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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Well... I'm sorry. Allow me to rephrase...

    Does anyone actually know the name of that THINGY?
    THINGY - what part of THINGY don't you understand???
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Well... I'm sorry. Allow me to rephrase...

    Does anyone actually know the name of that THINGY?
    You don't understand "Techy talk"...we're really good at it around here!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Thingy...I use that technical term all the time.
    Cindy

    Curator of an 1889 Singer model 27 Fiddlebase Treadle, a 1951 Singer Centennial Featherweight, a 1956 Singer 401A, and a 1982 Bernina 830 Record.

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    sigh... My youngest (19) year old looked over my shoulder last night as I was reading this to see what I was grinning about, and said "See Dad, you CAN be taught!" sigh... thanks folks... hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I wish. Nope.

    Saturday I will be (hopefully) driving into SF to buy a Singer 241-12 and then going to my company's holiday party.

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    If it swivels, then it's a swivel motor mount bracket. If not, then just a motor mount bracket.

    But I like the other terms that have been used. Thingy and gizmo work for me.

    So are we to address you as Sir Knight? Love those hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    So are we to address you as Sir Knight? Love those hands.
    Oh no... I am but a humble Squire. I am in training with a Knight. I have been an Eastern Martial Arts Student since the early 70's and a Teacher since the early 80's but my Knight is truly amazing to watch in combat. He won a major tournament against 40 other fighters just days after a chemo treatment.... Oh, and he as a Master with Calligraphy and Illumination. (wields a pen as well as a sword)

    I am however(in the medieval re-enactment organization I am a member of) a "Laurel" or Master Craftsman. So Master Stephan is my name there... Thanks for the compliment on my Gauntlets. Those are my specialty. They are simplified reproductions of a recovered original that dates to 1361 from the battle of Visby. I have a website for my armor business but it has no connection to this stuff so...
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    Master Stephan, So you have your own guild, website. Please share with us peasants...or is that against some noble rule. Never knew those THINGIES were called gauntlets. I learned something. Thanks!

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    Master Stephan, Interesting hobby!

    Some folks think I'm weird sewing with my 100 year old machines in treadles, and all I'm doing is making quilts. I'm sure you get lots of remarks on making armor.
    Well, I'm not into armor or that time period. Although, one of my favorite books is Timeline by Michael Crichton, but only since it has to do with time travel and the book's author.

    Again interesting hobby. Enjoy and thanks for sharing. I learned something new today.

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    My youngest son was into blacksmithing - for 5 or 6 years I had to sit through blacksmith meetings - usually the only woman in the crowd - it is fascinating to watch metal being shaped by heat and a hammer and what ever tools a blacksmith comes up with - The coolest was to watch them forge weld a couple pieces of metal together

    I think it is just another reason I have such respect for the amazing old sewing machines. I understand how much extra went into them compared to the newer stamped metal and plastic machines.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Could not have said it better.

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    So I was able to buy a 1946/47 Singer 241-12 in table for $100 today. I am actually on my way home with the new belt for it. The beastie is FILTHY but ok.

    Pics to follow when I'm on my home system.

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    so, i have not taken pic's since it got cleaned up but here is a before picture and a link to a video of it running.
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    here is a pic of what came with it.
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    and for an extra $40 they threw in this...
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    Steve,

    I did find that I have a broken motor with this wish bone on it. It's yours. I sent you a PM. Call me.

    Cathy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    OK, So I really want to start the process to make this part, I would also really like to ask for some assistance here.

    1. We are talking about the little cast metal "dogbone" looking thing that some early electrified machines use which allows the motor to swing from "in use" mode where a wheel on the motor shaft is in contact with the handwheel to "in storage" mode where it swings into the space under the arm.

    2. The only one I have currently is cracked into two pieces. one half is currently "fused" to the motor side. I am PB Blaster'ing the screw that holds it.

    3. Does anyone have one that is removable?
    a. If so can I get a series of photos of it with a ruler next to it?
    b. could I borrow one from someone to make a mold and at cast a resin model
    Cathy

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

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    Done! Thanks again. Looking forward to meeting up with you.

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    I had to pleasure of seeing Steve's machine in person Wed. night. Sweet machine! And so quiet. I wanted to steal it.
    Master Stephan is so very talented. The re-enactment gear he makes is awesome.

    Steve, thanks for the tour,
    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    so, i have not taken pic's since it got cleaned up but here is a before picture and a link to a video of it running.
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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, it was a dangerous thing to do indeed.....
    Two "crazy" fix it types in a house full of projects.... coulda be bad, very bad....

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    I'm so excited I finally got a Featherweight!

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    Beautiful machine!

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    Very nice. Lucky girl!

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Charq View Post
    I'm so excited I finally got a Featherweight!
    Cathy

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

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    Steve,

    You said 'crazy'.I resemble that remark.

    Cathy (ROTFLMAO)



    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Oh, it was a dangerous thing to do indeed.....
    Two "crazy" fix it types in a house full of projects.... coulda be bad, very bad....
    Cathy

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

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    So this is not a machine but it is a Singer thing....

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/18576541/Singer%20Ad.JPG

    This is on EBay right now and is a letter on Singer Letterhead dated 1863

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    Thank you Steve and Mizkaki. I hope to spend some time with her over the holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    So this is not a machine but it is a Singer thing....

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/18576541/Singer%20Ad.JPG

    This is on EBay right now and is a letter on Singer Letterhead dated 1863
    I love these old letters. I have some letters on Wheeler Wilson letterhead from a travelling salesman to his wife from back in the late 1800s. Haven't decided if i want to sell them or not. I may have them matted and framed.

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    Here are pictures of my early Christmas presents. The first one is a sweet Wilcox - Gibbs, chain stitch machine, with the cutest butterfly foot pedal, and tiny butterfly feet. She was $65 at a local gift store, I will have to wait until I get brave enough to try her (after the holidays I will have time).

    My next one is a singer Sphinx, G347 from 1913-1915. I love her, she needs lots of oiling, and degreasing. Hubby's next project. Her name is Adeline.
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