you wheelin and dealin again. You must be feeling Much better.

    Texas Jan
    Jan physically I am still very limited on what I can do but my mind still rolls at 100mph and I can still wheel and deal!

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    Boy wouldn't I like to be able to plan a vacation around that! Sadly the school calander won't let me out at this time of the year. Glad you had a good time and can't wait to see the pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom
    Where was the yard sale? I want to go
    The yard sale goes from Either West Virginia Or Virginia to Georgia along one hwy and is the most fun I have had in a long time. I am going to plan my vacation around it next year! I was able to go 10 miles on it in Lewis County TN and I saw maybe 3500 vendors in that short of a distance. A lot of Mennonites were wandering around there and they had quite a few machines for sale. The prices were just unreal and like I said I am going to take my 40 enclosed trailer and several dollars and buy everything I find. I missed a couple of deals because I didnt have the cash on me at the time but they were the Boye display boxes one with half of the tubes in the thing with both needles and shuttles for $100. And then there was a really pretty JP Coats display case from the early 1900's for $75. I only brought $50 in cash because I didnt think much about the sale and had no idea of the enormous deals and all of the cool things that would be there. I had my credit cards but its hard to use them at a yard sale LOL!!

    But believe me I am hurting big time today but it was worth every bit of it!!

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    this is great. I need to understand better about your bicycle plates? It clear as mud but sounds like a good deal
    Glad you were able to get out and about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom
    Where was the yard sale? I want to go
    The yard sale goes from Either West Virginia Or Virginia to Georgia along one hwy and is the most fun I have had in a long time. I am going to plan my vacation around it next year! I was able to go 10 miles on it in Lewis County TN and I saw maybe 3500 vendors in that short of a distance. A lot of Mennonites were wandering around there and they had quite a few machines for sale. The prices were just unreal and like I said I am going to take my 40 enclosed trailer and several dollars and buy everything I find. I missed a couple of deals because I didnt have the cash on me at the time but they were the Boye display boxes one with half of the tubes in the thing with both needles and shuttles for $100. And then there was a really pretty JP Coats display case from the early 1900's for $75. I only brought $50 in cash because I didnt think much about the sale and had no idea of the enormous deals and all of the cool things that would be there. I had my credit cards but its hard to use them at a yard sale LOL!!

    But believe me I am hurting big time today but it was worth every bit of it!!

    Billy
    Thanks Billy
    I have missed the board. I have tried to get on but did not feel good. Had some surgery the mid of July. Did O.K. on surgery but had reaction to a drug and thought I was dying. My Daddy always told me don't take drugs they will kill you and he would know. He was pharmacist for over 50 yrs. Did I miss a post about this yard sale? Have not worked on this pile of machines I have in almost 3 mths. I do a lot of looking at them, but no energy to do the fixing. You have been on my mind during my ordeal and have had time to do lots of praying for you.

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    I think the sale is the one on Hwy 127 and runs for 675 miles. I keep thinking I will take the time someday to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychonurse
    this is great. I need to understand better about your bicycle plates? It clear as mud but sounds like a good deal
    Glad you were able to get out and about.
    Years ago you could register your bicycle in your county and get license plates for it a lot of states did this but to find ones that have never been registered or used are unreal. Heck just finding them is hard enough. My buddy will sell them for $200 a pair and make some good money on them just like I did when I sold them to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom
    Where was the yard sale? I want to go
    The yard sale goes from Either West Virginia Or Virginia to Georgia along one hwy and is the most fun I have had in a long time. I am going to plan my vacation around it next year! I was able to go 10 miles on it in Lewis County TN and I saw maybe 3500 vendors in that short of a distance. A lot of Mennonites were wandering around there and they had quite a few machines for sale. The prices were just unreal and like I said I am going to take my 40 enclosed trailer and several dollars and buy everything I find. I missed a couple of deals because I didnt have the cash on me at the time but they were the Boye display boxes one with half of the tubes in the thing with both needles and shuttles for $100. And then there was a really pretty JP Coats display case from the early 1900's for $75. I only brought $50 in cash because I didnt think much about the sale and had no idea of the enormous deals and all of the cool things that would be there. I had my credit cards but its hard to use them at a yard sale LOL!!

