Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Featherweightiness




I've joined the Marie Kondo craze, although in  my own defense I must say that the urge to clean out and tidy-up hits me every year in January.  The shelf liners in my kitchen cabinets are now clean and everything is organized.  All the canned goods are on turntables and each turntable has its own theme.  Jam.  Tomato.  That kind of thing.  I LOVE doing this.

Tidying the living room yielded a Featherweight in a case hiding under a pile of sewing projects.  This machine is supposed to be ready to walk out the door at a moment's notice but I remembered that it needed some minor attention.  Good time for a few upgrades too.  And lo, a blog post was born.

The first thing I did (but did not photograph) was to swap out the original Singer button motor controller (aka foot pedal) for a modern electronic controller.  This is a super easy thing to do.  Let me know if you want to see it in a future post.

I prefer a knee lever and the button controller works beautifully with a Singer knee lever.  But I hate using them as a foot pedal.


The wiring on the Featherweight was in excellent condition except for the insulation missing from the end of the original plug.  Swapping the plug is another easy thing to do.


Older wiring was much thicker than modern wiring so you have to be careful when buying replacement plugs.  The ordinary modern ones just won't fit over the old fat wires.  In the past I have found that the plugs made for vacuum cleaners fit.  This time I found a nice reproduction antique electrical plug on Amazon.  I'm not fussy about whether the electrical plugs on my machines look period appropriate or not, but neither do I mind that this one looks great.


The light bulb was burned out, which gave me a chance to upgrade to an LED bulb.  I have bought them before from Stitch All The Things.  In fact, I already had several of these on hand, purchased 4 years ago and subsequently lost in the chaos of my "workroom".   Which is in the most desperate need of Marie-Kondo-ing.  I found my box of light bulbs about 4 days after the new ones arrived, of course.  I had completely forgotten than I had already some LED bulbs.  I'm sure this kind of thing never happens to Marie.

FYI Stitch All The Things also has two sizes of screw base bulbs.  As usual no one is paying me to tell you about this.


Nice bright LED in there now!


In another upgrade I added a thread stand, bought from Nova Montgomery.  You may think that the rest of this post is a paid advertisement for Nova but again, no one pays me.  It's just that Nova has some cool stuff.


The thread stand sits in one of the oil holes and allows you to use one of those giant thread cones sitting behind the machine.


Nova also sells little bumper dots to stick onto the screw on the front plate of your Featherweight.  This keeps the extension table from bumping into that screw when the table is folded up.

I also bought some motor lube from her.  She makes extravagant claims for it which I can neither confirm or deny but I can tell you that it comes in secure packaging and with a pinpoint delivery system.

And before we leave the subject of Nova's cool stuff, I have her seam guides on several of my machines


It comes with two little screws and an allen wrench.  Don't worry, she will sell you more screws or another wrench if you lose them.


My Featherweight is kept packed and ready to walk out the door to a workshop or a weeks long stay in a hospital rehab unit (there were previous posts about this after knee and hip surgeries).


I've had this Stanley wheeled tool box for several years but apparently it is still available.  It breaks down to three compartments.  I use the top one for materials and supplies for whatever project I will be working on.



The shallow tray is big enough for all the tools, thread. and bobbins.  And my own checklist.  Because organizing things and making checklists is SO MUCH FUN.



The bottom box holds the Featherweight, mostly invisible in the photo below underneath all the other stuff that fits in there.



And below is all the other stuff that fits in the bottom box.


I had a travel iron in there but recently swapped it out for an Oreck cordless iron, which seems like it might be useful in a workshop setting.  Or maybe not.  I bought this one at a thrift shop, so no link to the site where I bought it!

BTW if you want an iron to last, don't put water in it, use a spray bottle instead.  The shallow tray also has a small spray bottle for this purpose.  I do have one steam iron in the studio that I do put water in, but for most purposes I use spray bottles of water.


All of these fit into the bottom box:  the Featherweight, it's motor controller, the iron, an extension cord, an Ikea Jansjo light, a vintage Singer zigzagger accessory, and a very cool fold up ruler (another thrift store find).

