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Thread: "Vibrator" named machine?

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    "Vibrator" named machine?

    $22.00 and a bit of gas to pick her up. I put a minimal amount of oil and elbow grease on her Japan and she shines nice, but needs a thorough cleaning. A few small nicks to her enamel.

    At first I thought it was one of the many re-badged 27's, but it has a stitch length adjustment on the pillar. Then I thought it could have been one of the Franklins, but the Franklins that have stitch length adjustment on the pillar have the tension in a different place. So I'm not sure what it is ... but I like it

    Under name plate a #6 (model?) and SN seems to be 3237314 ... first 3 might be an 8.

    Have not tried sewing with it yet.
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    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    That's a cute little machine. A vibrating shuttle clone. I've seen the name "Vibrator" somewhere, but I can't remember where.

    Do you have a treadle cabinet for it?

    Joe

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    Sue,

    You have a National made machine. If the bed length is about 13" long then you have what is called the Exp. B.T. Vibrator also known as a 3/4 sized Eldrdge.


    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    $22.00 and a bit of gas to pick her up. I put a minimal amount of oil and elbow grease on her Japan and she shines nice, but needs a thorough cleaning. A few small nicks to her enamel.

    At first I thought it was one of the many re-badged 27's, but it has a stitch length adjustment on the pillar. Then I thought it could have been one of the Franklins, but the Franklins that have stitch length adjustment on the pillar have the tension in a different place. So I'm not sure what it is ... but I like it

    Under name plate a #6 (model?) and SN seems to be 3237314 ... first 3 might be an 8.

    Have not tried sewing with it yet.
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Sue,

    You have a National made machine. If the bed length is about 13" long then you have what is called the Exp. B.T. Vibrator also known as a 3/4 sized Eldrdge.
    I measured the bed earlier ... 14.5"
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    That's a cute little machine. A vibrating shuttle clone. I've seen the name "Vibrator" somewhere, but I can't remember where.

    Do you have a treadle cabinet for it?

    Joe
    Joe ... not yet but we're on the lookout for a cabinet, or a set of irons that we can make a cabinet out of.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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    Sue,

    Then this is a full sized machine. It is made by National. Probably a version of the 'Vindex' model.
    The original shuttles usually had 'Eldredge' stamped on the side. Very nice sewers.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I measured the bed earlier ... 14.5"
    Cathy

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    According to the Encyclopedia of Early American Sewing Machines, the Standard SM Co. also made a sewing machine with the name "Vibrator".

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    What a great looking machine-----but sorry to say I did get a giggle out of the name.

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    Hello...Joe...the name should ring some kind of bells. Ooops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrishs View Post
    What a great looking machine-----but sorry to say I did get a giggle out of the name.
    Must confess, you are not alone. There's no way they'd market a machine with that moniker these days....too racy by far.

    Now back on topic.....Cool machine. Let us know how it works out.

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