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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    All those attachments look original to me. I got the red box, cam box and all you show, except the hoop.
    Just bought another red box from ebay, because it had a double needle (very excited to try it out!). Pity the book is ripped, but you should be able to copy someone else's front cover (or print it from the pdf manual).
    oh how cool thank you!
    (ETA all the attachments have the numbers embossed and match the numbers in the manual)

    there was a double needle in mine too, I think it is on the work table, naughty me

    I have the PDF on my laptop, the book is kept in a plastic bag carefully put away. It's rather fragile
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Diago...WOW. Never say one before. Beautiful. I have to add it to my list.
    thank you

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    Diajo, Lovely machines. I really like the Viking. I have an older one as well as 2 newer ones but yours is older yet than mine. ... very nice.
    --- Jean

    I'd rather spend money on my quilting hobby than the therapist.... I'm probably $$$ ahead.... and I'm happy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Diajo, Lovely machines. I really like the Viking. I have an older one as well as 2 newer ones but yours is older yet than mine. ... very nice.
    thanks Nanna up north the treadle is lovely to sew on and I love her simple clean look as much as I love the ornate Singers, every one has it's charm
    Diana
    I live in Sweden, mother of 2 lovely girls born 93 and 96
    I am an RN, psych and medicine, teaching CNAs now

    I have my Singers, the 320k, the 421g, my 66, the Husqvarnas an older treadle, the husqvarna/viking 6570 (2000 series) and some modern stuff

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    This is mostly for Vridar who asked what the heck my shop looks like...

    Shop facing forward
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    Shop facing back half with some more unusual tools identified
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    I had a quest a while back ask why I did not have extra security on the shop, wasn't I worried about someone "stealing my stuff?"

    I laughed and said most of my "stuff" weighs in excess of 400lbs. If they want it that bad they can have it....

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    Wow, SteveH, that looks a lot like my garage used to look like before my son moved out. He has metal fabricating machines and metal lathes for making bicycle frames for his mountain biking. I know one thing, my electric bill dropped when he moved out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    This is mostly for Vridar who asked what the heck my shop looks like...
    I suspect that all the men on the board are grateful Steve (and probably envious). Great work space: I have a small storage shed that has had an old kitchen cupboard squeezed in as a bench. Add 8 sewing machines and you have a problem
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    I know one thing, my electric bill dropped when he moved out.
    the only tools that use power in my shop are the Punch press, the Clicker, and the drill press. I don't use them very often, so the power use is minimal.

    The Clicker can cut enough material fast enough that it can take weeks to catch up on the work it does in an hour. My friend is a scheduling manager for a west coast soccer program for kids. they run on a really low budget so they used to have used flag ropes. I made a pennant die to cut them out and in 1 hour we can cut over 300 flags. it takes his wife a couple weeks to surge them all, then back to the clicker...

    Mostly the same with the shear. I can set it for the width of a slide (WW8/9 for example) and cuts 3 feet at a time, then turn them sideways and set the backstop to the length, and in 30 minutes I can have 20 or 30 sets cut to size. Then it will take 2 weeks to bend, drill, and polish them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I suspect that all the men on the board are grateful Steve (and probably envious).
    And women. Drool.
    Sheila

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    Macybaby, Thanks! What an education this is for me. I got a back clamper a couple of months ago (lotus hand crank), and until then I didn't even know about back clampers. The number of variations of some of the attachments is interesting, if a bit confounding. I guess Singer was still working out their design. But I now understand why a lot of the adjustable hemmers I see are in two parts, or missing the guide. I love the flange hemmers with their adapter foot. I wonder if these are the first version of "snap on" feet.

