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The split bit appears to be all copper. Would solder back together like sooooo easy. I might try that first.
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Your chances of fixing it with HW store parts are slim to none.

I'd be tempted to either try soldering the split socket back together, and, if there's room, reinforce it with a very thin piece of copper wire, also soldered to the socket.  There's probably the most room right near the shoulder.  If you can get the pins out to straighten them, that would be good, but I'll bet it works even if they're bent.

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Yeah I am figuring that out.  :/  I know I need a "push-through" socket for a 15 watt bulb or small base.  Soldering has crossed my mind, but first I think I will search my bins of old lamp parts and see if I might have anything I could use.  Replacing the part with one in good condition would be my first choice.

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It was difficult to be out raking hay this afternoon, stopping every 10 minutes and checking on this auction. (Driving a vintage JD 1520 that DH restored.) Hay is raked, auction is won.

And I found a Singer two drawer rack for my fiddlebed Singer. Found a drawer last week. Fingers crossed the drawer fits the rack.

Restore has a straight leg Singer treadle, priced at $80, no head. I do have a 25% off coupon, but, no.

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Zorba, I use Linux, and I use Palemoon as my browser, and I have also have a portable Vivaldi browser. They are available for Windoze as well, and are free to download. They are both very security-oriented, and I use duckduckgo as my search engine. I set the preferences to clear all cookies and history when I close the browser, and I never use bookmarks or stored passwords. I always close the browser between topics browsed. I have some 22.000 blocked addresses in hosts. I feel relatively safe.
Re smartphones: How do the phone companies organize the smart phone services in USA? I mean, here in Norway I have a smart camera-phone, but I also use my old Samsung flip phone, because it is small enough to comfortably carry it in my jeans pockets. I have a dual SIM card, i.e. the same number to both phones, but only calls for the flip phone. I prepay for an amount of data traffic - which I hardly ever need, while an unlimited number of calls and sms are free of charge.

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"Heaven...I'm in heaven..."  {to be sung while grinning madly}

My American hand crank arrived SAFELY!!!!    WOO HOOO!  It took me 10 minutes to get through all the bubble wrap that had it safely protected!!!  Here she is (Miss America!)...before and after:

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It's good when a dream comes true! Very nice!

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Woo hoo!   What a great little machine...   gear-driven bobbin winder!
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Hilltop, that sure cleaned up nice! What a treasure, that one is on my most wanted list.

Lori, I am jealous, I can't get any signal when I am raking hay! Congrats on the machine. I don't recognize the model, what is it?

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Kelly, it's a Sewmor, #71x. X because the last digit on the manual is obscured in the auction photo. Zorba and Jim both think it's a 711, perhaps made by Toyota. DS picks it up tomorrow for me.

Pam, sweet little machine. Love that drawer, too.

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It was difficult to be out raking hay this afternoon, stopping every 10 minutes and checking on this auction. (Driving a vintage JD 1520 that DH restored.) Hay is raked, auction is won.

And I found a Singer two drawer rack for my fiddlebed Singer. Found a drawer last week. Fingers crossed the drawer fits the rack.

Restore has a straight leg Singer treadle, priced at $80, no head. I do have a 25% off coupon, but, no.


Love your photo!  Oh, I wish I lived near you and could buy hay from you!  I'm still waiting....at least weather is cooperating for those who said they would bale for me[smile]. Fingers crossed!

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Hilltop, oh my, oh my!  What a beautiful little machine!  I love my 2 Americans, both treadles, but your hand crank - wow, just WOW!  I'm so glad she is safe with you [of course she'd be safe with me too so if you decide to rehome her...]. Enjoy!!
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Lori - that hay raking looks fun and congratulations on winning the auction - looks like a cool machine to play with.

Hilltop - thanks for sharing your beautiful prize.  I learn so much from seeing the machines in everyone's collections.
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Awesome American!
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TwassG - Remember I have many of these still
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Thanks Steve, but the needle system is 1910 (SINGER (SY) 6335; CANU 06:05), mainly used by Phoenix for their Universa-series (29,39,229,339). They are still available, but in a very limited way. Refitting those machines to a much more popular needle system is ... difficult. 

