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Thread: 135 years old and lookin' good!

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    Senior Member harrishs's Avatar
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    135 years old and lookin' good!

    I found this old gal on a yard sale for $30 and since it was my birthday, I brought her home. All parts move smoothly but I haven't tried sewing on her. She is very clean but will need her joints oiled. From what I can find on Ismacs she is from 1877.....there are a lot of attachments but I have no idea how to thread her and I don't see a bobbin as I know one----any ideas on her? I am eager to hear what you know.
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    I have no idea but she sure is cute!

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    WOW!!! Can't help you with any info about this beauty, but you need to find a hiding place from the cops 'cause you stole it!!! Absolutely beautiful! I can't believe the treadle cabinet is so beautiful after all these years! Again, WOW and congratulations. PS...Someone who actually knows something about her will come along soon, I know!
    Oh, I just remembered that that base is called a "fiddle" base for the shape of it....
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    What a beauty!

    It's a transverse shuttle machine, meaning that the shuttle will move in a straight line back and forth instead of a curved sweep. Look at Muv's thread about the German machines, and you'll see how to get to it.

    What is the "sticker" inside the top? I can make out "Tinsley Brothers"....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    What a beauty!

    It's a transverse shuttle machine, meaning that the shuttle will move in a straight line back and forth instead of a curved sweep. Look at Muv's thread about the German machines, and you'll see how to get to it.

    What is the "sticker" inside the top? I can make out "Tinsley Brothers"....
    I hadn't even noticed that Charlee, I will have to do more searchin on it!

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    TINSLEY BROTHERS, Againtz ????? looks like woodburned into top

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    What beauty. I have sent you a PM in hopes of helping you.
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    What a score you made! Can you take closeup pics of the lettering in the top and of the badge? She sure is in wonderful condition.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Harrish you did it again - she is a beauty! Lee from the Center.
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    love her....she looks in really good shape...don't know anything about shuttle bobbins...
    Retired and living in NE Michigan

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