This Domestic, #3, Vibrating Shuttle, Fiddle base treadle machine was donated to me last Wednesday. I am in search of a date. The number stamped under the (missing) shuttle slide is 88703. According to the manual I located and downloaded, it is really a quiltersí dream, for it will do free motion and embroidery. WOW! Of course, none of this will be possible until I locate a shuttle, attachments, and some sharp needles. Currently, everything seems to move nicely. It needs a cursory cleaning, and little more than routine oiling, and ATTACHMENTS. The belt needs to be tightened, but does not appear to be too brittle.
I'm all ears and eyes hoping someone on the board can enlighten me with a dating link. (Preliminary research indicates about 1875) Iím also looking for a shop which carries vintage parts. This beastie has consumed a lot of my time and energy this week, with only a few positive results.
Thanks for anyone with experienced guidance. Oh, Iím not alone. Another board member just got one too, but that one may need more of an overhaul than mine.
The fiddle base machine
The 4 drawer case with coffin hood
The missing port slide