    But believe me I am hurting big time today but it was worth every bit of it!!

    Billy
    Thanks Billy
    I have missed the board. I have tried to get on but did not feel good. Had some surgery the mid of July. Did O.K. on surgery but had reaction to a drug and thought I was dying. My Daddy always told me don't take drugs they will kill you and he would know. He was pharmacist for over 50 yrs. Did I miss a post about this yard sale? Have not worked on this pile of machines I have in almost 3 mths. I do a lot of looking at them, but no energy to do the fixing. You have been on my mind during my ordeal and have had time to do lots of praying for you.
    Molly I am praying for you too!! I know where you are coming from and i am still there in a lot of ways. It will not be until sometime next year if I am lucky before I can get back to functioning semi normally but I am keeping the best positive attitude and chugging along the best I can. I have to go get my med alert tags made up today or tomorrow so if something happens the doctors will know what they are dealing with when I first get there.

    Billy

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    Need some advice please. Couple of months ago, rummaging through a antique shop, DH ran across a dirty, dark, older machine. When we brought it into some light we'd seen it was a red eye, a 66, right? WOW!! my first. Everything moved freely and looked like everything was intact. Once brought home, we discovered the tension spring was broken. Nothing major, found another on ebay. Now all we need is a table & belt then I will be able to give it a true test drive - after she's cleaned of course.
    Okay, here's the thing. I recently purchased a manual and just received a notice from the seller that the cover had fallen off @ the staples as well as the two center pages. In leu of credit, she is willing to give me other items I may need for the machine, she mentioned pressure feet & needles, if I knew the sizes. The reason for getting the manual is because I am not having much luck finding is info on the net.
    The machine has one needle with a burr on the tip, one bobbin, and one pressure foot. Any input? Desperately seeking advice as I am just beginning to collect these wonderful machines.
    Thanks in advance to all

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris
    Need some advice please. Couple of months ago, rummaging through a antique shop, DH ran across a dirty, dark, older machine. When we brought it into some light we'd seen it was a red eye, a 66, right? WOW!! my first. Everything moved freely and looked like everything was intact. Once brought home, we discovered the tension spring was broken. Nothing major, found another on ebay. Now all we need is a table & belt then I will be able to give it a true test drive - after she's cleaned of course.
    Okay, here's the thing. I recently purchased a manual and just received a notice from the seller that the cover had fallen off @ the staples as well as the two center pages. In leu of credit, she is willing to give me other items I may need for the machine, she mentioned pressure feet & needles, if I knew the sizes. The reason for getting the manual is because I am not having much luck finding is info on the net.
    The machine has one needle with a burr on the tip, one bobbin, and one pressure foot. Any input? Desperately seeking advice as I am just beginning to collect these wonderful machines.
    Thanks in advance to all
    Luckily the parts for this machine are really easy to find so I might would go for some accessory feet if I were you.
    the machine uses the standard 15x1 needles and the class 66 bobbins that are readily available at Walmart and other fabric getting stores! I love my Singer 66's and you should too, but if I were you see if you can get a darning plate for the machine!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris
    Need some advice please. Couple of months ago, rummaging through a antique shop, DH ran across a dirty, dark, older machine. When we brought it into some light we'd seen it was a red eye, a 66, right? WOW!! my first. Everything moved freely and looked like everything was intact. Once brought home, we discovered the tension spring was broken. Nothing major, found another on ebay. Now all we need is a table & belt then I will be able to give it a true test drive - after she's cleaned of course.
    Okay, here's the thing. I recently purchased a manual and just received a notice from the seller that the cover had fallen off @ the staples as well as the two center pages. In leu of credit, she is willing to give me other items I may need for the machine, she mentioned pressure feet & needles, if I knew the sizes. The reason for getting the manual is because I am not having much luck finding is info on the net.
    The machine has one needle with a burr on the tip, one bobbin, and one pressure foot. Any input? Desperately seeking advice as I am just beginning to collect these wonderful machines.
    Thanks in advance to all
    Keep in mind that unless the pressure bar has been replaced, this machine will take back clamping attachments....those are what I'd go for...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris
    Need some advice please. Couple of months ago, rummaging through a antique shop, DH ran across a dirty, dark, older machine. When we brought it into some light we'd seen it was a red eye, a 66, right? WOW!! my first. Everything moved freely and looked like everything was intact. Once brought home, we discovered the tension spring was broken. Nothing major, found another on ebay. Now all we need is a table & belt then I will be able to give it a true test drive - after she's cleaned of course.
    Okay, here's the thing. I recently purchased a manual and just received a notice from the seller that the cover had fallen off @ the staples as well as the two center pages. In leu of credit, she is willing to give me other items I may need for the machine, she mentioned pressure feet & needles, if I knew the sizes. The reason for getting the manual is because I am not having much luck finding is info on the net.
    The machine has one needle with a burr on the tip, one bobbin, and one pressure foot. Any input? Desperately seeking advice as I am just beginning to collect these wonderful machines.
    Thanks in advance to all
    Luckily the parts for this machine are really easy to find so I might would go for some accessory feet if I were you.
    the machine uses the standard 15x1 needles and the class 66 bobbins that are readily available at Walmart and other fabric getting stores! I love my Singer 66's and you should too, but if I were you see if you can get a darning plate for the machine!!