I watch my 6 339er needles with eagles eyes. Those are really hard to get theses days too. 



Hilltop, that American is gorgeous! I'd be doing a happy dance too. Have fun to play! 



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I'm cleaning up a machine today and I am wondering if the two parts of the bobbin winder pictured below can be removed. IMG_3111.png 
Can't figure out if I'm just not putting enough muscle into it, or if they are pressed in rather than screwed together.


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I think I once got the wheel on a similar winder to unscrew from its axle, but I can't remember which one, and any I've tried it on since have either not budged or been damaged in the process, so I no longer try it.  :-/

The good news is that because those parts rotate, you can hold a piece of #0000 steel wool, or whatever you're comfortable using, up against one end while twisting from the other, and your steel wool will remain motionless with respect to the painted parts.  That's the best I've been able to do.

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Ok, sounds like my best bet to clean them in place. I've used a brass brush and metal polish on the other bits, but didn't think it a good idea to use metal polish on these two pieces if I couldn't remove them. Sounds like steel wool is the way to go.

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I made a short video of the No.2 stitching some 8-9oz leather.  It's not a peaceful machine to operate, but it is very fun.

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Maybe not peaceful and quiet, but sure is satisfying!  Nice job and thanks for the video!
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I made a short video of the No.2 stitching some 8-9oz leather.  It's not a peaceful machine to operate, but it is very fun.

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That is some serious ASMR for sewing machine nerds, right there. [cool]

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Great video!  Didn't take you long to get the hang of it.

Yes it's noisy but nothing that a couple of quarts of STP poured all over it couldn't cure!!

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My garage sale find for today for $45! A Singer New Family with what appears to be multi-colored MOP decorations (edit - or maybe the color is paint as well as MOP - I'll have to look more closely).  Serial number 254614 dates it to 1868.  Unfortunately, the irons were nowhere to be found, the drawer is missing as is part of the bobbin winder, but at least they didn't throw away the head or the walnut table and folding bonnet.   Bonnet's pretty fragile, but it can be repaired.  You can see some past owner did their own embellishments with the stenciled artwork.  Maybe one day I'll get lucky and find a set of age-appropriate treadle irons. Interesting that the pitman is metal, but it appears to be original.  Maybe it was a replacement, installed long ago.  

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Nice John!   Decals / paint on the bonnet are neat!  Should be able to find a set of irons.  May have to buy a trashed treadle to get them.  The MOP is unlike anything I've remember seeing. Really cool!!


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Nice find!  I'm sure you'll find a set of legs under a nice tabletop one of these days.  :-/
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Thanks Dan and Paul.  Yeah, the treadle irons will come along some day.  Now I'm headed out to the shop to do some preliminary cleaning and work on getting it turning!
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John, what a fantastic find! I know you'll bring it back to life.

Out of interest I just checked my 1871 NF and the Pitman (which appears to be original, but who knows?) is wooden...

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I quite like the look of those stencils. At least they are in character, and not some hideous over paint job.
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John, watch out not to flake paint off of the MOP. It is very rare to see any paint on MOP due to it easily flaking and wearing off. Singer did use cast elaborate pitmans on the premium Letter A all metal base, sides had vines, and had a lift off mahogany, cherry or walnut lift off table top. There were both plain iron rod and wood pitman arms for the new family. The pedal, pitman and drive wheel are from a parlor cabinet.

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My garage sale find for today for $45! A Singer New Family with what appears to be multi-colored MOP decorations (edit - or maybe the color is paint as well as MOP - I'll have to look more closely).  Serial number 254614 dates it to 1868.  Unfortunately, the irons were nowhere to be found, the drawer is missing as is part of the bobbin winder, but at least they didn't throw away the head or the walnut table and folding bonnet.   Bonnet's pretty fragile, but it can be repaired.  You can see some past owner did their own embellishments with the stenciled artwork.  Maybe one day I'll get lucky and find a set of age-appropriate treadle irons. Interesting that the pitman is metal, but it appears to be original.  Maybe it was a replacement, installed long ago.  