The only other necessary thing for a getaway sewing binge just doesn't fit into the case:  An Omnigrid folding sewing and cutting mat.  I made a couple of attempts at making something like this but finally just gave up and bought one.  Sometimes that's just the best tbing to do!

Have Featherweight, will travel!

Do you have any "ready to walk out the door" sets?  Maybe for handwork?  Or another sewing machine configuration?  Let us know in the comments below.




Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Threading the Domestic High Arm Fiddlebase (YouTube)



Once upon a time I rescued a completely trashed Domestic High Arm Fiddlebase then completely restored the treadle, cabinet, and machine head.  Including painting it and applying DIY waterslide decals.  If you want to read about this, look at the links at the top of this page.

It's time for this machine to go to a good home and it is leaving tomorrow.  On its way out the door I shot videos of threading the machine, winding the bobbins, and threading the shuttle.

The first video is 20 minutes of heart pounding action and non stop thrills.  Join the hordes* of my YouTube followers, pop some popcorn and check it out.

Threading the Domestic High Arm Fiddlebase (YouTube video)

*if a horde is 10 people, then I have three hordes of followers on YouTube before publication of this blog post.  Let's see those numbers skyrocket!

Winding the Bobbin (YouTube video)

All of this is most definitely tongue-in-cheek, my friends.  There are a lot of people out there deriving all or part of their income from generating YouTube content and they have to promote themselves.  More power to them, and I follow many of their channels.

Threading the Bobbin into the Shuttle

I, on the other hand, derive none of my income from anything associated with my hobby.  That's not how hobbies work, lol.  And on the third other hand, I like to laugh.  Often at myself.

So seriously, absolutely no reason to watch any of this UNLESS you own a Domestic High Arm Fiddlebase.  Lucky you if so.

And speaking of laughing at myself, in the comments below feel free to list the hilarious mistakes that I make in the video.  It takes hours to create something like this, so if the information was coming through I figured that was all that mattered and left the bloopers in there.

And btw, if you are a longtime reader you may be wondering how I could bear to part with Shield Maiden, my first paint job and my 15 minutes of fame.  Easy, she is staying in the family and going to a relative.  Who loves her too.


And an update.  Camilla, who had never treadled before, sat down and treadled like she had been doing it all her life.  Seriously, zero learning curve.

Camilla and Shield Maiden are obviously meant for each other.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Usual Disclaimers

I don't know why it took me YEARS to think of this.  Instead of explaining these things over and over again in the posts, here they all are in one handy post that I can link to.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

I am not an expert.  I do all of this for fun and I enjoy experimenting.  I make mistakes and really enjoy telling you about them when I do.

In summary
I am not an expert.
I am not an expert.
I am not an expert.

I don't mind when people contact me and ask for advice because I love talking about sewing machines.  BUT
I am not an expert.

THE USUAL DISCLAIMERS
Nobody pays me to promote products.  I mention brand names and sometimes link to the specific products I use when I am discussing how-to techniques.  There may be other products that would do the same thing, maybe even better.  But when you are tackling a brand new type of project for the very first time I'm hoping it will help you to see exactly what someone else did.

There was one time I got a product free in return for my (very insignificant) help during the design process and not only did I reveal this, I bragged about it.  See, I'm still talking about it all these years later.

PHOTOS
The purpose of my photos is to show you something, often details of a specific tool, device, supply, or technique.  I alter photos to enhance the clarity of the information they are supposed to be providing.  They may have been cropped, rotated, enhanced, backlit or anything else that can be done with the a click or two on the free photo editing software I use, Photoscape.  Kind of like Adobe Elements.  But free.  I have used it for years and years.

So don't be surprised if the color of my living room walls (or anything else) changes from one photo to the next.  An especially astute reader once noticed that I seemed to be left handed in one photo and right handed in another.  No, I had flipped one of those photos (for reasons I don't remember).

