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If you fiddled with a machine today, tell us about it!
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Well....I sewed something today. I don't think that's what you mean though! [smile]
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Waiting waiting waiting. For the UPS guy to show up so I have something to fiddle with today. Hopefully it's all in one piece.

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I’m going to guess that Steve meant any kind of fiddling with sewing machines, including sewing with one, and report that I’ve been mending denim jeans this afternoon on my Singer 319W Treadle.

This old pair of jeans is just about shot.  I may have to discuss it with the young man that owns them.  You can almost read a newspaper through the thighs on them, and my patches won’t hold long without something solid to anchor to, and there’s not much solid on them any more.  Usually, the customer makes the decision when to stop repairing old work jeans on their own without any input from us, (they get too much money tied up in them), but sometimes they need a little hint.  If they can’t make it through one shift without the jeans ripping out right next to the mending, it’s hard to justify the cost of repairing them, and makes me look bad for not fixing them right.  He’s got 2 more pair in this batch that look about the same as these.

The wage rate is so low out here ($6-10/hr) that anyone working common labor tries to get as many miles out of a pair of jeans as they can, and we try to help them.  That's one reason that I set up my treadle at home so that I could work on them as cheaply as possible (less overhead).

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Steve was just throwing out suggestions..

The thread was a suggestion by others.

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I know she is mid century but she is what we worked on today...Hubby and I found this beauty in a nice table at one of our local thrift stores yesterday.   They were asking 45.00 and we offered 35.00.  They accepted our offer.  She came home with us.   Her name is Pippa.  She is rare in that she was in almost NIB condition.  The table is the same.

 We already have one of these named Pippi but she was oiled up with who knows what and we have her in the hall on the special work table,  we just keep oiling her with the good stuff and then going back and removing as much of the bad stuff that we can.   I hope that in a few more months of treatments she will be moving freely all of the time. [smile] 

The White 764's are really nice.  1.3 amp motors,  and the most perfectly straight stitches.  Pippi is in a nice case and except for the oil problem is in great condition also.  Only drawback is they are monsters to lift!!!  Once Pippi's problem is fixed we will put her up for adoption...since retiring and starting to downsize we have decided to keep only one each of our machines instead of two or three etc.  

  Today we played around with both of them and cleaned up the newly purchased one.  There is a difference of 22,299 between their serial numbers,  with our newer purchase Pippa being the older model in a table.

These are called the White Fair Ladies and were introduced at the 1963 Worlds Fair.  It was a straight stitch only,  the newer models have zigzag and a four step button hole dial,  elastic zigzag stitch,  twin needle capable,  down, low and high feed dog dial and more.  Just a pleasure to sew with and pretty to look at with the unusual built in carry handle.   Isn't she gorgeous?!  

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I love that machine!! I love the built in handle as you do and I think the dials are super cool. Thanks for posting pictures. You got a great deal. Machines in my thrift shop are always at least $50 and almost always in very bad shape. I've seen some nice ones at yard sales though.
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I haven't fiddled with fixing any machines today. Just been patching hubby's work jeans. Battery acid is a b***h and eats denim likes there's no tomorrow. I do have my limits though. When I begin mending patches, they are my new source of patching material. I also patch his work shirts so both them and his paycheck go a bit further.
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Worked on a Veterans quilt today, and finally finished it! The first quilt I ever did on a long arm. I just hope it's an older veteran, one who can't see too well anymore! It looked good to me with my glasses off, so should be okay, I hope!
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Worked on a Veterans quilt today, and finally finished it! The first quilt I ever did on a long arm. I just hope it's an older veteran, one who can't see too well anymore! It looked good to me with my glasses off, so should be okay, I hope!


Margaret, I would bet that the lucky person who receives your quilt will cherish it greatly.

And...... ya know....... it IS an unwritten requirement that you post a pic of your quilt........

Congratulations on completing your first long arm quilt! That is a neat thing. I am just starting to do long arm quilting myself. I think I have done 2 now.

WELCOME ABOARD.

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I didn't get a picture-will have to see if I can before the quilt goes out the door!

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And...... ya know....... it IS an unwritten requirement that you post a pic of your quilt........



If I did that, this site would soon resemble another site we know! I make a lap quilt every week or two. Finished one today as a matter of fact.

I was planning to continue posting pics to the other site but not here. I figured if I made something unique, like my bike bag, I'd post it here.

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Oops...did you ever bid on a sewing machine and then win it? While having also bid on 4 other sewing machines??? I think I must have needed some coffee this afternoon!

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I hope this isn't too big.  You can't read the serial number in SGW's photos, but they claim it's J80-8639, which makes is a 28K from 1904.  I had thought that only the 15's had the tension on the front, but certainly could be wrong.  It comes without a motor or foot pedal, which makes me suspect it was used in a treadle.  Too bad I don't have any treadle tables! It looks pretty dirty...might be a great project to bring to the Washington get-together, if that is still on!

