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Thread: 3/4 Greyhound New Home Model 30 Vibrating Shuttle Sewing Machine

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    3/4 Greyhound New Home Model 30 Vibrating Shuttle Sewing Machine

    Hi,

    Does anyone know anything about this Portable 3/4 machine? It's from the early 30s - 40s.
    I picked one up recently, and am hoping to learn more about it.

    It doesn't have the model # on the machine itself.

    Thanks very much,
    Jae
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    Jae,

    Yep, I'm familiar with the model, I have one. Cute little critter. Mine sews up a storm.

    A couple things though; they use 20x1 size needles and the bobbin is longer than a standard Singer Mdl 27 or 28 size. I've only got 4 for my machine and haven't found any more yet.

    Joe

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    Joe,
    Thank you so much for this important info! Mine has the one needle (that needs replacing) and the one shuttle bobbin it came w.
    Did yours come w attachments and a manual?
    Jae
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    Jae,

    Yes a full box of attachments were clipped inside the round topped lid and I have an owners manual and a manual for the attachments.

    Joe

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    You are lucky, Joe Mine was w the machine and case, nothing more. Quite filthy, but I could see beyond that, and am in process of cleaning it up. Immediately cleaned the internals to test it out and it is sweet
    It must have a replacement (blue) foot control, and I'm unsure about the motor (it's black while the machine itself is a green/gray).
    What year is the copyright? If the manual isn't too extensive, would you mind please posting it along w a photo of the attachments? It's been most difficult finding anything about this machine, and I am sooo curious!
    Thank you!
    Jae
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    As an aside, Joe, where did you find yours?
    For me, it's about the process; the final outcome is incidental

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    Jae,

    Here is my little Greyhound:


    Here is the accessory box:



    As you can see the motor on this one is also black. The foot controller was a smallish square metal affair and has been replaced as well. When I got to the machine to bring it back to live the wiring was in atrocious shape. Not knowing how it should be wired I managed to short out the controller. So I grabbed the extra one we had here that didn't fit anything else and used that.

    The owners manual is 16 pages long and with my dial up and photobucket and all I'd rather make a printed copy and send it to you.
    As best as I can tell it was a March of 1927 manual. Here are the numbers on the front: No. 495-3-27-10,000

    I'll be back in a few with some more pics for you.

    Joe

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    Joe,
    Your machine is fabulous )) This is so exciting, thank you sooo much! We've been on a hunt to identify this machine and the only info found to this point had been through the diligence of a lovely woman from a yahoo group who checked out Charles Law's encyclopedia and was able to discover the model # and approx. production dates.
    Thank you for posting all of these photos! We love seeing what the machine once looked like! I'll hopefully post photos of ours later today. The only # on the machine is "-3073". Thank you so much, too, for offering to print out the manual. Pls contact me offline for mailing info.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your photos
    Jae
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    Jae,

    Here are the other pics:
    Attachments:


    Front of owners manual:


    Needle Comparison:

    The top needle is an original Greyhound #1. It has the running Greyhound tradmark picture on it. It is the same size as the class 20x1 needles. Here are two sources for those needles I know of:
    http://www.sewingshop.com/singerindu...dles-20x1.aspx - I haven't done business with these folks yet so I can't give them any feedback.
    http://www.annebonnyslocker.com.au/ckp/a.main/index.htm - Cyndy is in Australia but I've bought from her and she's good people to do business with.

    Bobbin comparison:

    I haven't found a source for the longer bobbins yet. NOTE: The bottom one should read Singer 27-28.

    I'll PM you for your mailing address. It will take me a while to scan and print the manuals. They are so very fragile.

    As to how this machine came to us ......... I do not know. My wife moved to IL before I did and in the interim it just appeared. It was here when I got here. Been bounced around from the garages to storage lockers back to the garage until a few months ago.
    I finally got tired of moving it around and watching it fall apart and brought it inside and worked it over.

    Now it works like a little champ.

    Joe
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    Joe,
    These photos blow me away. You are a wealth of knowledge, and so very helpful. Thank you!!!
    Jae
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    Here are photos of my soon-to-be-cleaned-up Model 30. Note that the greyhound icon on the machine arm doesn't show up in the photo.

    Jae
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    Congrats that is one cute machine!!!

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    Jae,

    Same machine as mine, just more used. Yours has the same motor, the same light, the same case bottom, but it's been rewired somewhere in it's life. That large hole in the back should have a three pronged male connector in it. The motor and light wire into that. On the outside the power cord and foot controller are wired into the female side of the plug and plug together in the hole.

    I'll try and get a pic of the way it should be and post it.

