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I broke 2 the first day I tried them. Worthless.

Then you over torqued them - they are designed to break under those circumstances.

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That same screw didn't bust the next screwdriver I uses.

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I have used the same basic Chapman kit that Zorba mentioned since the 1970s.  It came in a red metal box then.    In all that time I've only broken two of the tiny bits, and lost one of the bigger ones.    The others show a lot of wear and use but I still use them.
In the last 4 years I've used my old set more on sewing machines than I did on guns in the 15 years before that.   

Midway and Brownell's also have very good quality sets with even more sizes of bits.   

These sets are well worth the money spent.

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That same screw didn't bust the next screwdriver I uses.


http://chapmanmfg.com/pages/mr-chapmans-tool-tips

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Those appear to be very well engineered.  I will have to pick up a set and try them out.
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My Sister just picked this machine up for me.  I will be picking it up from her when we drive across the US for our anniversary drive (planned to be in June this year)

Anyone care to guess what model it is?

I will tell you that the serial number dates it to the first few months of production for this model
It was made in 1900

It is missing the handle portion of the handcrank, but other than that is in really good shape.  Needs a SERIOUS Cleaning

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My oh my! Is that a 48K?? Sew very beautiful!!

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That same screw didn't bust the next screwdriver I uses.


http://chapmanmfg.com/pages/mr-chapmans-tool-tips
Those are the beasts and I pitched the broken ones. And rarely use them. I'm thinking I broke two on a couple throat plate screws one right after the other so they were not all that small. The s,all ones don't fit a bobbin case screw anyway.
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Nice machine Steve!  The decals look pristine in the pics.  That's going to be one sweet looking machine when you clean it up.
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I am really looking forward to checking this one out.  It is basically a high arm 13....

Oh, and yes, it is a Singer Model 48K  

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That is a nice machine!   Does it take the same needles as the 12?

I need a machine that takes that size (old Singer) for my collection, but other than the 12,  I've no idea what models that involves,  so maybe I'm missing some that would work.  

I'd really prefer to not have any "low arms" in the collection. 

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I would guess it uses the 13x1 but I will do some research now....
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Needle applications.  Extremely handy.

http://ismacs.net/needle_and_shank/pdfs/ismacs-needle-list.pdf

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I think I'm losing my mind -- I can't seem to stop losing everything I'm trying to do.  I'll try again, but then I'm going to say to heck with it for the night.

Okay, my Singer 201

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My white Featherweight

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Okay, I got 3 of them on here -- I think I'll have to post a second to include my National Two Spool.  I'm not real sure how to do that, but these are here!  

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BTW - Mike found me a WEED shuttle!!!!  I can go back to working on the one I got from you!!


[thumb]Congrats - I'm looking forward to seeing that machine when you get it sewing.[wink]
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BTW - Mike found me a WEED shuttle!!!!  I can go back to working on the one I got from you!!


[thumb]Congrats - I'm looking forward to seeing that machine when you get it sewing.[wink]
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Me too.  the machine is rough, but neat.  I need to create a landing spot so it can come out of storage

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This is the only one in my herd that is old enough to be called Victorian, I think, and is so far my only people-powered machine.  This machine dates from 1899 and was a gift from my aunt - she had been using it to decorate her craft room but thought I'd appreciate it more (she's a rug hooker, doesn't sew).

This machine fascinates me because of the sewing action - it has that little extra "bob" in the stitch movement that I'd never seen before.  This was also the first VS machine I'd ever touched and the first hand-crank I'd ever used.  My grandmothers were both avid and prolific sewers but they both had motorized machines, so treadles and hand-crank machines still seem exotic to me.

This machine sews pretty well (after replacing the broken shuttle) but has some lingering tension issues - I think the upper tension just needs to be taken apart and polished up, she's got some minor rust. I am chronically behind on everything but this machine is near the top of my list of things to work on; I really want her stitching perfectly so I can actually use her!  There's something very soothing about cranking the machine and hearing/feeling the mechanism glide back and forth that I just don't get from a modern machine.


