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Thread: Substitute needles for the Minnesota and Davis, as well as others, machines

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Ha! An NVF with an older Davis needle plate. Will use 15x1's and Davis long bobbins.Jon
    Jon; Thanks so much for your help. So why is my serial # so much older than the machine? I ask because the serial # is not on the needle plate, if I recall correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Jon; Thanks so much for your help. So why is my serial # so much older than the machine? I ask because the serial # is not on the needle plate, if I recall correctly.
    Chris
    Needle plate is not accurate, the serial number is on the front slide plate or front throat plate. Your original plate was lost and someone got a plate from an 1893 VF1 to replace it with. I cant see well the SN from your photos but can tell it is a different style than an NVF should have.

    Get some 15x1's and have at it!

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Needle plate is not accurate, the serial number is on the front slide plate or front throat plate. Your original plate was lost and someone got a plate from an 1893 VF1 to replace it with. I cant see well the SN from your photos but can tell it is a different style than an NVF should have.

    Get some 15x1's and have at it! Jon
    Thanks again for all the information. I will try to get a photo of the serial # later tonite. I may try using the Davisd for the baby quilt am starting tonight. Nope, gotta clean it up first - my 301 will just have to do. Love my 301 - she's a gem!!
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    Oh, you are a life-saver!
    Okay, maybe that is overstated a bit but today I started the hunt for needles for the 187? LA Davis I have here. I stumbled upon this post through a web search.
    I am ecstatic to have found this information. Off to try and locate this needle. And a bobbin tyre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    The MTx190 is only for OLD Davis Sewing Machines. Even Davis switched over to the 15x1 by 1910 or so. So if you have an old Low Arm, VF1, VF2, Minnesota or badged Davis before 1910 the MTx190 will replace the Boye 10 ($$$). Any other machine should not use this needle that I know of (maybe a White from the 1870's?) other than the industrial application the MTx190 was originally intended for.

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    Here's the thread for my Low Arm, a favorite:

    My New 1878 Davis Low Arm

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    Where do I go to find a specific age date for my Minnesota B? I have a complete number, but apparently not the brains to find this information after hours and days of searching. Her number is D1470174.

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    Don't feel bad, you'd need psychic ability rather than brains to figure out a make date for your B. The Minnesota B was made from approximately 1904-1909. You have a later serial number, so I'd estimate 1907 or 1908. The Minnesota B warranty certificate consisted of a page in the manual the customer needed to fill out. I've only found one filled out so far.

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    Thanks for bringing this old thread back. I've got a Minnesota model A. Am I correct in assuming it takes the same needles? Do you happen to know what years the model A was made? I need to find a bobbin winder assembly for it, and would like to (someday) convert it to a hand crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltedsunshine View Post
    Thanks for bringing this old thread back. I've got a Minnesota model A. Am I correct in assuming it takes the same needles? Do you happen to know what years the model A was made? I need to find a bobbin winder assembly for it, and would like to (someday) convert it to a hand crank.
    Minnesota A was made by a few different makers so a photo would be best to figure out the needles and parts. Some used the Davis Long needles and others a regular 15x1. I don't believe any of the Minnesota A's had a motor boss to make mounting a handcrank easy.

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    Jon, I have a WheelerWilson #8 and a #9 can I use the same needle in both machines? The #8 machine is in pristine condition and came with lots of needles and attachments. I'm still cleaning the #9.

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