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Thread: Anyone Know about this machine?

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    Super Member buddy'smom's Avatar
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    This is a Goodhousekeeper sewing machine I picked up for 10.00 at our good-will store, it has lots of accessories and seems to run well, ( have't sewen on it) but was wondering about what year it may have been made. thank you.
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    Can't help you with the year or anything - but WOW what a find!

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    Thank you, it's a heavey machine but in super condition.

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    I have that same machine, but in a cabinet. A friend bought it at a yard sale, but said it never sewed like she wanted. Not sure if it was operator error, or the machine. One of these days I will have to get it out and clean it and see. I did not find much info online.

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    cool, don't know aboout that machine

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    Wow -- $10??? Don't know anything about it but it looks very clean. Ask Billy (Lostn51) -- he knows bunches about old sewing machines....

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    I had a White Dressmaker that looked similar (case, footpedal, etc.) that was new around 1970. This might be a tad bit older. Good find.

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    Thank you, this is another one i got for 5.00 as it's missing the front plate, but runs great.
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    I believe this machine to be from the 1960's period of time. Great machine as most of the older ones were. No plastic. No complaints. These machines were seldom brought into the store for repairs. I should know, had a sewing machine and fabric store.
    Recently I had a machine given to me. It sat in the car for weeks, husband brought it into the house so sat in storage for many more weeks like before Christmas. My GD asked me if she could sew on my machine, told her yes and where it was, in my house. So imagine my surprise this morning when I was looking in the storage room and there sat the little Singer machine, hooked up and used to sew with. It is a 3/4 Singer, believe it or not, perfect condition altho case is a little worn.
    I have an after the WW2 Elna equivelent to the 3/4 Singer. Both came out about the same time. When it is opened each of the 4 sides lay down and this is what you sew on. The top part opens up to the storage for the machine feet. Only one I ever saw. Years ago an Elna distributor in Memphis offered to purchase it. Now that I am old I am thinking of selling my machines. No one in my family sews or cares anything about them. Lots of antiques, same lack of interest. BarbM

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnordyke
    I had a White Dressmaker that looked similar (case, footpedal, etc.) that was new around 1970. This might be a tad bit older. Good find.
    I had a White also, wore that thing out! All steel and weighed a ton! The bobbin winder broke and they couldn't fix it. He gave me money towards a new one........I wish that I still had it!! :cry:

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    The Kenmore is mid 70's...I sewed all of my baby items with that maching also curtains, quilt for baby son. I think my husband bought it for me for our first Chistmas in '76.

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    Just noticed, the Kenmore is missing it's tension assembly...you will not be able to sew on this machine without it....

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    Thanks so much for all the imfo, my Granddaughters want to learn to sew, so maybe they can use these machines.

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    If you type the make and model of the sewing machine and hit search, you may find out.

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    You sure got a prize with this machine. It is a beauty.

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    The Good Housekeeper looks like one that was purchased in the mid 1950's for my 4-H club to sew on. Judging by the paper on the wooden case it sits in, I would say it was of the same general age. Ours had a wooden cover that clamped onto the base, and it was also covered with that same textured paper stuff.
    The machine was all metal.......and in the wooden case, it was a gutbuster to lift and carry anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toto's Mom
    The Good Housekeeper looks like one that was purchased in the mid 1950's for my 4-H club to sew on. Judging by the paper on the wooden case it sits in, I would say it was of the same general age. Ours had a wooden cover that clamped onto the base, and it was also covered with that same textured paper stuff.
    The machine was all metal.......and in the wooden case, it was a gutbuster to lift and carry anywhere.
    Yes this is in the same kinda case, it sure is a gutbuster to carry, but a beautiful machine.

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    Well, if your machine is like that one, it is basically indestructible, as it was used by a bunch of kids in the country, to learn to sew on, and it was passed from home to home. A good cleaning, a few squirts of a good machine oil in the right places, and a belt replacement, and it should be good for a lot more years. You got a real good buy on it.

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    Seems to me like I heard somewhere that the "Good Housekeeper" was the "brand" sold by Montgomery Wards? (Like Sears or Penny's for you younguns! :lol: ) I can't and won't swear to that, because I'm not sure!

    I have an old Remington that looks a lot like it tho...

    Really nice find!

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    That was my first sewing machine....It ran very well for years!!!I made my first quilt on it and lots of clothes, curtains etc. It may not have been that model, but it was that brand and color!!Mine was bought new around 1963....

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