    Joe

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    Hi. I am new here. I registered only today. Your machine is just beautiful. Good find. I recently found the shuttle and a bobbin for this machine and some attachments. I am selling them because they don't fit my Singer 66 or my Singer 127.
    The shuttle is so pretty too. I am originally from the Appalachia area. We did call these shuttles "flying" or "running" foxes because they look like a fox face. LOL
    It is hard to find a machine like yours. They are little powerhouses. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Jae,

    Same machine as mine, just more used. Yours has the same motor, the same light, the same case bottom, but it's been rewired somewhere in it's life. That large hole in the back should have a three pronged male connector in it. The motor and light wire into that. On the outside the power cord and foot controller are wired into the female side of the plug and plug together in the hole.

    I'll try and get a pic of the way it should be and post it.

    Joe
    I wondered what the hole in the back of the case was for! I'm curious to see how the receptacles originally fit so look forward to that photo. I knew our machine had been rewired since the wiring now includes one of the motor/lamp box receptacles, and the foot control is blue.

    Jae
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDNanna View Post
    Hi. I am new here. I registered only today. Your machine is just beautiful. Good find. I recently found the shuttle and a bobbin for this machine and some attachments. I am selling them because they don't fit my Singer 66 or my Singer 127.
    The shuttle is so pretty too. I am originally from the Appalachia area. We did call these shuttles "flying" or "running" foxes because they look like a fox face. LOL
    It is hard to find a machine like yours. They are little powerhouses. Congratulations!
    Thanks, LDNanna. This is my first New Home and first 'vibrating shuttle' machine. Needless to say, I am quite taken w its design, inside and out, and agree w you about the shuttle. I cleaned the innards enough to get it humming along and it is sweet which means I'll be able to really use it (yay) once I get some needles

    Do you know anything else about it? If so, please share!

    Jae
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    Jae,

    Here are the pics I promised yesterday.

    >The two views of the plug:

    The power cord / foot controller get the female side since there are no protruding hot wires.

    >The male plug with it's mounting wings:

    On the back side the wings are attached to the plug by a bracket. The wings mount to the inside of the case by screws.

    >The wiring set up:

    The original wiring on this machine was so bubba'd and patched and spliced it was actually dangerous. You'd get a stout buzz every time you touched it. The first attempt at wiring it resulted in a shorted out foot controller, so I ended up using a modern unit and just replacing it's plug with the antique plug.
    I'm still looking for an original foot controller.

    If you ever decide to try and wire it back to OEM, I have a wiring diagram that works.

    Hope this helps some.

    Joe

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    Hey you two Ladys, Sounds like you both have Some Cute little 'GreyHounds' and they sure look great!

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    Thank you, Joe, this is really helpful. I like this setup better than my machine's. Rewiring was on my to-do list already; now I know how I want it to be

    Jae
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    Jae, I really don't know a lot since I am a Singer enthusiast. My neighbors had New Home, and they were great. We didn't have them because we had no electricity. (lol) I do know that they were very powerful and quiet. She sewed for 12 children on the little machine. There isn't a whole lot of info on them. I see that another member is very kindly copying the manual for sharing, so that is a real nice thing to have. Another member has given you some advice on finding needles. Not for sure but I know that Organ Needle company sells New Home/Janome needles but not sure if they have them in this length.
    Here is some history from Alex Askarov (sp?) http://www.sewalot.com/new%20home%20...%20machine.htm
    It is only history but the old photos are really cool.

    I have a Singer 127 and a 66, both treadle. One is the Memphis pattern and the other a Red Eye.

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    Joe,

    Very nice machine. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nstitches4u View Post
    Joe,

    Very nice machine. Thanks for sharing the photos.
    It is my pleasure to help.

    Joe

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    1927 model 30 greyhound sewing machine

    Hello, I know this post is from over a year ago, but hopefully you will see this message. I have my great grandmothers model 30 greyhound sewing machine. Unfortunately I do not have any attachments or anything, but the wiring and electrical components are in excellent shape. I acquired this machine when she passed away, and have moved it with me for the last 40 years. It has a wooden case, and had a leather handle which has since rotted away. Although I do sew, I have a more current machine, and have never done more than plug this in to see if it works...it does! I would love to see it find a home where someone will use it, and do more with it than keep it in the attic. If you are interested at all please contact me. Thank you Kathi

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    Thanks for this info! I just picked up an older model New Home, don't know model, but I'll bet the short bobbins it came with are wrong. I tried hand turning a few stitches and there were large loops on top. But I may have the bobbin incorrectly loaded. I'm about to search for a manual...Name:  2013-08-20 18.15.28.jpg
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