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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Littledog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2013 at 11:34am
Looks like fun.  Looks like one of those freehand type embroidery machines.  Chainstich?
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yes, a singer 114w103  singers first chain stitch, free hand turn the handle and go machine.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Littledog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2013 at 11:51am
Color me Green.  Sweet find.  By the way, I am holding out on those Singer 241s.  The no reverse would really crimp my style with finish work.  I am going to save my coin and keep my eye out.  For now the Gorilla Singer 66 will keep me moving. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote illumin8em Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 2:56pm
I am now the steward of My Great Uncle Johnny's Singer 201-2, bought in 1952, in my hometown, which is strange because him lived an hour or two away with no family in this area.

I wasn't able to make it there before they cut one of the cords, the one from internal knee mechanism that I am not familiar with. I will look in to that. I will return to remove it properly from the cabinet.






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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Happy Hooligan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 3:16pm
Just saw this one from your other post.   You can buy cheap foot pedals for it if you don't put it back in the cabinet.   Original bakelight pedals are kind of pricy.   But as long as it has the three prong it fits most of the machines... 15-91, 221 and 201 all fit the same pedal.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hollows Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 4:29pm
Very cool find, Justin.  That's one of the models that I've been looking closely at every 4 months or so when my sewing machine interest-cycle peaks.

One of these days I'll follow through.
I make things out of leather.
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Just got this. 
Planning to some denim darning repairs.
It's a 222K  model made in 1955, in Kilbowie Scotland.


Edited by denimdart - 07 May 2013 at 3:12am
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Some time ago, I was at the antique mall and spotted this from about twenty feet away.  I nearly knocked over some old ladies in my haste to lay claim to it.  Alas, up close it was only a false graal to tempt this Galahad, and it was merely a 39200J.  I shouldn't cry too much, 'cause if you need an overlocker, this is the one to have, and supposedly the J was the model for heavier trousers and such.  It's all gunked up with wool lint and yechh, but she turns over real purty-like.  It reminds me of my early production Walther P38.  It's just got this dense, oily, slidey, clicky-ness that makes you realize what-for the hubbub with these old machines.  Too bad it's way down on my list of priorities for refurbishment, but opportunities wait for no man.  I seem to forever be buying to fix up in a nebulous future.
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Good story. Keep us up to date on that bad boy and your sewing ventures
Sell me your Mister Freedom stuff. :)
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Here's the reason for having to pass on the recent secret jean group buy.  As much as I might regret missing out, I expect this to ameliorate the pangs. (assuming I can build the courage to tell the wife that this is sitting in the garage...)
The Yamato DT-30, which is a part for part clone of the Union Special 35800 three needle, off the arm chainstitch lap seamer, with differential feed and gear driven puller made in Japan.  Sort of the sewing machine version of the Sugar Cane clone of the late '40s 501. 
The stand is a legit Union Special, and is a freakin' beast!  It took three of us to load the thing in the truck, and when I unloaded by myself, even with a good sized handtruck, I almost lost it.  Now I know why these things cost so much to freight.  It's currently set up for two needles, but only needs the last looper to run three.
After about an hour to oil, lube and figure out the threading and tensions, I ran my first ever chainstitch lap seam.  Oh, baby!  I had to check the ground on the power cord, because the feeling that went up my spine was definitely electric!  It was much quieter than I expected, and it buzzed through some very heavy denim like butter with a perfect stitch right out of the gate.  My seam on the other hand will need a lot of work, the fabric ended up rather skewed.  Part of it was the fact that this was my first ever attempt, and I was more interested if the machine would sew without binding up, and that the folder is too large.  The folks that I got the machine from were sewing extra heavy waterproof nylon, and the folders they gave me let the denim slop around too much.  So next step is more appropriate folders, and some better thread.
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