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Singer Of Your Dreams!

by papadan
posted 02-15-2017 10:59 PM


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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 12:15 AM

No Singers to show, Dan, but your creations are just great. That combo sewing table dry sink is a wondrous thing. I have lived in cramped quarters when young, and that sort of thing is a piece of magic.

My wife does have a couple of the old electric portable Singers mostly for display, but they do work.

I am sitting here in front of the computer recovering. Recovering from plumbing. Gull darn do I hate plumbing. Had a kitchen faucet start leaking underneath. It is one of those things where the head pulls out of the spout and it becomes a sprayer. But located in a narrow space back of a deep sink in our island in the kitchen. The realistic way to work on these things is before the sink goes in, or pull the sink if something goes wrong. Right.

I was able to pull the faucet, partly from the top, and some from the bottom, although the bottom part is mostly inaccessible. Got it out, and the cause was probably a loose hose connection to the faucet. Teflon tape, replaced the faucet, and everything is fine. I spread the work over 3 days. We have another sink in the kitchen, so no rush. On my back, working at impossible angles, etc. I have the tools, just not the flexibility anymore.

I built a simple jig out of a dowel to get the U shaped nut that holds the faucet down from underneath back in place. Took my wife and I to do that. I conned her petite little self into doing the under cabinet part… (-:

I had to tie a string on the quick disconnect for the spray hose that was located way at the top behind the sink. That way I could push up with a very constricted hand on the fitting, and pull down on the string with the other hand to allow it to snap in place. I left the string, a simple lasso with a loop to pull with, in place.

While you are having fond memories, I been sweating… just kidding. Thanks for the post. Like those cabinets.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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mrbob

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 01:11 AM

My mother of 96+ years has her mothers pedal one, with the 3 drawers on each side and the big top and extension table that when you lower the sewing that hinges over the top and you have this 30+” x 20” flat top.
At first use when I was about 4, she had to pedal it with the original machine, then about 7 my uncle did a motor conversion on it. Then a few years later she bought a modern portable Singer and hated it. I looked at it and it had the same hinge system built into it for a table model and it was the same as the original, a half hour later it was in Grandmas original cabinet.

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lew

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 01:43 AM

Spectacular dry sink/sewing machine combo, Dan!

Wish I still had the old Singer treadle machine I git rid of years ago.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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000

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 01:55 AM

I lost the machines, but saved the bases.

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papadan

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#5 posted 02-16-2017 02:09 AM

Nice Jbay, that dining table is one I have never seen before. I will make the yardsell circuit this spring to find another base. People on C-list want too much for them.

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papadan

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#6 posted 02-17-2017 04:53 AM

BUMP, Come on people, I’ve seen other Singers on here. These Of Your Dreams thread are supposed to go on forever, just ask Grumpy about Trees and Barns

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#7 posted 02-17-2017 05:32 AM

Only photo I have. CFrye might have the ones you are looking for….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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papadan

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#8 posted 02-17-2017 06:04 AM

Bandit, you got it!!!! a Singer tractor, that’s fantastic. The one on the left is a little weird, it ain’t a Singer so it need JD green on it. :-)

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unbob

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#9 posted 02-17-2017 07:00 AM

The Singer in the top photo is the very sought after Featherweight.

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papadan

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#10 posted 02-17-2017 09:42 AM

Yes Bob, I didn’t know it was sought after but it is the featherweight. My grandmother never had a sewing cabinet, she didn’t really like to sew. The women of their times did it all anyway. She was born in 1909. I do have the rest of it, including the top and bottom of the case, the accessories tray, button hole attachment, and the little can of Singer sewing machine oil. The accessories are in the right drawer along with scissors, pins, and needles. Her last project with it was making draw string bags out of Domino fabric. I made a bunch of sets of Dominos for our clubs Christmas for little shavers 2015.

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canadianchips

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#11 posted 02-17-2017 01:43 PM

I just finished this entrance console table

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#12 posted 02-17-2017 01:43 PM

1

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 02-17-2017 05:08 PM

My wife’s singer is a Featherweight. She may have two, but I think only one is in perfect working order, and complete with the manual. We have a couple of other old machines that I would think should be repurposed into something else.

