Davis Needles

Old 06-30-2015, 01:44 PM
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OK, a friend brought over a collection of "old sewing stuff" today to give to me. I'm always looking for interesting things. Anyway there is a wooden tube of 6 Boye needles in here. They are just a hair short of 2" long and each one is marked "Davis SM" and "0" on three of them, and one each of "00", "1" and "2". The cap of the tube says "8" and below it "30 - 80" and "4-5-6". very sharp, I would guess new.

What would these go to?
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:09 PM
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Hi Kim,

I assume they are flat shanked needles rather than round shanked. Davis 00, 0, 1, & 2 are sizes 11, 14, 16, & 18 respectively. The #8 Boye tube or cap is not correct for the Davis needles which go by "Davis Long", 1x2, Boye 10, and other less common names.

Most common applications are Davis made Sears Minnesota machines, Vertical Feed and Davis Badged machines that do NOT have "Use this length needle" (some exceptions).

The Davis Round Shank,"Old Style" needles or 1x1 were used on pre early 1870 "Improved" Davis models and on early White's, White Peerless. and quite a few European models.

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Originally Posted by jlhmnj
Hi Kim,

I assume they are flat shanked needles rather than round shanked. Davis 00, 0, 1, & 2 are sizes 11, 14, 16, & 18 respectively. The #8 Boye tube or cap is not correct for the Davis needles which go by "Davis Long", 1x2, Boye 10, and other less common names.

Most common applications are Davis made Sears Minnesota machines, Vertical Feed and Davis Badged machines that do NOT have "Use this length needle" (some exceptions).

The Davis Round Shank,"Old Style" needles or 1x1 were used on pre early 1870 "Improved" Davis models and on early White's, White Peerless. and quite a few European models.

Jon
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