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Subject: June 13 National Sewing Machine Day
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 7:58 AM ET
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I have an article on the blog today about the history of sewing machines with pictures from my personal collection of antiques.  I hope you enjoy it - http://blog.paperbackswap.com/national-sewing-machine-day/2012/06/

And it got me thinking, does anyone else have antique machines?

Subject: Antique Sewing Machines? Oh Yes!
Date Posted: 6/27/2012 11:27 PM ET
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I took Ray White's sewing machine repair course a couple of years ago because I was tired of getting my machines back from the shop in worse shape than they went in. Since then my "collection" of vintage machines has expanded without much effort on my part - the machines just find me. I am restoring a Singer 66 Red Eye, and have at least 4-5 Featherweights in various states of repair at any given time thanks to my brother-in-law who is a professional garage sale picker. I sew on a Singer 301A. I'm trying to decide if my 3 thrift store vintage Vikings are worth the effort it will take to conquer Swedish technology (I am remembering the tortured vintage Volvo days of my youth when I never got far without a breakdown and a search for a rare expensive part). Unfortunately there are NO books out there that really address sewing machine repair. Basic repair takes some curiousity and maybe a little mechanical aptitude but it's just not that hard if one can find the necessary manuals and a good online support group. I love my machines and I love to tune them up.

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Date Posted: 6/28/2012 3:51 PM ET
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Maybe you should write a book Barbara.  I'll order one.