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    She's beautiful!

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    Wow!
    Charlee, that is a real beauty - surprising what lots of elbow grease can do to an old loved object! The cabinet turned out spectacular from what we can see - enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selena
    I am absolutely sick and can't stop crying. It has taken years to get my parents to finally give me my great grandmother's 1896 Singer Treadle and it is ruined! They just let it set there and rust away. It was a Sphinx with the deluxe cabinet. The paint has literally turned to powder and in places just popped off. I used to stand by my grandmother while she sewed on it. I remember the wonderful sound a treadle makes and I wanted to sew on it. Grandma told me she wanted me to have it when I was a young girl. She said she knew I would take care of it. I am beside myself with grief. I can't even bring myself to take a picture of it.
    Restore it as best you can, get rid of the rust and refinish the cabinet. Get it back to working condition and enjoy the memories you have while using it. It is precious to you. You can do it! Check out directions under tutorials for vintage sewing machines.

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    I got Cinderella at a garage sale several years ago. Sadly the case is totally shot and the machine needs new wiring, but I love it anyhow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    a couple more of my 'cuties'
    Sure would love to find a Cinderella for my collection. They are jsut the cutest ever. Where did you find yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I got Cinderella at a garage sale several years ago. Sadly the case is totally shot and the machine needs new wiring, but I love it anyhow!
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet Sue
    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    a couple more of my 'cuties'
    Sure would love to find a Cinderella for my collection. They are jsut the cutest ever. Where did you find yours?
    I wonder if it could hand crank?

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    Sorry, I need to move this to the Quilts made by vintage machines shop!

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    I'd love to see pictures of the pheasants!

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    I meant to include the original post and photo...

    I'd like to see a more detailed photo of the pheasants on the 1903 model 27.

    Thanks,

    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie
    My DH and I collect Antique Singer Sewing Machines. I believe we currently have about 28-30. Yesterday, he stopped by the store and said, "Just came across a 1953 Singer model 201 for $35, I need to get some money". It is in a nice cabinet and the cabinet was full of trim, zippers, attachments and thread. Works fine. But we currently have 5 treadles, including a 1861 Wilcox and Gibbs Treadle, 2 301s, 7 Featherweights, 2 201's, 2 Singer Salesmen (miniature cast iron hand cranks 1880s) machines, a few 99's, a couple of 66s, 2 128's, a few model 15's (including one with a coffin lid) a Dressmaker, Janome, 1970 Singer, Kenmore, and a Brothers. We are considering moving out and letting the machines take over. LOL.
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    some of mine ...Inky , Dinky, with FW table and the Sphinx
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    Here is my Kenmore 148.210. The fit and finish are excellent, top of the line, I'm speaking about the initial build, not its current condition. The dark color is a deep metal fleck paint. The almond color is high quality enamel, almost looks like porcelain. It is in generally very good condition, but she has a couple of scars on her head where I suspect some one dropped something on her.

    From what I can tell she was sold from 1963-1966. Continuously variable, stitch length and zig-zag width. Push-button foot pressure. She'll drop her dogs. Has the light switch on the bed. No-brainer bobbin loader. Push-button reverse-tacking. Metal knobs, with relatively large (but tastefully recessed) screws to hold them on. All metal innards (technical term for internal components) and a 1.2 Amp motor. Very heavy clean casting and a lot of nice machine work. Built in Japan by Soryu. Haven't been able to find much about Soryu.

    What I did find out is that the US and Allies helped Japan develop several industries after WWII, and sewing machine manufacturing was one of them. After WWI, the victors left Germany in ruins, and it is widely accepted that the dire conditions left the people ripe for the rise of a leader that would come to start WWII. We didn't want that to happen again, so we jump started Japans post war economy by handing them critical technology related to the manufacture of sewing machines. By the mid 1960's they were the big-dog country-of-origin for sewing machines.

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    Here is my first White.

    A late 1940's Model 77, this is the heavy steel cast unit, not the lightweight 77MG mag. alloy cast.

    The art deco lines, green color and crinkle finish really speak to me. I love to look at her and she sews great too. I love the sound and feel of turning on the light using the heavy toggle switch just under her arm. The wheel plating is still very nice and feels great in your hand. Independent settings for forward and backward stitch length, and a great little gearshift to throw it in forward or reverse. She has a forward facing bobbin, and a large cover plate that flips up for access. (My fingers are fat, so I still tip her back to change the bobbin.) The bobbin winder makes a nice solid sound when it finishes winding. I really like the knee control in her cabinet, its easier for me to control than a foot pedal. Plus to me, she looks great from every angle.

    Her weakness? Well,.. she's a friction drive, so you can forget about going treadling with her. The 65 watt 110v (.7 amp?) friction drive motor works great, just no practical way to treadle. And her dials look very nice but,... they're plastic. I know, you can't tell by looking but the tension, forward, and reverse dials are all plastic. I still think she is a straight-stitch goddess.

