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Thread: Yesterday! What a day...A Story

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    Yesterday! What a day...A Story

    My yesterday story: I made an appointment five days ago to drive about 45 minutes to the next town and look at a scarab decal White treadle. The woman called me on Monday and asked if I still wanted to come and see it Tues. morning because there was a man that wanted it but I had called first. I said I still wanted to see it. From what I can tell that man has been all over our area buying up everything he can get his hands on or so it seems!!

    I was looking forward to the next morning because I was also going to look at a few other machines, stop by several antique/thrift stores and have a leisurely drive up sipping a café latte listening to the beach boys and just enjoy the cool weather and the day.

    Then on Monday night while eating a bite of mashed potatoes I broke a tooth! It was a tooth that my dentist told me two weeks ago it had to be taken care of. My dentist happens to be in the town I was going to spend my day at so I got up early ( not nearly as excited as I was the night before mind you!) and drove to the dentist office first thing not getting my cup of java because I didn't want coffee breath.

    Now here is where it gets interesting. I told them I had to make an appt. to come back later because I had to keep another appt. I was GOING to go see that treadle machine. I put seeing a machine before my tooth!! That's got to mean something. That is how I am with my Lampworking.

    I saw it and didn't buy it although it was beautiful and would have needed very little done to it. The sad part is when I got there I saw it was covered with snakes. Asps I think they are called in Egypt. I couldn't get past the snakes. I hate snakes.

    So I passed, let the man have the snakes. On the way back to the dentists office I stopped at a great antique store and looked at a few more sewing machines. They wanted waaaay too much. Arrived at the dentist office, and decided to have the tooth pulled, a bone graft put in and then bridge work later. The dr. wanted to do a root canal, crowns, build ups etc and we just don't have that kinda of money and I had places to go and sewing machines to look for. So I didn't have her do the surgery then although she wanted too. I also like to take antibiotics first, so I have to go back next Thurs. for the surgery.
    Feeling kinda blue as I drove away from the dentists office I got some taquitos ( careful to chew on the left side) and a coffee and headed out to some favorite consignment shops.

    While browsing the warehouse I saw a poor helpless dirty Vogue in the back corner all forlorn with no top and missing parts surrounded by refrigerators. Took 10 minutes to move the appliances to get back to her.

    Now mind you I wouldn't have given her a second glance last month! But after joining this forum I seem to be able to spot them and feel? for them. I had the guy move everything and drag her out and take her up to the counter. No tags, no top and he said well, he would try to find it in the records ( consignment shop) so I started walking around and found the top on the other side of the shop. By this time I was getting kinda mad at the lack of care of her while on consignment!!! I got him down to $32.00 half off. He said with disgust and I quote: That thing should have been gone a long time ago as it's been here since the store opened!! I can take half off but NO more. Okie Dokie.

    I saved her and I saved a treadle also half off that had been there too long from the same place at the same time and I picked up a nice little Signature a day earlier off of Craigslist and it was only $30.00.

    I tell you I really felt bad for that Vogue and I will probably keep her forever. So I had a good day after all. After I got home I knew I couldn't get the treadle out by myself so I proceeded to take it apart. It wasn't hard as the screws were all rust and just about fell out.
    Should be a good project for hubby. This treadle came with three boxes of supplies. If it sews nice I will keep it too after we get her all cleaned up. It is a Vindex Special. I know nothing about these machines but I did get a number off of the Vogue. JNZ 589209. Badged, some online people said White and some said Viking. After I got her home I looked on the bottom to get the serial number and found all of the missing parts!! YAY!!!
    I guess I am now becoming a true vintage sewing machine buff. And I LIKE IT!!!


    Pictures below and none of these little gems have been cleaned up yet, as there is now a queue...
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    Wow one heck of a story. Sorry about your tooth but happy you found some treasures and went home happy.

    I'm with you I would of walked away from the snakes too. Maybe the man put them there on purpose so you wouldn't take it. LOL who would sale anything with snakes all over it? That's crazy!!
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    The scarab machine is a very popular one and is beautiful. I loved the machine but never got to see the pretty decals close up until yesterday. Boy was I disappointed. shudder. LOL

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    Great story! Yes, it seems like you are well and truly on your way.

    Heather says I am magnetically attracted to rust, so I can relate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Great story! Yes, it seems like you are well and truly on your way.

    Heather says I am magnetically attracted to rust, so I can relate.
    Too funny, sometimes I feel rusty, does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflowerzz View Post
    Too funny, sometimes I feel rusty, does that count?
    So you are asking if I should be magnetically attracted to you? hehe Well, I do like your avatar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    So you are asking if I should be magnetically attracted to you? hehe Well, I do like your avatar!
    Jeepers! No. I am going to have to be careful around all'ya'all You city boys are very quick witted.

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    Where did they have the one that had all the snakes crawling all over it. Snakes are one thing asps are usually venomous. Did they have it in snake den. Glad your day ended nicely. Machines look great. Hope your tooth gets better.

