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I'm so excited! I found my old friends. I've been known as Lyncat for a long time. i own around 10 vintage machines, give or take a few, and a couple of fancy modern machines for embroidery and serging. I like to sew just about anything and have currently been "upcycling" old tee shirts into baby onesies. Here are pics of a couple of my babies. The W &G is in a beautiful cabinet but I don't seem to have a picture of it. Anyway, I'm happy to be here among you very knowledgeable people!

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Welcome home Lyncat!!
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Welcome Lyncat!  It's nice to see you found us!
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Howdy Lyncat! Welcome
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Welcome Lynncat!  Love that 28!
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Welcome to all the newcomers! Glad you have joined us.

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Welcome aboard, Lyncat and all the others I've missed welcoming.  You are all welcome.  I know you will enjoy participating in this forum.
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Hello I am Nana to 8 or Denese
I love old sewing machines but only have a few well 5
I am trying to get them in working order but I am a beginner.
I read lots of posts but dont know much, therefore I might need help.
I live 85 km south of Perth Australia.
Looking forward to learning from you all.
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Hello, I am Annette, also known as redbugsullivan. If this is a duplicate intro, forgive me! I love old sewing machines, Japanese clones are my favorite for fixing. I've been collecting, for about six years and own about 30 machines. I love handcranks, and treadles, but my favorite is not old. It's a New Home Memorycraft 6000. A used gift from my now husband. He made me throw away the broken plastic Brother I had been using. This great machine will not outlast me, like my Nationals, Whites, Singers, clones, Frister and Rossman, Jones, BSM, Husqvarna, and Necchi will.

I live in Western Washington on a hobby farm and teach at a local elementary school. Glad to find old friends again in such a positive atmosphere! 



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Welcome to all the new members! It's exciting to see this forum grow and to learn new stuff from everyone.
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Welcome to Nana to 8 and Redbugsullivan!  We are happy to have you here on this forum.  Although I am still a "rank amateur", I've learned a lot and still have a lot to learn.  I know you will enjoy participating in this forum.  Again, welcome aboard.
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Steve, thanks for starting this forum.  It's great to see all the familiar names.  I'm in far northeast CA.  I have a few machines, most of them Singers:

201-2 in a cabinet, bought at an auction for $2.50
319w- gifted
185K-gifted
401A-gifted
66 treadle-yard sale $10 with all the back facing feet
66 auction $20
99 gifted fabulous condition
128- poor condition
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Montgomery Ward-1950 in mahogany cabinet-yard sale $10
I also have a Singer clone of some kind, that's locked up, but have intentions of going through it and seeing if I can get it going before I start on the Singers, it was free.

Two newer Elna's, one is a Quilters Pro.
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Welcome, pocoellie! You've had great luck getting your machines so inexpensively - leaves more money for fabric!
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Welcome!  Have Fun!!!
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Welcome aboard, Pocoellie.   You have really been blessed with the prices you've paid for your machines!  Most of the ones I have, I've been blessed as well.  I'm sure you can reach out for help and the members of this Board will respond!
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Hi,

I'm Lisa and I live in the Pretoria region of sunny South Africa.

So far I own the following machines:

Jones Family CS hand crank
1937 Singer 28K hand crank
1951 Singer 221K Featherweight (without the centennial badge)
1949 Singer 15K (my one has a centennial badge) - this one came with both the hand crank and the electrical motor
1957 Singer 99K
Bernina 740 Favorite
Bernina 817
Bernina (Bernette) Funlock 004 (this is without the D for differential)
Necchi Supernova Automatica

I also own two modern type machines - one mechanical (1994 Elna 2006) and one semi-computerised (2010 Janome 8077)

I also do my own beadwork and I cross stitch as well.

I've been teaching myself patchwork and quilting.

I'm learning so much about the VSM communities and am amazed at the amount of information readily available and people willing to help when one has so many questions regarding having ones VSM's in running working condition (I have managed to completely clean where I can and service my own machines with all the help so far).



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Hi everyone. A belated introduction from Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.
My name is Judi (on here as Judes) and my husband Wayne and I collect sewing machines (no idea how many we have - anywhere between 400-500), sewing ephemera, irons, fabric, kitchenalia, teddy bears, disney figures, lava lamps, troll dolls, books .... the list goes on. Life is never boring!!
Some of you may know us as Sew What Maryborough - Travelling Sewing Machine Museum or Sew What Maryborough (Sewing Machines and antiques).
Mike Williams gave us the heads up on this site. Many thanks Mike. You know what our place is like!!
Life is wonderful [smile]

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Welcome Lisa and Judi!   Very glad to have both of you here.
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Welcome to all the new members. Judi really 400 to 500 machines. How wonderful.
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Welcome Lisa and Judi! So nice to be able to speak with people so far away!

