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ChattyKathy

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A friend of mine who knows about my VSM collection, this week gifted me with my newest addition. She is a Strabo child’s sewing machine. She is my first mini size SM. She is pretty tiny..(.9” L, 6 1/2” H and 5” W). she has no bobbin therefore, I am assuming she is a chain stitch.
Per Alex Askaroff website, she looks like she’s from the 1970’s and she is plastic..but very cute. Her HC turns but seems to go over a bump at the top of the turn. I will have to clean her up.
She is just the right size for my 18 mos old granddaughter to use.

The photo was taken at night ..thus her coloring show a tinge of yellow. However, she is really a cream or light beige color

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Hello,  It looks like a Singer Rockateer for kids.  Surely a single thread chain stitch.   Some of the older models took a Singer 12K needles apparently.  It is called a Little Betty Midinette.  Here is a very well researched page on the history of them:  Best regards, Mike https://sewalot.com/straco_sewing_machines.htm
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Thanks...

yes that is Alex Askaroff’s website.

I just have to check out where to find new needles for her since the one she has is pretty bad looking.

Jon do you have any ideas which size needle I would need?

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What a cool looking little machine!
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Thanks...

yes that is Alex Askaroff’s website.

I just have to check out where to find new needles for her since the one she has is pretty bad looking.

Jon do you have any ideas which size needle I would need?



Cute little thing.  I'd measure and take a photo of the working needle. I see the mentions of 12x1 and 88x1.

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It's cute! It reminds me of the Alto wooden sewing machine.
Image result for futuristic wooden sewing machine

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Oh, isn't that slick -- is that yours?  
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Cari, that machine has style with a capital S. Brings Bauhaus to mind.
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Oh, isn't that slick -- is that yours?  


No, not mine.

https://www.designisthis.com/blog/en/post/alto-sewing-machine-sarah-dickins

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Here's my newest baby, bought at the NETX TOGA in Lone Oak,Texas last weekend. She is a 1903 Singer 28.
I have been sewing crumb blocks aka: scrappy quilt blocks.
Sharon in Texas

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Anyone know where to get bobbin winder tires like the one on purplefiend's 1903 28?   I think it's the same as the one I need for my VS3.  I've done the usual searches, but haven't come up with anything yet.  Even if you just know the nominal dimensions I should be looking for, that would help.  I can measure the wheel (.891" x .2), so perhaps a 7/8" ID tire, but I've not seen anything listed that way.

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I cleaned up a 1903 Singer 28 hand crank for my sister. For the bobbin tire, I used the standard tire from sew-classic.#15287
https://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Bobbin-Winder-Tire-Ring-Standard-15287-15287.htm
It seemed too small, but when I warmed it for 30 seconds in a glass of almost boiling water, it rolled on smooth as silk. After being mesmerized by the beautiful action of the long bobbin filler, and the lovely stitches she produced, I so wished I had got her for myself! Paid less than $20 from LA goodwill.
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Thanks -- I realized a couple of days ago that if a 29-4 tire would fit the large bobbin wheel on my WW #8, it would probably fit on my VS3, and sure enough, it does.  It's a tight fit, and the stress of installing the 20 y.o. tire I pulled off my 29-4 tire onto the VS3 caused it to develop some cracks, but I'm confident that a new tire will work just fine.  And, based on your experience, I'll warm the tire first, too.

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