That is an interesting idea, wish I knew some other crazy vintage people in my area.
I'm not sure how you'd go about it, I'll bet mizkaki could help...
DH and I went and picked up the WW8 that was on CL today. She is in really good shape and I am thrilled to pieces. Right now she is not turning, but has very little rust and probably needs a good oiling. She is older than my other WW8. Her Serial No is only 5 digits long---57153. The last Patent date on her is 1873. There is a concealed drawer in her top which had several glass feet and tools inside. On the back is a bar that controls the pressure to the pressure foot. Is not operated by a spring. The pressure foot lifter is completely outside the machine too. I will really check her out tomorrow, but after being in the car for over 4 hours to get her home, I am pooped out.
My other WW8 serial number is 385288. How do these numbers compare to anyone else that has the WW8.
What a beauty!!
Wow...5 digits! Both of your machines are older than mine, serial number 434598. Looks like the cabinet has a drop leaf in the back? Mine has one on the side, and has the same "box" near the bed of the machine, but mine also has drawers.
How many glass inserts do you have? I don't recall what the manual says came with the machine, I have 5 or 6, plus a metal insert for narrow hemming.. Looks like the spooler (bobbin winder) is missing, it was on mine too, had to find one, took me a couple of years...it goes on the front of the leg of the treadle, in the "eyelet".
What a sweet machine for a sweet price!! :) I can imagine in my mind how she'll look when you're done with her!
So...the guy I chatted with that told me my machine was about 1878 was most likely wrong... and I'm ok with that! LOL I like knowing when the machines were made, and this article tells me that my machine is more likely after 1880... but before they stopped production of the model 8 in about 1887.
With that bit of knowledge, Jan, that machine you picked up today is likely 1876, do you think? With only 5 digits in the serial, it has to be a first/second year production!