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Here are my 2 machines. The two tone is my 117.841 Kenmore. It was my Mom's. It's my daily machine. I love the cabinet with all the drawers. The seat also has storage underneath it. The green one is my Kenmore 117.740. I bought it on Craigslist because it is a kissing cousin to my Mom's machine and the dials/knobs are all the same. I use it for FMQ, it's always set up and ready to go. The cabinet is real nice with inlaid mahogany on the door.

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This is the worst area of the US for finding these old machines.  Everyone was too poor after the War of Northern Aggression to afford them.  (BTW, I've always been on the north's side, causing me no end of social stigma and arguments until I got older and stopped picking fights).  This Singer 128 (?) is from 1921.  I used to take her to craft fairs, kids and adults alike adored playing with her.
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That "bob" is the early sewing machine simulating a seamstress tugging each stitch tight.  That was originally done to show that machines could sew as well as a person could by hand.  Imagine that, having to convince the market that sewing by machine was as good as sewing by hand....  We take that for granted, they did not.  That feature was phased out as machines became the accepted method.  To my knowledge only the German machines preserved that feature past the 1910's and they quite by the late 20's early 30's.  Heather has a "Naked Lady" machine.  It is a 1925 Frister and Rossmann Model E.  you would be very hard pressed to find a better machine period.  Still has that "bob" AND has fully synchronized reverse (you set the stitch length, and when switching between forward and reverse, the stitch length stays the same.  We demonstrate sewing entire small projects in reverse...  
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Here is the "Naked lady" that caused consternation on the late 20's when this "hessian" machine was released with the "pornographic" image..
(not shocked?  Dear God people! there is a nipple visible there!!!!!!) hehe

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Redmadder,

Just for my curiosity, what part of the country are you in?      I am a Yankee by birth, born in Springfield, IL, but a Southern sympathizer by what I've learned.    I was raised in New Mexico and Arizona. 

In IL, treadles are all but non existent.   I searched and searched for a few treadles to put my treadle heads in.  All Singers, very common machines, but nothing was to be had.   Macybaby finally brought me some when she passed through Spfld on her travels last year.   Now I just need to get them here and worked over.  

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I was born and raised in Georgia, lived out west for 27 years, then came back here to raise my teenagers.  We lived down near the border in Arizona, yep, that area that is constantly in the news with Militiamen, cartels, border agents and about 6 other law enforcement organizations.  It was getting real hard to tell the good guys from the bad with that much money fueling the business.

It must have been a good call cause they all grew up to be upstanding citizens.  I hear the district prosecutor for that area had a nervous breakdown and moved back east. 

There weren't that many prosperous families around before the War Between the States.  It was a class society modeled on Europe; the elite and everyone else served.  I'm getting too close to picking a fight here. 

I hear Wisconsin and Michigan have lots of treadles.  My son is in Toledo, Ohio so my visit may include treadle hunting.

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Here are my favorite machines, out of about 30 or so. These are the ones I sew on pretty regularly. This is Vittorio, my downstairs Necchi (a BF):
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Guido, my upstairs Necchi (a BCJ). All my Necchis have names. I love my Italians. 
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This is a Singer 500A I rescued from probable doom. I got it at a thrift store for $10. It was half hanging out of its cabinet, which was being held together with clothesline. The machine was filthy, frozen, and missing a bunch of parts. I got it unstuck, cleaned it all up, replaced the parts, found another cabinet, and now it is a fabulous machine. 
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This last one has a really interesting story. It's another thrift store find. I was confused when I first looked up its serial number, because the serial number dates it as having been manufactured in 1916. I took a much closer look and realized that it had been painted. If I look from just the right angle, I can see the faint imprints of the Redeye decals underneath the black paint. Someone suggested to me that perhaps this was a machine that was factory rehabbed and refinished during WWII when the Singer factories were making munitions instead of sewing machines. I put a reproduction hand crank on it (I know, they are not the highest quality) because I wanted to have a hand crank machine. I did have to adjust the timing slightly because it wasn't picking up the bobbin thread at all, but now it is making lovely stitches:
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I also have two treadles—a Singer 15 with Pheasant decals and a Singer 15 with RAF decals. I haven't sewn on either of them yet; they will probably get used this summer. I know how to spin, on a spinning wheel, and I expect that treadling a sewing machine is not too much different. 




