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Thread: Domestic Treadle Sewing Machine

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    I have a treadle sewing machine that was left in the house my mother purchased in 1962. When she passed away I took the machine home because no one wanted to buy it. On the slide plate where the bobbin goes it says "Domestic " S.M. Company, New York and gives few patent dates, with the latest being May 16, 1863. It has a number underneath that that might be the s/n, 1162699. With all the interest on the board regarding these old machines, I wonder if I should try to get it working. I do not believe all the parts are there. What are all you all's thoughts on this (I'm not really Southern, just don't know how to phrase it).

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    I know if I found one, I would definately get it up and running.

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    If you look at the needle bar when the needle is in the highest position what is the number on the rear of the bar? Does it match the number on the bed under the shuttle plate?

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    If you look at the needle bar when the needle is in the highest position what is the number on the rear of the bar? Does it match the number on the bed under the shuttle plate?

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    I looked and there is no number there.

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    Hmmmmmmm Let me go look at my machine and I can give you an approximate date from mine I know mine is 1882.

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    Okay my machine is 499740 and it is an 1882, I am going to guesstimate yours around the early to mid 1890's. I have another Domestic coming from NO but it isnt here for me to see the serial to be able to date it.

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    How difficult will it be to take it apart (we can follow your instructions previously posted)? I believe I will take pictures during this process in order to put it back together again. My main concern is finding parts to replace. Are they difficult to find?

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    Yes they are hard to find that is why I bought this other machine so
    I can look at the two and see which one is better and use the other for parts. Both of them are really nice and complete but things like the Shuttles, Bobbins and Needles are not going to be fun to find.

    The machine uses a split top needle and I have the Boye number somewhere and I have about 15,000 obsolete needles here in my studio so I hope to have the correct ones for it.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    ...... I have about 15,000 obsolete needles here in my studio........ Billy
    OMG!!!
    I'd LOVE to see your place! Have you ever photographed it?

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayma
    I have a treadle sewing machine that was left in the house my mother purchased in 1962. When she passed away I took the machine home because no one wanted to buy it. On the slide plate where the bobbin goes it says "Domestic " S.M. Company, New York and gives few patent dates, with the latest being May 16, 1863. It has a number underneath that that might be the s/n, 1162699. With all the interest on the board regarding these old machines, I wonder if I should try to get it working. I do not believe all the parts are there. What are all you all's thoughts on this (I'm not really Southern, just don't know how to phrase it).
    It's "all yall"

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