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The Jones machine is very pretty. A centerpiece for sure. Glad you were jones-ing for a Jones.
I went into a Thrift Store a few days ago. I asked if they had any sewing machines. The gal told me she had a really small black Singer that fit in this small black case she just sold the day before for $20! Geeze, that is typical - a day late!
Congratulations Nancy! My "Jones" has roses decals...my online name has always been qltgrose (since the days when you could only have 8 letters in your user name) and my last name is Jones as well! My base looks the same as yours too. My lid is square shaped, not domed like the other portables I have owned.
I just refinished the inside of a case. It had the yucky "musty" smell. I used Wallpaper Chomp (best wall paper stripper everrrrr..no affiliation,just happy user) on the inside. It made quick work of the paper. I wiped all the wood down and removed as much of the old glue as I could, set it on top of a heater register for a few days. Totally no smell when I was ready to put new finish on. I used some sewing themed paper I found in the scrap booking section @Hobby Lobby and mod-podged it on the inside. I put 2 coats of Mod Podge and then a clear spray finish. Worked like a charm. I am not replacing the outside paper, but if yours is in bad shape I wouldnt be afraid to try it. Good luck!
If you are a member of Needlebar, the chap there, Alan, will tell you straight away what year it is.
If you go to my blog and click on the heading "Jones Family CS"at the side, you will see that it is identical to the Jones machine on there, which belongs to a lady called Maria, and which dates from 1931. You can also see the little dress I made on it - the first thing made with it for decades.
For needles, get an order in with Helen Howes http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk
The lever is the stitch length adjustment, and also puts it in reverse.
There is a close up of the bobbin on the blog so you can see if you have the right one. They are not the same as Singer bobbins - one end is rounded. You can get bobbins from Helen Howes.
Last edited by Muv; 12-16-2012 at 08:35 PM.
I've really got the bug for vintage machines now. I can't stop buying them, especially the poor, neglected ones. Here's a picture of the latest cabinet, I haven't tried a restore on one in this poor shape before and I'm excited to get started. Clare