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Christy

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Gah!  I seriously NEED a "fix".  I KNOW how awful that sounds, so let me temper it by saying I have full control, BUT, I'd love to find a little something-something!  [biggrin]  Am I addicted to vintage sewing machines?  Or am I really addicted to finding a sweet deal!  I love the thrill of the hunt!  As my short list has gotton shorter and shorter those exciting moments are farther and farther apart!  I just LOVE that moment when you find a fabulous machine at an unbelievable price and make contact with the seller!  The thrill of chasing after the machine is such a ride! I love the excitement, the anticipation, the agony of waiting and the glorious moment when you have that beauty in your hands and the satisfaction it brings!  

Sometimes, it feels like machines are everywhere and sometimes they just fall of the edge of the earth and there is nothing to be found for weeks, to months on end!

I'm going through a dry spell and really missing that "high" of finding a new beauty!

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The list does get shorter depending on how hard they are to find. Which means that yes, it gets more difficult. That's usually when I start fudging with the list. Like: Geez, why didn't I have an early 1955 Morse MZZ on this list to begin with? Why look at that, there's one across town... what a coincidence! How lucky can you get?

Which is how I end up with a few too many machines. It's also why my searches at night get wider and wider and I find cool things, and sometimes some really neat people. When the Bronzed White gets here later this month I'll still be down to just one or two on the sewing basket list. The 'nice' decal Lotus and either a White 651, 666 or 667 and or the Domestic or Pfaff labeled versions are certainly acceptable. =)  This doesn't mean that I won't run out and pick up that Morse or save some poor little machine from the landfill. I need to stay sharp. LOL

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I understand - it's getting rarer and rarer that someone contacts me about a machine and then sends pictures and I find my heart skipping a beat!
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It's good to know I'm not the only one!  Sometimes I am proud of myself for not constantly looking and have a little quiet satisfaction that I am getting beyond it.  Then I see someone find an absolutely incredible deal and I immediately want to run and check all my usual haunts to see if I am missing out on something!

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The list does get shorter depending on how hard they are to find. Which means that yes, it gets more difficult. That's usually when I start fudging with the list. Like: Geez, why didn't I have an early 1955 Morse MZZ on this list to begin with? Why look at that, there's one across town... what a coincidence! How lucky can you get?

Which is how I end up with a few too many machines. It's also why my searches at night get wider and wider and I find cool things, and sometimes some really neat people. When the Bronzed White gets here later this month I'll still be down to just one or two on the sewing basket list. The 'nice' decal Lotus and either a White 651, 666 or 667 and or the Domestic or Pfaff labeled versions are certainly acceptable. =)  This doesn't mean that I won't run out and pick up that Morse or save some poor little machine from the landfill. I need to stay sharp. LOL


That bronze white is on my very short short list!  I am feeling just a little jealous!

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Christy, how on Earth do you NOT constantly look? [wink]
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I don't know that I have a "Want" list any more. Maybe a couple machines like a Franklin Scarab but I'm not actually looking. I'm a sucker for the artwork on the older machines.
The 301 I just picked up was a fluke. I wasn't actually looking for one and didn't have a strong desire to get one but at a give-away price... Well, you saw the result.
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Franklin Scarab? You mean like this one? 

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/79932890

I have a Franklin Scarab treadle I got sewing this Summer. I think I may make a place for it in my shop and use it there, I don't know. I kind of like it, though. It's similar to my Minnesota A. I like the Scarab decals too. When it comes to old decals, bugs are cool. I had one person tell me they could not sew on it looking at those bugs! I guess they're just not into mummy movies like the Mrs. and I are. 

Here is my Franklin treadle with Mission style cabinet. Treadle I got on CL a while back, the head on Shopgoodwill this Summer, which had a plain back plate but I found an embossed one on eBay. It sews very nice. Spool felt is one I cut for it. 

- Bruce 1. Franklin treadle - front.jpg  2. Franklin treadle - closed.jpg  3. Franklin treadle - head front.jpg  4. Franklin treadle - face plate.jpg  5. Franklin treadle - back plate.jpg  6. Franklin treadle - center decal (Scarabs).jpg  7. Franklin treadle - back pillar and bed border decals.jpg  8. Franklin treadle - outside belt mounting roller and clutch.jpg 

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Wow, those bug decals are "too cool for school".  Too bad they couldn't combine the "red eye" scheme with the bugs.  They call it a 3rd eye here when superstitious people think they can see things.  I don't buy into any of that junk but very cool decals.  I like your American flag decal scheme better on your Davis.  That by far is my favorite but the bugs are up there.  When I was 5 (or maybe it was younger) I used to go out on the driveway and eat "rolly polly" bugs.  Not a normal childhood.

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Bruce your scarab is really beautiful.  That is certainly the machine.  I like the Mission treadle too but my wife doesn't care for mission as much as I do. I think they had a parlor cabinet too.  I see a lot of silver on the Goodwill one's decals. Shipping wasn't as horrifying as I expected.  Maybe someday when I can display my machines properly....
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I have a couple of mission cabinet treadles, plus sold my White Grand Mission Family Rotary to a friend. They are simple and utilitarian, perfect for actual shop use without worrying about doing any minor scratches or snags on all the carved applique to the cabinet. 

One thing about the Franklin, and my earlier Minnesota A, is they are simple mechanisms and tension units but work very well, are easy to clean and maintain, and have the advantage of the cable (Franklin) or chain (Minnesota) lift, something that us older folks appreciate. I get tired of having to lift Singers out of the hole. As a matter of fact, as time goes by and I thin out my herd, I plan to lose most of my Singers in favor of more obscure or interesting machines that I quite frankly enjoy sewing on more than the Singers, especially the Whites and the Sears machines made by Davis and others. As long as needles are available (Davis long, or made from Pfaff industrial MTx190) I will enjoy sewing on my Minnestota A. The Franklin is a more modern incarnation, and uses easy to get 15x1 common needle. 

I especially like the way these machines have the drive belt on the outside which makes it easy to tilt the head for servicing or removal from the cabinet.

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Those bugs sort of remind me of my “Star of India“ decal on my treadle Singer 15.  The bug decals are pretty cool but still also seem to continue the Egyptian theme that was popular at the turn of the old century...my thoughts.


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The “hunt” was pretty fun and definitely an Adrenalin generator till I sadly ran out of room in my house.
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