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Thread: What is this???

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    I found this in my MIL's treadle cabinet. I think I remember seeing something like it when taking Home Ec way back when....If acts almost like a compass, the magnetic thing twists when it is near metal.
    The only markings on it are a little devil face on both sides.

    Anybody know???
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    OK, now I'm curious too. I hope someon the board identifies it.
    From one Montanan to another - Howdy!

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    looks like an old stud finder to me..I remember my DAD had one similar to it

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    That was my hubby's guess too!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    looks like an old stud finder to me..I remember my DAD had one similar to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    looks like an old stud finder to me..I remember my DAD had one similar to it
    Yep, that's what it is. Nothing to do with the treadle.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    looks like an old stud finder to me..I remember my DAD had one similar to it
    Yep, that's what it is. Nothing to do with the treadle.....
    Well, what in heck was it doing in *her* sewing machine, don't you wonder?! :?

    Jan in VA

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    That's pretty cool! I could use it! Want to put up shelves in sewing room. Son says u have to find the studs. Me: ookkaaayyy.... Lol

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    Interesting. My guess is though it's only going to work where there is metal driven into the stud...so you will have to find somewhere where there is a drywall nail or screw. If you're in a newer house, modern drywall (1960 or so & later), look along the 4' height along the wall, where the joint is. If you have plastered walls good luck, as all the metal mesh underneath, won't help you find a stud with a magnet.
    Thanks for sharing "this old tool"; I love things like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    looks like an old stud finder to me..I remember my DAD had one similar to it
    Yep, that's what it is. Nothing to do with the treadle.....
    Well, what in heck was it doing in *her* sewing machine, don't you wonder?! :?

    Jan in VA
    Maybe she was looking for a "stud" (2 legged kind! lol)

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    Good answer!
    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    looks like an old stud finder to me..I remember my DAD had one similar to it
    Yep, that's what it is. Nothing to do with the treadle.....
    Well, what in heck was it doing in *her* sewing machine, don't you wonder?! :?

    Jan in VA
    Maybe she was looking for a "stud" (2 legged kind! lol)

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    Will it indicate a pin or needle on the floor? I'm not sure how sensitive it is. But that would be my only guess as to why she would have it in her sewing cabinet... to find lost pins on the floor or in your quilt....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    Will it indicate a pin or needle on the floor? I'm not sure how sensitive it is. But that would be my only guess as to why she would have it in her sewing cabinet... to find lost pins on the floor or in your quilt....
    I vote for this answer! I always inspect Project Linus quilts that are donated, and sometimes I find pins that were overlooked. It is dangerous to deliver a quilt to a child that might have a hidden pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    Will it indicate a pin or needle on the floor? I'm not sure how sensitive it is. But that would be my only guess as to why she would have it in her sewing cabinet... to find lost pins on the floor or in your quilt....
    that's what I thought too!! Great minds and all that!LOL

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    im looking for two legged stud lol :twisted:

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    It is a stud finder used to find nails in the wall along the stud. My Grandma used one to find lost pins and needle. Glenn

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    Could it be an attachment to a Red Devil vacuum? maybe she used it to clean the machine out?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    Could it be an attachment to a Red Devil vacuum? maybe she used it to clean the machine out?????
    Clever answer, since anything metal near the motor windings is damaging to the motor. I've always told my kids, if it's big enough you can see it standing up, then pick it up...the vacuum is for fine particles, not long strings & paperclips!
    Nowadays (is that a word?), I use either my telescoping magnet $4.99 (looks like an old car antenna) I got @ Joann's on 50% off sale...or the old magnet wand , which is heavier duty to check for pins. Wand: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...DID=xprd140412 $4.49.
    Telescoping (but probably a lot weaker) http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...DID=xprd74099. After looking this up again, I was surprised for the same price Amazon (& probably Harbor Freight) has some telescoping magnets that will pick up 15 or 20 pounds, so pretty powerful, instead of the one I got which only has 3.5# "pull". Not that a pin would weigh anything, but a stronger magnet will pull from a farther distance if you dropped a pin on the floor.

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