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Thread: What do You Look For in Vintage Machines?

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    Cathy busted the guy with the FW HCs - try a window opener and a drilled out stop motion knob
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    What does that mean- "busted" the guy?

    Do the hand cranks not function as advertised, or what? Thanks!

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    Posting in another thread, I realized that there's something I now look for in a vintage machine- the paint job!

    You can clean, fix and refurbish just about anything on an old machine, but if the paint is chipped or flaking, you've probably got trouble.

    For a rare or collectible machine, maybe you won't mind. Or maybe you find a great old 15 in a beautiful cabinet - stripping and repainting it would be fun for you.

    It's hard to see in auctions and the first time I bought a machine on eBay, the seller nailed me on paint condition. She hid the damage to the paint by careful photography and strategic placement of the items she was sewing and the items that came with the machine. The areas to look at carefully are the edges of the bed and the handwheel.

    Most sellers are up front about this damage because it's so common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Cathy busted the guy with the FW HCs - try a window opener and a drilled out stop motion knob
    I took a look at the picture. what does he think he's trying to pull? geez louise, it that is what we wanted we could do it ourselves with less money!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    What does that mean- "busted" the guy?

    Do the hand cranks not function as advertised, or what? Thanks!
    She busted him - he is just using window cranks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    She busted him - he is just using window cranks.
    The question remains - does it work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    The question remains - does it work?
    probably but it would be about as fast to hand turn the balance wheel since it only does one stitch for each crank around.. The HCs do 3 stitches for each crank around.
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    So you'd have to crank really fast to do any real sewing, then.

    Is there a regular hand crank setup available for the FW, or do we have to rely on these kinds of work-arounds? I don't think there is any spoked wheel that will fit on a FW, is there?

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    The FW doesn't have the motor boss on the side of the machine. The Singer 66 & 99 some do and some do not have a motor boss on the side of the machine for the HC to attach... There are other machines that will HC. The Singer 319 will not - the hole does not line up square with the hand wheel. There are some Japanese 15s and some Singer 15s that will HC - again the motor boss has to be on the side and line up square. I'm thinking some people have built up the side on a FW and attached a HC - lot of work. The little window winder might work but it would be a lot of turning to do it. I have a Japanese deluxe type machine that will HC but is isn't much fun.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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