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My avatar machine now has a fraternal twin.
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I've been looking for a white one for about 4 years and one finally showed up on Ebay. I actually took my laptop with me to a birthday party so I could monitor the end of the auction, lol, no way was this one getting away from me.

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Well Cari, I am somewhat relieved that you are the one that outbid me on that Brother. I had a dog go into labor in the last 30 minutes of that auction, otherwise you'd have paid a great deal more. I was raising my bid when she delivered the first pup and didn't get a chance to finish. I too had been looking for that machine for about 4 years.

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Wow Tom, sorry I stole your thunder, lol. If it makes you feel any better the machine has issues I feel should have been disclosed. I haven't taken the front panel off to see the problem, but the reverse lever is almost hanging loose, not sure if it's broken yet, I hope not. The light switch knob is stripped, there's a tiny screw on the front of the machine that's missing and a few other things are wrong. I know I'm nit picking but the seller is no stranger to sewing machines.
The seller also stated that he cleaned/oiled the machine but he did a poor job of it and all the cover screws weren't even hand tight. The thing that gets me is the machine was packed almost perfectly. Nothing that's wrong could've been done during shipping. I'm hoping to work on it more tomorrow and get deeper into it.
I really hope it doesn't take another 4 years for you to find one. When I got my blue one I had never seen one of these before, and since then they seem to show up 2 or 3 times a year. Here's hoping it's the same for the white one. Do you have a blue one?
And congrats on the pups. How many and what kind of dog are they?

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Are those smaller than normal machines? I love the colors. I know you have a soft spot for Brother machines Cari! Are they good machines too?
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Cari,

I'm sorry to hear about the issues. Seller definitely is no stranger to SMs and should have disclosed.

Yes, I have a blue one that I inherited from my Grandmother who inherited it from a cousin. Got a number of machines from her that nobody else wanted - they were 'old and ugly'. Three of my cousins and my sister fought over her 'Elna' that was really an 'Elnita'. I got all the good machines; a 1940 FW, 2 1954 301s and the Brother. It's now claimed I 'took advantage of the situation' and cheated them. Ha!

13 healthy and huge Great Dane pups. Been a more than full time job since they came. Just like her firts litter, they are very active little things and exploring the whelping box every minute they are awake and not nursing. Poor momma is so distraught if I'm not right there bringing them back. If she has to do it they never get enough to eat :-) Good thing I banked a lot of vacation time for this.

KenmoreGal, the Brother is a 3/4 sized machine and it is a very good machine when properly maintained. I, like Cari, have a soft spot for Vintage Brothers... I only have 4 though, 2 15 clones, the Blue FZ-2 and a Bel-Air badged made by Brother - all stitch beautifully. I also have 2 Brother machines of much more recent vintage that I also like very much, but the don't hold a candle to their elders.

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No photo . . . yet, but (fingers crossed) I hopefully will be picking up my first 1850's machine tomorrow. Sew very excited!!
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1850's??  That is the top goal on my list too!!  Congrats..  SO rare...
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how about a  Pfaff version similar to the brother free arm....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PFAFF-362-HEAVY-DUTY-FREE-ARM-SEWING-MACHINE-INDUSTRIAL-working-/291677606253

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Tom,
That's awesome that you like the vintage Brothers. Finally someone who gets my obsession. Though Rodney now gets it too since he got one. I have at least 15 of them, I've lost count. Most from the 50's, a few from the 60's, and my newest one is from I think 1990 or so.
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Oh, before I forget, do you have the service manual for your FZ2? I can give you a copy of it, just send me your email in a PM.

