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    Question about Free Westinghouse

    I have a local Sewing shop who called me because he has a customer with a Free Westinghouse VS.

    They are looking for a shuttle and bobbin. They mentioned part number "CE32057" Style 281650

    for whatever that is worth. Does anyone have any suggestions for sourses or compatible?

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    Steve,

    I have a Free made just before it became Free Westinghouse. It has the Westinghouse motor on it and is a fair copy of the Singer Mdl 27. It uses the same bobbins and shuttle as the Singer 127 I have. I don't know if they all do, but it would be worth a try.

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    I have a Free Westinghouse I bought last month at a thrift store for fifteen dollars...It is in great shape but the cabinet needs repair...I like you cannot find bobbins...I will be watching to see if anyone has any suggestions....

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    Me too as I picked up one an ALB with the turtle motor. Yet I read on one site that for mine the Kenmore 71 bobbin 10625 should work with the one I have. Thinking the size was/is 7/8 " Then I read the Kenmore 71 was made by White...not 100% sure this information is right???

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    The Kenmore 71 is probably the 120.71, which was made by New Process Gear Corp (a division of Chrysler).
    If it is the 120.71 it takes the size H bobbin. Which is the same size as the Featherweight bobbin.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by caroloto View Post
    Me too as I picked up one an ALB with the turtle motor. Yet I read on one site that for mine the Kenmore 71 bobbin 10625 should work with the one I have. Thinking the size was/is 7/8 " Then I read the Kenmore 71 was made by White...not 100% sure this information is right???
    Cathy

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    That is interesting if that Kenmore 71 is the 120.71 which uses the Featherweight bobbin...

    This is where I found one of the information: http://www.ismacs.net/sears/sears.html

    And here is where I found bobbins and rotary bobbin case for Free Westinghouse ALB which says it also fits Kenmore 71: http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....re/page44.html

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    I hate to argue with Graham over at ISMACS, but the picture in the first link is a New Process Gear Corp. machine.
    It takes the 3368 bobbin case with the smaller bobbin, #1025 aka H. The H bobbin package that I have ( somewhere) in my collection states that it fits the Featherweight. I will have to try the H bobbin in my Featherweight and try the Featherweight bobbin in my Kenmore 71. Unfortunately I won't be home until Sunday afternoon to try this out.
    Joe has a 120.49 which is basically the same machine. Maybe he can try it out for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caroloto View Post
    That is interesting if that Kenmore 71 is the 120.71 which uses the Featherweight bobbin...

    This is where I found one of the information: http://www.ismacs.net/sears/sears.html

    And here is where I found bobbins and rotary bobbin case for Free Westinghouse ALB which says it also fits Kenmore 71: http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....re/page44.html
    Cathy

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    Since you are talking about a Free Westinghouse machines are they worth anything and are they good machines? I've seen a few for sale but didn't know anything about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day View Post
    Since you are talking about a Free Westinghouse machines are they worth anything and are they good machines? I've seen a few for sale but didn't know anything about them.
    "I have a local Sewing shop who called me because he has a customer with a Free Westinghouse VS."

    I only collect older machines so I have no idea of the value. I think the thread is no longer about Free Westinghouse machines (wink)

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    Well, my Free Sewing Machine Co VS machine is a cast iron TANK. The head alone must weight close to 35 pounds. It sews great, is quieter than every other VS machine I've got and used, and as I said above uses Singer style shuttles and bobbins.
    Are they good machines ... yes. Are they as good as their contemporary Singers .... yes. Do they have a high resale value .... no.
    Are they worth buying and using ... definitely.

    Je

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