    A great post war example of a USA machine from Cleveland Ohio.

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    She doesn't have a bad side
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    My second Singer. My first Singer was a 328.

    A 1923 Model 66 Redeye.

    I had her out in the garden for a little photo shoot. Got a couple without her motor.

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    Transplanted from a travel case
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    Recently cleaned and oiled White VS (model 2 I think) circa 1915. I also repainted the iron.
    I believe the treadle and cabinet to be the original that came with the machine, but I haven't figured out how to verify that.

    It works great. Like badda'.

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    Still working on my 1893 New Home...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sew'hio
    Here is my Kenmore 148.210. The fit and finish are excellent, top of the line, I'm speaking about the initial build, not its current condition. The dark color is a deep metal fleck paint. The almond color is high quality enamel, almost looks like porcelain. It is in generally very good condition, but she has a couple of scars on her head where I suspect some one dropped something on her.

    From what I can tell she was sold from 1963-1966. Continuously variable, stitch length and zig-zag width. Push-button foot pressure. She'll drop her dogs. Has the light switch on the bed. No-brainer bobbin loader. Push-button reverse-tacking. Metal knobs, with relatively large (but tastefully recessed) screws to hold them on. All metal innards (technical term for internal components) and a 1.2 Amp motor. Very heavy clean casting and a lot of nice machine work. Built in Japan by Soryu. Haven't been able to find much about Soryu.

    What I did find out is that the US and Allies helped Japan develop several industries after WWII, and sewing machine manufacturing was one of them. After WWI, the victors left Germany in ruins, and it is widely accepted that the dire conditions left the people ripe for the rise of a leader that would come to start WWII. We didn't want that to happen again, so we jump started Japans post war economy by handing them critical technology related to the manufacture of sewing machines. By the mid 1960's they were the big-dog country-of-origin for sewing machines.
    I just love how easy those are to clean - that bobbin area is a breeze! Nice machine - so many people think a newer plastic machine is better - not so. This machine will sew for a very long time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sew'hio
    Recently cleaned and oiled White VS (model 2 I think) circa 1915. I also repainted the iron.
    I believe the treadle and cabinet to be the original that came with the machine, but I haven't figured out how to verify that.

    It works great. Like badda'.
    Very nice transformation!

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    I picked up this Singer 99 last weekend. It dates to 1955, so it really isnt that old, but it has been badly neglected. It will be a challenge, but hope to get it cleaned up and back in working order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ndnchf
    I picked up this Singer 99 last weekend. It dates to 1955, so it really isnt that old, but it has been badly neglected. It will be a challenge, but hope to get it cleaned up and back in working order.
    It does look like a challenge, but you can do it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by ndnchf
    I picked up this Singer 99 last weekend. It dates to 1955, so it really isnt that old, but it has been badly neglected. It will be a challenge, but hope to get it cleaned up and back in working order.
    It does look like a challenge, but you can do it!!
    it'll be pretty

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    New-old Machines that follow me home today

    Ok, so I stopped by a junk store on the way home from work and this is what all came home with me. Two great sets of scissors and two not so great shape Singers. The one in the wood holder has a serial # G0324285, I'm thinking it's from 1924 and the one in the greenish case serial #G6623176 from 1919. The 1919 is in much better condition. Let me know your thoughts. I'd already posted these, but someone ask that I post them here too.
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    I have few Singer treadles and will post the pics tomorrow.
    I have one with a box on top but my favourite is the 1890 treadle with the 3 drawers either side. I actually restored (carefully and painstakingly) the veneer on the cabinet. Took me a while but well worth it.
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    I have a Bruce treadle sewing machine that was my DH's grandmothers. I still love to pull it out and use it once in a while. Made all my daughter's baby layette on that machine. Three years ago I got a 1948 221 Featherweight. I also have my grandma's Sunbeam machine in a cabinet. Last year I picked up an old Kenmore 117-959 and an old blue White 650 that I've cleaned up and done maintenance on though I don't know much about them other than the Kenmore was made in 194? and the White in 196?. Can't find much info on the Bruce either. Anyway, here is a pic of my Featherweight. I will eventually get pics of the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnotherMadQuilter View Post
    I have a Bruce treadle sewing machine that was my DH's grandmothers. I still love to pull it out and use it once in a while. Made all my daughter's baby layette on that machine. Three years ago I got a 1948 221 Featherweight. I also have my grandma's Sunbeam machine in a cabinet. Last year I picked up an old Kenmore 117-959 and an old blue White 650 that I've cleaned up and done maintenance on though I don't know much about them other than the Kenmore was made in 194? and the White in 196?. Can't find much info on the Bruce either. Anyway, here is a pic of my Featherweight. I will eventually get pics of the others.
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    Your Kenmore 117.959 was born in 1948.
    Sweet Caroline

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    my sewing room is currently under going a renovation, as I start clearing out the dinning room and get all the machines in their new places I'll start posting pics.
    Only posting now so that I can receive emails again and find my way back here.....

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