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    DH just purchased my Valentine's/birhtday present but he doesn't know it, yet. They are 5 days apart. :( It is a 1929 National sewing machine and it's a treadle. the belt needs to be replaced BUT I got a box of attachments with it. I, however, did not get an owner's manual and have no idea how to thread it. It's a double spool machine whereby one spool is for the top thread and one spool where the bobbin would normally be. Liking that feature but will need to find owner's manual somehow, somewhere. National was absorbed in 1953 and ceased to exist period in 1957. Anyway, here are some pictures. The serial # is H58689 and the bobbin plate has some pitting on it so some of the patent numbers aren't completely visible. Gal at LQS thinks the sewing shop will be able to get me the belt.

    If anyone has an owner's manual or knows of website(s) where I might be able to get a PDF file, I'd appreciate the information.

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    I'm sew jealous!!!

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    I did a search on this machine and came up with this website:
    http://www.antiquequiltdating.com/no...ewmachine.html

    Scroll down to find your machine. If you have a darning foot for it, according to this website you are really lucky!

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    Forogt to say that the cabinet is in decent shape. Some TLC and I think it'll be good. Saw a Singer, treadle, today at antique store in a beautiful cabinet. Wanted $350 for it. The machine had quite a bit of rust and the cabinet was a very light wood but extremely pretty and decorative. Am wondering if sopmeone stripped the original finish off thereby lightening it and the just revarnished it. Lots of details in the decorations and three drawers per side but no way would I pay $350 for it. I bought mine for $50 and got a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Not sure, but it looks to me as if there is a bobbin case in the third picture. The cover of that area is missing, at least from the photograph. What makes you think the bobbin thread uses a spool?
    I have the bobbin cover and was told by ladies at the charity's quilt shop (where I bought it) that it's a double spool machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Not sure, but it looks to me as if there is a bobbin case in the third picture. The cover of that area is missing, at least from the photograph. What makes you think the bobbin thread uses a spool?
    I have the bobbin cover and was told by ladies at the charities quilt shop that it's a double spool machine.
    Ooops! Didn't edit my post soon enough. Check the website I posted above; I think I have seen this woman at WI quilt shows. She has contact info on her website, and may be able to help you with the manual or at least threading info. Scroll down the website page to see the picture and info about the National Two Spool she has. You are right; the case is for the spool.

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    She is a beauty. What a great gift. When are you telling him what he's getting you. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    She is a beauty. What a great gift. When are you telling him what he's getting you. :D
    I may spring it on him soon to save him the trouble of getting me something else. Aren't I considerate?? :mrgreen:

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    Lovely machine! You are so considerate :D

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    Beautiful machine lucky you!

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