And black sewing machines are a NIGHTMARE to photograph.  By the time I finish tweaking the picture to convey some detail, everything in the photo probably looks like it slipped through from an alternate universe on a planet under an alien sun.  Probably purple.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

PSA: Check Your Tapes!

PSA = public service announcement


Focus on the number 31 above.  The camera was directly above 31, so because of camera angle and perspective that is the only accurate place to look.

Recently I heard or read something about unreliable tape measures.  Honestly, I can't remember where.  Hey, it happened more than 2 seconds ago!  It was either on Facebook or a podcast because that's where I learn all the important things PLUS (on Facebook) there are those cute cat vids.  Friend of mine rescued a 3 week old abandoned kitten 4 weeks ago and she has been a faithful chronicler of its antics.  Have I drifted off topic?  Who knows,  I started writing this more than 2 seconds ago.

Oh yes. Tape measures and important information.  I'm a fan of Zede and Mallory Donahue, who have BOTH Facebook and podcasty presence.  Check out Sewing Out Loud and the Self Sewn Wardrobe.  It was probably here that I was alerted to the possibility that my tapes were wrong.  But it could have been anywhere.  See 2 second comments above.




So I lined a bunch of them up on my largest cutting mat, all starting at the zero point and held in place securely by a cast iron shoe last.   I also laid a steel yardstick down.  Fortunately the mat and the yardstick agreed, so I'm going to believe they are accurate.  But just look at the tapes!

Frankly  I am horrified by this.  Devices that are designed to measure should measure ACCURATELY.  Am I right?  or am I right?  Right?

I have never used cloth measuring tapes because I was told years ago that they would stretch over time, but I assumed I was fairly safe with the plastic ones.  But notice that both of them (top 2) are too short.

And the flexible curve ruler that I bought just last week is a full 3/8" too long by the time you get out to 31 inches.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!



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This public service announcement has been brought to you by DragonPoodle Studio, a completely not-for-profit private enterprise.  The term "not-for-profit" is a description only and has no legal meaning or validity under the tax codes and laws.  Not only is there no profit, it is pretty much a black hole into which a percentage of my disposable income regularly disappears. Happily, by the way.




Thursday, October 4, 2018

How to get a decent cup of coffee at a cheap motel




The answer is stupefyingly simple:  make it yourself the same way you do at home.  If you make drip.  Although my method would work with french press too, but I haven't tried that for myself.



But wait---there is more to the story.

For decades I wondered why using the coffee makers in cheap motel rooms produced lousy coffee, even when I brought my own coffee from home.  I only speak of cheap motels (not fleabags, but the lower priced chains) because I rarely stay at any other kind.  And when you go upscale there's probably a fantastic coffee bar right there.

My working hypothesis is that motel coffee makers just don't get hot enough to brew the coffee.  Maybe they are less likely to burn the place down, who knows?



So when I saw this adorable electric water-boiler at the thrift store for a couple of bucks, problem solved.  What would you call this?  Not a tea kettle because it does not sing.  Not a teapot because I wouldn't put tea in there with that heating element, even unplugged.  Water-boiler.  Boiler of water.




Coffee filter holder sitting on top of mug.  Nice hot boiling water poured over the grounds.  Delicious coffee just like I make at home every morning of my life.




Of course you have to be willing to drag all of this stuff around.  I'd be willing to do a lot more than this to have my coffee in the morning.


Hey, I like Dunkin Decaf.  I prefer a darker roast, but this is ALWAYS available at the grocery store and dark roast decaf rarely is.

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Hope you enjoyed this public service announcement.  I am currently enthralled by a non-vintage machine.  Babylock Evolution, serger and coverstitch combined, biggest splurge of my life.  I had an unexpected windfall and blew much of it on this.  Let me know in the comments if you want to hear about it.  My experience to date is that you are reading my blog for the vintage machines and that's cool with me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Spartan disguised as LaVencedora





Hello there dear readers.  I've been on a favorite path, boldly going where no other sewing machine restorers have gone before.  Or at least if they have, they haven't been writing about it online.

The Singer Spartan, Model 192, is my favorite model to convert to hand crank for children.  It's the budget version of the Singer 99, a 3/4 size machine.  The smaller size means that a child does not have to reach as far to turn the hand crank.

