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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Sold
« on: September 21, 2021, 06:35:40 AM »
Now sold.

Thank-you everyone!

It is rewired, new motor brushes, new capacitors, new plug, motor is very good... I'll make all that clearer in the listing.

I've brought it down to £625, I'll give it a little while, then drop it lower.
So we're looking at £500 (ish) you think?

I'll see what eBay stats show, if I can browse as a non-member.
I'm open to offers. I should mention that in the listing.

That Etsy listing @ £3,500 has gone. Was it actually sold, or listed to help sell another at £2,000? Several sellers have multiple Ids! Same items, different prices.

What I'm missing here is a nice bidding frenzy, where people feel they've bought it already, then get sniped as the auction nears its end.

I'm reluctant to ship it anywhere for the time-being.
I've read horror stories, and seen pictures, of machines that were dropped from a great height.
Most reputable Couriers won't insure Antiques or Sewing machines.
If Buyer arranges collection, is it a Courier at my door, or the Buyer, or their mate? There's no pre-vetting of Customers, no cash-on-collection, and no inspection or receipt when they take it away.
PayPal is like cash-on-elastic. If Buyer's unhappy - Instant refund.
If it comes back from The States, I've got 2x International shipping, Customs, Inspection fees, VAT... are all my original parts still there, or swapped-out?
I don't know whether I'm 'older & wiser' or just plain paranoid. 😁

Not being on eBay, Facebook, Twitter... I was going by prices I knew back in 2014-2015?
Of course starting high, then reducing 'til sold. Because there's no bidding, it can't start low and then rise as it would at auction.
Etsy was no guide; £3,000+ is obviously unrealIstic.

I'd very-much appreciate any help you could offer please in setting a reasonable price. What have you seen them selling for lately?
I won't be offended. I'm really looking to sell it, not to make history.
Thanks in advance.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / SOLD
« on: September 17, 2021, 04:15:36 AM »
Now sold. Thank -you.

House Beautiful / Re: Potato storage bag?
« on: September 07, 2021, 01:18:48 AM »
I was told that potato bags (and containers) should be washed before refilling, so that spores(?) don't cause the new load to ripen prematurely, similar to that which occurs with fruit.
I did try a purpose-made Potato Bag. It supposedly had a 'special treatment' to keep contents 'fresher for longer'. They sold one just for onions too. They failed to keep them fresh at all. Perhaps because my kitchen cupboards are too warm? I now use one of the salad drawers in the fridge for all potatoes & vegetables.

Vintage Machines / Re: Oil for 99k
« on: September 06, 2021, 22:34:16 PM »
I refill my vintage Singer Oil Cans using a blunt syringe.
I have the enjoyment of using the oil cans over and again, and they don't rust inside with oil sloshing around in them.

Another option is to find a vintage Valvespout Oil Can.
They're often for sale on auction sites or Vintage Tools websites. They have a really long tip, they're easily re-filled, and have a permanent tip that screws completely shut, so they can't spill or leak in your sewing bag/case.

In the wardrobe / Re: Singer 99k stitch length regulator faulty
« on: September 04, 2021, 23:16:04 PM »
@SimOneNL Thanks for that. I've started watching Andy's YouTube videos; "Saving LaLa" a 1930's FW 221.

Thanks too for the StageCoachRoad pointer. I could binge-watch all these repair videos, back-to-back, if I only had the time.

@jesster My trouble was with the White 221 too. Perhaps it was 'recently serviced' by the same guy?

It's amazing how complex an apparently-simple machine can be. When you look underneath these, it doesn't look as if much is going on.

House Beautiful / Re: Machine or hand sew curtain linings?
« on: August 23, 2021, 20:00:01 PM »
Could someone please explain for me, what "Bagging Out" is?

I have three pairs of curtains to re-line. My biggest project to-date. I think I can copy how they were originally lined, but I want to make sure I don't overlook something.

Does Curtain Lining Fabric usually need to be a certain type/weight?
Would new Egyptian Cotton sheets (400 thread count) be a suitable substitute?