    Your treadles are beautiful. A treadle is on my want list. But I have to get rid of a bunch of stuff before I can fit one in here. Thanks again for the pictures and detailed descriptions -- I'm going to use them as a reference.
    Sheila

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    Steve, your shop reminds me of my dad's shop so many years ago..... everything was compact and 'in its rightful place'. He was a welder by trade and people would come from miles to get him to fix things.... make things, whatever was needed. As a little girl, I learned how to use many of his tools and as a teenager, I think I was the only girl to change my own oil in my car and do minor repairs. I don't do any of that stuff now..... but I thought I was special because I knew how to do stuff and none of my friends had a clue. Thanks for the picture.... dad's been gone a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Steve, your shop reminds me of my dad's shop so many years ago........ As a little girl, I learned how to use many of his tools and as a teenager, I think I was the only girl to change my own oil in my car and do minor repairs. Thanks for the picture.... dad's been gone a long time.
    I am honored to be though of in that light, thank you.

    BTW - my two youngest DD's do their own car repairs. They mock their friends who cannot. They love the shocked looks on the autoparts flunkies when she knows more than they do. The oldest one has been on the lawschool track and had ZERO time. (She just took the bar a week ago)

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    whoooo, that is a garage of fun, fun, fun... my dads work area in basement was a cluster like that and I loved tinkering in it... lol.. my mom didn't care for it.. but to me, this brings on the tears of memories... Lou's surplus is a place of all neat stuff, some call junk for men to dig in, I can spend hours of digging in it as well... buying stuff I will never use. or will I?
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    Drool. So love those old machines. I was sewing western accouterments when I remarked to the boss that my machine had a weird personality. His wife went huh? He agreed, each one is different and you've got to learn their ways.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    Awesome shop Steve!!

    My hubby has a "shop" in the garage that he doesn't really use except to store his tools, I am now eyeing that space up. This for me is an absolutely amazing thing, I want to tinker, oil and lube, take apart and put back together sewing machines!! Lol, never in a million years did I ever think I would want to do this and want a shop!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    Lol, never in a million years did I ever think I would want to do this and want a shop!!
    Congratulations young apprentice, You have taken your first step into a greasier world....

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    better get out the go-jo!!
    --- Jean

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    Thanks, Steve, I'm very envious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    I can spend hours of digging in it as well... buying stuff I will never use. or will I?
    I get a certain amount of pleasure when I use that you'll-never-have-need-for-that tool.
    Ron in NW MO

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    I have to agree, what is it about a machine that makes me want to take it apart and clean it up? The when they go back together and there are no left over parts. I just wish I had more strength in my hands.

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    Grover and Baker

    I got me another machine yesterday a Grover and Baker Sn: 363694 MDL 9 made around 1860 The last patten date is June 22,1852 so it came after this date sometime. I need a source for a manual or at least the needle size and threading instructions. If anyone can help please(maybe Steve the skeeter)
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    from Crys at Needlebar regarding my G&B Lockstitch
    "I don't know what needle this model uses but G&B used 3 kinds of non-curved needles. So one of them should work in your machine. There is a flat shank needle known as the G&B 19. It is just about impossible to find and I don't know of any equivalents. It is 1 7/8 inches long and the flat part of the shank is very small. i.e. it's shankless. It's not much bigger than the shaft of the needle.

    G&B also used 2 kinds of round shank needles. One is the 13x1 and the other is the 2x1. For the 2x1 you should be able to use LAx361."

    I have put in a Boye #2 and it works great.

    also, based on this serial number DB
    http://fiddlebase.jimdo.com/american...-grover-baker/
    (the webmaster says it was pulled from the digital copy of grace coopers book on the Smithsonian site)

    mine which is serial number 340205 dates to 1871.
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    Steve do you have thrading instructions for the 9 The flat side goes to the bar or away from the bar. I have some no #2 I will try. What direction to you thread the needle left to right ? from the front? Thanks for the info Steve
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    long groove away from shuttle, thread left to right (that is what I am doing, I have no manual either)

    These wacky machines have something that I have NEVER seen on a VS or TS machine... The curved slide track for the shuttle is a bolt-in arrangement that is "adjustable" yikes....

    Steve

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    Yes Steve I did pay attention to the adjustable slide track arrangement. Yikes is right. I hope I never have to adjust that thing. Thanks for the info.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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