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She's lovely!! I love both my 401 and my 500 and use them for most of my zig-zag and decorative stitch needs.
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KG2, I think I'll keep it at least until I can make something with it. I don't really need it! But....probably.
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That's a nice looking set up Margaret!  I like the table.  I don't usually find tables in decent shape out this way.  Too many people have them stored out in the barn!  I love the 401 though.  I can't resist grabbing them if the price is decent.
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This weekends adventure was Veneering.  I am redoing an 1885 Tailor treadle.  I am not doing a "write-up" on this because i don't know enough about what I am doing yet.
I would not want to steer folks the wrong way.

I still need to cut out the belt holes and the hole for the post that the machine leans back onto.

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That's really nice!!
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Thank you Janey for the manual link. Don't know how I missed that when I looked. I've been trying to figure out what decade the machine was made. My best guess would be the 90's which would make it a youngster for this group. It was  made in Taiwan and has an aluminum body. It's been a long time since I've looked at new machines. My last purchase was in 1980.



Today's adventure was attempting to take apart my deceased Singer 1036.  I wasn't able to get much apart, it's so much more complex than a straight stitch machine. Now that I've seen all the plastic parts inside and realize there is no way I could save her, I feel better about tossing her away. I was able to salvage a fillister head screw to replace the lost screw that holds the bobbin winder on my 66 redeye.
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I'm working on a Singer 403 that I picked up just before Christmas last year.  I found it at the Senior Center Thrift Store with a foot controller but no power cord so because I couldn't test it, I got it cheap.  A month later I was looking in the bins (not in the craft area) and found a bag with a disassembled foot controller and a power cord.  The bag was marked "extra foot control" so I am pretty sure it was originally with the machine, but got separated somewhere along the way.  I got those parts for a couple bucks since they didn't have a machine with them.  [wink]

I have everything moving and removed the broken off spool pin.  The movement catches with motor installed but not without, so today I will drop the motor and clean it up.  Then I can run the beejesus out of it and see if I can get it to smooth out.

I got a nice fire running in the wood stove this morning so the garage will warm up and I can dry out the humidity.  In tandem with working on the machine, I'm also applying finish to a cabinet a little each day.  

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Steve, that table looks lovely!  I'd be happy with a laminate job like that.  

I finished up the 403 today.  The motor had a nasty growl but a drop of 30 wt. did the trick.  I also got a wee but further on the table but I wasn't thrilled with how the coat laid down.  I'll have some sanding on that for sure!

Tonight is Quilt Guild, so less machine work and more talk about actual sewing!  [smile]

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thanks, I got the belt and post holes opened last night
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Woo hoo! When my Singer 15-88 arrived, it was totally dysfunctional. After lots of messing with the tensions (upper and lower - my, I'm getting brave!) I have succeeded in sewing a straight stitch with the hand crank .

Will send a pic when she's all waxed up! BTW, she's a 15-89, now.

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I just bid on a peach and black Brother on Goodwill Online. Hope I'm not stepping on any toes!
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Woo hoo! When my Singer 15-88 arrived, it was totally dysfunctional. After lots of messing with the tensions (upper and lower - my, I'm getting brave!) I have succeeded in sewing a straight stitch with the hand crank . Will send a pic when she's all waxed up! BTW, she's a 15-89, now.


Awesome!  Well done.  Always a pleasure to find out you are more capable than you thought you were!

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Christy, you speak my language on the 403.  I absolutely love sewing on my 403.  It has the power to really move, and yet, you can creep along if you wish to, I am so glad my son bought it for me.  It was at Goodwill Store, in absolute pristine condition.  It didn't look as though anyone had spent more than a couple of hours sewing on it and it had NO OIL INSIDE.  We remedied that before we tried to run the machine!  An excellent buy for $41 I think! 

And, Margaret, congrats on getting your machine going.  I still think your quilt is beautiful! 