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: seeking advice/opinions
« on: August 23, 2021, 05:27:12 AM »
White/cream Vertical Blinds?
Vertical Blinds would solve the problems of harsh, direct sunlight.
You could adjust them as the day/seasons change.
Allow air to circulate with the window open.
Turn them to let just the right amount of daylight in, where and when you want it, without having continuous glare from the sun.
When vertical blinds are fully closed, sunlight is completely diffused. Your machine and fabrics will be protected from fading/damage, but the room will not be completely dark.
You can draw blinds fully open to one side, so they're unobtrusive when not required.
In the winter, they're an additional thermal barrier behind your top curtains.
If you turn them to 45°, you have air coming in during warm summer evenings, and complete privacy, when your main light/lamps are on.

In the wardrobe / Re: Singer 99k stitch length regulator faulty
« on: August 23, 2021, 03:37:56 AM »
I had this problem on a vintage Singer Featherweight 221.
Although the Stitch-length Lever travelled fully up and down (short stitches through to long stitches) the effect on the stitches actually sewn was minimal, and the stitches remained at around 22 stitches per inch.

The problem was the Y-shaped yoke & linkages inside - behind the Stitch-length-lever.

I removed the Drive-belt and Handwheel.
There's a large access hole behind the Handwheel.
I cleaned inside by flooding with Lighter Fluid, catching run-off with paper towels, then oiled everything well.
This part is normally oiled from above but can sometimes be missed or become gummed up over time. Especially if its unused for quite a while.

Might be worth a try?

Vintage Machines / Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« on: August 23, 2021, 03:14:12 AM »
The Plastic Tubing for fitting awkward bulbs is also available from The Featherweight Shop's UK outlet/partner; The Littlest Thistle.

I bought two types of LED bulb from The States; one Standard, and one Super-Bright-White. The super-bright-white is great for seeing true colours. Both types are much better than the old incandescent bulbs we've been used to.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Another Newbie.
« on: August 23, 2021, 02:35:17 AM »
Hello Liz,
I'm new here too. Members here are very friendly, and a mine of useful information. So much to look at, and catch-up on, at first. Still finding my way around.

Haven't tried machine embroidery, but the videos on YouTube are fascinating to watch. Especially that vintage two-thread Embroidery Attachment! Looks like a manic lobster. I could watch that running all day long!

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: August 16, 2021, 16:49:49 PM »
Hello - it sounds like we may need to see some pics of your machines  0_0
That's a great idea @Bodgeitandscarper !
I'll try to limit them to one picture of each.

I'd welcome questions like "where did you find that one?" but I probably can't explain if you ask "what are you going to use that one for?" or "why do you need so many?"

About ten years ago, I needed a Sewing Machine for my son's school theatre costume. No-one in our families owned one, our friends & neighbours didn't use one either, so I browsed the Local Ads. They were going for £5-£10 each at the time. I bought my first machine that evening, a perfect Singer 201 in a mock-croc wooden suitcase. It had belonged to the young lady's grandmother. She told me no-one in her family wanted it now, or could see a further use for it.

Nowadays of course, vintage machines are fetching much more. But I don't think its down to home-crafting, The Sewing Bee on BBC, or Lockdown, because they're still generally crusted, unused, and non-working.

I like the research & history, sourcing parts, the mechanics and electrics (I repair clocks & radios too) then of course there's the practicalities of a fully-working piece of history.

I don't think I'm going to be cured any time soon. I want to rescue them all.

Vintage Machines / Re: FeatherWeight making an Awful racket
« on: August 15, 2021, 21:43:13 PM »
FYI: There's a 'Singer 221 Adjuster's Manual' that might have helped in this situation. It covers the Stitch-length-regulator too (also mentioned here). It's an Owner's Service Manual, dedicated to Singer Featherweights. Originally published by Singer, its now reprinted by a third-party. I've only seen them for sale at 'The Featherweight Shop', USA. I bought one a few years ago - a little pricey - but well worth having and keeping with your Featherweight.

Vintage Machines / Re: 221/222k cleanup
« on: August 15, 2021, 15:56:57 PM »
Glad I could be of help.
He's based in the UK and is a very friendly, efficient, helpful seller.
He sells these Grommets in packs of three: Two for the Machine plug, and one for the Foot controller. Although Foot controllers don't always need/accommodate one. I also use one as a strain-releif for the Mains plug.

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