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Thread: EARLY Elias Howe sewing machine

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    EARLY Elias Howe sewing machine

    Ok folks,

    I was lucky enough to get an Elias Howe Sewing machine for Christmas.

    To quote Heather "Only you would get a 20lb box of rusted metal for Christmas and be ecstatic.."

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    I believe that this is a Model A.

    I am a member of NeedleBar, and even THEY do not seem to have a picture of this version.

    Here is a Model B in glorious condition.
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    The key element so far appear to be:

    1.) The treadle wheel position - Mine is below the deck, the Model B is "peeking out above"
    2.) The bobbin winder - Mine is not equipped with one and no mounting points are evident.
    3.) The tensioner - all of the Model A drawings and pictures so far show a "corrugated" tensioner disk, mine is brass and smooth
    4.) The tensioner - the later models have a little extra wheel on the side closest to the spool holder mine does not.

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    I paid them a little extra to make sure it was well packed...
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    They really did a good job
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    Sigh....
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    My first groan... The Take up arms is SHOT. I get to make a new one.... joy.
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    ONLY in the flash picture can you see the upper hole and screw, barely.
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    Sorry this picture is not well focused, but it shows the machining of the bed. (NO paint left)
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    There was one hinge, and it was frozen TIGHT.
    About 30 minutes after these pictures were taken every joint and seam was sprayed with PB Blaster. (Knowledge gained from restoring old cars). Twice a day for 3 days...
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    The underbelly. I LOVE how simple these are. EVERYTHING runs of the single shaft.
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    The front
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    It's going to look so great when you get it cleaned up! And Heather is so right, we get go excited when we get something like this. LOL
    You can get older, but you never have to grow up! Tomorrow's just a future yesterday!-Greg Fergerson

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    After a few days of PB Blaster, the hinge has begun to move....
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    Free! It is basically a lathe turned post with a cross hole drilled and a pin shoved in.
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    The bugger came off but the tip is missing. The coil spring is actually made of square wire... too cool
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    and as you will see in the next shot the take up arm lost a lot of material to corrosion
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    The color is off because i did not use flash, but here is the hinge wire-wheeled clean. note cross pin "peened in"
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    The face... the dark color is due to the oil and rust removers.
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    She's had a rough life..
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    again... sigh.
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    Starting to remove the needle bar
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    Note, i still do not have the foot separated, it "looks" solid, but I know they are removable
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    Steve,

    Post number 6 did not have any pictures, just an attachment number after each sentence.

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    yeah weird, I did the same process as far as I know.
    i'll try again. These are the "teardown" shots.

    After a few days of PB Blaster, the hinge has begun to move....
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    Free! It is basically a lathe turned post with a cross hole drilled and a pin shoved in.

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    The bugger came off but the tip is missing. The coil spring is actually made of square wire... too cool
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    and as you will see in this shot the take up arm lost a lot of material to corrosion
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    The color is off because i did not use flash, but here is the hinge wire-wheeled clean. note cross pin "peened in"
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    The face... the dark color is due to the oil and rust removers.
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    She's had a rough life..
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    again... sigh.
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    Starting to remove the needle bar
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    Note, i still do not have the foot separated, it "looks" solid, but I know they are removable
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    Cool old square head screw
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    Removed... but ewwww
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    Since EVERYTHING is times off of this shaft, and it was set at the factory, I'm removing it but leaving it intact
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    Here you see left to right, drive movement arm and shaft bolt, Driveline (Belt,Needle bar cam, shuttle cam, feed dog cams on the right)
    P.S. the little iron hammer to the right was the only tool my great grandfather brought with him from Sweden
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    Here is a closeup showing the underside, with the square head bolts,and the drift pin secured shuttle drive arm. (note the blob of solder, that is what secured the brass dist on the front)
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    One of my favorite discoveries, the feed dog bar is pivoted on mini cone bushings, like you see in treadles
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    The shuttle carrier mechanism
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    The removed body from the back (the Before shot...)
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    Ok then.. Note the back side of the drive arm is "lightened" (cost reduction) oh yeah, I did a little cleanup...
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    Wow! Wow! Wow! What a cool Christmas present - one year we got our son a bag of coal - he LOVED it - he's a blacksmith...
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