And Steve, congrats on another machine!  Jeanette

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I got a 403 recently too, got lucky and it worked perfectly right from the start, just needed a little grime wiped off and a bit of oil. $30 at a Goodwill - shocking!  I rarely find machines at Goodwill but this one was waiting for me.  I tried to leave it behind but I couldn't!

I have my 500 in a cabinet and it's been my favorite for quite some time, but I'm really tempted to put the 403 in the cabinet and give it a real workout.  It feels traitorous to take my 500 out of the cabinet though, I really do adore that machine.

I need a bigger house, so I can keep more cabinets around!

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Oh that's funny [rofl] .  We moved from IL to IN and into a bigger house and we STILL don't have enough room for all of them.

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I know, right?  No matter how much space I have, it's never enough.  Our prior house was 1500 sq feet; this one is 1800+ for just the two of us but I swear we have less space.  This house is all hallways and walkways and we have it crammed full.

Maybe we need less stuff?  NAAAAHHHHH.

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Christy, you speak my language on the 403.    Jeanette


I absolutely cannot pass up a beige Singer if the price is right.  I am a sucker for those 301's, 400's and 500's.  I have to say I like the 400 series much more than the 500's.

Sewnoma,  I'll be curious to hear which one you prefer.  I couldn't have passed it up either!

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Just rocking some wonderful buttonholes on my 1914 115. Love the buttonhole attachment, perfect buttonholes . . . every time!

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What are you making? A sweater? I like the colors.
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Joe,

I don't think we ever have enough room.  I sometimes feel like its too far from one end of our house to the other (and it's really not that big - around 2000 sq. ft., but we do have so much stuff.  I have a lot of my 89-year old aunt's stuff here -- she collected Barbie Dolls, and those absolutely have to go!  I'm really sick of my house being taken over by someone else's stuff!  Okay, END OF RANT!  Jeanette

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I do worry about the floor caving in and then the walls folding in and the roof collapsing on us with the weight from all the sewing machines...
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Miriam, you're still safer than if you lived in Seattle! They are going to have a huge earthquake one of these days, in fact it's overdue, and my son and GF live there in an antique (1902) apartment building!

All you have to worry about are, hmmm, tornadoes, windstorms, floods, and plagues of locusts, right?

It didn't let me put in the smiley faces to show I was kidding, so [smile]))

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I do worry about the floor caving in and then the walls folding in and the roof collapsing on us with the weight from all the sewing machines...

That's why I rearrange and redistribute the weight from time to time.  At least DH is still buying that as an excuse so he still helps me. [wink]

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I live in a 200 year old house maybe I should rethink how many machines I have in the house upstairs and down.[biggrin]
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What are you making? A sweater? I like the colors.


Yes! A pair of sweaters for my little girls. Thanks!

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Glenn, your machines are a bit better spread out than mine.
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Margaret, I have visions well nightmares of those machines getting sucked up in a tornado... It's where they might land that worries me... The floor in that house shakes with out machines in there...
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Margaret, I have visions well nightmares of those machines getting sucked up in a tornado... It's where they might land that worries me... The floor in that house shakes with out machines in there...


That gives you a good excuse to buy more.  You are trying to hold the house down in case of a tornado!

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I just bid on a peach and black Brother on Goodwill Online. Hope I'm not stepping on any toes!

Okay let me try to get all my replies in one post.
Margaret-
Haha, nope not stepping on mine. I don't have one that color, but I do have that model. I'm not buying any more machines for the time being except for a long arm.
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I have 60 machines in a 720 sq.ft. mobile home. You live in a palace compared to me.
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Beautiful sweaters. Confession time-I've never learned to sew knits. Not properly anyway.
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We think along the same lines an awful lot.

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Cari - I don't know how you fit all those in there!!  My "palace" is crammed full of junk and has a pretty bad layout so it feels small; both are my fault really.  I shouldn't have so much junk, and I should have chosen my home more wisely in the first place.  Live and learn! 

I think I probably still have more poundage in books than I do in sewing machines though.  Last time I checked I had around 1500 books on hand.  I really do pity the next group of guys that has to move us...books, sewing machines, albums, old stereos, tools...we have a lot of heavy stuff!

