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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Ever had a vintage SM you love so much.... ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/29/12 7:02 PM

....that you dread if something made it unable to use anymore?

That's the way I feel about my Morse Fotomatic. Just got through sewing through 4 layers of fleece like butter. All I had to do was oil it and change the needle to start the project.

Bells and whistles? I don't need them. I have the PERFECT straight stitch and an awesome buttonhole attachment that makes way prettier buttonholes than on anything new I've seen.

I just hope the cast iron, 50 pound baby runs forever.

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Date: 12/29/12 7:03 PM

Absolutely, my Pfaff 1229.

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Date: 12/30/12 5:47 AM

Yes. My Singer 27-3 (treadle). I love that machine beyond all reason. During my move to this house 2 years ago, the feed dogs broke (the long side snapped). I don't know when during the move it happened (the machines were in storage for a couple months and then moved into my basement for a few months before I began to put the sewing room back together. When I realized the feed dogs had been broken, I felt sick in side. Which isn't rational, because it's not like feed dogs are that hard to come by on that kind of Singer or anything. But my baby got HURT!!!!

I bought a parts machine and the feeddogs have been fixed.

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Date: 12/30/12 7:24 AM

"Beyond all reason!" I love that!

...and my 1916 "Tiffany Decal" Singer 15-30. Almost 100 years strong. Sews straight. No zig zag, no backstitch, never held me back. And the buttonhole attachment has never let me down.

This is the machine I learned on as a kid, and sewed on since then.
"Dear God, keep this machine going as long as I do."

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Date: 12/30/12 7:25 AM

Dukaqwn, do you scour your local craig's list and ebay? These are still out there in nice condition so you might sleep better if you could find one of the same model you have now to salvage for parts. Its the cam-stack you can't replace but I "think" most of the other inside parts can be repaired.

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Date: 12/30/12 10:46 AM

My goodness, yes. Although I haven't had her long - only about a year - I am totally besotted with Queen Margaret, my Singer 201-2. It was "Love at First Stitch" for me when I bought her for $80 on Craigslist.

I have bought and sold several other 201's, and to most people they would probably be indistinguishable from one another, but not to me. I totally bonded with this machine even though some of the others were cosmetically more beautiful. QM's previous owner actually took a sharp tool and scratched her SSN right onto the front of the machine. (WTH???) But this blemish doesn't bother me, rather it makes me love her more. She works for me, she doesn't just sit there and look beautiful. And the etching reminds me that her previous owner loved her so much that she wanted to mark her ownership. Because of the scratch, this machine will always belong to me and me alone. I will never sell her.

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Date: 12/30/12 12:28 PM

Yes, my old Bernina 930. I bought another one just for parts. I also love my Bernina 1630...and that one I also bought another just for parts....that's why I have so many machines...I always need 2 of every one I love....but I sleep at night and do not worry about using them...after all that is my joy...using them!

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Date: 12/30/12 2:04 PM

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....that you dread if something made it unable to use anymore?



That's the way I feel about my Morse Fotomatic. Just got through sewing through 4 layers of fleece like butter. All I had to do was oil it and change the needle to start the project.



Bells and whistles? I don't need them. I have the PERFECT straight stitch and an awesome buttonhole attachment that makes way prettier buttonholes than on anything new I've seen.



I just hope the cast iron, 50 pound baby runs forever.

I love my Morse 4400 fotomatic and would be heartbroken if something happened to it. The cam stack is cracked, but it still works. I'm going to just go on loving it until it breaks because it sews everything beautifully and it's very fast. I did have to replace the foot pedal but it fit a generic one perfectly.

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Date: 12/30/12 3:13 PM

Yep, me too. It's my Bernina 930. The only time it's not up and running is when I take a week vacation and the annual servicing occurs. Recently, the foot pedal died. And my heart pounded till my dealer said she could try the 1 foot she had. Dear lady saw it fit and decided to sell it for $25 rather than refurbishing her machine for sale. 15 minute drive each way, plus the transaction, loading/ unloading the machine- total down time 45 minutes. Not bad for a 30 year old machine. My Bernina 830 is also a honey and 10 years older. They are always a comfort and never cause a moment of stress.

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Date: 12/30/12 3:21 PM

Great stories!!

7yr - I have never sewn on a Pfaff before, but I hear they are awesome.

jzygal - I've been scouring locally for a treadle, but the ones I find are overpriced or in such bad shape that it isn't worth it.

jada - is yours also treadle? I'm assuming so because of the date of manufacture.

sewfrequent - I do keep an eye out for one like mine on ebay and craigslist, but mine is an earlier version than the IV or the 4400. The one I have actually takes the rainbow cams, and the cam stack is all metal as far as I can tell. Without one of the 11 cams, the machine will do straight stitch and zig zag. Reverse is by a lever that will make the machine go backwards forever if wanted. I also have a later model Fotomatic that needs work. It doesn't take cams and has the stitch selector and some plastic or nylon parts.

lisalu - sounds like a great find for $80

thread - Only had one Bernina and it was a newer one. Great machine, but I paid so much for it that I was afraid to use it. I understand the older ones are wonderful also.

Sherril - don't they have the most beautiful stitches? I have tried some newer machines because at times I think that I'd like to have the bells and whistles. True enough, it would be nice to have needle up and down, thread cutters, more decorative stitches to choose from; however, I always wind up dissatisfied with the stitch quality and go back to my Morse, thinking, "It really isn't so bad to have to do things manually when the stitch is this good."

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