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    I said I would not even plug it in, let alone try it, my DD said "I'd hit it with a stick from 10' first..."

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    I have been doing a restoration on a Singer 201-2. I have over 100 hours into this machine and it is finally done. I couldn't wait to share it.
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    I did extensive documentation on the restoration process while doing this machine. Unfortunately, I can't reproduce it here, but you can see the transformation on my page. the link is below.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    A 1962 Singer 328K in treadle.
    So does treadling the 328's make them quiet(er)? I've heard them nicknamed "the tractor"...

    I have one in my hallway that I've barely looked at but was interested in it for its treadling capabilities. Recently picked up a manual too. I'd love to know what you think of it as I can't decide whether to pursue it or not.

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    try turning it by hand
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    So...I finally got my Featherweight all cleaned & shiny. Thanks Muv! Now I want to use it but I don't want to destroy the decals on the front of the bed. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanginney View Post
    Love the purple! I would like to do that to a FW but I would need more that one before I would take the plunge. I just finished cleaning up two baby blue sewing machines...o natural Here are the pics. The white took a whole bottle of WD40 and i eventually had to lightly scrub the caked on oil with steel wool. Nothing else worked!
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    LOVE these! That Singer is the same model that I received for my 9th birthday. Still have it & it still works beautifully! Love the purple too!

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    Grant15Clone....really nice job. I restored one too and it's very satisfying. By the time you've taken apart everything, rewired, etc...you can fix nearly any machine. Super job!!!! and one of my favorite machines of all time.

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    I bought a 930 several years ago. The woman selling it had an 830 that she really loved. Someone talked her into buying a new 930. She took one class on it and never used it again. She was developing macular degeneration and felt that her old 830 was more familiar to her. So I got this virtually new machine for $950. I love this machine. My Bernina dealer told me that this machine was intended to be the work horse of the Bernina line and was hoped to be its best selling machine. However, it has 30 something different materials used in the mechanics and proved to be to expensive to make for a reasonable price. So it was nit produced for very many years. Love it!!! You really got a bargin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Grant15Clone....really nice job. I restored one too and it's very satisfying. By the time you've taken apart everything, rewired, etc...you can fix nearly any machine. Super job!!!! and one of my favorite machines of all time.
    Thanks Dan. It is more intimidating than it really is.
    I lucked into a deal that I couldn't pass up AGAIN today. I found a Minnesota H in a parlor cabinet that just had to come home with me for a really good price. I'm in the doghouse tonight I am sure, but when I see a good deal, I have to take it.
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    Grant,

    Beautiful machine and cabinet. It would have come home with me too if reasonably priced. Hope the doghouse is air-conditioned.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Actually, a consequence of a night in a doghouse for acquiring a new machine sounds like a good deal to me . I might have to build me one of those for the back yard so I can keep bringing machines home

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Actually, a consequence of a night in a doghouse for acquiring a new machine sounds like a good deal to me . I might have to build me one of those for the back yard so I can keep bringing machines home
    I am in BIG trouble. DH COUNTED my sewing machines today............ He got up to 151... there are sure to be more........ darn things hide.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    He got up to 151... there are sure to be more
    151 is amazing - envious that you're able to have so many Miriam. Curses on your DH's mathematics teacher
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    It's time to take pictures and put ads on CL... intervention or what ever. Glenn and Pat are coming and I think we are going to match up frankentreadles and if we are lucky some might actually all be there. They take up a lot of room. Then there are cabinets. We have way too many of them. Then I am going to move my shop - now there will be a challenge. Getting 150 machines into a smaller space and have room to work on them.............
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Grant, your Minnesota is lovely..... beautiful case, too. What's a night in the doghouse.... it's worth it for that machine.

    Miriam.... 151??? I'm impressed. I can't imagine having that many but I haven't sold any or done anything other than very minor repairs. When I see a machine that's in rough shape I'm too scared to tackle it. You all give me a little confidence but I'm sorry to say, I've passed up a few that I should have gotten. But, there's no way I could convince my guys to walk around 151 machines.

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    151? If I had more room.......

    I've been using my 1956 201 for almost two years with a broken presser foot lever. Got this off ebay and it took a whole 5 minutes to change. That included adjusting the lamp so I could see it. Even the part numbers match.
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    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    DH found a couple more...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    DH found a couple more...
    :-) Is he continuing to look? Mix 'em up to make things interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    :-) Is he continuing to look? Mix 'em up to make things interesting.
    I betcha he didn't look in the basement.
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    Oh my hope he has a strong heart.

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    I wonder how many cabinets we have in the living room over there... Oh it is not where we live... I doubt if he counted those, too.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    If a 100 is good, 200 is better. Some folks just like to count. My DH thinks I have too many (21) but all of them are being returned to service. Sometimes that is just cleaning and oiling, sometimes a new cord, and the parts are out there. Besides they are such fun to sew on.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    I might be in the doghouse yet. I found a Necchi BU in a cabinet that is in less than perfect condition but the machine has all of the accessories and is complete and in great condition. It was left in a building and recovered by the salvage company. I got it from them along with the Minnesota H. They were in different structures. Where are these structures???

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    This is the cabinet picture I got from the seller. It went into hiding, I mean storage, before my wife could see, I mean, I could get a good picture of, the cabinet. The chair slides into it and looks like a parlor cabinet or small chest of drawers when it is all put away. It really needs to be refinished though. Not unlike me if my wife finds my hiding place.
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    Grant, perhaps building a very, very LARGE dog house for your babies and you would solve your problem. You could call it a man cave.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Yes, a very large dog house seems in order...

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