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I absolutely cannot pass up a beige Singer if the price is right.  I am a sucker for those 301's, 400's and 500's.  I have to say I like the 400 series much more than the 500's.

Sewnoma,  I'll be curious to hear which one you prefer.  I couldn't have passed it up either!


I haven't given it a good enough workout to tell which I prefer.  The 403 will have to be pretty amazing to get me to like it better than the 500 though.  I really love my Rocket!  If they sew equally well I'll still prefer the Rocket, just for the looks.  I am a shallow person, easily swayed by a pretty face, LOL.

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Seems like everything around our house needs reupholstering, refinishing, or fabricating, so before seriously considering acquiring an industrial machine to sew upholstery projects, even though I am a rank amateur, I threaded up the Pfaff 360, just to see what he could do with tapestry, which is rather heavy.  He didn't want to sew...with the thread caught under the handle of the bobbin case. Well, I'm out of practice, and fumble a bit.  Anyhow, he happily sewed through four layers of tapestry very nicely after the tensions were tweaked a few times, though at five layers, the bobbin thread looked very out of sync.  I have to wonder why one more layer would alter the tension like that.  This was really interesting to do; new to me! I suppose I can safely conclude that the 360 will handle most upholstery, but it wouldn't be nearly as easy as it would be with, say, a Pfaff 545.  I know where one is, with a table, for $350...but a long drive from here.  But gas is cheaper now.  Am I not good at rationalizing, or what? [thumb]   

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Even though I have absolutely no room for SM what so ever I did check the local ads und stumbled about this. Now I just tried to find out if this machine is real or hampered with for the last two hours or so.
It looks so unnatural .....

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Tischmaschine-Fa-mit-Handkurbelantrieb-/301879949109?hash=item4649727735:g:auEAAOSwgQ9Vt2gc

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That is a very cool TS (Transverse) machine.

No idea of the maker but if it were in the US, I'd jump on it.

If it doesn't have the shuttle and bobbin a Singer 12 would probably work

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TwassG, I'm not an expert but I would say it was repainted. It looks so odd with white paint.


I've been saying no more machine with the exception of finding  a Necchi for the right price. They are rare around here and I've seen two ads in the past few days. They're a bit more than I want to spend.
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If it is a repaint, is is one REALLY well done repaint.

P.S.  TwassG - I also just posted the German versions of the two Patcher manuals HERE if you want to have a go at translating them

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As I said I have absolutely no room for a new sewing machine, at least for now. Hopefully within this year we finally will find a house to buy. It's really cramped up here with two toddlers.
It was just the colour that had struck me. It looks so .... weird. Every other comparable machine that I had seen so far was plain black or black with golden/ coloured decals. Beside that I'm still oogling a Mewa Koma and a Gritzner GU/L that are both offered around here (did I say that I have no room for any new machine?).


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If it is a repaint, is is one REALLY well done repaint.

P.S.  TwassG - I also just posted the German versions of the two Patcher manuals HERE if you want to have a go at translating them


Thanks! I'm already curious what you have there for me. I'll have a look immediately :-)

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Patty, I give you permission to go buy that Pfaff 545, you really need it and they are good machines.


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Seems like everything around our house needs reupholstering, refinishing, or fabricating, so before seriously considering acquiring an industrial machine to sew upholstery projects, even though I am a rank amateur, I threaded up the Pfaff 360, just to see what he could do with tapestry, which is rather heavy.  He didn't want to sew...with the thread caught under the handle of the bobbin case. Well, I'm out of practice, and fumble a bit.  Anyhow, he happily sewed through four layers of tapestry very nicely after the tensions were tweaked a few times, though at five layers, the bobbin thread looked very out of sync.  I have to wonder why one more layer would alter the tension like that.  This was really interesting to do; new to me! I suppose I can safely conclude that the 360 will handle most upholstery, but it wouldn't be nearly as easy as it would be with, say, a Pfaff 545.  I know where one is, with a table, for $350...but a long drive from here.  But gas is cheaper now.  Am I not good at rationalizing, or what? [thumb]   

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I tried viewing this and they said it was taken down.