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John,
I have a set of irons (missing the treadle bits) you can have for shipping.

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This wasn't really a sewing machine adventure, but they'll come in handy.  Went to a killer garage sale and picked up some tools.  (4) micrometers, (2) dial gauges, a Proto 3/8" torque wrench, Proto 1/2" drive long ratchet, Knipex nippers, Craftman snap ring pliers (converts to internal or external), automatic center punch, a heavy brass hammer, and a inexpensive digital caliper.

I like nice tools.

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That's a nice haul!
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Andrew - thanks for information on your pitman.

Naomi - unfortunately the stencils are going to have to go when I refinish and repair the bonnet!

John - thanks for your words of caution on the paint.  Also, thanks for enlightening me on the fact there were both metal and wooden pitmans on the NF.   I just checked my 1874 NF and it has a wooden pitman....  and the drive wheel is attached to the underside of the treadle table. 

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The underside of the table which I picked up today has the same mounting holes, so I believe the drive wheel, pedal and pitman are original to the machine.

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That's a nice haul!


Thanks.  I didn't get a super deal, but way way less than it would be to buy them new.  I gave enough cash to pay for the torque wrench new.  All of them look close to new except the two Craftsman micrometers.  I miss the days when Craftsman made quality tools.

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I had an adventure today, but only through someone else. If I hop in the car to go see Kathy Featherweight, her place is about an hour's drive north. It would be three hours for me to get to Erie, and probably less than two for her. Anyways I'm checking the listings this morning at about 11:30am and see an ad for a white 221. It's two exits north of Erie, the ad has been up for 17 minutes, and the seller was asking fifty bucks. Nope, not kidding, fifty bucks. So I copy the addy send Kathy an email, hit the send button and grab the phone and call her. She's over in Rogers Ohio (huge every Friday flea market). She gets my email while we're on the phone and has trouble with getting enough signal but writes the seller. By the time she does there's a 'pending' on the ad. Like duh...

Anyways, she goes ahead and sends the seller a note saying she'd double what he's asking. Ends up the seller was arguing with his wife as to whether or not to sell the machine that had been sitting in their attic for three plus years, and it was the seller that had put the pending on the ad. Wow. That's a new one. Anyhoo he says yes to Kathy's offer and by 1:30 she's on the road back calling me to tell me she got it - and that she'd had a call just last night asking if she had a white FW for sale, so probably already has a buyer.  As for me? I'm banking all the karma. One of these days it might come in handy. [wink]


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Thanks Steve, but the needle system is 1910 (SINGER (SY) 6335; CANU 06:05), mainly used by Phoenix for their Universa-series (29,39,229,339). They are still available, but in a very limited way. Refitting those machines to a much more popular needle system is ... difficult. 

I watch my 6 339er needles with eagles eyes. Those are really hard to get theses days too. 



Hilltop, that American is gorgeous! I'd be doing a happy dance too. Have fun to play! 





TwassG,

I have about 6 packs of Schmetz 1910 needles size 16/100 if these are useful.  Message me if any interest.  I don't want much for them but shipping is $14.50 overseas.

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Luv that No 2. Thanks for the video!
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Luv that No 2. Thanks for the video!


I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I feel fortunate to have it.

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The Royal St. John is safely in my recently most favorite sister's garage.  Now, I have to plan a trip to Lancaster, PA to pick it up. She's not into machines, so I don't know if it has a shuttle or bobbin.  I'm hoping...
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I had a very unexpected adventure today. My nephew's wife sent me a text saying a friend of hers had a VSM which had belonged to his late mother to give away and might I be interested? He forwarded quite a few photos. It turns out to be a 215G with the original case, manual and that iconic searchlight thing on it. I've been reading up on this model over the afternoon and it is fascinating. If it turns out to be the same size as the 201 perhaps having been made in Germany it might be an appropriate occupant for the Pfaff no.42 clone cabinet?

Of course I said yes I would be delighted to have it so Liz is picking it up for me this weekend I think. I can't wait to find out more of its story. Given space is getting to be at a bit of a premium around here I've decided to sell the 99K in the no. 49 cabinet and fortunately already have someone interested....


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