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Thread: You've just gotta love the 'Little Old Ladies' (3/4 size or smaller vintage machine)

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    ok here is the "family" of lil godzilla 128's
    you should be able to see more pictures of them in my album


    left to right, the bent shaft centenial with the hotrod Pfaff motor
    the pretty much unmolested 128-23
    and last Franki the 128-23 with OLD chrome parts
    the two wooden cases are both smashed to bits from shipping, but that is today's project glue!

    (what looks like dust on the center machine is frost.. I brought it in from the shed for the photo's)

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    I just bought a Green Goddess, but the bottom of the case will not hold up the machine properly. She sews great. If you do not want your cabinet I will buy it from you????????PM me Thanks

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    Here's some of our 3/4 machines.
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    Are the Elna's a 3/4 or are they just a small arm? I know the Elna Lotus is pretty small. The Dynamic and the Cinderella must be step sisters......
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    http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/bu...dingbases.html building bases - it doesn't look terribly hard to do. The green machine's base has some issues too. It goes in but the supports are pretty much crumbly condition. They do need a base to work don't they.
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    The Elna Supermatic is considered a full size machine. The Elna #1/ Grasshopper is much smaller and probably considered a 3/4 sized machine.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Are the Elna's a 3/4 or are they just a small arm? I know the Elna Lotus is pretty small. The Dynamic and the Cinderella must be step sisters......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    The Elna Supermatic is considered a full size machine. The Elna #1/ Grasshopper is much smaller and probably considered a 3/4 sized machine.

    Cathy
    What about that Minnesota - I'm thinking it is full size too. Joe, my Vindex Special has the same size base as my old Singer 66s. For some reason I thought they were smaller too - outside a cabinet or case they do look smaller.
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    Miriam,

    I'm not familiar with that machine. The bed measurements (rounded off) for a 3/4 sized machine are usually about 12" X 6". Whereas the full sized Singers are about 7" X 14".


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    What about that Minnesota?
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    Miriam,

    The base on the Minnesota ~B~ measures 6 3/4" W x 13 3/4" L. I guess by Mizkaki's numbers it's more of a full sized machine than a 3/4 size. The pillar and arm just make it look smaller I guess.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Miriam,

    I'm not familiar with that machine. The bed measurements (rounded off) for a 3/4 sized machine are usually about 12" X 6". Whereas the full sized Singers are about 7" X 14".
    If the Minnesota is the same size as my Vindex Special it is full sized - it is a good 7 X 14 - I think some machines just set different on their base so look smaller than they really are.

    Cathy, what is 1/2 size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,

    The base on the Minnesota ~B~ measures 6 3/4" W x 13 3/4" L. I guess by Mizkaki's numbers it's more of a full sized machine than a 3/4 size. The pillar and arm just make it look smaller I guess.

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    The Greyhound is so appropriately named...it really reminds me of a Greyhound! LOL

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    Miriam,

    I don't have actual measurements for the 1/2 size. Pat, do you know?
    The Featherweight is considered a half size. So one could compare to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    If the Minnesota is the same size as my Vindex Special it is full sized - it is a good 7 X 14 - I think some machines just set different on their base so look smaller than they really are.

    Cathy, what is 1/2 size?
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    These are great! I love my 3/4 machines!

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    Wow, thanks for sharing pictures of your old sewing machines. Awesome!
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    I have a 1950s Singer 99K that was a mess when I got her. I bought her because of her attachments and thought I would use the rest of her for parts. My husband had other ideas. Her case was totally shot. He is a maintenance man by trade and a woodworker for fun. He rewired her one evening while I was at work. We bought a new throat plate for her. And, he made a new base for her.



    The dark line you see half way back on the new base surface is a piece of inlaid walnut to make a pin stripe. He also thought it needed drawers.



    I know it isn't practical for carrying around but it sure is pretty to see. He did make the base longer on the left because he likes how my FW and 301 have that work area and thought this one should, too.

    Hope you enjoyed seeing her as much as I enjoy looking at her.

    Mary

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    Mary, I love the base your DH made. It's great.

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    I too love the base. Is there an online source for bases? I so wish I could do woodworking!

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    I bought a hand crank Spartan from my friend this weekend. It has the black Bakelite base. I love it! I sat in my chair last night and did a paper pieced block. She made such pretty, even stitches. I also got the motor and power cord/foot pedal so if I ever want to convert her back I can.

    Suze

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    Gonna show my DH these bases as he has made me some using box/dovetailed corners. Love the drawer idea! just need more rm so i can display these down where people can see them. Right now i have them along the top of quilt rm closets.
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    My blackside 128 and my Leader made by National, plus a comparison picture. They both still need cleaning. The 128 has a bentwood case in pretty good shape. The cabinet on the Leader isn't bad - just some cosmetic stuff.

    miriam, how small is the Aldens - is it the size of a 99?
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    Mary, I love that base!!

    I won't post pics of mine, as all three have been represented already....a black Featherweight, a 1915 Singer 28K handcrank with Victorian decals, and a 1924 Singer 99....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    I have a 1950s Singer 99K that was a mess when I got her. I bought her because of her attachments and thought I would use the rest of her for parts. My husband had other ideas. Her case was totally shot. He is a maintenance man by trade and a woodworker for fun. He rewired her one evening while I was at work. We bought a new throat plate for her. And, he made a new base for her.



    The dark line you see half way back on the new base surface is a piece of inlaid walnut to make a pin stripe. He also thought it needed drawers.



    I know it isn't practical for carrying around but it sure is pretty to see. He did make the base longer on the left because he likes how my FW and 301 have that work area and thought this one should, too.

    Hope you enjoyed seeing her as much as I enjoy looking at her.

    Mary
    Mary, Your husband did an excellent job with that base. I love the drawer that he made for all your attachments and feet for that cute 99. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    My blackside 128 and my Leader made by National, plus a comparison picture. They both still need cleaning. The 128 has a bentwood case in pretty good shape. The cabinet on the Leader isn't bad - just some cosmetic stuff.

    miriam, how small is the Aldens - is it the size of a 99?
    Irishrose, That Leader is gorgeous!!

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    The Aldens and the Singer 99 are the same size base - the Alden is a bit heftier looking to me. I should put them side to side and shoot them again.

    MaryLane that base is to kill for.

    Charlee you may not have put your pics up but you can tell us any stories you might have.

    What size is the base on that Leader, IrishRose?
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