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SteveH-VSS

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I could have posted this in the "Todays sewing machine adventure" but hopefully there will be reply's going back and forth so I am putting it out separately.

MONDAYS Sewing machine adventure began with me anxiously waiting at home for the delivery of the new VSS Mobile Machine (i.e. Our "new" 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid)  He was 1/2 an hour late which slid the rest of the days schedule a bit, but we all adjusted.

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The destination for Mondays adventure was the Patterson House on Historic Ardenwood Farm in Fremont California. 

Patterson House
http://www.fremont.gov/293/The-Patterson-House-Ardenwood-Historic-F
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Ardenwood Farm
https://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood/default.htm

The Manager of the house is also the wife of the owner of the Niles Silent Movie House in Niles California, which we did a show at a while ago.  Small world.  Anyway, they called to ask If I could help identifying the sewing machines they have, get them ready to sew and/or be sold.  The idea is that if the machine is appropriate to the home, then they would like to use it, if not, then they would like to sell them to help fund other repairs/etc.  (ALL SALES must be approved by the Board, so this will not be a quick process for anyone involved)

They have also recently gotten in touch with the Grand Niece of the Seamstress who originally worked for the Patterson's 2 weeks per year on the main house machine.  The Niece is also a seamstress and now that I have the original machine operational, she will be doing demonstrations and discussions about her Great Aunt!

So, without further babbling, here are the machines that I worked on Monday. (sorry, that I did not take more "before" photos)

The Main House Machine
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Here are the machines that were in the attic.  They are still trying to determine if they were original to the house or donations that were made.

MACHINE #1
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MACHINE #2
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MACHINE #3
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MACHINE #4 (sorry, for only taking a photo of the machine head...  basic cast iron "SINGER" base)
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MACHINE #5
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MACHINE #6
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MACHINE #7
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That's quite an attic-ful!

I guess if you got them all to that condition in one day, none of them could have been too bad?

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Congrats on the new VSS Mobile Machine!

Those machines and cabinets are beautiful, I hope they are all able to sew again. 

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[eek][eek] WOW what treasures! 
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Steve - important work you are doing and no doubt fun!

Such a good story and rewarding to know the house is not only keeping the period machines but having a part of living history included along with helping to educate visitors about VSMs and how and where they were used.  We need a lot more of these types of exhibits and activities to keep the appreciation of VSMs going.
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Love seeing these stories!!!  Thanks Steve for putting your time and effort to make these VSM last for another generation or 2 or 3!!!!


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What a great day you had!  Wonderful thing you did to help with those beauties.  Thanks for sharing those great photos, too.
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Such beautiful machines, and most of them the decals look pretty darn good.  I'm glad that you're advising.
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What fun! Beautiful machines, too.
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What a lovely day, in so many ways!

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What a nice way to spend the day!  Everything looks in pretty good condition and there are some real lovelies in the bunch!
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What fun, Steve! We love Ardenwood, and have taken our kids there a number of times...I'd love to see the attic!

That Frister makes me swoon.

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That Frister makes me swoon.


Yea, I miss the one like that that I had.  I have an earlier one that I love.  This one is post WWI as the "Berlin" is missing from the bed decal.  F&R removed that because it was adversely effecting sales...(duhh)

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Steve, those are some extremely gorgeous machines and cabinets!  Great work!
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I would love to be asked to work on those transverse machines. There is just something about them.
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