Free # C249139

Old 04-30-2022, 04:28 PM
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My name is Susan and i am a fibre artist and muscian. I love to sew and quilt! I just picked up my second Free Treadle. I am wondering how I can find out the date of my machine. The serial number is C249139, it is a #5. I plan on piecing a quilt on it just to do it. I am pretty excited about the project, should be fun. Hope someone out there knows how to find these serial numbers. Singer has good resource but I am interested in the Free Sewing Manufacturing Co. out of Rockford, IL
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Old 04-30-2022, 05:16 PM
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I found quite a bit of info here https://sewingiscool.com/dating-a-fr...machine-value/ It has a link for the ISMAC site which may give you more info. Good luck and I hope you enjoy your machine.
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Welcome to Quilting Board. We have a section here for vintage & antique machines at https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...thusiasts-f22/ that you may get more responses if you post there.

I'm thinking that it probably looks similar to one of Leon's machines as seen at https://www.quiltingboard.com/vbulle...s-t292096.html. There are videos for the different rotoscillo movements at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHdjd3ejKgs&t=387s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHdjd3ejKg

As you have found out that it is difficult to date non-Singer machines. Since one of Leon's is a Western Electric, probably dated about 1917 or 1918. There was some association between Free and other manufacturers. Free started advertising their rotoscillo movements in 1908. I know Dianne has a Free #5 that she believes is about 1913.

If you do not have a manual, I think that the one found at https://ismacs.net/free/manuals/free...-ce-manual.pdf would be close to what you need.

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Giggle, I was going to show you my FREEs, but my friend Janey beat me to it. Thanks Janey.

After a brief search for dates, I decided I didn't need them.
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