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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2009 12:43:21 PM »

Just curious to know what model Singer is your new find?  Looks like a good deal to me.

What's the name that stuck?  I kinda like "Greenpiece."
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2009 03:25:43 PM »

So Laverne is the name. My son named her. He's kinda got a thing about naming appliances also. He also named the iron Lucifer, and the big computer "Pimputer". 

It's a 185J. They aren't worth much antique wise, but are worth a lot as sewing machines.  They have a reputation for being tiny powerhouses, bordering on industrial strength.  Quiet and small (3/4 line) but will chew thru leather like it's nothing.

I have found a slide plate cover, but am debating on having a friend laithe out one for me in acrylic. I think it would be cool to have a clear one, so I can see the bobbin spinning around in there.

She's definitely looking much better. I spent a few hours oiling, cleaning, and dusting her. Waiting on the replacement belt I ordered.  Still haven't ordered the bobbins or the slide plate (not sure, like I said, if i want to go acrylic on that). I broke the table the first night I had it, and my neighbor is repairing it for me. I'll have that back tonight. He's also putting the wing back on it for me. 

My son is also a street artist. I'm considering having him paint her name on her. Or on the table. I think it would be cool to have "Laverne" in gold, scrolling letters somewhere on either my machine or the table.


I'll have sewing machine porn soon =).
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2009 06:52:41 PM »

Hope you and Laverne have a great long-term relationship!!  Now go out and find "Shirley" (Am I the only one to remember the old TV series??)  Laverne always had the big script letter L on her sweaters.  A big letter L on the table (don't think I would paint it on the machine itself) might be cool.
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2009 06:16:12 PM »

Ok!

So I talked my kid into taking some pictures of Laverne, now that she is all restored. He's got a great eye for photography.

Enjoy my sew porn. Presenting....LAVERNE:










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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2009 07:15:02 PM »

She's a beaut!!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2009 05:30:27 AM »

Just curious to know what model Singer is your new find? 

It's a 185 which is a green version of the 99.
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2009 10:53:00 AM »


It's a 185J. They aren't worth much antique wise, but are worth a lot as sewing machines.  They have a reputation for being tiny powerhouses, bordering on industrial strength.  Quiet and small (3/4 line) but will chew thru leather like it's nothing.


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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2009 06:54:10 PM »

"Industrial strength" is one of those clever marketing terms/gimmicks.

Industrial machines sew leather sofa covers, silk pajamas and everything in between, but they do it in a high speed, high production environment using specialized machines for the various applications.  The 185 would never find it's way onto a factory floor and could never be used successfully in any sort of industrial environment.  Since not all industrial machines even sew heavy materials, using the phrase "industrial strength" to imply that a machine sews thick stuff is equally inaccurate.  

The 185 is a 100% domestic/household machine.  It's a nice, sturdy one, but there is nothing industrial about it.  (The "j" in "185J" merely indicates the Singer factory of origin- St. Johns Quebec)

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Stepping off of my "industrial strength soap box now.... Grin
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2009 01:01:14 AM »

why do i feel like i am in some weird, freaky friday movie and my son is going to tell me that the interwebs are not a place for alpha individuals to posture for authority, like i do to him when he gets whacked out over some kid on the world of warcraft boards swearing he is the only one who knows how to make a battle dwarf and my kid's is all wrong?


***steps awaaaaay from the computer.....goes quietly and happily back to her quilt...thanks god for serenity***
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