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Thread: What is in this case and how do I get it out?

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    Super Member Mamagus's Avatar
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    My sister gave me this yesterday. An elderly friend of hers was cleaning out her house and gave it to her. She promptly passed it on to me!

    The case is heavy so I know there is a machine in there! But I have no idea how to open the case!! Any suggestions? DH wants to break up the box ( over my dead body!) So while he's at work please help me!!

    Thank you!

    This is the only thing that I can see on the case that might be the latch.
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    That looks like a lock. I think it requires a small key to open it.

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    You need the key. Your right that hole onthe sides important. I was given one just like this a couple of weeks ago.

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    I googled Singer Bentwood case key and found one on ebay for 24.00. WOW! For a tiny little key?

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    Do you have a locksmith near you? If so take it to him and he will open it for you. Plus he may have a spare key to sell you too!

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    Go to an antique store and I bet they have one or many.
    Would love to see the machine inside once you get it open.

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    Oh dear .... the case of the missing key! :)

    Perhaps your sister's friend has a bunch of extra keys that you could try in the lock?? Otherwise, try the locksmith to open it.

    And til you do ...... hide that from your DH so his boy-curiosity does not damage it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I have found something that makes the lock turn... but I don't know whether to turn it clockwise or counterclockwise? Maybe someone who has a case could tell me that?

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    Wish I lived closer my son can pick just about any lock, dont ask me how I know and no Im not proud of him for it but it does come in handy. He learned how to do it when he was 12. Public schools teach our kids wonderful hobbies!

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    Hi Mamagus.

    My Nan had one just like it. It housed a Singer sewing machine. I remember that it was a bit hard to open...you had to shift it a certain way as you lifted the top.....shift it to the right or left as you lifted. I don't remember a key although that certainly looks like it is a tiny lock. Perhaps, like yours, the key to hers was missing and the top was always unlocked.

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    I hope you get it open. Please show us a picture if you do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    I have found something that makes the lock turn... but I don't know whether to turn it clockwise or counterclockwise? Maybe someone who has a case could tell me that?
    I have one the same I will check out which way to turn it, I was also given a key just the other day, if it fits mine I can send it to you if you want it. Let me check it out first OK.

    BTW if your DH damages that case I will RUN across the pond and beat him to death with a feather duster :twisted:

    This is my one:

    A Singer 201K sews the most wonderful straight stitch and one of Singer's best machines.

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    My DH buy me one just like it. with no key!!! If you take a samll sreew drive and put it in the hole and ture easy you sure be able to get it open[ a drop of oil in the hole may help]. If that dose not work if you can get the top away from the base just a little you can slide a knife in the space and move the lock that way. If you was close I would love to help find the baby in the box.

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    It's out!!!!

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    Wow what a great find! Even if you have to buy a key, you got yourself a fabulous deal. Off to the locksmith with you!

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    Hello here's a bit of a tutorial. These cases can be difficult to open, but just go slowly and carefully.

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    I think I remember hearing that the key is a shape - like a square or triangle... Sorry, I do not have one to share. Don't let your DH break the box!! I have a machine that came without the top of the box, and am looking for a replacement. Not easily found :-(

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    Here she is in all her glory! Serial Number says she was manufactured in 1934.

    What a beauty!
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    So what kind of a machine is she? She is a handcrank which is not surprising as many communities in Newfoundland did not have electricity until into the 40's and 50's.

    I think she is beyond beautiful! ( and I was not actively looking for a vintage machine...)

    Now that she is out should I offer it back to my sister? She really didn't seem to want it!

    Maybe I have more of an affinity for it because my grandmother taught me to sew when I was 7 or 8 on her old Singer treadle machine. My sister two years younger didn't get to use that machine because by the time she was old enough my grandmother was dying.

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    What a beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    Here she is in all her glory! Serial Number says she was manufactured in 1934.

    What a beauty!
    Oh how nice .... bet you won't be doing housework today, and will take this lady for a spin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    Here she is in all her glory! Serial Number says she was manufactured in 1934.

    What a beauty!
    Wow she's beautiful.
    In case you're interested, here's a pic of the key.
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    OMG, hand crank to boot. How wonderful. These are going for $300. To $400. Around here. They can be made into a treadle very easy also. To have one with a perfect lid is a real plus. Enjoy it!

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    Congrats! Very pretty machine. Maybe your sister could babysit, but I certainly wouldn't place the machine up for adoption.

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    She is a beauty. How lucky you are to get it for free. My sister would have given it to me too..as she has no interest in sewing at all. Congrats!

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