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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    I watched the video...it showed how to wind it, but not how to put the bobbin in the shuttle or the shuttle into the machine...I know, this is the place for pictures...I will post again when it's clean!
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    I'll add some of the vintage machines I recently acquired. Haven't done much research on them at all, but they all appear to be in working order, except that I need to rewire the plug on the White machine, because the plug end broke off. I paid 35.00 each for these machines, in cabinets: If y'all know anything about them I'd love to hear it!
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    Jennb, thank you for posting the photos! I love the Lenco! Come join us in the Vintage Shop where we can talk about your machines! http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...3881-1784.html

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    Just wanted to post a pic of my treadle machine. Thanks to Miriam and Cranky, I now know that it is a treadle. I don't have a cabinet, but that's part of the fun is looking for one.
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    I managed to get enough stuff cleared out of the way that I could pull out my other 2 vintage machines and take photos of them. Both work, but need a good cleaning. They both were my grandmothers, then my moms, and now they are mine. The first is a Singer 301, circa 1948. The second is a Singer 500a, purchased in the 60s. Somewhere I have the original sales receipt but I'm not sure what box it is packed in at the moment. Both are also in cabinets that were bought at the same time as the machines.
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    Jennb, your 500 looks like mine. I call her "Judy" after the lady I got her from. Right now we're zz stars on a jelly roll quilt that I made on my 301. Hope to finish it and donate to the local VA.

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    So my plan for today was work on refinishing my Davis treadle cabinet, but since its pouring rain I did what anyone would do, and went shopping!

    Goodwill had this little girl sitting all lonesome like in the corner, so I had to take her home. For 35.00 I got the machine, the cabinet (in need of refinishing) and a singer 360 electric knitting machine, which I've already resold for 50.00 so I call that a win-win!
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    was it a goodwill or some other brand store like st vinny's ? since goodwill left e bay and did there own auction site , I seldom ever see a machine in a goodwill store around here ,, when they do have one O boy what a pos it will be, like the nearst me has a white ? that 1477 you always see on craigs list, it's priced at 4.95 and has been sitting there for two months now, Thats the only machine that store has had in the last two yrs....

    about 6 months ago Iask then whats the deal why no more machines ? maybe they kept that one for me ? same town ha s a st vinnys, there's a 66 in a hall cab,, at best a 20$ machine, it's been there that I know of over two yrs.. There marked down price is 127 $, they do have machines ,, kenmores, and mid 70's or so singers, there always 50 up.. again for months on the waiting list a 70's / 80's necchi it's price was 50,,yesterday it was 80 the price went up ?? WTH..

    I'm in oregon on the goodwill site every machine in this state is saying it's in Hillsboro.. I see those going for decent prices..

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    it was goodwill. They do local auctions for bigger ticket items each saturday but nobody bid on this 99k so thats why I got such a good deal on it. I'm hoping to hear from the lady that I usually check out with, because she mentioned that she has a garage full of stuff from her mothers, and that she had 5 or 6 old machines and treadles in there she needs to get rid of. I left her my name and number and told her I'd be happy to come take a look at them and make her an offer. I hope she calls!

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    I think I've officially become an addict. Going to go pick this up in a couple of hours, then thursday I'll pick up my last acquisition for my collection, a 1940s Admiral made in Occupied Japan. I think I'm going to part with my dressmaker, white, lenco, and the singer 500A, and a couple of my other machines, as well as the singer treadle stand I'm getting with the domestic, so if y'all know anyone in need let me know.1873 Domestic High Arm Treadle plus accessories...isn't she absolutely gorgeous!??:
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    more pics of the Domestic treadle: Notice in front of the machine in the first photo that there is a small square key with "domestic" on it, and there's another larger square key, which (if I'm correct) locks the drawers, which are in gorgeous condition. The sewing surface of the cabinet is dirty but otherwise all the veneer is intact except a few cracked areas along the edge that only go in about 1/2' at the worst spots. Upon close look you can see the raised outline of where decals should be, but I cant tell if they're there and just covered in grime or if there's just more dirt where they used to be. Not sure if I should try to find out since best I can find will date this machine to 1873. Also i think the front plate might be a replacement, as it is in pristine (as in looks brand spanking new) condition and the others show age. Theres a serial number on the machine itself 104239, but a different one on the front plate says 1032887.
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    You all remember my anniversary gift....the Köhler treadle. First the "before pics":