And Anna, one of my favorite child friends, loves sewing and sewing machines.  She just turned 7 and I had promised her a sewing machine of her own for her birthday.  She liked the antique machines with beautiful decals on display in the DragonPoodle Museum, aka the living room.



So:  Spartan, good.  Beautiful decals, good.  Problem:  Spartans are the plainest machines ever.  There are NO decorations on them aside from the name "Spartan".  Kind of Spartan, lol.

There are colorful decals available for a 3/4 size machine, but they are all for the antique shuttle machines, which have a different bed configuration.  I've been wanting to try them out on a 99 or a 192, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I've had a couple of 99s with worn decals and chipped and worn paint sitting around, but on a fairly recent thrift store visit I spotted a Spartan sitting on the floor in a cardboard box.  I snapped it up.  It had a pound and a half of lint in it (perhaps a slight exaggeration) but the exterior was clean and glossy.  After cleaning and oiling all it needed were some nice decals.

I ordered LaVencedora decals from Keeler Sales on eBay.  I have bought decals from them before and have had good results.  The others were just gold though, not colors.  If you examine their photos online you can tell that they are not as detailed as the originals.  The colors lack shading, which is also true of their all gold decals.  They are pretty, but they do not exactly duplicate the originals.  Google images for the model you are interested in and compare them with the images of the Keeler sales decals.  Know what you are buying so you won't be disappointed.



I scanned the decals and printed out two copies.  I cut the motifs out of one of the copies, figured out where they were going to go on the machine and then made notes on the other copy.  I deliberately did NOT look at pictures of these decals on the Singer 28 for which they were designed because that was irrelevant and trying to get them in the "right" place would just have muddled me.


The picture above is an actual Singer 28 with LaVencedora decals, the picture I deliberately ignored during the placement process.  Sadly I don't have a picture that shows the sliding shuttle cover plates.

I began the practice decal placement with the big obvious motifs and taped them to the machine, working my way down to the smaller ones.  This worked out much more easily than I expected, given the fact that the bed configuration is completely different in the bobbin area.




Once I figured out where everything was going to go, I applied the decals.  I have written in detail about the process of applying decals before (see the links to "Paint and Decal Sewing Machines" at the top of this page). 


Longtime readers will know that my usual policy is to describe every tiny problem that arises in excruciating detail, and to do the same with any tiny flaws that result.  Because one of the major missions of this blog is to try things out and let you know how well they work and what the pitfalls are.


When the machine is a gift however I don't do this.  No point in spoiling the pleasure of the recipient who might be reading this.  Or her mother who might be reading it.  So I'm not telling you, nyah, nyah, nyah.



I also added a label on the back, gold lettering showing through a black decals (again, see links at top of page for directions.)

I finished it NOT with a clear coat spray as I have done before, but with three coats of brush on acrylic lacquer.  I really, really liked this.  I like the fact that you don't have to tape anything off, as long as you use a small-ish brush and take care around the needle plate and oil holes.  I like that fact that it is WAY thicker than the spray coat.  It's lovely and glossy.  My technique could be improved but it turned out really well and I will definitely make this my go-to technique in the future.


The results;  SPECTACULAR.  If I do say so myself.  Anna has only seen photos so far, and she texted me a whole paragraph of hearts and kisses emojis.  It looks ever better in person than it does in the photos and I'm really looking forward to her next visit when she gets to see it for real.


Even the hand crank got a little decal (after painting out the one it came with.)



I prefer the Spartan to the 99 because it requires NO modification for the bobbin winder to work.  Having said that, winding a bobbin on a hand crank is a tedious and boring task.  Most people seem to wind their bobbins on an electric machine or use a Side Winder (small bobbin winding machine).

I did find prewound class 66 bobbins at Joann's recently, both black and white and colors.  Last time I searched for these I could only find class 15.  I don't know if these are new or if I just never saw them before.

