For several weeks I have been waiting on enough funds to buy some Boye #10 needles from forum member path49. She also mentioned she had found a shuttle and a clip of 10 Davis #9 bobbins for the Minnesota machines. If I wanted them I could buy them too. At first I said no, I’ll just get the needles. Then I measured the shuttle in my Minnesota ~B~ and it was the same as the one she had. So I contacted her to add them to my purchase and she made me one of those “Deals You Just Can’t Refuse”.
If I bought the needles, shuttle, and bobbins there was two machines and some accessories I could have for free. All I had to do is drive down and get them. ROAD TRIP TIME!
We set up a time for us to meet at her home to visit and buy the goodies. That was Monday between 12:00 and 1:00.
It looked like rain so before we left I put a new set of wiper inserts on the Pathfinder. I also replaced the fuel filter due to some sluggish running problems. It helped.
It started raining just before we left and rained on us nearly all the way to Pat’s house. She’s got a really nice older house. The kitchen dining area is bigger than the front room in our little “doll house” abode.
We talked for quite a while about sewing machines, old and new, and many other things people talk about. Then she let her cat out of the bedroom. Such a pretty grey and white female kitty. She was a bit stand offish so she wouldn’t let us pet her much.
After a while we ended our conversations, carried our booty out to the Pathfinder and headed home. On the way back we stopped at the Jack In The Box at Troy and ate. Bought a couple new antenna balls too.
So now to the pics of the haul:
We paid for this:
We got seven tubes of Boye #10 needles, a clip of 10 Davis #9 bobbins, and a pristine shuttle. All this was intended for Minerva my Minnesota Mdl. ~B~.
And got all this for free:
A Minnesota Model ~A~, a set of old Greist attachments for the Minnesota that will fit both the A and B models,
Some Davis # 7 bobbins in a clip and some unidentified bobbins in a little zip lock bag,
In the other zip lock bag was some hinges, some unidentified presser feet and a thumb screw.
There was also a belt, but I don’t know what it will fit.
And a strange shaped small foot controller that needs rewired. No idea what that one fits, but it is marked “Style 6” and has a bunch of patent dates.
And …… a Wilcox and Gibbs: Type 10 Highspeed Industrial Lockstitch machine. ( As best as I can determine anyway. )
Both machines are free and functional. But they’ve both spent the last 4 decades + in the basement of Pat’s house. The Minnesota is in my cleaning tub right now and the plated parts will be in the Evapo-Rust pretty soon.
The W&G is sitting on the landing waiting for me to do something with it.
The only bad thing is the W&G did not have a needle in it and I have no idea what it takes. Not a curved needle though, that I’m sure of. Looking up into the needle shaft using a mirror it looks as if it should use a round shank needle. I’ve contacted forum member jlhmnj and he’s trying to find the info for me.
Tomorrow I’m going to take it to my LSMG and see if he has one or some needles and perhaps bobbins. If so I’ll be able to make this one run.
Our road trip was a really nice trip and an unqualified success. I enjoyed our visit with Pat and her cat, and the trip was a good one too.
OK, now to get arm pit deep in cleaning these machines.