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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    The machine is IN

    Just got my sewing machine delivered Monday (bought it on Ebay). I'm waiting for the instructions, which I ordered separately (thanks to gstepclassical for the link). I waited to order those in case it was delivered with some and it wasn't.

    The machine (Sears Kenmore, model 16) is pretty heavy at 44 pounds, and comes with what I think is called a cabinet(!?), a heavy box attached to the bottom of the machine by hinges. The whole thing is very well oiled (almost too much so, I've got to clean it off some) and very quiet. Looks like it could handle some seriously heavy duty work. I'm looking forward to trying it out, as soon as the instructions arrive and I can figure out how to thread the thing. There's still some strangely colored thread (green? black?) on the bobbin, which I have no idea how to remove. Waiting for the instructions...

    So as soon as I can, I'm gonna FEED THE MACHINE.

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    Glad to hear it made the trip safe and sound. There is a lever on the bobbin case that is used to release it from the housing. When it fully opened it captures the bobbin and allows it to be removed without dropping it. If you remove it make sure when you reinstall it that you keep the lever fully open until the case if seated. There is also a "hook" at the top of the bobbin case that fits into a corresponding slot in the shuttle housing. Pretty simple once you do it a couple of times. Wish I lived closer so I could give you a hand with it. Good luck and have fun. You will be making your own gear in no time. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Thanks gstep! The instructions should help. I'm a fairly visual learner, so I think I'm gonna have to see the picture in the manual. I really appreciate you finding the link to the manual.

    Say, you don't have 80 sheep living in your downstairs do you? I read today on CNN that some guy from Apex, NC had 80 sheep living with him in his house.

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    Glad to be able to help and I had a real time trying to find names for all those sheep!!! Hmmm, Wonder if I could make wool thread. BTW here is something you may be interested in:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/BUTTONHOLER-CAMS...ayphotohosting
    Last edited by gstepclassical; 03-28-2007 at 08:09.

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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Yes, I saw that on ebay. I'm considering getting them. Thanks.

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    Ok, I couldn't resist. I bought them.

    13 CAMS FOR DECORATIVE STITCHES - BUTTONHOLE CAMS FOR NINE DIFFERENT SIZE BUTTONHOLES, INCLUDING EYELET.
    Not sure what I'll use all that for, but maybe when my 3 daughters get old enough to want to try to sew stuff, they'll find them handy.

    That's ALL though. Not buying ANYTHING else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post

    That's ALL though. Not buying ANYTHING else.
    What about fabric, webbing, needles, rotary cutter, tape measures, thread, velcro,.....
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    Nope, none of that. Just going to sit here and look at my machine from now on.

    Ok, well maybe I do need some webbing, some descending rings, and some needles, some ridgeline and hammock support line, and definitely a seam ripper... but I'm getting off of ebay right now for sure.

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    Come on ebay is great. I just got my prefectly working pocketmail in the mail for $35 shipped.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    No! No more about ebay! I can't HEAR you. LALALALALA. HMM HMMM HMMM.... (walking quickly away with fingers in my ears).

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