My notes tell me* that a 99 has to be in a base to work (otherwise the working bits slam into the table and it doesn't function that way).  The 192 that I just worked on didn't need the base,  and worked just fine sitting naked on the table top.  The 192 plastic bases are fragile by now and often missing or seriously broken, although this machine did still have an intact one. 

*Let me know if you can confirm this about the 99.  It's been a while since I worked on one.


Would you try adapting decals from one model on to a different model?  Or perhaps you have already tried it.  Let me know in the comments below.

There are other pretty decals for the 28 and the full size 128.  I'm glad to have done this, happy with the results for Anna, who had specifically requested decals with gold and pretty colors.  I doubt if I will do it again however.  I would rather try something else next time.  I do like the gold though.  The technique I INVENTED (ahem, modest bow.  OK, totally self-congratulatory bow) for the black label with gold lettering showing through works well for lettering but I doubt if I could get satisfactory results for anything more complicated.  But there are a couple more ideas germinating about that.  Watch this space!


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There's a reason for the long delay since my last post.  I've been well.  Not what you expected, right?  I have chronic fatigue syndrome, which waxes and wanes.  I've been very well for a couple of months, which means less time sitting in my recliner blogging and more time out running around living the wild life.  Which for my demographic means lots of trips to lots of thrift stores.  So when you don't hear from me for a while, it's probably a good thing!


Friday, June 15, 2018

TOGA Friday.....and zea mays



One of my favorite things (seriously) about going to the NC TOGA is driving by fields of corn.  I grew up in Ohio, in the Corn Belt.  NC is mostly unfriendly to corn but there are a few spots where the soil is good for corn.  I don't see it in Orange County where I live (no oranges there either) and I love seeing it here.  So each year's blog post about TOGA starts with a photo of corn.  No reason to change this year.

The Latin name for this crop is zea mays, called corn by Americans and maize by much of the rest of the world.  But you are not reading this blog for discussions of the Latin names of crops. 




Friday's activities are all at the church.  The church hall is set up for sewing, and Edna usually teaches a class demonstrating a simple sewing project.  Hand crank sewing machines are the usual choice, but no one gets thrown out for bringing a "tailed" machine.  (The tail is the electrical cord dangling down from the motor).




Outdoors people sell stuff from tables set up near their cars, and on the porch.  I sold 3 sewing machines to Joan and Bill, for use in teaching sewing to youngsters.  Sold one wooden ironing board and have two more.  Sold several vintage sewing boxes, and have several more.  Melissa took several Reader's Digest Guides to Sewing, which she gives away with each machine she sells (I do that too, but I have a serious surplus). 

 I didn't buy much, just a clear vintage thread box that matches several others that I already have and will stack on top ot them.  I'm always on the lookout for this one particular type and was thrilled to buy it from D'Nise.

And I accidentally acquired a Singer 237 from a woman who asked my advice on pricing a LaVencedora.  She decided to keep that one but tried to GIVE me a 237.  I told her it was potentially a great machine with value and she should sell it.  Treadleable Singer zigzaggers are rare-ish.  An hour later she needed $2 to buy some parts from another vendor and didn't have any small bills.  So she came to me and offered me the 237.  I had three dollar bills in my wallet so I gave them to her and laughed at myself.  The point of this trip is GETTING RID OF MACHINES NOT BRINGING MORE HOME!

Oh well, 3 out and 1 in is still a win.

I left around 3:00 pm for my obligatory afternoon nap.  Dinner with the gang this evening.


Tomorrow is the last day and the raffle.  I'll be back to tell you about that later.




TOGA Thursday---or not




TOGA:  TreadleOn Gathering and Academy, an antique sewing machine swap meet and general rumpus.

I arrived in Monroe NC last night and checked in to the motel.  No problems on the trip.  Barbara came over from her motel across the street and picked me up.  We went to the Fork and Spoon which I must say is the only restaurant in Monroe that I have actually enjoyed (plenty of fast food and chain restaurants if that's your thing).

Got back to my motel only to find that one of my tires was flat, and I mean TOTALLY flat.


