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Sorry Monica, I have been taking care of a sick grandson for a couple days!
I did get the Hales Crescent a couple days ago. It is a really cute machine - looks sort of like a Two Spools, but it is a vibrating shuttle. I got the machine, cabinet, original manaul, and 3 shuttle bobbins for $10. The machine itself is worth $10! Now the bad part, the machine is in great shape - owned by the same family all its life. The cabinet, though, is going to need some major repair work. DH welded the treadle irons - that came out great, but the whole top of the cabinet has to be re-done - new veneer, even some of the boards under the veneer are split! Now, he has 4 he has to re-do (I am almost finished with the cabinet for the 319w).
Now I am trying to find some information out about the Hales Crescent! They were made by Johnson, Flanders and Co. between 1865 and 1883 - that is all I can find out? I am sure this machine is from the early 1900's not the late 1800's, but according to the records it can't be because the company was out of busines by 1883? I also find nothing on ISMACS needle site about needle size. It appears to take a Boye #10 like a Davis? Geeze, I am always getting these mystery machines!
That is one beautiful machine!! Can't wait to see the cabinet and irons redone.
I just about peed my pants laughing... they don't have a clue - looks like it was dropped too
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Good luck on finding the information on the Hales Crescent. It is a pretty machine with an interesting story. Can't wait to hear the rest of it.....
I'd put my money that the Hales Crescent is a badged Davis bottom feeder. I have a similar machine that is about 3/4 size. Needlewise it might take a standard 15 x 1 or if not a #10 Boye. What's the serial number? Nice machine, great price.
A 15 has the tension on the faceplate as opposed to the front of the machine. If the tension is not on the faceplate it's neither a "Japanese 15" nor is it a "Clone".
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