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    Wow, what a day! (and haul ) .... Shame they don't make teeth like old machines. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a lottery win for you

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    Congrats on the fun machines you did bring home. I agree with you--I'd pass on the snakes. Yuk!
    Hope your tooth situation works out ok~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflowerzz View Post
    Jeepers! No. I am going to have to be careful around all'ya'all You city boys are very quick witted.
    Fear not. I am already magnetically attached.... hehe

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    Love the Vogue!
    Fun story too :-)

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    Thanks everyone! Steve you had me going there for a minute! Thanks Lew she's a keeper, poor baby.

    Thanks for all of the tooth well wishes I appreciate them. Tooth will be gone next Thurs with a bone graft implanted right after they pull the tooth. CAN WE SAY V*I*C*O*D*I*N

    When I looked at snake girl sewing machine I counted about a dozen from the front within eye sight and told her I just couldn't get past them. Sorry. Here is a close up of the snakes I snagged from the internet. It is a beautiful machine but just wish it were not snakes and they were all OVER IT.!
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    I have one and like the scarab beetles. Never really noticed the asps, but would have if I'd ever gotten around to cleaning it. Country girl- no fear of snakes, since there aren't many venomous ones in NY. Sounds like you had one heck of a day.

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    I don't think I could have stood having all those snake decals all over the machine -- I would probably never have used the machine!

    I'm a country gal (I won't say "A little country girl."), but I come from the part of the country where rattlesnakes are all too common, as well as coral snakes and water moccasins -- One of our little dogs was bitten by a rattler right in our yard, and it cost us almost $1,000.00 for her treatment. Antivenin was $375 a pop back then (2003).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    I have one and like the scarab beetles. Never really noticed the asps, but would have if I'd ever gotten around to cleaning it. Country girl- no fear of snakes, since there aren't many venomous ones in NY. Sounds like you had one heck of a day.
    I did...LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanette Frantz View Post
    I don't think I could have stood having all those snake decals all over the machine -- I would probably never have used the machine!


    I always thought it was just scrolls on those machines so now I know to take a better look see.

    I'm a country gal (I won't say "A little country girl."), but I come from the part of the country where rattlesnakes are all too common, as well as coral snakes and water moccasins -- One of our little dogs was bitten by a rattler right in our yard, and it cost us almost $1,000.00 for her treatment. Antivenin was $375 a pop back then (2003).

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    Poor little girl. My heart just ached reading that.

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    Wanted to say how much I enjoy your writing. I love stories. And congratulations on your new treasures.
    I like snakes, would have rejoiced to find that machine.
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    I just looked up a picture and they do have beetles (scarabs) and snakes (not many) as part of the decoration. So if you don't like snakes, I would stay away from this machine in the future.

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    good day but the tooth. I was wondering to all you. What do you do this all this. We had one old one here from my hb mom. He no me and can not say any thing no my place. Told his brother they could have it. His wife had been quilting for ever so that was that.

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    I can handle the snakes - but that beetle gives me the creeps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder View Post
    Wanted to say how much I enjoy your writing. I love stories. And congratulations on your new treasures.
    I like snakes, would have rejoiced to find that machine.
    Thank you for the lovely compliment. I am sorry you missed the machine but at least now you can be on the lookout for one.

    Quote Originally Posted by robartbs556 View Post
    So you are usually wanting to know easily ought to be magnetically attracted to people? hehe Properly, I really do similar to your own avatar!
    I am currently trying to find a bouquet of sunflowers to match my name, but so far I don't see any I really like.

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    I just looked up a picture and they do have beetles (scarabs) and snakes (not many) as part of the decoration. So if you don't like snakes, I would stay away from this machine in the future.
    Not many? There were 8 snakes on the right side of that machine right in my line of vision and where my hand would have to go to tweak adjustments. That machine and any other ones with snakes or spiders I will avoid just like I did this one as soon as I saw they were not pretty scrolls!!:thumbdown

    I love scarabs. I actually collect those and frogs in turquoise. I like frogs, koi and lily pads, that would have been much better for me..

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetlummi View Post
    good day but the tooth. I was wondering to all you. What do you do this all this. We had one old one here from my hb mom. He no me and can not say any thing no my place. Told his brother they could have it. His wife had been quilting for ever so that was that.
    Yes, I persevered and it was a great day except for that darn tooth.

    Thanks everyone, I am sure I will have another story to tell soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Great story! Yes, it seems like you are well and truly on your way.

    Heather says I am magnetically attracted to rust, so I can relate.
    Steve, At 1st, quick reading, I thought you said you were magically attracted to rust ~ not magnetically attracted.
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    Great deals..!!! Sounds like you have a lot of stamina to get a tooth pulled and still want to shop..You got a nice reward...Enjoy your machines.

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    Sorry about the tooth. I'm with you on passing on that machine. No snakes wanted in my house. Your Vindex was made by National and should sew very nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Sorry about the tooth. I'm with you on passing on that machine. No snakes wanted in my house. Your Vindex was made by National and should sew very nicely.
    I am happy and relieved to know I am not alone in the No Snakes boat.

    I am looking forward to trying out all of the sewing machines I recently purchased to see which ones I like and why. This has been a very fun and interesting journey and meeting a lot of really nice people is the best part.

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