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    I'm in the East Bay just south of Oakland. Thanks, I'm now to this whole sewing machine collecting business but I love the mechanics and complete rebuildability of these units. I have a 66 red-eye treadle that I am in the middle of doing a bare metal restoration on. I cannot believe how crappy they look when you start and then clean up to being like new.
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    My 1908 treadle powered 29-4 "Patcher" has already been tested with 16 layers of canvas and it did not even strain.
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    Yes, welcome Steve. Every time I see one of those patchers I think I want one. I don't know what I would use it for, I just want it. So cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Sorry,, should have intro'd first... Hi! I'm Steve from California. Here are a couple of my favorite machines.

    singer 15-91 (1952)
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    Sew-Mor (HA-1 clone)
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    Singer 201-2 (1950)
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    Singer Patcher 29-4 (1908) (with hidden Model 20)
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    Singer 28 Handcrank (1916)
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    Steve welcome! I love all your machines, but the 29-4 makes me envious! I want one of those! I found one for sale fairly close to me, but the people selling the machine thought they had a gold mine! I will find one, one of these days!

    Nancy

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    Yes, do like your machines. My DD and I own two 29-4 sewing machines. One is operational and the other is not because it's parts is worn out and no longer available.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline: Any chance i could enter a PM conversation regarding the acquisition of some parts? (or help you get the parts you need to get it working)

    p.s. "Sweet Caroline"? My whole family is composed of Neil Diamond fans...

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    Ok, so last night I think I made a really good find.

    This was on Craigslist here in the SF Bay area
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    I could not help myself when I saw the asking price.
    (I thought it was a typo)
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    $15 (yep, just 3/4 of a yuppie food stamp)

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    So it is missing the bobbin holder, bobbin, and needles.
    I have these from my "later" White Rotary

    Think they will work?
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    I LOVE the "foot" pedal
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    Here is the BIG issue. I need to replace the "dogbone" shaped swivel for the motor.
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    I am pretty sure that this 1917 unit was originally a treadle and "electrified" based on the decal in the back and the hole for the light being into the front decal. I may just convert it to a hand crank and be done. The wiring is SCARY but it actually works, pedal moves motor spins!

    Thanks again for this fun site.
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    Steve,

    That is a really beautiful White Rotary.

    It sure does look like it was originally a treadle. Converting to a hand crank would be fantastic, but a hand crank to fit the White Rotary is much rarer than the proverbial hen's tooth. (Sorry to pop your bubble.)

    It looks like your bobbincase is from a White 77. It probably won't fit this Rotary.

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    [QUOTE=SteveH;5683363]Ok, so last night I think I made a really good find.

    This was on Craigslist here in the SF Bay area

    So it is missing the bobbin holder, bobbin, and needles.
    I have these from my "later" White Rotary

    Think they will work?
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    Last edited by Mizkaki; 11-27-2012 at 08:30 PM.
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Very nice! Did you see this CL post? Does this have the parts that you need? It has been on CL for a while.
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/atd/3431344200.html
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    grayhare: OH Yes i did.... It is a post by a local Pawn shop. I called them and they said "we're sorry, that was sold a week ago, but our "internet guy" is on vacation..."

    grrrrrrr

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    Mizkaki: Thanks for that heads up. My other unit is a 77 (I think) I have two bobbincases, this one and one with the center having a hole all the way through (not "capped" like this one)

    Ya know, I was wondering if a singer hand crank would work... drat...

    Well, the fun part is tracking down the missing bits anyway.. right? hehe

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    i bet there is one in here..... sigh...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-ANTIQUE-A...item2314395bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    i bet there is one in here..... sigh...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-ANTIQUE-A...item2314395bed
    This guy won't budge a penny on this lot, which makes no sense since he's been trying to sell it for 9 months now and it hasn't moved. There comes a time when you cut your profit margin in order to make a buck. He brings in machines by the hundreds a few times a year, so you'd think he would want to move these sooner rather than later but apparently not. *sigh* my partner and I have made him a few offers on this lot.

