Nettie Lukofsky

Davis Minnesota Sears Treadle

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by , 10-16-2018 at 11:36 AM (148 Views)
Good Day To All!
Seeking some assistance on an antique treadle machine that has been handed down to me from my mother (who is originally from Ohio). I've done a bit of research online, and despite having the original guaranty and instruction book, I'm coming up empty handed on the year this machine was manufactured by Davis. We also have many of the original accesories that came with the purchase of the machine when it was new. I'm going to attempt to attach a few pictures. If anyone on this forum knows anything about this machine and/or its value, please don't hesitate to respond! I seem to being going backwards in my research on the World Wide Web
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  1. DFlint's Avatar
    Sears & Roebuck History. I am not sure which model you have but Davis went out of business in 1924. The Minnesota K Model was the last Singer Model to be in the Sears catalog 1919. 1907 - 1911 years are selling for average $200.00 with cabinet. In 1899 saw the introduction of a vibrating shuttle sewing machine made by The Davis Sewing Machine Company of Dayton, Ohio. With a few exceptions, Davis would become the sole supplier of sewing machines to Sears until about 1912. It is during this time period that we have many of the Minnesota brand machines including the Models A, B, C, D, and K to name a few.
    Beginning in 1911, the company introduced a number of machines based on Singer designs. They were the 'Franklin' (1911) and the 'Minnesota A' (1914), copies of Singer's Model 27/127 class manufactured by the Domestic Sewing Machine Company of Buffalo, New York. The 'Franklin' was decorated with Egyptian styled decalcomania, clearly in imitation of Singer's beautiful 'Memphis' decoration scheme. The 'Minnesota' was decorated in the same type of gold filigree used on the Davis-made 'Minnesota A.'
    The Domestic company had been founded by William A Mack, inventor of the Mack-Patent High-Arm sewing machine * the first truly modern high-armed lock stitch machine. However, by the 1910s the company had been reduced to manufacturing machines based on Singer designs. Sears likely changed its main supplier to Domestic because the Buffalo company could supply Singer copies. The only other retailer that sold more sewing machines in the United States was Singer. Both the Franklin and Minnesota Model A were near-exact copies of the Singer Model 27/127 (the most popular Singer model at the time). Sears Roebuck also marketed them as a lower priced, equivalent quality alternative to the pricey Singer. As such, the action was likely an attempt by Sears to increase its market share in the sewing machine business.
    In the proceeding years, Sears slowly phased out sales of Davis sewing machines in favor of models made by Domesticand other manufacturers. These included the Minnesota L vibrating shuttle and the Economy rotary, both manufactured by the Standard Sewing Machine Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The last Davis model to be carried by Singer was the Minnesota K, which no longer appeared in the catalog after 1919. Davis would eventually go out of business about 1924, having apparently become dependent on supplying Sears with sewing machines over the previous twenty years for its main venue of income and unable to make up the loss from other sources.
    Updated 10-16-2018 at 07:03 PM by DFlint (add on)
  2. tuckyquilter's Avatar
    It's lovely no matter what the year. AND she'll sew like a dream. I love my old Singer treadle. Something about the sound of the pedal and wheel that just makes it so soothing to the soul.
  3. QuiltingOma1's Avatar
    Did you look on the underside of the machine for a number!

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