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Thread: Early Kohler Sewing Machine

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    Early Kohler Sewing Machine

    I picked up this little half size machine today and am trying to identify it. There is a silver plate that reads "Kohler Maschine, Bestes, Deutsches Fabrikat". The only number I find is below the bobbin winder and is 609249. If I shine a light on the arm I can barely read "Emil Forst?, Luben" (maybe Forstry). It is very similar to the Tryer model on this page: http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/Kohler%20sewing%20machine.htm
    This says that Kohler, along with Dietrich and Winselmann, started a sewing machine company in 1871 at Altenburg, Germany. Eventually Kohler established his own company. - There are chips of mother of pearl inlaid into the bed of the machine that circle the gold deals. The seller also gave me a case top that she said went with the machine but I don't think it is from a sewing machine (maybe an olde typewriter?). There is another silver plate by the bobbin winder that has "QLT 339" at the top followed by a chart of numbers (Nos. 10, 90-150; 11, 60-90; 12, 40-60; 13, 30-40; 14, 20-30; 15, 10-20). When I did a Google search I found a number of items in Russian listing similar machines for sale in Rubles! - This is about as far as I've been able to get. Any further info you folks might have would be greatly appreciated.
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    love the machine. Know nothing about it but love it. Will watch to find out about it!
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    There is a lovely lady named Donna Kohler who teaches treadling- I'm sure you can find her website by googling. I love the cover- it is from a typewriter.

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    Love the embellishments on the machine and of course the machine.

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    Joyce, I'm very happy for your getting the machine. Your machine looks a lot like my Gritzner hand crank machine that I got last month. They were modeled after the Singer 12. Does yours have the tension on the front of the machine? Do you have a shuttle and shuttle bobbin with it? The shuttle bobbin winder looks like mine does, rather than the pictures of the Singer 12's that I have seen. Don't know about the top though. Mine is in a wooden base and has the top to match. It looks like yours was in a cabinet of some kind with the hinges on the back side of the machine. I'm guessing that yours was a treadle machine. It doesn't have a hand crank as far as I can see. I'm thinking that the metal rectangle with all the numbers is something about what needle to use with what weight thread, but could be wrong. I am unable to find much about mine either. Maybe if I spoke German and could go on some German sites, I could find out more about my machine. I'm thinking mine is from the late 1800's to early 1900's, maybe 1890 from what I saw of one on the net that they dated as 1890. But then too, I could be wrong... I hope you can get a lot of enjoyment out of your machine. Mine has the cutest little 'tick, tick, tick' sound when I hand crank it. AND it has a great stitch!!!

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    Translation: Kohler Machine, Best, German Make (Manufacture) The other is someone's name.
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    Curator of an 1889 Singer model 27 Fiddlebase Treadle, a 1951 Singer Centennial Featherweight, a 1956 Singer 401A, and a 1982 Bernina 830 Record.

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    What an awesome machine.

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