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[QUOTE=pfroggg;5078851]Ok, I found Thomas Book I. She mentions that the 'American Girl' variant was offered in Montgomery Ward catalogs from 1928 through 1938, but that the 'Damascus' variant appeared in the MW catalogs of 1939, 1940, and 1941. So these little guys apparently were made into the 1940s (she gives the Damascus manufacture dates as 1930s-1940s). I'm not sure of the production dates of the full-size Damascus machines, but National may have introduced this variant to coincide with some promotion of its larger cousin.
Thank you Pat and Cathy! Very interesting! So my little Damascus was made anywhere between the 1920's to the 1940's? If book 1 estimates the dates between 1920's to 1930's, then book 2 says 1930's to 1940's, I am going to go with Book 1 since according to the owner his grandmother made doll clothes with the machine in the 1920's after getting the machine as a gift. If you guys see in Book 2 that for sure my machine was made later than the 1920's, I want to know! This is fun!
Oh Cathy, according to ISMACS needle site, the Damascus TSM takes a 16x1 needle, which to me would be way too big?
Last edited by BoJangles; 03-21-2012 at 08:02 AM.
I think this is why the FW was much more popular than the 77MG. Yes, the case and attachments add to the total weight, but at least with the FW, it's not locked into a heavy wooden base. The 77MG is about a pound heavier to begin with, and then you add in the wooden base...and the cuteness factor of the FW...it's easy to see why women went with the FW over the 77. I have to say, the 77 does a very nice stitch and I'm going to play more with it as far as FMQ goes. But, since I have the "heavy" one and not the MG version, I guess it will have to stay in the cabinet it lives in.