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Thread: Need help identifying a machine.

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    Need help identifying a machine.

    I was given a Seamstress A sewing machine which is pretty dirty. Therefore, I'm trying to clean it up but I do not have a book or anything on this machine. It has the shuttle type bobbin. I have removed the motor, light, bobbin winder and covers so the picture may not help but I'm hoping someone can enlighten me. The motor has a plate which says National Sewing Machine Company - Model A and the number 5B 976572A. It list the volts as AC-DC 115 Watts 60.

    Sorry for the PDF but I couldn't get the picture to load.

    I appreciate any information you can share with me.
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    I am not able to help you. That sure is a nice looking machine. I like those decals! Very nice. I hope someone can give you some information.

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    I have no clue about this machine, though in search of something else I did stumble upon this site, which may be useful...they have many brands listed including National. I have no affiliation/connection or interest in this group, but they seem to have a lot of manuals available for download....not sure if under $20.00 is reasonable, but personally I find instruction manuals extremely useful and would find a machine minus manual a bit more time consuming/frustrating. Others may have better ideas or places to try, but at least this may be a start.
    http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/
    Anyway, it looks a lovely machine and it would be great if you could restore it and get it going.

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    here ya go.... I am just learning about National now myself. I got a slightly later model recently and have been working on gathering info.

    Neat factoid: National had a lot of product lines and brand names that they marketed under. in 1962 they sold their most famous, the "True Value" brand

    Qeneral info about National
    http://www.ismacs.net/national/home.html

    This ad looks similar to yours.
    http://www.ismacs.net/national/eldre...rtisement.html

    The bottom portion of this page has some info about National...
    http://www.sewalot.com/willcox_gibbs.htm

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    I agree, most likely national.

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    I'd say it's circa 1890-1910 or so because it has that old tension mechanism on top as well as styling. It's not a New Home, but a New Home manual of that era would probably help you. I'd look online for one if it were me.

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