Free # C249139

Old 04-30-2022, 04:28 PM
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Default Free # C249139

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 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 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 There are videos for the different rotoscillo movements at and

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 would be close to what you need.

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Old 05-02-2022, 06:57 AM
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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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