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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowa Grandma View Post
    I have recently received a Minnesota H treadle machine in excellent condition. My son does bat removal and he found it in an attic. I have tried unsuccessfully to find anything about it and would like to find a manual for it. There was a "Paveway" manual with it and it is similar but not the correct one when it comes to threading it. I also have a complete set of the metal attachments and feet. Can anyone help me? When I can get my granddaughter to help me I will post a picture.
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    Minnesota H was made by Domestic for Sears around the 1920's. You can sort of make out the threading from this pic. http://www.tias.com/173/PictPage/3923945988.html
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    Wheeler Wilson-Patent date

    When I was closely looking at my first WW8 Serial number 385288 this morning, the newest date I had seen was on the Serial plate 1878. When I looked at this little piece with a magnifying glass, I could read another date-- 1881. Looks like this pushes our time line out a little more.

    Texas Jan

    Does anyone else have a date on this part. My 1876 WW 8 that I just got has a different piece on it that is more simplified.
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    here you go http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf
    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9 View Post
    BTW, does anyone have a free download for a 503a manual? I may have been given this already but I don't remember.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Here is my newest machine that I picked up for $10!Attachment 304151
    Hi, Bo ? I have one just like this But its totaly locked Up!1 anyone here have any idea what can be done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    When I was closely looking at my first WW8 Serial number 385288 this morning, the newest date I had seen was on the Serial plate 1878. When I looked at this little piece with a magnifying glass, I could read another date-- 1881. Looks like this pushes our time line out a little more.

    Texas Jan

    Does anyone else have a date on this part. My 1876 WW 8 that I just got has a different piece on it that is more simplified.
    I'll have a look when I get home Jan...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    At the time these W&W machines were made, W&W was the premier sewing machine company in the world...I know that W&W and Singer had some court battles over patents, but I don't remember who won... will have to google it! LOL

    I thought W&W's patents ran out, which led to other companies competing with them without having to pay royalties. From there, the business slowed as Singer production grew with the introduction of the Singer 12K. Wheeler died in 1893, son took over business. Wilson had retired earlier and lived off royalties. Both men had been millionaires. In 1905, Singer purchased the W&W factory, which was manufacturing the NO.9. Singer then sold the No.9 with the Singer name on it, W9 (a machine I own).

    Who won...regardless...Singer...and look at Singer today.

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    Angry Its a travesty!

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    What a shame this is. The treadle pedal is even rusted! People just threw these old ladies out in the rain when they got tired of them! That was once a beautiful machine and cabinet! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2820328462.html

    Nancy
    Its so sad that this beautiful machine and cabinet weren't valued enough to be given a nice dry home.

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    My DH and I went to an antique store today and they had a Singer Red Eye. It was an electric machine in a tredle sewing cabinet, it looks like they switched it to electric. It was dated (according to the tag) was 1949. Does that sound right? Does anyone know when they stopped making the Red Eyes?

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    Hi, the WW8 I have is serial number 483301. That silver piece above the '8' on mine says "Pat Dec". The latest date on the plate is August 27, 1878. I don't know if this information is helpful or not.
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    When I was closely looking at my first WW8 Serial number 385288 this morning, the newest date I had seen was on the Serial plate 1878. When I looked at this little piece with a magnifying glass, I could read another date-- 1881. Looks like this pushes our time line out a little more.

    Texas Jan

    Does anyone else have a date on this part. My 1876 WW 8 that I just got has a different piece on it that is more simplified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Texas Jan I am so glad you got that machine! That machine needs to be owned by someone who appreciates her value! What a steal you got her for too! I am in awe of you right now! That is a dream of mine to find a machine like that in the shape yours is in - along with most of the people on here I am sure! You go girl! Maybe, I will luck out with something like that one day too! Congratulations to you!


    Nancy
    Thank you Nancy! That means so much coming from you. I will try to be a good steward of this fine old lady. I could not believe my good fortune. One will come along for you, I'm sure, but I know you already have several fine ones, too.

    Texas Jan

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