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« on: March 09, 2009 07:55:27 AM »

I just got this vintage machine.  It's a Free-Westinghouse ALB.  Anybody have one?  Or have a similar machine?  Comments, tips?

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009 12:46:37 PM »

Don't have one, but I do recall that they don't use regular, home sewing machine needles- it uses a shorter needle.- not sure of the exact needle system.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009 02:48:39 PM »

Don't have one, but I do recall that they don't use regular, home sewing machine needles- it uses a shorter needle.- not sure of the exact needle system.

I saw that.  The needle looks like any other, except short.  The accessory box has a pack of Singer needles which fit that description - totally ordinary, except short.  And the front of the machine has a little photo-sticker that says use needle this size and a tape measure type mark.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009 05:10:53 AM »

Did you try the needles that came with it?  Does it sew ok with them? Thicker and thinner fabric? Is the package marked?   I have in the back of my head that the length of the 206x13 needles is correct for the machine, but that the placement of the eye (height wise) is not exactly right, so the sitch formation can be "iffy" when using the 206x13.

There are some many good, vintage machines that use needles which are still made and easy to aquire, that I just pass by these machines whenever I encounter them.  I am not a big fan of the friction drive either. So, I don't have alot of first hand knowledge of them due to these factors.
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