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Niki

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Hello, everyone!  I am very new here.  I've been fixing machines for a little less than a year now.  I got one treadle - a 1917 Red-Eye.  And then a Sphinx came home.  It was followed by another Red-Eye from 1914.  And then I inherited 2 Featherweights.  And I've recently started fixing my 1889 VS2 Fiddle Base that I bought for $10 at a yard sale in high school. It's... possibly an addiction.  The fiddlebase is giving me the most trouble so far. The presser bar was FROZEN completely.  Everything was gunked up. I'd keep working on it then walk away in frustration for a few weeks.  Happy to say that tonight I finally freed up EVERYTHING!  It runs like a top.  Now, I just need a base cabinet for it (and a throat plate screw, and a front slide plate).  Where on earth can I find these? I can make a top from some good plywood, and put it on the top of some old treadle legs, but I need measurements for the hole, where to drill for the treadle belt, etc. Any advice?

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I don't know this is any help. But here is my VS2. It started out pretty rough and rusty. But cleaned up nice.

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Steve, that's great! What a transformation! How on earth did you get the bobbin winder so shiny?  Is there any way, if you get the chance, that you could measure the top for me? I'd need length, width, size and shape of the hole for the base (with perhaps a photo for the back iron placement), and the location of the two holes for the belt.  I can fabricate one, but I need the measurements.  If not, no worries.  I'm also admiring your rack of firearms in the back...
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The opening is 6" front to back, 14" wide at the front. At the left rear it is 13.5" wide, the hole is not quite rectangular. The belt holes are 6-3/4" front to back. Hope this helps!
Steve

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Niki

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That is perfect.  I can play with a template.  Thank you so much!

Here are some of my VS2:
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Very nice, I love the flowers! Much nicer than mine.
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Welcome Niki,
You might want to add your introduction to this thread - http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/introductions-7893896?trail=600

Another good thread to look at - http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/techniques-for-restoring-old-machines-and-parts-7894660?pid=1294819901

Steve's picture shows the position of the belt holes in relationship to the machine. You might want to check out this site - http://treadleon.net/woodshop/treadletop/treadletop.html Kind of near the bottom is a part on "Drilling the holes for the belt." I remember reading that page and not really thinking about getting the holes in the proper position until reading that.

Janey


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I sew on my VS2 "Daisy" more than any other Victorian machine in my collection!  SO Smooth.  Strong stitches.  

as found
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now
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decked out with all her toys
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