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    Nancy - Someone on a collector's board linked me to this: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...62576881KNhqLm according to the description (rectangle slide plates, wooden access door to the left, and no "FR" in front of the serial number) it's a White Family Rotary dated between Sept 1903 and Feb 1906.

    It has to be post 1900 because there are several patent dates on the slide plate, the most recent being 1900

    ETA: the main site http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...78886693lsIAUe

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    Nancy - I also found this on the site you linked me to
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...62576881wJOCMI
    which is 1904 and looks just like mine

    ETA I take that back - mine does not have the T shirt plate, and from the gallery - it said 1904, once you're on the picture, it said 1908. If not for the T shirt plate, that looks almost exactly like mine.

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    Thanks guys for the warm welcome, its good to be back and when I get around to it I will start taking photos of the machines that I have gotten in the last few months. I might even start another PDA for you to keep up with the fun things going on in my household. My daughter destroyed a $3000 race transmission in her hot rod last week racing so now daddy has to build a new one for her..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Welcome home Charlee!

    Well I took 8 machines to a community yard sale today at our local quilt store and I sold 5 of them! I was really glad to be able to cut my herd down a little as it was getting out of hand! I also ended up bringing one home! A really cute little tan and brown Sewmor zig zag machine. The lady with the machine practically shoved it in my car - she just gave me the machine and cabinet so she wouldn't have to haul it home! Anyway, I sold 2 Japanese 15's - the blue Morse, and a black Electra. I also sold a 99 hand crank - it went to a really good home! I had a New Home Light Running machine, and a Pfaff that is not really a Pfaff - it was made after Pfaff sold their name - that also sold! So I took 8 machines, came back with 4 counting the Sewmor given to me! I was happy! Now I can get some more of the ones I really like!

    Oh and Candace it was great seeing you today!

    Nancy
    It was nice to see you too. I just knew you'd take the Sewmor and the only reason I didn't, was because I knew it was yours. Weird, huh? I hope you can give it to one of your GD's and they make good use of it. It was very cute! I was at your table and saw two people buy machines. Then I heard someone talking that there were already 3 gone and I knew you were doing o.k!!! Unlike the one gal trying to sell an older Viking for $900.....:>

    I'm so glad you popped out of class when you did, because I was not planning on going behind those closed doors and interrupting your class. Looks like you had a good time and were getting Christmas projects done early!

    I bought about 12 yds. of fabric for backings (from the store) and 3 spools of King Tut thread at the Barn sale. So, I found some things to bring home with me.

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    I'll never complain when my hubby wants to go to a gun shop!! At one shop, the shop owner's mother brought in a Singer 401A for him to give to me. At some time my hubby had told them that I liked vintage sewing machines.
    All I know about the 401's is the fact that they are a slant machine. I did download the manual for it, so I'll have to study that. Does anyone have any extra slant attachments they want to sell, also the cams for it? I just got the machine and the zigzag foot and one bobbin. I see that it is a 66 bobbin. Am I still better off using the 66 bobbins from sew classic than the ones that Singer has out? Any extra help on this machine will be appreciated. Thanks
    Last edited by Janis; 07-21-2012 at 09:33 PM.

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    on cleaning irons:I use black shoe polish. The paste kind. I use rust converter first, the kind that turns the rust black. I have heard of using stove polish as well, but have never found any to try. I like the machine to not look too new, so i have never repainted irons. If I came across some that had been painted white or another color, I might just paint over them black rather than strip the pint, but so far i haven't had to face that. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I'll never complain when my hubby wants to go to a gun shop!! At one shop, the shop owner's mother brought in a Singer 401A for him to give to me. At some time my hubby had told them that I liked vintage sewing machines.
    All I know about the 401's is the fact that they are a slant machine. I did download the manual for it, so I'll have to study that. Does anyone have any extra slant attachments they want to sell, also the cams for it? I just got the machine and the zigzag foot and one bobbin. I see that it is a 66 bobbin. Am I still better off using the 66 bobbins from sew classic than the ones that Singer has out? Any extra help on this machine will be appreciated. Thanks
    Get the good bobbins from Sew-classic - she has attachments too. I'm thinking there should be some posts on the 401 here. You might find the disks on ebay. You'll like that 401. It will do a lot with out the disks so enjoy it that way until you get some. Differences between the Singer 500 and the Singer 503 machines an old one...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuffaloNickels View Post
    Nancy - I also found this on the site you linked me to
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...62576881wJOCMI
    which is 1904 and looks just like mine

    ETA I take that back - mine does not have the T shirt plate, and from the gallery - it said 1904, once you're on the picture, it said 1908. If not for the T shirt plate, that looks almost exactly like mine.
    I have a 1903 White Rotary with the same hand hole coverinstead of the T shirt plate. they were made that way for only a few years. When they started making the T shirt plate, they became White Family Rotary. That is why there is not any letters in front of the serial number.My machine number is 78327 and as far as I can tell was made in 1903. You are very lucky to have the little hand cover. Usually they are lost over the years. I was given just the machine and one drawer as the cabinet was falling apart and the irons were used for a table base. In the drawer was the little Hand hole cover !! I have since found another correct cabinet for this machine, and it was missing the litttle cover. I have not finished the cabinet yet, but the machine is ready to go. Really nice find !!!
    The correct name for your machine is a White Rotary (without the word Family)

    Texas Jan
    Last edited by quiltdoctor; 07-22-2012 at 05:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    on cleaning irons:I use black shoe polish. The paste kind. I use rust converter first, the kind that turns the rust black. I have heard of using stove polish as well, but have never found any to try. I like the machine to not look too new, so i have never repainted irons. If I came across some that had been painted white or another color, I might just paint over them black rather than strip the pint, but so far i haven't had to face that. Laura
    Wow Laura, I never thought of shoe polish, but then everytime you dust them or rub on them won't the polish come off? I have only repainted one set of irons and it was for my Wilcox and Gibbs cabinet that someone had painted black and the irons gold! DH sand blasted the irons and we painted them black like they were originally! Liquid Gold works really well to shine up those black irons too! Here are the before and after photos - we re-did the coffin top also, but not in the shot!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 07-22-2012 at 05:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I'll never complain when my hubby wants to go to a gun shop!! At one shop, the shop owner's mother brought in a Singer 401A for him to give to me. At some time my hubby had told them that I liked vintage sewing machines.
    All I know about the 401's is the fact that they are a slant machine. I did download the manual for it, so I'll have to study that. Does anyone have any extra slant attachments they want to sell, also the cams for it? I just got the machine and the zigzag foot and one bobbin. I see that it is a 66 bobbin. Am I still better off using the 66 bobbins from sew classic than the ones that Singer has out? Any extra help on this machine will be appreciated. Thanks
    Janis, I sold 5 machines yesterday to get my herd down under 50 machines, but the ones I won't sell are my 400's and 500's! That 401a is suppose to be the top of the line for that series of machines. You don't need the cams to sew - it does several decorative stitches without the cams! It does take regular drop in class 66 bobbins - not the ones from Walmart or JoAnnes, but good metal bobbins! I only use vintage bobbins on my vintage machines so I can't critique Sew Classic's bobbins, but others on here say they are fine! The slant feet are available from Sew Classic as I bought a 1/4" from them - works great. You will love that machine when you start sewing with it! I really like my slant machines, and I am always looking for more of them!

    Nancy

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