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Thread: 1875 Treadle Machine has new home - Mine

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    This Domestic, #3, Vibrating Shuttle, Fiddle base treadle machine was donated to me last Wednesday. I am in search of a date. The number stamped under the (missing) shuttle slide is 88703. According to the manual I located and downloaded, it is really a quiltersí dream, for it will do free motion and embroidery. WOW! Of course, none of this will be possible until I locate a shuttle, attachments, and some sharp needles. Currently, everything seems to move nicely. It needs a cursory cleaning, and little more than routine oiling, and ATTACHMENTS. The belt needs to be tightened, but does not appear to be too brittle.

    I'm all ears and eyes hoping someone on the board can enlighten me with a dating link. (Preliminary research indicates about 1875) Iím also looking for a shop which carries vintage parts. This beastie has consumed a lot of my time and energy this week, with only a few positive results.

    Thanks for anyone with experienced guidance. Oh, Iím not alone. Another board member just got one too, but that one may need more of an overhaul than mine.

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    So cool congratulations.

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    Wow!!! she is pretty....I love fiddle tops!

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    Very pretty!! Love those old gals!!

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    Here's a link to a shop that carries treadle supplies. Nice people: http://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/index.html

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    Have you gone to the machine shop section???
    That is ONE gorgeous machine! I'm envious :D:D:D:D

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    Nice machine, congratulations.

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    Thanks, y'all. There is a flurry of activity over there in the sewing machine shop, but I haven't gotten any answers from the experts. Looks like these old gals are starting to pop out like the measles. My house is just not big enough!

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    Just discovered this site. Have never used them but appears she found a motherlode of original unused antique parts.

    Domestic was amongst the list of the machines these parts would fit.


    http://www.victorianbonnets.com/anti...chineparts.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Just discovered this site. Have never used them but appears she found a motherlode of original unused antique parts.

    Domestic was amongst the list of the machines these parts would fit.


    http://www.victorianbonnets.com/anti...chineparts.htm

    Indeed! You're a jewel. My note of inquiry is "in the mail".

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    Try sending lostn51 a PM...he's very good about answering. In the thread your inquiry can get lost really quick, as it's a very popular and fast moving thread.

    She's a beauty!! Good luck finding all her parts!!

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    OOOOOOOH, she's pretty! Come join us in the Vintage Sewing Machine section. You will learns lots and you will soon find yourself being overrun with vintage machines. It becomes a sickness that you can't do anything about once you get the first old gal....LOL :mrgreen:

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    Nice machine! I have an oldie too with a coffin hood like yours. Singer is the make.
    Good luck with finding parts. I'm sure you won't have trouble with the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    OOOOOOOH, she's pretty! Come join us in the Vintage Sewing Machine section. You will learns lots and you will soon find yourself being overrun with vintage machines. It becomes a sickness that you can't do anything about once you get the first old gal....LOL :mrgreen:
    Cathy, you are so right!! :thumbup:

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    She's a BEAUTY!! What a great treasure to have!

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    I need to see the side of the cabinet, I need to see if it has the Veneer inserts on the drawers. This will help me in dating it.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I need to see the side of the cabinet, I need to see if it has the Veneer inserts on the drawers. This will help me in dating it.

    Billy
    The cabinet isn't in as good of shape as the machine. It's been "refinished" with paint? There is veneer wrap around on the outsides of the drawers, but not on the inside.

    There are additional px in the vintage shop too.

    Thanks Billy,
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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I need to see the side of the cabinet, I need to see if it has the Veneer inserts on the drawers. This will help me in dating it.

    Billy
    The cabinet isn't in as good of shape as the machine. It's been "refinished" with paint? There is veneer wrap around on the outsides of the drawers, but not on the inside.

    There are additional px in the vintage shop too.

    Thanks Billy,
    olebat
    Kiddo it looks like our two machines are close to the same age. I will know more when I get mine home.

    Billy

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    Thanks,

    Do you remember if yours has the bobbin thread guide? That is the biggest difference I've seen in my limited research.

    I'll try to be patient - it's like waiting for Santa.

    batty

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    I do not remember but it was wedged in a tight hole and I could not see much at the time other than the needle plate was oval and the needlebar was a flat piece of metal. I know its around 1875 but I will find out more when I get it in the next couple of hours.

    Billy

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    nice Domestic fiddle base. I have one rough shape. serial # from under the slide plate is 808680. The machine and coffin top are just like the one shown here. Mine as 5 drawers and has a star on the cross bar and the peddle wheel guard. Any way to date this machine. I'm a newbie here. Thanks

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    Welcome to the board. The most helpful people in the area of vintage machines hang out in the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop (VSMS.) We have our own section of the board, with nearly 1200 pages. Billy, (lostin51) is the fix and restore the machine guy, Glenn is the cabinet restore person, and there are a whole bunch of folks who must have all the bookmarks and knowledge combined to fill a library with information. This is our current page, http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1167.htm. I spent weeks trying to date my fiddle base. The date is approximate, based on the cabinet style and the fact that it predates the thread guide for the bobbin. Be prepared to post some good pictures of your machine and any numbers you can find on it. I'll be watching for it.
    olebat

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    thanks olebat. like I said, mine is rough but has hidden beauty. I tried to quit but this one showed up on my doorstep. I have 4 machines now. from a 1872 Howe with the fold out coffin box, to a 1898 and 1812 singer. Oh, a 1953 electric singer in the #5 cabinet with the curved drawers. Back to the Domestic, I'm GUESSING it's somewhere around 1890-ish. It's got at least 100 yrs of gunk on it but isn't froze/set up.I'll send pics when I figure it out and also go to your section/ thanks again

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    1912 Singer not 1812

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