    Billy
    And the wizard has answered my call.....Thanks so much Billy.
    Darning plate for a 1910 Red eye, see what I can do.
    Would a 1930 White Rotary take the same size needle? The plate on the machine state "use white FR needles"

    Our best to you & yours. We've been watching your progress, started following this thread just before the nasty snake incident. You have such a wonderful sense of life, and your spirit is shinning through. Our prayers have been among the thousands you've already received. Take care & God bless
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    Iris, check this needle list from ISMACS...it will tell you the needles you need for your machines... :)

    http://www.ismacs.net/needle_and_sha...eedle-list.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris
    Need some advice please. Couple of months ago, rummaging through a antique shop, DH ran across a dirty, dark, older machine. When we brought it into some light we'd seen it was a red eye, a 66, right? WOW!! my first. Everything moved freely and looked like everything was intact. Once brought home, we discovered the tension spring was broken. Nothing major, found another on ebay. Now all we need is a table & belt then I will be able to give it a true test drive - after she's cleaned of course.
    Okay, here's the thing. I recently purchased a manual and just received a notice from the seller that the cover had fallen off @ the staples as well as the two center pages. In leu of credit, she is willing to give me other items I may need for the machine, she mentioned pressure feet & needles, if I knew the sizes. The reason for getting the manual is because I am not having much luck finding is info on the net.
    The machine has one needle with a burr on the tip, one bobbin, and one pressure foot. Any input? Desperately seeking advice as I am just beginning to collect these wonderful machines.
    Thanks in advance to all
    Keep in mind that unless the pressure bar has been replaced, this machine will take back clamping attachments....those are what I'd go for...
    by that I take it to mean that the attachments are screwed on with the screw being on the back side of the pressure bar and not off to the left side :?:
    if so, just learned something new, again, today :P
    this board is so much better than school.
    Got a question, get an answer and then some, and more.
    Gotta love it
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    There are lots of wonderful folks here that you can always get the answers your looking for!! Thats why I love this place because everyone is family and we will always go out of our way to help!

    OH and Charlee I am glad you mentioned the back clamp models, I am still on heavy meds and I forgot all about them :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Billy

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    I just received this beautiful pink machine. It is a really beautiful shade of pink. The paint got scraped to the metal in two areas. It had a long journey. What can, or should I do if anything? Thank you for your advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    I just received this beautiful pink machine. It is a really beautiful shade of pink. The paint got scraped to the metal in two areas. It had a long journey. What can, or should I do if anything? Thank you for your advice.
    I would take the stitch length regulator plate off (2 screws) and take it to an automotive paint store and have them match the paint and you can touch it u. I do this all the time with the Japanese machines I service and have to swap the motors or fix scratches.