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Are those smaller than normal machines? I love the colors. I know you have a soft spot for Brother machines Cari! Are they good machines too?


Are they good machines? Well, I think so. I'd put my Brothers up against any machines, I'm that confident in them. When I test sewed my Select O Matic after cleaning her up, she sewed through 16 layers of cotton like buttah with a size 12 needle. The only reason I didn't try for more layers was because I couldn't fold the fabric any more.

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That's a rousing endorsement! Sometimes the real cute models are more cute than substantial. At least that's what I thought.
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This is the machine I'm talking about. The pinkest pink machine I own.
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Ooh, I like the looks of that one!
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And now for something completely different:

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Sewmatic chain stitcher. A "grail" machine that I found, thanx to Randy. Also sold as "Precision" and "Burroughs", the latter of which I'm pretty sure was of different manufacture than the other two.

More info on my website: http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/sewmatic.htm


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Geez, never saw anything like that before. I went to your website and read about it. How unusual that the thread is inside. What a unique machine, at least in my eyes. Thanks for sharing!
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That's why I wanted one! I like the oddballs - and they seem to like me, like that White 690 that I'm looking for a SS needle plate for in another thread. I have seen exactly ZERO others of that model, and it isn't that old!
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Zorba,  COOL MACHINE! (I like the mat too.)

Looks like it came direct from the Castle Anthrax. Bet it would stitch a mean Zoot Suit. [smile]

Neat to see stuff here that I never knew existed. Thanks for posting.


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Cari,

Love the Select-O-Matic. IMNSHO, Brother built some of the very best machines post WWII and still going strong.

Steve,

That Pfaff 362 is a great modern machine. I've worked on a few 360's and they are workhorses.
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A sneak preview of my newest find!

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My heart is beating rapidly. Hand painted.. mmmmm
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Just picked this machine up today from a Craigslist ad. Less than 10 minutes from my house, paid $40. It's a 1930 Singer 101. I've heard folks speak fondly of them and I've seen a couple on Craigslist but always for $100 or more. I decided this one was worth grabbing. The decals have been turned silver, it's a shame but not a huge deal. I've spent the day cleaning it up and getting it to work again. 

The potted motor on this one is nothing like the ones on the 201/15-91. This is a very smooth machine when you run it, very quiet. I'll probably refinish the cabinet at some point, but not in a huge hurry to get that done. 

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Oh, what lovely new sewing machines! Those hand-painted ones just make me drool! The 101 is also very pretty-it looks strong and proud!
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how about a  Pfaff version similar to the brother free arm....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PFAFF-362-HEAVY-DUTY-FREE-ARM-SEWING-MACHINE-INDUSTRIAL-working-/291677606253

I had a Pfaff 92(similar to the 362) long before I got my Brother. The Pfaff is a little bigger. Actually, my blue Pacesetter came to me in a Pfaff case. I put the Pfaff in it's rightful case when I sold it.

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I'm also oohing over the hand painted machine and love that 101. The cabinet is almost identical to the one my black 301 came in.

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Waiting to see the rest of that hand-painted beauty, as well!  Also, the Singer 101 is a nice machine.  Have you taken the bed off to check out the 'spider' underneath?  A very unique and interesting oil distribution idea in that one!  (I'm jealous of the White in the background.  Haven't found mine, yet!)
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Waiting to see the rest of that hand-painted beauty, as well!  Also, the Singer 101 is a nice machine.  Have you taken the bed off to check out the 'spider' underneath?  A very unique and interesting oil distribution idea in that one!  (I'm jealous of the White in the background.  Haven't found mine, yet!)


I opened it up for cleaning and oiling. This is a shot before I cleaned or oiled it. 


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