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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I stand corrected on the Damascus toy!! I would have thought 40's... but no matter what, it's a cutie!!
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    LOL my coffee just went all over that keyboard.... I read "according to Thomas" and immediately thought are we quoting the scriptures now, and we even have book I & II.

    Ok, I should stay quiet and drink my coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    lol my coffee just went all over that keyboard.... I read "according to thomas" and immediately thought are we quoting the scriptures now, and we even have book i & ii.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    ....it's 'American Buttonhole, Overseaming and Sewing Machine Co.' (American BHO and Sewing Machine Co), established in 1867 in Philadelphia, which manufactured sewing machines till around 1896. I'm not sure about the model number...
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    I think it’s called a model “No. 1”. Here’s a look at the front of mine...


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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    So, after cleaning the race and case on my Singer 201, I started to think if I should have done something similar on my Singer 66-1s. I spent a hour looking for the needed info, and discovered that the machine would benefit on cleaning and replacing the oil wick. This is something that needs to be done on 66s and 99s...unless they are just setting on shelf looking pretty- like mine are now. This may have been talked about before on this thread, but I can't remember it. So, heads up for those that are using their Singer 66 or 99 and have not checked the felt on the oil wick; it may need to be added or replaced.
    Thanks, Monica....I have both machines and I have not checked the wick. That's at the bobbin case, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post

    Pat,


    I think it’s called a model “No. 1”. Here’s a look at the front of mine...


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    Ok ThayerRags, this is getting really interesting - WHAT DON'T YOU HAVE? I want to see the whole collection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The case, accessories, etc out weigh the machine by a lot - it seems funny that they would put such a light weight machine in such a heavy case. If the case wasn't so nice I would be tempted to figure something else out to make it tote easier.
    That is the same with my FW, and so I found an old portable file box with extending handle and wheels that I put it in. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Have a question. I bought one of those cabinets with the inkwells in the drawer. Some idjit turned it into a writing desk but thankfully left the hinges and set screws possibly. I have a 201 in need of a cabinet. My question is were those cabinets designed with something underneath the machine like a curved piece of board or something? I have no idea and there isn't anything like that left in this cabinet. Am just curious and thanks in advance.
    I have one of those lovely cabinets. I'll look underneath and let you know, but it'll be tonite.

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    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    That is the same with my FW, and so I found an old portable file box with extending handle and wheels that I put it in. Works great.

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