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    Okay kids here is a link go have fun........ Oh and you can get a glimpse of the 160th Anniversary Singer and yes I will have one as soon as I can get my paws on it!!!!

    http://www.mysingerstory.com

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    [quote=Lostn51]
    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    I just received this beautiful pink machine. It is a really beautiful shade of pink. The paint got scraped to the metal in two areas. It had a long journey. What can, or should I do if anything? Thank you for your advice.
    I would take the stitch length regulator plate off (2 screws) and take it to an automotive paint store and have them match the paint and you can touch it u. I do this all the time with the Japanese machines I service and have to swap the motors or fix scratches.

    Thank you Billy, good to see you on the Board. I hope you feel better with each day that passes. I can't wait to see some pictures of the treasures that you found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Iris, check this needle list from ISMACS...it will tell you the needles you need for your machines... :)

    http://www.ismacs.net/needle_and_sha...eedle-list.pdf
    Thanks Charlee
    just went to the sight.........now can you just point to the one I need for this machine, and then that machine, and then the one
    in the corner, and ......

    seriously, I'll need to print the needle list out so that I can figure. I do appreciate your help and have been watching the help you handed others. I've tried to follow all the info & advice given here on this thread and sometimes feel like a kid learning how to swim. I'm off the beach, and I think I can safely say I may be up to the waist as far as comfort with these machines. Although these older models, the ones I really like.....like the ones with the shuttles, felt like I was in a candy store & got something new & it was good & exciting. Only to find (I think) there is more than one type :?:
    Then there are those that chain link :?:
    And ones with typewriter keys :?:
    And duel needles :?: (Mariam introduced me to one of that type)
    Stepping back towards the beach now......
    This machine may good for this, one for this type of sewing, another for doing that. I understand that it is a matter of personal preferences and that one can get by using less. Heck, I started with two, a 99 I bought yrs ago but could not get the bottom tension right, laid in hiding. My second I bought for buying my first house, a treat for me; almost 10 yrs ago, finally started using it 2 yrs ago.
    Now, there's 15, since July! Serious problem here......6 I know work fine, some need belts, at one needs a bobbin/casing, different issues, heck a couple others might even use as door stops or boat anchors. But I find these machines so addicting.....just how many machines does one body need any way?
    But I ramble, it's late, I have to work tomorrow & someone one is waiting for me to get to bed. Thank you for the info, and for allowing me to ramble & taking your time.
    ............going back into seclusion......

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    :lol: Iris, you're a hoot! ;)

    Get back in the water, it's the only way you can learn to swim!!

    Information is abundant. Join Needlebar, and go check out the Yahoo groups for the types of machines you have. ISMACS is an excellent resource too!

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    I put my new darning foot on the 401A and it doesn't work. This machine sews a nice straight and ZZ stitch (haven't tried any of the cams for other stitches) but it won't let me FMQ on it. I'm sad. Anything I should check on? I thought that raising the plate above the feed dogs was how it was to be done, but that didn't help so put the plate back in place and it still won't catch the bobbin thread. Not sure what to do next.

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    Probably been answered somewhere already but I can't find it.
    I have a 1937 Featherweight that has tape residue (no tape just hardened adhesive) on the bed. I have tried WD40 and GOJO and it hasn't even softened up. Any advise as to how to get it off without marring the paint or finish? Thanks, Ann in TN

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncredbird
    Probably been answered somewhere already but I can't find it.
    I have a 1937 Featherweight that has tape residue (no tape just hardened adhesive) on the bed. I have tried WD40 and GOJO and it hasn't even softened up. Any advise as to how to get it off without marring the paint or finish? Thanks, Ann in TN
    Goo Gone!!! I get mine from my wifes cleaning stuff but she gets it a BB&B.

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    Oh and if you have not gone to the link the 160th Anniversary Singer will be the new Featherweight. Its Black with all of the Gold decals (including the bed decals) and will have the basic shape of the 221K minus the flip bed. It might be new and computerized but the new FW's are a really nice machine and with it being a more modern version of the original FW when they make the anniversary model I will have to own at least one hopefully two of them. (one to keep new in box and one to display and use)

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    grayhare, if the paint store can't help you, try fingernail polish. Your pink machine is very pretty.

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