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Thread: EARLY Elias Howe sewing machine

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    Here begins the Re-Assembly!!!

    I was feeling froggy last night, so I fed some 1/16" brass sheet into my stomp shear and cut a couple of 1-1/16" strips and then cut them to 3-9/16" long. Then using a belt sander to set the edge at a 45 deg angle and a hand file to finish "tuning" it, I made a pair of slides.
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    I now have a plan:

    I am going have the brass slide etched with the serial number and appropriate patent info in as close a font as we can get to the original, then right below that in the same font I will add "remfg sheeter 2013"
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    I am so enjoying your journey! Again, many thanks for sharing the progress. Dreams are so funny. Everything is looking spectacular. Those slide plates you made are amazing. It is great that this machine got into the hands of someone who can bring it back to life and bring it back in such beautiful shape.

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    Question, do you use it for sewing, or does it remain on the shelf?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr View Post
    Question, do you use it for sewing, or does it remain on the shelf?
    Right now it remains on the Bench.... hehe

    For myself I really do not like the idea of a "display" piece. In this case, this machine was a rust bucket with missing and rusted beyond use parts. I am intending to get this machine as close to "new" as possible and should the universe rotate in my favor and I collect or make the rest of the parts I fully intend to sew with it.

    I may be coming into a second one and if so, my plan is to make one of them into a portable with a hand crank and the other in it's original treadle base.

    I plan to take it/them to a TOGA event when I can.

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    Last night was productive! I have no more parts to clean! (I believe)

    Here is an exploded view of a 1870 Stockwell Howe Family Model A
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    I could not resist... I have to take it apart tonight so that we can do some painting, but I had to see...
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    here is a link to a four step GIF animation of the movement

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    (not sure how rude it might be considered to post an animation...)

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    and I forgot to post this "inside the head" shot.

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    So, I am going to ask folks here to help me find the proverbial Needle in the haystack.

    I am trying to track down a Howe shuttle and bobbin. Mostly the Shuttle.

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    here are two photos of one.
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    Might be worth contacting Wolfegang's: http://myworld.ebay.com/wolfegangs-c...p2047675.l2559
    He often auctions off hard to find parts.

    Jon

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    LOL, you are now the second person to refer me to this vendor. I just sent him an email. thank you!

    Steve

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    Cool story... Michael from Wolfgangs just wrote back. Earlier he had a descendant of Elias Howe contact him about getting the bits needed to get the "family" machine up and running! Apparently someone in the family in the 60's with substance issues sold most of the families machines... so because of that he only has one slightly defective boat and one bobbin left!! They are going to be mine muhahaha!

    The shuttle and the bobbin will cost more than I paid for the machine, but what can ya do.... I am just happy to have found one.

    Thanks again for the referral. (p.s. the nice lady Linda from Relics was the first to refer me to him)

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    Wonderful Steve. It was meant to be yours. So, will the next step be to re-manufacture the boat shuttle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    here is a link to a four step GIF animation of the movement

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/18576541/El...20Movement.gif

    (not sure how rude it might be considered to post an animation...)
    Wow I can't wait to see the finished machine!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    This process is truly inspiring. When and where is the TOGA you are aiming to demonstrate at? Take towels for the folks drooling with envy!

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    "unfortunately" I found ONE of the very rare versions of the boat shuttle and bobbin for $65 so, no making those... yet.

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    Updates for tonight... Good news and bad news...

    Good news. I looked at the originals from museums and the finish seemed to be a bit deeper and smoother on the bed... So, I felt the need to try to do the same (without doing "filling" just paint and sand..

    Sequence, sand400, paint flat, sand 400, paint flat, paint flat, sand, paint flat, paint flat, sand, paint satin, paint satin.

    Then two hours working out the design on the PC for the bed goldwork,
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    Cut one corner out and "test fitted" it.
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    here is the inspiration for this
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    Last edited by SteveH; 01-12-2013 at 06:54 PM.

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    so for the bad news...

    I was walking through the operation and noticed that there were two issues. One there was nothing keeping the stitch length control arm in place, and the stitch length knob screwed down onto nothing. Upon closer examination it is missing a "protuberance" on one end of the feed dog control arm.

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    and the end of mine.
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    the screw under the stitch length knob has nothing to push on.
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    Now to figure out a "clever" way through this one...

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    here is a show of my old forged tool that i use as an "ironwork" tester.

    this is three gold paints
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    Here is a picture of the testing process. I am using yellow wax free tracing paper from JoAnn's and testing it on the bed of the 241-12 Work's great
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    ...and here it is traced onto the first two corners. I am only doing two, then the DD will paint it. then we'll trace the other side
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    Here is the DD. Camera shy, "plugged in", with her magic brush set.
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    It only has about an hour left but have you seen this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Earl...item19d8011052

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    yep, watching VERY closely to see if it stays within my means...

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    I won!!! PARTS!!!! it has the feed dog arm which is broken on mine! and the spring that is missing on the second one i'm getting.

    Sweet!

    I think I am going to be leaning my collection of "newer" 1925 and newer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I won!!! PARTS!!!! it has the feed dog arm which is broken on mine! and the spring that is missing on the second one i'm getting.
    Whoo Hoo for you Steve. Happy dance also!
    Sweet Caroline

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    COOL maybe we will all get to see it work!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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