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Thread: Going to look at a Free-Westinghouse...

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    Going to look at a Free-Westinghouse...

    I am going to taking a serious look at a Free-Westinghouse machine that I'm guessing dates c.1910. I admit I do not know much about this brand (except that is was based in Rockford IL and is now defunct) and I don't have a specific model name to aid with my research. I'm trying to get an idea of what I need to be aware of before I go and take a look.

    I went through ISMACS and all I can really tell is that the cabinet looks to be model 251 or 261.

    Clearly I haven't done much of this before, but I'm ready to dive in!

    Here are some pictures:
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    I have one that looks like a Singer 15 but the parts don't interchange - it actually turns better than a Singer
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    the decals look really nice on that one
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Oh, I think it's a beauty.
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    Nice cabinet! I don't think too many of the big lids like on that one survived over the years. At least I see more missing the top than with it.
    Rodney
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    Oh, that's a beautiful machine. The cabinet is gorgeous. Good luck with your potential negotiations.

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    It is gorgeous - that's the only way I got other family members to even consider allowing me to bring in another machine (and I only have 2)! Anything I need to know about function? I thought I saw someone about needing to grind down needles but that was for a 1940's model...don't know much about this one yet.
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    Very Pretty FW. Uses standard Singer 15x1 needles and long bobbins. The FW Rotary uses the ground down needles or "Free Rotary", "Boye 2-1/2" or "CC1221" needles. My main concern would be the wiring and condition of motor. Very nice and Good Luck.

    Jon
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    I do believe I will need to (or should, at least) redo the wiring. This will be a new experience for me, but will be nice to learn. Will definitely need to oil and fine-tune. Good to hear it uses standard needles. I have not used a long bobbin before so that will also be a learning experience.
    My Machines: Singer Featherweight 221 (c. 1940), Kenmore 158.1430
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    I love the cabinet. I have several long bobbin machines and really think it is fun to wind them.
    Helen Ann

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