This picture was taken after the air pump had already been running for several minutes.  It was MUCH flatter than this to begin with.

Fortunately the night before I had charged up my car jumper/inflator/power thingy.  I brought it not for its car superpowers, but because I can plug a sewing machine into it, so I can demonstrate machines outdoors without lugging them into the church.

I've used it and its predecessors (the batteries last several years but not forever) many times to jump cars but only rarely to inflate tires.  This one was SO low that the battery pack ran til it ran out of juice and didn't even get the tire up to 20 psi (35 is what it should have).  But it was enough to get to the Walmart on the other side of the highway.  Where I sat for an hour until they told me they didn't have the right tire.

But they blew it up to 35 and I made it all the way to the other side of the strip mall to a tire store,  where I waited a couple more hours, but left with a new tire.

Had lunch (actually it was breakfast and it was 2:30 by then), went back to the motel and took a long nap.

So that was my first day of TOGA.  What was everyone else doing?

  • Mary Jo's fabric store, reputed to be the best fabric store between Atlanta and DC
  • A thread wholesaler.  This is my spiritual home and it was devastating to miss.  Even though I'm pretty sure I have the world's largest private collection of thread already!
  • A trip to see Harry Berzak's private collection of antique sewing machines.  Harry is one of the world's major collectors and his museum, which is not open to the public, houses THOUSANDS of antique machines.  OK, I really don't know how many but it has to be thousands.  I was there several years ago.
  • Dinner.  Breakfast at 2:30 pm of a Cookout cheeseburger (with bacon and grilled onion) did NOT leave me hungry at dinner time for some strange reason.

I did catch up with Linda, Caroline, and Linda's adorable little girls after dinner.  So the day wasn't a total washout.

stay tuned for Friday's thrilling developments......


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Machines and stuff available at 2018 NC TOGA.


I'm pretty lazy and the following message does not change from year to year.  So I just cut and pasted it from a post from bygone years.

"You have been warned.  I will NOT repeat NOT ship sewing machines.  Ever.  These will ONLY be available at the NC TOGA.

"So what, you ask, is the NC TOGA?  First part, easy:  North Carolina.  Second part:  Treadle On Gathering and Academy.  Basically a treadle and hand crank geek fest.  Held in Monroe, NC, every June.  

Email me (or post to the NC TOGA Facebook group) if you are SERIOUSLY interested.  I don't want to drag a lot of 40 pound machines around for people who are not seriously interested.  But you do NOT have to make a commitment, and I don't take any money until you have seen them in person and made an informed decision."

Back to the present time:
These are the machines I will bring IF anyone is seriously interested.  Prices will only be listed at the NC TOGA Facebook group page. 

Categories:

  • Just Want To Get Rid Of Them At Rock Bottom Prices
    • something is missing or wrong and/or I just got bored and don't want to bother.  Full disclosure on whatever I discovered.  
    • I bought, I looked, I'm done and I don't want to bother.  Unchecked and untested.
  • Decent Machines At Wholesale Prices
    • Cleaned, oiled, tested and ready to sew
  • You Need A Pot Of Money To Pry This From My Hands
    • top of the line vintage machines in perfect working order, probably with an amazing assortment of accessories.  it is the sale of machines like this that fund the hobby and keep it going.  Don't bother asking "would you take less?".  
and a new category in 2018
  • Vintage Sewing Goodies and Accessories

Just Want To Get Rid Of Them At Rock Bottom Prices

Kenmore 158.321
Photo shows it in a cabinet but it is now in a funky case

It's one of the legendary 158s.  It's got the bells and whistles shown in the photo.  It is has been cleaned, oiled and lubed and is working perfectly except for one little, probably fixable thing.  And it is LAVENDER!!!  What more could you want?

Well, you could want a stitch length selector that works properly.  This one doesn't.  If you only sew with stitches ranging from small to miniscule, it's fine.  The fact that you get the full range of stitch lengths in reverse suggests that all of the linkages are good (not frozen by old oil).  I can show you what I think needs to be fixed, but you will have to figure out how to get the faceplate off.

