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Online KathyPhDRN

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My new old machine
« on: January 28, 2013, 08:28:06 PM »
 I recently acquired a #6 Singer treadle cabinet; I was interested in it for the furniture aspect, only. But, it included a machine, so, of course, I had to figure it out. The machine is a 66 (# assigned April, 1911). It has been rebuilt by Bega's, and, as a result, has no badge or original decals. The decals that are present are those identified on treadle on as "scrolled flowers", (http://www.treadleon.net/oldtreadleonia/university/museum/decals/decals.html) but they have no color. Although rebuilt, it has not been electrified. Of course, I am now more fascinated by the machine than by the cabinet. It has a very ornate face plate and back plate (circular). I hold no illusions about value, but wonder if it wouldn't be "fun" to make it look like a red-eye, if that was what it was. Thoughts?
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Re: My new old machine
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 09:47:36 AM »
Fabulous! I bought (very cheaply) a hand crank Singer from 1945 just before Christmas. i had fun making a shirt with it 'just because' and then had a job for a client that it was the only machine I had that would work well with the fabric.
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Re: My new old machine
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 02:54:43 PM »
Kathy,

That's a nice clean machine and treadle base.    Were it mine I'd hunt up a badge and a set of rivets, put that on and leave it like it is.    I have two 66 red eye treadles and a head looking for a home.   Although the red eye decals are more interesting than the minimal decals on yours or my other ones, they don't sew any better.
~AND~  The reproduction red eye decal sets are very expensive at $79.95.   I wouldn't be surprised if they'd cost more than your entire treadle did.
http://www.keelersales.com/servlet/Categories?category=Decals  }

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Re: My new old machine
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 04:12:14 PM »
Hi Kathy,

Although your 66 is missing its badge those are the original decals. This one was never a red eye. That is a lovely 7 drawer cabinet, BTW. :)
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Re: My new old machine
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2013, 08:04:29 PM »
The decals say rebuilt Singer  (on top).  The "new" badge says Bega's parts used.

So, it has been rebuilt, but not electrified. I understand that "authorized" rebuilders were required to remove original decals and badge.  Would rebuilders be that honest today???

Kathy
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Re: My new old machine
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2013, 08:07:10 PM »
Joe,

You're right...I know those decals cost more than what I paid.  I never intended to own a vintage machine...just the cabinet.  But once I got one, my interests in genealogy and history took over.  I really have no idea what I'll do!

Kathy
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Re: My new old machine
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2013, 02:09:11 PM »
Since it is an actual rebuilt machine and marked as such, that is part of it's history.    I'm pretty sure one of my black crinkle paint 66-18s is a rebuild, but it doesn't say so.   You can see it's a repainted machine though.

That's part of why I said to just leave it be other than replacing the badge.    Rebuilt or not, it looks kinda incomplete without it.

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