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Thread: Do Tell.....How Old are Your Rescued Machines?

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    Do Tell.....How Old are Your Rescued Machines?

    Please tell us just how old are your rescued machines?? Also, please include a picture if possible. I would like to find one to rescue that is a treadle.....I think that would be so cool.

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    I believe our oldest machine is the Singer 13 - IIRC it was from around 1884. Then the 28 from 1889. After that, not sure. We plan to catalog them all but have been too busy acquiring so far. There's a possibility that we'll get through this weekend without finding anything new (I just opted out on a parlor cabinet w/66 down by Chicago.). Pictures of most of the herd can be found on these threads:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...t-t200122.html
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5566680
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t202494.html
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5583043
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...t-t203112.html
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...d-t203618.html

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    Those are so cool! What a hobby you have....lol. Most of the older machines I come across don't even come close to looking that good. Is that how they looked when you bought them, or did you have to restore them to their natural beauty??

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    We haven't done anything beyond dusting some of them. Since the picture of the Damascus was taken I've oiled it up and also oiled the surface but I think I'm going to try Glenn's tutorial on restoring shellac on that one. I just double checked and it looks like 1884 for the 13 is currently our oldest, then the 1889 28, a 1899 27 and a 1901 27 (made in Montreal, surprisingly!)

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    I think the back-clamping 66-1 is from 1915. I have since found all of the little doo-dads that originally came in the fitted drawer.

    The 3/4 size 28 treadle from around 1918 is very cute and I found a hemstitcher attachment for it - but I haven't used it except to play with. It has a complete set of doo-dads, too. I always like to make sure that my "gals" have their "stuff."

    The 27 is from 1898, if I remember correctly - it is much more beautiful now, after a complete refurbishing. Sews like a champ.
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    WoW, those are also cool! I'm gonna have to go out thrifting soon.....lol.

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    I am new to collecting but my first machine is a Singer 99 made in 1928. I named her "Grace". I found her at the Good Will store while I was dropping off a bag of clothing. I was THRILLED when I saw her!!Name:  DSC01806.JPG
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    My oldest machine is a 116 years old an is a 1896 Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch. After that is my feather weight that is 60 years old.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
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    I believe that the oldest rescuee is my Davis made Minnesota Mdl B, Minerva. She dates from 1902 to 1909.

    This was from a forum member who didn't want the machine, and neither did her friend who had it. There was a comment made that if nobody wanted it the machine would be tossed. I ... um couldn't let that happen, could I?

    Then there is the Singer 66-4 Treadle #2. Allotment date is 9-23-24.

    This one came from GW here in Springfield. Had been electrified some eons ago but the motor was gone. The old wiring was bad so I pulled that off and restored her back to a treadle. This machine is one of the best treadles I have.

    There have been others, but I don't have pictures of all of them on Photobucket.

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    They are all beautiful. I appreciate you sharing photos of them. If I ever rescue one, I will post.

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Size:  714.1 KBHere are a couple of mine. The first is my newest. She is a 1951 Centennial edition model 15 and I LOVE her. Her name is Matilda and she FMQs with the best of them. The second one is an old Morse from about 1960. Her name is Chevrolet and she looks like a cross between a juke box and a 57 Chevy. My oldest machine is my grandmother's 1907 Singer model 27 treadle. Her name is Elizabeth and she pieces quilts like a dream. I have a 1925 Singer 66 that I plan to paint pink, but she is at the spa right now. Oh heavens, the list goes on, but I love each and every one of them.

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    Boopster1,

    I'll get chewed out for this I'm sure, but your forum name brought back some memories. I had a kitty named Boopie. She lived to be 15 years old. I lost her about 5 years ago to diabetes. Here's a couple pics of her:




    She made three trips across country with me back in late 98 and early 99. Lots of memories of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Boopster1,

    I'll get chewed out for this I'm sure, but your forum name brought back some memories. I had a kitty named Boopie. She lived to be 15 years old. I lost her about 5 years ago to diabetes. Here's a couple pics of her:



    She made three trips across country with me back in late 98 and early 99. Lots of memories of her.

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    Beautiful cat, Joe. I had a brown and black tiger who made a cross country trip with 4 humans and 2 large dogs in a minivan. He did fine even with a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old as 2 of the humans. Way off topic, sorry about that.
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    I have a White Electric Rotary black crinkle born in 1949(same year as me)lol. I have a White Electric Rotary brown crinkle that I can't get dated. They say the # I give is not the right serial #.

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    Please post your pet's - past and present -pictures at http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...ds-t32280.html

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    I could swear I've already posted, but I don't see anything. I think my oldest is my Minnehaha from around 1912. It was my first "rescued" machine. It's a treadle that I found in the musty basement of an estate sale and I bought it for $5. The same man who was having the sale, called me a few weeks later and told me that if I wanted the other machines, I could have them, but I'd have to take them all. He gave me a White Crinkle from around 1940, a Kenmore from the late 60s and a DeLuxe Emporium made in Japan from around the same era.

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    Oooooooh, Joe, I love that you love cats too. My little lady was named Lulu, my grandkids all hated her; she lived and moved with us from TX to TN to NC and back to TN--18 years. Brings tears to my eyes right now from missing her--even though we do have another "kinda calico" now, named Patticake and my grandkids hate her too. They have asked me what I do to my cats to make them not like kids.....I'll answer the question on collected and ages of machines that I own some other time.
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    Simply beautiful ! I rescued my mother-in-law's 1928 Singer treadle from an old damp warehouse. Only cost $95 to clean and ready to sew condition. Worth every penny.

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    i have my grandma's 66-1 treadle with back-clamp feet - the cabinet and irons are off being restored right now. it dates from 1917. until August i had a 503a Rocketeer (1961) which was the machine i made everything on. then something happened in August (i'm not sure what!!) when i found and bought another Rocketeer for my daughter. Craigslist is who we can blame for the rest.

    a week or two later, i found a 1942 15-91 in a dead case for $30, a week or two after that i got another 66-16 (1927) in a beautiful queen anne style cabinet for $40. then a couple of weeks later . . . i fell in love with a centennial featherweight from 1950 and Gussie came to our house too.

    it's hopeless. i found this place and with the number of machines people here have, i am just a babe at this.

    oh yeah, i have my mother's 1960ish Pfaff as well, although as soon as my other daughter gets moved it'll go to her.

    Joe, i have a diabetic cat as well -he's about 15 and his diabetes was caused by a tumor on his pituitary gland. he's the best cat ever - a long-haired orange maine coon. cats are just furry people, if only they lived longer.

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    My oldest machine is a Singer 1886 Improved Family (the earliest model 15 with a round bobbin). She is also in the earliest Drawing Room cabinet with a spring loaded lift. She was very dry and still needs a treadle belt but great shape considering her she's 126! I found her on Portland craigslist last summer. The seller said she belonged to an elderly neighbor that asked her to sell it at her garage sale (it hadn't sold). I also have my Grandmother's 1928 66-6. My cousin had it in her garage and her husband wanted her to throw it out. So it was a true rescue too.
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    I think Dottie is my oldest, She's a singer 15.
    Them Genny, She's a singer 101.
    I can't remember what the specific years for all of them are
    and I can't go look because their all packed up for our move lol.
    But Dottie is early 1900's and Genny is 1923 or 24.
    Then I think its the domestic 153. Can't remember what year that one is. ( we don't get along) lol
    Then it'd be Pibb, she's a singer 327k, "born" in 1963.
    And then Tempy my kenmore, She's the only one at the moment thats sewing for me.
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