Margaret

PS - the original photos showed a bobbin case that looks like a 15. What do you think?  SGW may have misread the SN - it's got rust on it.


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Margaret,

That is a model 15.   No way it's a 28K.   

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I thought it was a 15! They must have misread the number.  But, I'm really bewildered - apparently I also bid on a Redeye 66 - I already own one - and two other 15's!!  I seriously don't think I meant to do that!  Has anyone else ever had that happen?  I was doing this at about 1 this afternoon - not sleepy, or full of drink or drugs...just a regular day.  Hope the old age demon has not begun to afflict me...

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Margaret, if w/o potted motor, you could have a 15-88 or thereabouts.  These are harder to find than the potted motor model, and very versatile, use it with motor, treadle or handcrank
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Thanks, Farmer John! Guess I'll just have to wait and see! Also - just checked SGW again and realized some of those bids were made several days ago, near midnight, which might explain why I bid the way I did.  Apparently, I want a Singer 15!!  And the Redeye has really good decals, so would be worth having.  Need to check my bids before I start another day of bidding, I guess!

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I don't think that 15 is from 1904. I have an 02 and I have a 1940 something treadle yours looks like the newer. You can put a hand crank on that one if you don't have a treadle. I suppose you could attach a motor and a smaller hand wheel. I rarely find 15s without a potted motor around here. I do see 66s with decals In all sorts of condition. Each mache has its advantages. Play around and see what you like best.
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Today I took apart a White Rotary motor.  I think this got zapped or overheated since the Chicago plug wires are in bad shape.  Can anyone tell from looking at it?  Since its snowing, I may keep cleaning and put it back together.  Sure learned a lot.  1)The back plate does not come off the housing, it is spot welded in place.  2)  The oiling pots screw in and have oiling wicks in them.  3)  Don't tap on the rear shaft cup, its pot metal and easily chipped.  4)  White isn't like anything else I've tinkered with.  By the way, anyone got a source for dating the machine?  FR3098919  Martha Washington cabinet.  Viking doesn't give out this info and ISMACS doesn't seem to have it.



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anyone got a source for dating the machine?  FR3098919 


Going by this website I'd guess it's from the mid to early 20's. 

http://www.treadleon.net/WhiteSM/whites.html

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   2)  The oiling pots screw in and have oiling wicks in them.


Redmadder, are you sure those aren't lube ports? I could be wrong, but thinking about all the lube discussions that have been going on in several groups the last few weeks, it seems to me that the White motors have been mentioned as having lube ports and that the manuals state to use vaseline in the motor ports not oil.

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Cari, you are right, they would have lubricant, not oil.  Lubricant would melt from the heat of the friction and the motor shaft doesn't need much. 

I've decided to put it all back together and try it.  This is just a learning exercise for me because I know it didn't work and I want to learn to rewire and rebuild motors.  I'm still looking for resources, can't even find a book on rebuilding small electric motors.

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This is today's sewing machine adventure. It is a Davis badge R H Macy. Nice little Hand crank. The shuttle is shorter than my other Davis machines. I have cleaned her enough to see how she sews and wow she is great. Butt ugly though. I am not sure what I will do with her after clean up. May just some french polish to make the bed smooth for sewing. Not much I can do with the decals. What do you guys think I should do. Thanks to Jon I have a bobbin winder for it. The original was broken.DSCF0363.JPG  DSCF0364.JPG  DSCF0365.JPG 

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Nice!!!  I'd have to say, my opinion is the french polish would really make this machine sparkle and still leave the well earned battle scars...

I LOVE the connection for the handcrank to the machine bed!  THAT handcrank could be used on MANY different machines

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I am with you Steve. I will just shine her up and leave the battle scars. I don't like repaint either.
Yes the hand crank can be used on other machines and I have looked into the mounting already. It is simple to attach to other machines.

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Love that Macy!  I'd like to get my hands on a hand crank Davis like that.  But then I'd have to rehome one of my other Davis machines . . . 
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Very nice machine! That's a good one to show kids how it used to be done without worrying about letting them try it!
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I like it too.  I agree with leaving the battle scars in place.
Normally on Fridays Olivia and i go to 4 H.  She sews, I help the kids keep their machines running.  It's cancelled this week.  Most of the group is down with colds.  Me included.
I may go out to the shop later and putz around some.  We'll see.
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Today's sewing machine adventure?  I am all ready to quilt.  I have all the pieces pre-cut and bagged by cut size.  I've been to the fabric store for thread and decided to thread one machine in med. blue and the other in lt. beige or grey.  I have the room all cleaned and both my Featherweight and my 301 cleaned and oiled.  New needles? Check!  Both are threaded up and ready to rock and roll!  I even decide I am tired of looking at that scraped up light switch cover on the FW and touch it with a dab of Testors Black paint.  Beautiful!  Then I mindlessly tap the foot controller and the FW jams up immediately with thread trapped behind the hook.  [frown]

I spend the next hour in the garage with tweezers, toothpicks, q-tips and Kerosene begging the little bugger to come free.  Finally it decides to stop punishing me for my moment of thoughtlessness.  It's cleaned up and back together but not threaded!  