Taiwanese 15 clone

It's not as smooth as the usual Japanese 15 clone.  But tt works.  Treadle-able.  It's black.  It looks just like a 15 clone.  I don't have a picture of it.

New Home 671

Another one I don't have a picture of.  It's a pretty teal-multistitch cam machine.  Worked fine last time I checked which was several years ago.  But there's a reason it is in the "just want to get rid of it" list.

It is missing the zigzag cam.  And it won't zz without it.  I have had an ebay search set up for YEARS.  And I did find and buy a cam set. Which, of course, did NOT include the zz cam.


Singer 177.  Brazilian zigzagger, treadle-able


This was a budget model and is seriously underpowered.  Think chipmunks running in a hamster wheel.  None of that will matter if you take the motor off and drop it in a treadle. 

I sold one of these to Di a couple of years ago and she was underwhelmed.  But there is a serious shortage of treadle-able zigzaggers out there. 

Singer 206

No photo.  I believe this was the first zigzagger Singer produced for the domestic market.  I bought it because I LOVE LOVE LOVE my 306 (similar model but with cams) and wanted to explore and play with the earlier model.  But I never got around to it.

TOTALLY UNTESTED AND SOLD AS IS.  Could be great, could be not so much.  Because I don't know it is in the "rock bottom price" category.

Decent Machines At Wholesale Prices

Singer 185 in a 285 case

Now in a case
A 3/4 sized Singer.  Good candidate for hand crank with slight modification (I can show you).

Necchi serger

No photo.  This is not the usual fare for a TOGA but I mentioned it online several weeks ago and Molly says she is interested.


You Need A Pot Of Money To Pry This From My Hands

Necchi Nora, pink, with cams

It is now in a case
It's a legendary Necchi.  I bought cams for it but have no idea whether it is a full set or not.  Tested within the past 6 months and working beautifully.

BTW, the photo is a bit misleading.  It is not a bright clear pink.  But it is definitely pink, just a beige-y pink.


Singer 301 in a non-301 case

Case not shown

Mocha shortbed.  Straight stitch machine, but this one does include the zigzag and other stitch accessory.



Singer 319, "typewriter keys" model


Here's the famous Singer 319, an eminently treadle-able multistitch machine with cams for even more stitches.  Takes Singer flat cams.


Please note that someone has re-timed this machine so that it takes ordinary needles instead of the special class 206 needles.  I have tested it and it sews fine.

Want to start a flame war on a vintage Singer online group?  Bring up the topic of adapting this machine to take regular needles.

I have always had in mind re-timing it back to its original specifications but I just haven't gotten around to it and have lost interest.

Tell me what Singer flat cams you already have (by number) and I will include half a dozen extra ones for you.  If you don't have any I will include an assortment that I think will be useful and/or fun.


Vintage Sewing Accessories

I don't have time to take pictures. but I have lots of stuff.  Let me know via email or Facebook of the type of things you might be interested in.  If NO ONE expresses any interest, that type of thing will probably be left at home.

  • wooden ironing boards.  I have three.  They make nice display pieces.  Plant stands (keep those ferns off your treadles, ladies!).  You can even use them as ironing boards--I do! One of them has an underpad and ironing board cover on it right now. If you want one of the others for an ironing board let me know and I can even bring you a piece of old wool blanket, which makes the perfect underpad for your ironing board.  Please note that this is old wood  and has some splits.  Still works though.
  • sewing baskets.  I have the cute fabric upholstered kind and the vintage plastic ones.
  • thread boxes.  clear plastic, some with spaces for bobbins.  
  • buttonholers.  I have a zillion.  Pink and green Jetsons.  Older Singer ones.  Non-Singer ones.  All of those are for straight stitch machines.  I also have some more modern Singer ones for zigzag machines.  Let me know what you are looking for.  I have several differnent types of top clampers but have NO IDEA of how to determine which machines they will fit.  
  • Sewing books.  Singer, Better Homes and Gardens, Reader's Digest.  These are encyclopedias of sewing techniques.  If you sew, you need one.  Trust me on this.