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    Hi oldsewnsew,
    lol on the cure, who wants to be cured?? Haha, not I!

    Looks like you had a great time on your lunch break, congrats on getting some beautiful machines.
    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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    2 weeks ago I found a 301 with case and sewable in an antique shop for $50.00
    I have been checking it out and done some cleaning and a bit of sewing. I had to replace the plug in cord- and I wanted to replace the foot petal because I like to sew slowly. All in all it has been a great machine. Name:  IMG_1248.JPG
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    Kasey 1937 221-1 Featherweight, Red Eye Singer Treadle 66-1, 2 301's both long and short bed, 403, Free Number 5 Treadle, Jones hand crank Kenmore 158 19131, Viking Lilly 555

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    The German Kenmore 84 compared to the Japanese Kenmore 84...both very nice machines, but I am surprised that there are so many differences mechanically!

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    Charlee, I've seen the gray/purple Kenmore & liked it ok. How is it different from the other one? Is it just the externals or are the insides different, too?
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    Insides too. They take different cams, the stitches set differently, the bobbin on the Japanese (gray) machine faces the end of the machine, on the German machine, the *&^# thing faces forward so that you have to lift the machine to reach it, even with a slide plate that is useless! They're like two totally different models.
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    You don't have to lift the machine if it is in the right cabinet...
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Miriam, I'll have to look at the cabinet's label (inside, have to nearly stand on my head or sit on the floor and crawl under it to look) but I'm pretty sure that this is the original cabinet for the machine, it has the German "pincushion" in the drawer. There's no access hole in the front of it tho.
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    I have two or 3 of those cabinets. I try to match up machines that NEED that kind of cabinet. That Redeye can be re-homed. I'm not sure Kenmore made a cabinet like that. The Singer 306 and 319 sure do need a cabinet with a hand hole. I don't know if you want to cut a hole in a cabinet but it would be a lot easier to change out the bobbin.
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    That is interesting to learn about the cabinet with the hole. I'm interested in getting a 319 and wondered about changing the bobbin if it was in a cabinet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    I'm interested in getting a 319 and wondered about changing the bobbin if it was in a cabinet
    I have one on a standard cabinet and it's very easy to tilt it back to get at the bobbin.
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    It is easy for you to lift but some of us old people don't want to do any more lifting than we can help. A hole doesn't weigh anything. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have two or 3 of those cabinets. I try to match up machines that NEED that kind of cabinet. That Redeye can be re-homed. I'm not sure Kenmore made a cabinet like that. The Singer 306 and 319 sure do need a cabinet with a hand hole. I don't know if you want to cut a hole in a cabinet but it would be a lot easier to change out the bobbin.
    The German machines are the ones that seem to have the front bobbin with a side slide...my Anker is that way too.
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    I have a Bernina with a side slide and the bobbin goes in the BACK. The machine sets in a case - the case has a little door to access the bobbin. Very hard to use. That is one machine you need a manual to figure things out... lots of tricky little weird stuff.
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    My Pfaff 60 treadle has the side loading bobbin, so glad the cabinet has the hand hole to make it easy to change the bobbin.
    Sharon W

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    New to this whole thing although we purchased the following machine about 30 years ago at an estate auction. It is a Bartlett-Our Very Best-sewing machine. I have found very little information online after checking many different sites, and I still haven't seen one quite like this. So any info you add would be greatly appreciated. I do know that at some point Bartlett was sold or part of the National Sewing Machine company. Name:  The Bartlett Sewing Machine Head-Our Very Best.jpg
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Size:  821.4 KBThe head is beautiful, and basically nothing has been done to it in over 30+ however many years before. Included are the attachments I found in the cabinet drawers. Name:  Lower Treadle-Our Very Best-The Bartlett.jpg
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Size:  950.8 KBThe cabinet drawers are curved and I can't find anyothers who have curved drawers. I'm sure they are out there, but I just haven't found them. There are even some very interesting buttons in the drawer. The cabinet in front of the sewing machine also have a 13" ruler. Name:  Ruler on cabinet of The Bartlett.jpg
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Size:  830.3 KBI also have this puzzle box that I have had for a while. I'm not sure if it was with this machine. My gut tells me no. I think it may have been from a Singer machine that was in my husbands family. It has a ton of attachments. I think there are some that may not have shown up i the picture. I can only speculate what they are for. (They don't look much like my attachments for my 1985 Bernina 930 which I'm guessing by some of the pictures is on its way to becoming a vintage machine, but I absolutely love it and wouldn't trade it for anything.)

    Thanks for the chance to share and thanks for any info you have to share. DReid

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    Here's my next venture into the vintage sewing machine world. It arrived yesterday after I purchased it on eBay. I love it. It is an 1886 fiddle-base Singer machine. Serial #7432068 with an osciallating round bobbin using a a 15x1 needle. It is titled "The Singer New Improved Family Machine." The hand painted flowers during this time period appear to have been made in Kilbowie Scotland, but I haven't found any literature to back that up nor can I find anything on the machine to verify that either. It moves like a dream. The vendor who sent it did a great job of cleaning it up and getting it humming from what I can tell. I love it. I bought with the idea I would just display the head and enjoy its beauty and let others enjoy it also, but now the bug has bitten me to get it into a cabinet (don't have one yet) and get it back in service. Enjoy the pictures and let me know if you have any more information on this one also.
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    Welcome to the club, DReid. I'm not a newbie but feel like a newbie when it comes to knowing much about the vintage machines and how to fix them up. I'm still learning but find many here that help so much.

    Your machines are wonderful..... isn't it fun to find such pretty machines that work? Thanks for sharing.
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    I just sold (like 10 days ago) a Bartlett Rotary Treadle in the same cabinet. (Later version of your machine)

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    How exciting! I wish I could have seen it. Was it in working order? If so, what type of bobbin does it have? I still haven't had time to try to tackle that yet. Too many appointments and other commitments since the other day, but I still want to give it a whirl. Little scared that I may mess it up, but I will never get it working if I don't give it a try. Thanks for your comments, and your help. Everyone has been great. Diane

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    Very nice, Steve. People must take better care of their machines out there in Calif. I never find any in such great condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Very nice, Steve. People must take better care of their machines out there in Calif. I never find any in such great condition.
    see for yourself...
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/?...dle&catAbb=sss

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    I finally finished my 1950 Singer 99 that I am going to take and display at a local art show along with my Minnesota H.
    ~G~

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    very very nice...

    What do you use on the steel as the final surface conditioner (consistent tiny scratch maker)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    very very nice...

    What do you use on the steel as the final surface conditioner (consistent tiny scratch maker)?
    I use wadding polish. Sometimes it kind of dulls the shine a little but it needs to have something on it. Oil is good but it gets dirty fast and can be a mess.
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