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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help with Babylock 1506 Denim Buster on: September 17, 2009 01:26:05 PM
I recently received this machine and it really is a great machine and quite strong, however, it will not sew a straight stitch when I change the dial to straight.  The zigzags are great. The tension is fine. Everything is great except I can't stitch straight. I don't have the manual and can't seem to find one online so I'm hoping someone here can enlighten me.

On the plus side, my regular machine is a vintage straight stitcher only so they compliment each other but I don't have the space to have both out and the hassle of swapping machines each time I need to change stitch patterns pretty much a pain.

Can anyone help me out?  Thank you.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas cake out of the box -- but they'll never know;) on: December 22, 2008 07:57:10 PM
My husband made a last minute request for a cake for his office. With 2 days left til Christmas, I cheated and got a box off the shelf. My 4 year old decorated it:)  Merry Christmas!

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Court Jester on: November 22, 2008 07:24:51 AM
My 4 year old wanted to be "the guy" on the playing card. I made the hat, collar, leg and hand cuffs. We just added buttons on a red sweat shirt and used a black pair of jeans.

With my son, the costume has to comfortable to wear if it's going to stay on more than 30 seconds. This was a fun costume and so easy to make!

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How to minimize sewing machine vibration? on: September 29, 2008 01:41:08 PM
Is there a way to minimize the vibration of a clean, properly functioning machine?

My sewing machine vibrates more than I'd like. I thought maybe this might have something to do with the motor - 1.3 amps. Of course, it only bothers me when I'm going fast so I suppose stitching slower would work.

Any other ideas? Here's a picture so that you know the kind of machine I'm working on.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My new 401A:) on: September 25, 2008 10:05:40 AM

In another post, I wrote that I had an option between a 301 and 401 but not both. I opted for the 401A.

I had to go to another state (an hour drive) --the backwoods of West Virginia to get this, LOL. Got lost several times but my husband was with me so I wasn't crying...would have if I were alone.

Anyhow, the story is that I was looking for a cabinet for my White Singer 15 clone (the blue one) and saw an ad on Craigslist for a cabinet with sewing machine in need of repair. I emailed the seller to find out what model machine and she told me that it was a 401A. No value on the sewing machine but the table was $40. I wanted to run to her house!

Anyhow, got it home but only had time to dust her a bit. She is in great condition. I will have to open her up to clean and oil because according to the seller, she bought it for the table some 6 years ago and have done nothing with the machine. She did have it beautifully cleaned and kept a dust cover even in the cabinet.

The cabinet is 1958, awesome condition. And the machine is dated 1951. I'm a happy camper:)
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need help identifying this Singer model, please. on: September 21, 2008 09:07:19 PM

This is listed in my local craigslist for $35 but I can't tell what model it is. Does anyone recognize it?


Edited: Is this a 301 by chance? If so, which would you rather have? A 401 or 301? There is a 401A on craigslist as well for $40. Help me decide!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How many machines do you have? on: August 25, 2008 01:59:29 PM
Before I found this site, I had 1 sewing machine (a Euro Pro which I recently sold) and a serger that I have yet to use. Since seeing everyone else's vintage machines, I now have a mint green Montgomery Ward with a 1.3 motor that I got at a thrift store for $6.98, a Singer Fashion Mate 362 from freecycle that I am now freecycling (didn't like it), a pristine Fashion Mate 237 (which I am loving and got for $8 at the Salvation Army), and a blue Singer-15 clone... Japanese made with a White label from a yard sale for $5. When does this stop?? I may have to stop coming to this site ;(

Vintage sewing machines have quickly become an obsession that I don't have room for! Anyone else?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Hello, newbie here:) on: August 02, 2008 03:37:48 PM
Just found this site and am very excited to start sewing. I learned a little a few years ago but haven't sewn in 20+ years!

I just scored this machine on freecycle but know nothing about it. I'm searching online for a manual and I see several sources. It's a Singer Fashion Mate 362.  Thought I'd ask here first if anyone is familiar with this machine.


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