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    And these are what she looks like today. This girl has had a rough life. From the little research I've done, these are not a common machine in the States, she was made in Communist Post WW2 East Germany. She needed a little tension adjustment after I finished messing around, but is now sewing like she was made to. Very easy to treadle!! I think Liesl is going to be one of my favorites! The feed dogs drop, and she has a reverse!

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    Aww she's gorgeous!!!

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    Charlee, did you follow Glenn's instructions how to refinish that cabinet?
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    Wow! Charlee, You did a beautiful job! That cabinet is gorgeous!!!

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    Charlee, you did an awesome job! It turned out beautiful!

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    Improved columbian treadle

    Here is my improved columbian treadle. She was made in 1900. She needs some TLC but I love her, sorry the pics not the greatest.
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    Charlee, Wow! The cabinet is gorgeous! It looks sooo beautiful! You did a great job. I am going to tackle my first cabinet, and I am a total newbie at it. So, if you wouldn't mind details.

    The wood design on the door is so beautiful!

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    Got my latest purchase today. 1940s Admiral made in Occupied Japan. I really only wanted it because I thought it would be a cool addition to my collection to have one that was labled as such. It's pretty clean, though dusty. The cover over the lightbulb wont stay on and the slide plate is missing but otherwise she's in excellent shape. The case is in kinda sorry shape but I didn't care much about that. I got it for 39 bucks off ebay. Local pickup so I didn't have to pay shipping.
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    Here is a link for some more info on the Japanese 15s: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html I love those for free motion.
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    Charlee, you need to tell us how you finished off that cabinet to look so beautiful. My FW cabinet top has some circles like your did before you cleaned it up. I would love to refinish it to look better. Let us in on your secret. The machine looks great as well. I'm sure you used Glenn's method to spiff it up.

    JennB, That Admiral is so cute. It looks to be in really good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Here is a link for some more info on the Japanese 15s: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html I love those for free motion.
    I spent all last night looking through that. I love some of those colorful clones! Some are so cute!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    I spent all last night looking through that. I love some of those colorful clones! Some are so cute!!
    Feel free to post a pic of your machine on there too!
    Did you look at Janie Doe, the 15 clone??? She is pretty cool too. Link: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...r-t169127.html
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    A Singer 224 made in Japan that does decorative stitching, uses flat cams, and takes a 15x1 needle.
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    So...I was on my way back to that yard sale I went to yesterday, and I was going to make an offer on that Federation Treadle. I stopped at another big sale, and I spotted this sewing machine case. It was dirty and I knew just from the looks that it was likely from the 70s or so. It was a Nelco something or other. Anyway, not interested...moving along. I happen to ask the lady if that was the only sewing item she had and she said ....no I have this other one, but I haven't gotten it set out yet. She pulls out this little blue and white case and I got a little bit excited. She opens it up and guess what was inside...
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    Not so much as a scratch on her. All the attachments are inside, and aside from some dust, I doubt she's hardly ever been used. So I ask her how much she wants for it, trying my hardest not to give any signs as to my excitement, and she pulls up her phone, sees one listed on ebay as celery color/rare going for 100 bucks, and so I offered her 90. She came home with me. She's actually going to my daughter, because her room isnt big enough for a sewing cabinet to fit in with her other stuff, but she can pull this out and sit it on her desk and go to town.

    I didn't make it to the other sale. I figure if its meant to be they will call me. If not, I know where they live!
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