If I ever run out of repair projects around our houses, then I may get at the sewing machines. I am becoming a full time plumber, I swear.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 02-17-2017 05:17 PM

Oh, and would you believe my next project is to build two ironing boards for quilting, the tops are 24” x 60” a piece. One top goes to a friend who will use it without legs since she has a repurposed chest of drawers for that. My wife wants hers to have legs and all. I will be able to post them as a project, I guess, since they will be wood.

There, double bump… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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papadan

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#15 posted 02-17-2017 10:46 PM

Jim, just mount her ironing board on an old treadle base and I will appoint you to CGB of this thread.:-)

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Loren

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#16 posted 02-17-2017 11:31 PM

They still make those treadmill machines for
use in countries with unreliable electrical
service.

I fuss with sewing machines now and again.
I have a Pfaff set up with a hand crank
for sewing leather and I’ve owned a few
other leather machines over the years.

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Jim Bertelson

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#17 posted 02-18-2017 12:53 AM

...and it turns out my wife has 3, yes THREE Featherweights.

After I came in the kitchen chuckling from your comment over on the Splitter thread, she asked me what I was laughing about, and that’s when she spilled the beans. If you count the long arm, she has four sewing machines up and running, if you include her La Conner one, and that is not including the Featherweights.

Don’t you think I should be a little suspicious about some sort of conspiracy or another? ...(-:

I think that friends who come over use the Featherweights now and then, since they are a big favorite of quilters. Maybe she is running a quilting “ring” or some such… (-:

Finally sitting down again after a grueling day of plumbing. Even an hour of plumbing is grueling. It is always in some least favorite position of my ancient old body.

Think it is time for some TV and a glass of wine… burp…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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papadan

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#18 posted 02-18-2017 01:54 AM



Don t you think I should be a little suspicious about some sort of conspiracy or another? ...(-:

. Maybe she is running a quilting “ring” or some such… (-:

Think it is time for some TV and a glass of wine… burp…

- Jim Bertelson


Jim, relax and enjoy your wine. I will notify the InuitATF about her Ring so she wont blame you!

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papadan

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#19 posted 02-18-2017 01:59 AM

Terry Thompson Where are you, I just recently commented on your Singer redo. Let’s see it.

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papadan

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#20 posted 02-18-2017 10:33 PM

In Grumpy style.

Google found me hundreds of repurposed singers, but one of my ideas did not show up. So I am looking for another base.

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papadan

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#21 posted 02-19-2017 07:05 AM

Bump this for Pottz

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papadan

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#22 posted 02-24-2017 12:04 AM

Bump!

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Jim Bertelson

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#23 posted 02-24-2017 12:47 AM

Well, Dan, this thread isn’t singing the right tune, I guess, but it keeps on bumping along one way or another.

Some more interesting projects my wife has assigned me. I have to build an entryway bench, I may have noted that before, and now she wants me to build a cheap, very cheap, dining room table for the same house.

This is a new house for her handicapped daughter, but since I am the only Dad she has ever known, I’ll just say it is our daughter. My wife is selling her share in the previous house, and buying one where she is the only owner. I agree that it is the thing to do. But then there is the furniture, and it will get rough service from two handicapped clients and multiple caregivers.

She doesn’t want to pay a bunch of money for cheap furniture, if I can build a table for under $500. Well, yes I can do that, and so I will. The legs will be pre-turned pine from HD, and the top will be either pine or red oak planks, depending on the price. The legs will get painted, and probably so will the top. A rustic farm dining table. There are examples on the web, so I know it can be done. Just don’t know how long it will last. I’ll put in a lot of glue and supports that complete amateurs might not, but it will not be fancy.

Right?

Just so she doesn’t add change orders as I go along, it will work. She will purchase the chairs for it.

Now if only I had a couple of old singer treadle frames to use for legs… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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papadan

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#24 posted 02-24-2017 01:11 AM

Your table plan sounds good. Paint the legs and pine apron, Poly the Oak top. Will last a lifetime and look great. As for the entryway bench, get an old Singer base and use the sides to make your bench. ;-)

Didn’t want to get off topic! LOL

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Jim Bertelson

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#25 posted 02-24-2017 03:34 AM

Glad to see you are sticking to topic, a true patriot… (-:

I agree with your suggestions about painting the legs, I was thinking black, and poly on an oak top is my thought as well.

Glad we geniuses think exactly the same. I thought I would stain the oak, if it is in budget, a reddish brown prior to the varnish. Black against a reddish brown.

Just like your picture…
I can see it in my dreams… (-:

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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