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Thread: Do Tell.....How Old are Your Rescued Machines?

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    Do Tell.....How Old are Your Rescued Machines?

    Please tell us just how old are your rescued machines?? Also, please include a picture if possible. I would like to find one to rescue that is a treadle.....I think that would be so cool.

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    I believe our oldest machine is the Singer 13 - IIRC it was from around 1884. Then the 28 from 1889. After that, not sure. We plan to catalog them all but have been too busy acquiring so far. There's a possibility that we'll get through this weekend without finding anything new (I just opted out on a parlor cabinet w/66 down by Chicago.). Pictures of most of the herd can be found on these threads:

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    Those are so cool! What a hobby you have....lol. Most of the older machines I come across don't even come close to looking that good. Is that how they looked when you bought them, or did you have to restore them to their natural beauty??

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    We haven't done anything beyond dusting some of them. Since the picture of the Damascus was taken I've oiled it up and also oiled the surface but I think I'm going to try Glenn's tutorial on restoring shellac on that one. I just double checked and it looks like 1884 for the 13 is currently our oldest, then the 1889 28, a 1899 27 and a 1901 27 (made in Montreal, surprisingly!)

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    I think the back-clamping 66-1 is from 1915. I have since found all of the little doo-dads that originally came in the fitted drawer.

    The 3/4 size 28 treadle from around 1918 is very cute and I found a hemstitcher attachment for it - but I haven't used it except to play with. It has a complete set of doo-dads, too. I always like to make sure that my "gals" have their "stuff."

    The 27 is from 1898, if I remember correctly - it is much more beautiful now, after a complete refurbishing. Sews like a champ.
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    WoW, those are also cool! I'm gonna have to go out thrifting soon.....lol.

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    I am new to collecting but my first machine is a Singer 99 made in 1928. I named her "Grace". I found her at the Good Will store while I was dropping off a bag of clothing. I was THRILLED when I saw her!!Name:  DSC01806.JPG
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    My oldest machine is a 116 years old an is a 1896 Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch. After that is my feather weight that is 60 years old.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
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    I believe that the oldest rescuee is my Davis made Minnesota Mdl B, Minerva. She dates from 1902 to 1909.

    This was from a forum member who didn't want the machine, and neither did her friend who had it. There was a comment made that if nobody wanted it the machine would be tossed. I ... um couldn't let that happen, could I?

    Then there is the Singer 66-4 Treadle #2. Allotment date is 9-23-24.

    This one came from GW here in Springfield. Had been electrified some eons ago but the motor was gone. The old wiring was bad so I pulled that off and restored her back to a treadle. This machine is one of the best treadles I have.

    There have been others, but I don't have pictures of all of them on Photobucket.

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    They are all beautiful. I appreciate you sharing photos of them. If I ever rescue one, I will post.

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