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Even though I have absolutely no room for SM what so ever I did check the local ads und stumbled about this. Now I just tried to find out if this machine is real or hampered with for the last two hours or so. It looks so unnatural ..... http://www.ebay.de/itm/Tischmaschine-Fa-mit-Handkurbelantrieb-/301879949109?hash=item4649727735:g:auEAAOSwgQ9Vt2gc
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the auction ended about 1 hour after it was posted about here....
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My Singer 15, as shiny as she will get, I think:

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Closeup of her stitches:

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So now that she's got a handcrank, I've decided I want to try FMQ with her so will have to buy a motor and light!  The handcrank is pretty cheesy, anyway.  I think I'll use a lighter weight machine with it so I can take it with me easily.  I think this lady is going to go somewhere and just sit most of the time!  She's, um, slightly heavy!


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Hey, no body shaming of old sewing machines!!!  hehe  (jest)
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Ooh, sorry about that! My girl has obviously been a hard working lady all her life - you have to respect that! I may give her a little face lift with black and gold paint one of these days. I think I'll name her Skye, after my old dog Skyler who has made it to 15 1/2 and is still outside every night barking at the invisible burglars.
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I hear ya, we have a 15 year old Red and White Husky that is making it because the seizure meds work..  She wanders a lot. Still loving though.
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Cari - I don't know how you fit all those in there!!


I did what anyone with a bad enough case of SMAD would do. I got rid of end tables, a hope chest and a chair from my living room, dining room set and two beds from the rest of the house. Ha! Serves a dual purpose-room for more sewing machines and none of the kids can move back home! I have machines and cabinets in every room except the bathroom and believe me if I could fit one in there I probably would. I think 4 of my machines are in storage though.

I used to have tons of books years ago as well as other collections. When I lost everything in 2002, the books weren't as much of a loss as I thought they'd be, nor was a whole lot of anything else. The personal stuff was the stuff that hurt most.

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I did what anyone with a bad enough case of SMAD would do. I got rid of end tables, a hope chest and a chair from my living room, dining room set and two beds from the rest of the house. Ha! Serves a dual purpose-room for more sewing machines and none of the kids can move back home! I have machines and cabinets in every room except the bathroom and believe me if I could fit one in there I probably would. I think 4 of my machines are in storage though.

I used to have tons of books years ago as well as other collections. When I lost everything in 2002, the books weren't as much of a loss as I thought they'd be, nor was a whole lot of anything else. The personal stuff was the stuff that hurt most.

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Who needs a space hogging couch either? We do think a bit alike...

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Woot woot! I just won a peach and black Brother 615 from Goodwill Online! I hope she's as pretty in person as in the photos!!PS - BTW, if anyone has a manual for this, I'd sure love a copy!
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He, he,
Not two days ago I was adamant that I will not buy a new sewing machine in the nearer future. Well there goes the good intentions ....
Went today to a garage sale -not SM looking! - and there it was, a neat but very lonely looking Bernina Record 830 in a bright red hardcase. Couldn't let her stay there. Such a beauty and all on her own! I got her for 15€! The owner didn't even knew what he had there. He had bought the house with all inventory and was trying to clean it, hence the market. I even got a box full of old feets and other accesories that doesn't belong to this one - for free. Should have taken more time to ask for that one too but I was in a hurry. Took all in all just two minutes.
I couldn't check her out properly today but she looks in a good enough condition. Just a little bit dusty, but nothing serious. I can't wait to clean and oil her and try her out. So excited - I was literally jumping up and down all day long with abig goofy smile on my face. Hub has me now officially declared totally nuts and can't stop rolling his eyes.



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Well, I believe you've got the bug!! Congratulations. I'm smiling thinking of you jumping up and down and the big goofy smile. I've been there before too. Usually with me it's fabric. It takes a little less room in the house.
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