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    TI Jackpot!

    So, I've been really pleased with my Singer 15-91. It is a beast of a machine that, despite being 50+ years old, works great and powers through just about anything.
    Went to see my parents today. I remembered that my wife's grandmother had an old machine and that we had stuffed it in the back corner of my parent's attic 3 moves ago. Sure enough, it was still up there. A Singer 503 Special.
    The stand/cabinet it is in is looking REALLY rough, but I oiled the machine and just sewed a new blackbishop bag for one of my DIY hammocks. The thing works really well. Now I have the ability to do more than just a simple straight stitch.
    It is missing all of the extra attachments, but I think the ones that I care about are interchangeable with my 15-91.

    My wife just rolled her eyes she learned that I had picked up her grandmother's machine. I figured my best shot of finding someone that might understand my excitement was here in the HF DIY area.
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    Score!
    also good on you-keeping a good machine in circulation, and out of the wasteland...

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    Oh, awesome!!! Perfect score of a great machine! Good show!

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    We have some things in common. My wife rolls her eyes, too. Like the time I took her beat up Kenmore for service and came home with a "like new" Singer 19-51. Great machine. Sometimes I sneak out the Kenmore for zig-zag stitching, but I find I'm using the z-z less and less.

    I opened this thread because I thought you had found a new source for titanium, only to discover you meant "thread injector". I suggest you cultivate the usage "PTI", which according to the abbreviations thread stands for "powered thread injector." Sounds so ... powerful.

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    I opened this thread because I thought you had found a new source for titanium, only to discover you meant "thread injector". I suggest you cultivate the usage "PTI", which according to the abbreviations thread stands for "powered thread injector." Sounds so ... powerful.
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    Ahh .. I did as well ... but as I put the finishing touches on my 2nd DIY tarp ... TI is taking on a whole new meaning to me now ... I can say I never thought I'd be spending hours in front of a TI to enjoy my time outdoors ...
    "The wise man questions others wisdom because he questions his own, the foolish man because it is different from his own." Leo Stein

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    Ha Ha!!! I share your excitement.

    I also rescued a PTI from my in-law grandmother. Everybody in the family was worried about what to do with it since it was such a nice looking piece of furniture, etc, etc. I oiled it up, dusted it off, checked it out, and tried to sew a line. Alas, it had a plastic cog deep on the inside that broke. Little plastic pieces appeared under the machine. I researched repair and it was going to be too much for me. Sew... I gave it to the Salvation Army store.

    Congratulations on your find!

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    no adamantium here :-/

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    Sorry folks, it won't let me changethe title to PTI
    Off to the store to get grosgrain for another tarp. I'll use the 503 for this one and see how it does.
    It sounds much more mechanical than my old 15-91... If that makes sense.
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    Nice, 503's are good machines but use slanted shank presser feet, the
    15-91 uses low shank, so they're not interchangable. The slanted feet are easy to find as well as the top hat cams. The O cam, zigzag, is the most useful and produces really nice bartacks. If yours didn't come with a manual it's available here:
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...e-manuals.html

    I picked one up last week.
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    Beautiful machine! You're looking to have a really good time with it. Love to see the new tarp when its done.
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