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Thread: Found A National " Two Spool" in the middle of nowhere.

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    Found A National " Two Spool" in the middle of nowhere.

    Hello all,

    Was on vacation in southern Montana this past weekend and came across a 1911 National Two Spool. It was pushed into a corner of a thrift store, piled high with a mountain of junk. The wood oak cabinet is what caught my eye. As i got closer to it i knew it was a rather old sewing machine cabinet, then i opened it and to my wide open eyes it turned out to be a National Two Spool.... Complete..... With the "can", thread still inside.

    The machine has been used heavily in the past one hundred years but was very well taken care of. most of the gold leaf is intact with obvious wear on the base. The patina on the oak is only something one hundred years of age can give you.

    I just wanted to tell those of you that care or interested that another one of these machines has been found intact and will be going to a good home..... I wish this sewing machine could talk to tell me how in the world it made it to a dark, dirty thrift shop in Bozeman MT.

    I will post pictures if you want me to.

    Cheers all,
    Adam

    Cheers!

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    Welcome to the board!

    Woo Hoo! Looking forward to pictures if/when yo can. Would love to see it.

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    Awesome find.

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    Yea! Another great save!

    Do we want pictures? well of course we want pictures (well, I do, as another two spool owner).

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    Absolutely, we want pictures! I have one, too!

    Jeanette Frantz

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    Congrats! If only it weren't so hard to get to "the middle of nowhere". (I have a terrible sense of direction.) Looking forward to pictures!
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    You certainly had some great sewing machine Karma given to you. Congrats and welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    Congrats! If only it weren't so hard to get to "the middle of nowhere".
    I am not sure if it is still there but at Shepard Air Force Base in Texas there was a sign that said "Welcome to Shepard AFB, it is not the end of the world, but you can see it from here" We described the directions to Holloman AFB as "go to nowhere, make a left and drive 500 miles"

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    "Ahem!" I was hatched in Bozeman,Montana...if it's the middle of nowhere....that must mean I'm a nobody? Probably true... BTW Bozeman is a beautiful college town,with mountains all around,near Yellowstone National Park. A great place to hang out.
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    Welcome aboard!
    There's a rule on most forums: "Pictures or it never happened."
    Of course we want pictures! Can we also see some close-ups of the spool arrangement?
    BTW there are some excellent tutorials here on the cleaning and care of these vintage machines. They're well worth checking out.
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    When i ment middle of nowhere i ment somewhere other than where you usually find these machines! I grew up in Ohio where antiques were all over the place, that's where i go the eye for old things. As far as the middle of nowhere, I live in eastern Idaho!!!

    And yes, What a wonderful place, Bozeman. We were staying at Chico for the weekend.

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    It took a little while to upload but i think they all made it. The last two are of the "can". Amazing to me being a non sewing person how significant a tiny little piece can be to the originality, and functionality of a machine.

    So my plan for this is to restore it to working condition. I have been restoring wood boats for years so i am pretty savy when it comes to very old preservation. The wood on the cabinet will only be cleaned and oiled. I refuse to scrape 100 years of patina off anything,( unless its too far gone). It will actually devalue an item to people who are looking for original pieces.

    I have been a member of wood boat forums and restoration forums and i must say you guys really have a very,very,nice site. I have been able to find everything i need as far as info on this machine and the mechanical restoration i'm going to do. But i may ask the experts a question or two if i may.

    I am looking forward to this project!!! Gonna be a bit different in size then what im used to. My grand mother taught me how to sew 25 years ago when i was a little boy. I'm looking forward to using this machine to re acquaint myself....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I am not sure if it is still there but at Shepard Air Force Base in Texas there was a sign that said "Welcome to Shepard AFB, it is not the end of the world, but you can see it from here" We described the directions to Holloman AFB as "go to nowhere, make a left and drive 500 miles"
    ha ha ha ha. Maybe I can get to "nowhere" after all. I once went to Alamagordo, NM, which is not far from Holloman, I think. I remember going to an air & space museum that had a real space capsule out front. DH and I climbed inside and it was very cramped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintageidaho View Post
    ...I am looking forward to this project!!! Gonna be a bit different in size then what im used to. My grand mother taught me how to sew 25 years ago when i was a little boy. I'm looking forward to using this machine to re acquaint myself....
    ... with style! The machine seems to be in good condition -- I don't see any rust. It looks well-loved and and that can be a good thing. The "can" looks perfect.
    Sheila

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    Sweet! Two Spools are one of my favorite vintage machines. Once you have the machine cleaned and well oiled, you will enjoy sewing with this machine. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. Enjoy!

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    Welcome from Indiana.

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    What a find! Welcome to the board!
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    Yes there are a lot of things that I've wished that they could tell me their adventure through life gave them. It would surely be the best told story of history. thanks for sharing, please post a picture would love to see her. OH! by the welcome aboard
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintageidaho View Post
    Hello all,

    Was on vacation in southern Montana this past weekend and came across a 1911 National Two Spool. It was pushed into a corner of a thrift store, piled high with a mountain of junk. The wood oak cabinet is what caught my eye. As i got closer to it i knew it was a rather old sewing machine cabinet, then i opened it and to my wide open eyes it turned out to be a National Two Spool.... Complete..... With the "can", thread still inside.

    I wish this sewing machine could talk to tell me how in the world it made it to a dark, dirty thrift shop in Bozeman MT.
    Reminds me of an old "House on the Prairie" episode where a modern day couple bought Charles' old handmade table, and wondered about the origin, and that was what the story was about - how it got to that auction. Looks like your machine had an interesting life!

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    Definately show us pic... waiting

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    I posted pics yesterday.

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    I have the same cabinet - however the legs say "eldredge" as mine is a newer model when National trotted out the old name again. The real fun ones are the original Eldredge Two Spool made before the company become National.

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    Found a National "Two Spool"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    ... with style! The machine seems to be in good condition -- I don't see any rust. It looks well-loved and and that can be a good thing. The "can" looks perfect.
    Your machine looks to be in very good condition. The cabinet is exactly like mine, but I think mine is in a little better shape. I think that's probably normal, considering that this machine was housed by my husband's aunt for the past 50 or 60 years!

    Great find. Congrats.

    Jeanette Frantz

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    That is an awesome machine! You have your work cut out for you to restore her and her cabinet, but wow it will be fantastic when done!

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