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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    That is a great looking machine. Congratulations.

    I second that motion, cabbagepatchkid. I have a newer New Home and it still has the dog.
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    [QUOTE=BoJangles;4660697]Attachment 285786

    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!

    Nancy[/QUOTE
    That is one beautiful machine!! Can't wait to see the cabinet and irons redone.

    Texas Jan

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    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/atq/2694157946.html
    I just about peed my pants laughing... they don't have a clue - looks like it was dropped too
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    It has an interesting decal on the bed of the machine. There is a greyhound type dog with the words "light running". I wonder what that meant? There is a bit of rust on some of the metal pieces that I'm hoping to get off but I'm not having much luck with the bobbin winder, which I have already tried polishing. There is some pitting and corrosion under the rust. Either way, it's a beauty and is now adorning the space under my kitchen window.
    Ooooh, I love that dog decal! She sure is a pretty machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 285786

    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!

    Nancy
    Nancy, Pretty machine! Looks like a Davis or National. In my opinion more like a Davis NVF body, just minus the walking foot, reverse tack, and stitch length guide is located in different position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    I have been following this New Home treadle machine, on Craigslist, and the price finally dropped to $50.00 so I put in a call about it. The man was even advertising free delivery and he dropped it off yesterday. He said that it had belonged to his grandmother and they had been using it as a piece of furniture.

    It has an interesting decal on the bed of the machine. There is a greyhound type dog with the words "light running". I wonder what that meant? There is a bit of rust on some of the metal pieces that I'm hoping to get off but I'm not having much luck with the bobbin winder, which I have already tried polishing. There is some pitting and corrosion under the rust. Either way, it's a beauty and is now adorning the space under my kitchen window.

    Very pretty machine! I would just clean it with sewing oil to protect those decals.

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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.....
    Melinda

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    Hales Crescent

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
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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!

    Nancy[/QUOTE
    That is one beautiful machine!! Can't wait to see the cabinet and irons redone.

    Texas Jan
    Hi,
    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.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    I have been following this New Home treadle machine, on Craigslist, and the price finally dropped to $50.00 so I put in a call about it. The man was even advertising free delivery and he dropped it off yesterday. He said that it had belonged to his grandmother and they had been using it as a piece of furniture.

    It has an interesting decal on the bed of the machine. There is a greyhound type dog with the words "light running". I wonder what that meant? There is a bit of rust on some of the metal pieces that I'm hoping to get off but I'm not having much luck with the bobbin winder, which I have already tried polishing. There is some pitting and corrosion under the rust. Either way, it's a beauty and is now adorning the space under my kitchen window.
    Very nice machine and decals are wonderful. You did good.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51 View Post
    Actually they are not clones at all they are called "Japanese 15's" and are better engineered in my own opinion than the Singer counterpart.

    Billy
    Technically, yes. Also technically, none of them are 15s unless that's the actual model number of them. It's commonplace to call them 15 clones, and it's easily remembered. Was it Nancy that said she LIKED to call them "clones" because it gave them a "sci-fi" aura?

    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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