Lisa, my DH was in the Johannesburg area about 4 years ago and he brought me back 8 meters of indigo cloth, from 3 Cats factory. I love the way they smell! But I've only made one bag with them because they seem too precious to cut up. Do people use the indigos for quilting or only for clothing? Have you made anything from that kind of fabric, and do you have pictures??! Thanks!

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Welcome to everyone, so exciting to have new and old alike joining this spot.  
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Welcome aboard Lisa and Judes.  I know you will both be helpful to we members of this forum! 
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Welcome everyone!!  Hope to see some pictures of those cool machines...
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Hi everyone, I am going by the name I use on another board:  Wanabee quiltin.  We, and I include DH in this endeavor, have about 25 vintage machines.  I don't believe we have a favorite among them, but some do make me go AHHH.  Right now we have Bernina, Pfaff, White, Singer, Brother, New Home, Neechi, Minnesota and a few others, we aren't picky at all.  We travel in our camper and go to thrift stores and when we see a nice machine, it goes home with us.  Now the bad part is that we don't know how to fix them.  So right now DH is signed up for a 3 day workshop to fix machines at Whites' in southern MO.  I told him he is going to be very busy this summer checking the tension on most of the machines.  I am so happy to have found this site, it was on the 'other board' for just an instant before being banned, but I PM a member and got the info I needed.  I want to thank everyone in advance for all the help I expect we will be needing.
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Welcome aboard, Wanabee Quiltin!  We're glad to have you here!
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Hello everyone. I went on the QB but found it was closed. When through it any way and found Miriam's post about this site.   My hubby and I have a question for you all.  He received an 29K/51 patcher leather sewing machine. We are looking for needles size 29/4 or 120/19.  I hope you remember me Crosssticher from WV. We have talked to several of you over the years.

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Welcome! Jon is here and can help you figure out needles.
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Welcome Trish and Wannabee Quilting!  I'm sure you'll have fun here!

Trish, I just looked at QB and it seems to be working fine for me. Were you unable to get into it? I know some people here have had problems. There is a thread on Computer Gurus you might look at.

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Welcome aboard, Trish!  I think you will find this forum a great place to be.
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Welcome Wanabee Quilting, Trish, Judes and anyone else I might have missed!  It's so nice to see you found us!  

Wanabee, your hubby is so lucky to be taking Ray's class.  I've heard it's great and I am sure he'll learn a lot, plus he'll be taking those machines with him to work on won't he?  He'll get the knowledge and you'll get freshly repaired machines.  It's a win-win!

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Tell your hubby he can't take too many machines to Ray White's class. He will come out of there with all of them repaired. Might need to pick up a few Junkers to take along if he runs out of things to do.
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Hello all! I just found out this place exists today.

I go by Dragon in real life more oftain than not so please feel free to call me that. I also go by Freaky_Quilts_Dragon on Quilting Board.

Colorado is my stomping grounds and I've been lucky to find most of my machines within driving distance.

I was kinda accedentally drawn into vintage sewing machines when I got fed up with the plastic P.O.S.'s I've worked on before and just wanted a sewing machine that actually sewed. Perhaps because of this my small heard is of the practical sort - all of them take common needles, shuttles, and bobbins, or have been modified to. I could happily stitch on them all day long.

Oh, and I like gray. It's such a happy color!

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Dragon, welcome aboard this forum.  We all learn from each other here!  Of course, I am the "Official Rank Amateur" so dubbed by Miriam!  LOL!

Again welcome aboard!

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Hello all! I just found out this place exists today. I go by Dragon in real life more oftain than not so please feel free to call me that. I also go by Freaky_Quilts_Dragon on Quilting Board. Colorado is my stomping grounds and I've been lucky to find most of my machines within driving distance. I was kinda accedentally drawn into vintage sewing machines when I got fed up with the plastic P.O.S.'s I've worked on before and just wanted a sewing machine that actually sewed. Perhaps because of this my small heard is of the practical sort - all of them take common needles, shuttles, and bobbins, or have been modified to. I could happily stitch on them all day long. Oh, and I like gray. It's such a happy color!


welcome I know you will like visiting with us. Have to show us some of your machines.
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Welcome to the fun place!
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Hello everyone, My name is Tony. I joined about two weeks. I purchased this Anker RZ about two years ago and have not used it yet. I bought it from a guy that repairs sewing machines locally. He told me I would not be disappointed. $50.00 later here I am. He should me that it works properly and gave me some extra needles as well. It is missing a cover on the back side and the motor is from a Singer, but it works. I believe it is about time for me to start learning. I bought it to teach myself how to sew and maybe just maybe learn how to upholster as well. I do not have a manual for it but it does not look too hard to operate. Let me know your thoughts on this machine. I have found some information on the internet, but first hand information is always better. 20140410_184856[1].jpg
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Tony, welcome aboard this forum.  I'm sure you will find a wealth of knowledge here on this board. 
Again, welcome aboard!