I'm taking a break before I do anything else stupid!

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that story sounds SO familiar....
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Yup. FW is not my favorite beast.
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I love my Featherweight, but like all little creatures, she's a bit temperamental! Reminds me of a yappy little dog. As long as you're doing what it wants, all is well, but look at it sideways and all hell breaks loose!
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Yappy little anoying dog that POOPS
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I had a feeling my day would resonate with a few here.  For the most part mine behaves well, but never run it without cloth under the foot!
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I guess I'm in the minority because I've never had any problems with my FW. Not that I've used it all that much, it's just too little for me to take seriously.
However, I do know the problems associated with thread caught up in a 301. When I got my first one, it seemed to sew okay but would occasionally throw a small tantrum with skipping stitches and/or uneven tension. I must have taken out the bobbin case and inspected the area a half dozen times before I finally caught just a glimpse of clear thread tangled behind the base. It took close to an hour with a few different kinds of tweezers to coax it all out of there.

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Cari, I'm with you. I have 3 FWs and I never have a bit of trouble with any of them and they are my go to machines for piecing. Of the 2 221s, one goes with if I go to class or a guild event, one is always set up in my studio and gets used almost daily and my 222 is one of my nieces favorites for making doll clothes - none ever miss a beat as long as a drop of oil is provided on a regular basis. Don't have any issues with either of my 301s either, now my 500 Rocketeer is another story all together, forget to tell him he's a handsome beast and he takes bobbins hostage.
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My featherweights and 301 don't really give me grief either.  I think there's a chance though that they've seen what I do to other machines that misbehave.  There was also that one time that I purposely threw the timing on the 301 to show someone how to time it.  I bet there were some lessons that made the rounds that day...

I suppose more on topic (strange for me, I know!):  today I had to call the official time of death on a Singer 247 the gal had had since new (when she was 17) and I smoked some ATF and acetone something fierce in the continuing effort to free up "Miss Toes".

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After breathing those fumes be sure to drink a lot of water. I don't know why but it helps get the gunk out of your system...
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I have and I will.  I promise. [smile]  It stunk up my studio though so that will have to be addressed. I think it's still warm enough to leave a window open for a few hours tomorrow. The joy of working from home in the basement.  I don't always see/feel the weather changes. [wink]  Between the cookies I lit on fire last week and this today, it's a wonder that room is habitable at all!
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Ok Steve you got me hooked on very old sewing machines. I am now the owner of an American B-HO and sewing machine company. Sn 15606. I need a manual and another bobbin for the beasty. It has the shuttle and one bobbin. DSCF0369.JPG  DSCF0372.JPG 

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Oooh Skipper, love the American 1!! You are going to enjoy sewing on that. I was able to get mine to sew using a standard 15x1 needle and did several dresses for my girls with mine. Enjoy!
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What did you do to get it to sew with a 15X1 needle?
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Oh, she's a beauty. This place is getting dangerous. I can feel my wallet getting thinner in the future.
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Oh, she's a beauty. This place is getting dangerous. I can feel my wallet getting thinner in the future.


I know a few of us own an American B-HO.  I'm glad Skipper found one too.  Its shuttles and bobbins are so different.  

I do think you need one too Tom!
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Oh, she's a beauty. This place is getting dangerous. I can feel my wallet getting thinner in the future.


I was just thinking nearly the same thing. My pocketbook has been emptied enough the last few months that I'm done for the foreseeable future. I'll just enjoy the beauties everyone else gets now.

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Still working on that "Morse" VS/Whittier machine. I "think" I got the tension assy unfarkled - it does NOT go together like a Singer assembly! New checkspring in place, and I think its OK, won't know til I can try sewing with it.

Now I'm trying to debug some overall stiffness. I disconnected everything on the bottomside with no change, so its topside somewhere. Found a couple more oil holes that I had missed before, squirted oil in them which "seemed" to help slightly. Will let it soak overnight and see!

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hey skipper, that's a great machine.  those little round bobbins are RARE.

check this out  the one on the bottom is my American #1

the one on top is an American #2
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Yes, after being sick over a month I did some sewing this week.  Using one of my Featherweights I made 4 lined tote  bags for foster children.
Will take with me to my Bonita Quilters  group on Tues.   Have a double wedding ring patterned fabric  started in a throw sized quilt.  But, I did 5 quilts earlier in season so said when I finish this one I am stopping for now. 

My brother who survived this last year after severe health concerns  brought me animal fabric to sew him a quilt .  Naturally, I want to get at it asap.  What he has is small pieces but I can use some imagination  to make them grow into a top. 

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Kathleen I made a card trick quilt a few years ago with animal prints on black. It turned out really good.

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Steve I do have one bobbin for the American. Someday I may find another one. I would like to be able to sew with this machine with at least three bobbins but one will work fine to. 
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