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    SteveH....let me look...I think I have a bobbin case, bobbins and attachments that will fit your machine...let me check when I get home in a few...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Wanted: Bobbin Case for White Family Rotary Treadle

    I know SteveH is looking for a bobbin case for a White Family Rotary treadle machine and Charlee was going to check to see if she has one. I would like one too. I've checked with Cindy in MN and Sew-Classics already. They don't have any. If anyone has one for sale will you please let me know? BTW: SteveH has first dibs on any that surface. :-)

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    Judy,

    Are you going to be able to come to the Mini-Mini TOGA? i sent you an email.
    I have a few extra White Rotary bobbin cases.

    Steve,

    Send me a PM if you still need a White Rotary Bobbin case.

    Cathy
    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    I know SteveH is looking for a bobbin case for a White Family Rotary treadle machine and Charlee was going to check to see if she has one. I would like one too. I've checked with Cindy in MN and Sew-Classics already. They don't have any. If anyone has one for sale will you please let me know? BTW: SteveH has first dibs on any that surface. :-)
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Mizkaki: Ok, I'll bite... what is a Mini-Mini TOGO? Since you folks are in SAC and I work just south of Oakland, I cannot imagine that I could make anything up that way during the week. Thanks for the offer thought, it was way cool.

    I have emailed/PM'd Charlee and i believe at this point I am covered, so I'd say let Ms Judy have a go at them.

    On a side note: On Saturday I just became a Grandpa!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Mizkaki: Ok, I'll bite... what is a Mini-Mini TOGO? Since you folks are in SAC and I work just south of Oakland, I cannot imagine that I could make anything up that way during the week. Thanks for the offer thought, it was way cool.

    I have emailed/PM'd Charlee and i believe at this point I am covered, so I'd say let Ms Judy have a go at them.

    On a side note: On Saturday I just became a Grandpa!!
    Congrats Steve on becoming a Grandpa
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    Steve,

    Congratulations on the new wee one. Girl or boy?

    A TOGA is a local gathering of Sewing machine lovers. It was started by Treadle-On people. (Treadle On is a group dedicated to promoting the use of antique and vintage people-powered sewing machines.) I have been hosting for the past 5 years the only one in this area. A Mini-Mini TOGA is my term for a impromptu, very short notice get together where there might only be 5 people or 20 people that will show up.

    Check out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GoldCountryTOGA/ . Click to join and Pat or I'll approve you.
    You can then click on the files section on the front page and get the rest of the information. I'd love to have you come.
    This invite is also for anyone. Any others in driving distance??????

    We are getting together for this one this Saturday, the 8th. The 'official' one is on the 22nd.

    Cathy





    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Mizkaki: Ok, I'll bite... what is a Mini-Mini TOGO? Since you folks are in SAC and I work just south of Oakland, I cannot imagine that I could make anything up that way during the week. Thanks for the offer thought, it was way cool.

    I have emailed/PM'd Charlee and i believe at this point I am covered, so I'd say let Ms Judy have a go at them.

    On a side note: On Saturday I just became a Grandpa!!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    I'll check that out! It sounds awesome. I am SO into people powered machines. I am restoring a 1922 red-eye treadle and case now. (I just restored the base... wow is it amazingly smooth) I also use a 29-4 "Patcher" a LOT now.

    Here is my little Granddaughter Coraline,
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    Precious! Just precious! Lucky guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I'll check that out! It sounds awesome. I am SO into people powered machines. I am restoring a 1922 red-eye treadle and case now. (I just restored the base... wow is it amazingly smooth) I also use a 29-4 "Patcher" a LOT now.

    Here is my little Granddaughter Coraline,
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    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Oh Steve what a cutie. Very nice Christmas present.
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    adorable - how did they ever make her stick her tongue out?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    LOL "Make her" stick her tongue out... hahaha

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    ok, getting the thread back on track.. (my bad)

    here is a pic of my favorite desktop singer.
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    and a video
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/18576541/model20electric.mp4

    if the link fails let me know. it's a 15.8mb file

    or
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=10c9d...4&action=Share

    If nothing else, this one lets you download it.
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    it was an invisible video on my computer - all I could see was the bar for the video - were you sewing the emperor's new clothes on it?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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