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Welcome, Tony! I expect someone here can help you with the manual. When you get it, I recommend that you read it through! Then I suggest taking an online sewing class or a class at your local sewing store. You can teach yourself to sew, but why make all the beginner mistakes if you can avoid them? You'll just end up frustrated. Also, if that machine has been sitting a few years it will definitely need to be oiled - the manual should show you where the oil goes.

Any questions, ask away! Between all of us we can probably help you!

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Thanks for the welcome Jeanette and Margaret. I appreciate it.

Thanks for the advice Margaret. I found a maintenance manual for older machines. It's a generic manual but my machine seems to to have the same oil holes. I did find a few online classes as well. I will also look for classes locally too. That may be a better option if I can take my machine.

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You're welcome, and good luck! 
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Hello everyone, My name is Tony. I joined about two weeks. I purchased this Anker RZ about two years ago and have not used it yet. I bought it from a guy that repairs sewing machines locally. He told me I would not be disappointed. $50.00 later here I am. He should me that it works properly and gave me some extra needles as well. It is missing a cover on the back side and the motor is from a Singer, but it works. I believe it is about time for me to start learning. I bought it to teach myself how to sew and maybe just maybe learn how to upholster as well. I do not have a manual for it but it does not look too hard to operate. Let me know your thoughts on this machine. I have found some information on the internet, but first hand information is always better. 20140410_184856[1].jpg
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Welcome to the board. This is a great place to learn about sewing machines and the people around here are great!
I like the Anker RZ. They are reliant and sturdy. It was the top selling machine made by the Anker-Werke in Bielefeld, Germany. You can find a manual at the bottom of this thread.

http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/wanted-manual-for-new-home-jz-8037422?trail=#5

That should help you to master the first steps.

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Thank you so much for the link. I am looking at the manual now.
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Hello everyone, My name is Tony. I joined about two weeks. I purchased this Anker RZ about two years ago and have not used it yet. I bought it from a guy that repairs sewing machines locally. He told me I would not be disappointed. $50.00 later here I am. He should me that it works properly and gave me some extra needles as well. It is missing a cover on the back side and the motor is from a Singer, but it works. I believe it is about time for me to start learning. I bought it to teach myself how to sew and maybe just maybe learn how to upholster as well. I do not have a manual for it but it does not look too hard to operate. Let me know your thoughts on this machine. I have found some information on the internet, but first hand information is always better. 20140410_184856[1].jpg


Oooo! Reminds me a lot of a Pfaff 130. I'm sure you and she will make beautiful stitches together! Welcome to the board, we hope we can help you with anything you can't figure out or find.

By the way, I'm glad you got an vintage machine an OSMG already went over for you. Learning to service an old sewing machine by yourself is... an adventure, to say the least ;P

Also keep in mind when oiling the innards of your machine with a generic oiling guide, if you see some joint or slide or the like that the manual doesn't say to oil, go ahead and give it a drop of oil as long the oil doesn't touch a belt. Metal parts *need* oil but it can ruin a belts grip.

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Big welcome to our new members.  

I love the Ancher, I have always heard they were a really good machine.  

When you start sewing just do some practice straight stitching then cuvres like drawing to get the feel of the machine and the speeds.  There are you tube videos to show you just about anything you may want to know about sewing, just pop it in the search and see what comes up, like beginning sewing, etc.  Then just sew and have fun.

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Tony, upholstery is pretty specialized and not too easy.  You should practice with easier things, like new curtains for my living room!

Sorry, I'm being weird tonight.  Something about having to get up at 4:30 to catch a plane...don't like!

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A guy came over to buy a machine once. He knew exactly what he wanted.
Well then he wanted me to show him how it worked.
I did.
Then I told him to take it for a spin.
He tried.
I spent the next hour making sure he could sew on the machine...
The next day he called and wanted a roller foot.
I asked...
He was wanting to make a sci-fi costume out of Lycra for the sci-fi event that week end...
Well one for his wife and one for himself.
He had lots of Lycra...
I never did hear back.

Another guy wanted a certain machine.
He bought a machine he thought would do the job.
Sad to say he should have told me up front he was wanting to sew something to do with bills on hats.
He needed an industrial and with a huge needle...

Another guy bought a machine, came back a couple months later and bought another machine.
He was making something and selling on etsy.
He was doing well enough to need a second machine.
I do like it when guys make up their minds to sew.
They research.
They find what it takes and go for it.
research can go an awful long ways.
Guys buy a machine for what it will do.
Guys want to be able to check under the hood.
Gals frequently buy a machine for how it does it.
Gals just want it to do what it is supposed to do consistently.
Alright. Go ahead and start throwing mud...

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Miriam, stereotypes are forbidden territory these days, which is too bad because they help us recognize tendencies. Of course we know there are exceptions, and plenty of them. One thing I like about this forum is that it has a mix of men and women, and better balance as a result.

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