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Thread: Grover and Baker treadle

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    Grover and Baker treadle

    I've never seen one of these b4, but....$1200? really???

    http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/atq/4165001871.html

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    yes actually. I have a #9 lockstitch version (not as rare) and it was around 600.

    I'd offer them 6-800 because of condition, but cleaned properly it's worth over $2k

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    Wowwww!!!!!!!!

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    From my understanding 1861 is really early for sewing machines. By the above posts it looks like the asking price is kind of in the ballpark. Cool machine but it almost looks incomplete?
    Rodney

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    it actually does look complete. Here is the Head of an immaculate machine.

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    I went ahead and sent them a message to see if they are willing to be reasonable on the price.

    We'll see.

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    wow! that's purty!!! good luck with your negotiation!

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    Awesome machine, good luck!

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    I am driving up there next Friday/Saturday to pick it up.

    Thanks for the good wishes!!!!

    here are the pics. Made in 1861 (I was made in 1961)
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    Congrats!!! '61 is a very good year! Have fun polishing

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    Yes, can't wait to see you work your miracles on this one.
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    Congrats on your new machine! If you do a restoration please take some pics as you go.
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    I will be. Photos for sure. 13 hour drive each way....... yikes..

    I am SO looking forward to seeing this machine make a stitch. It does the "Grover & Baker Stitch" which is a double chainstitch.
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    Steve; Very cool machine & congrats on acquiring this machine.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I will be. Photos for sure. 13 hour drive each way....... yikes..

    I am SO looking forward to seeing this machine make a stitch. It does the "Grover & Baker Stitch" which is a double chainstitch.
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    That would be something to raise the "Grover & Baker Stitch" from the dead. Can't wait to see an actual picture.

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    That would be something to raise the "Grover & Baker Stitch" from the dead. Can't wait to see an actual picture.Jon
    Ditto, just to see the stitch mechanism work would be awesome.
    Sweet Caroline

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    yeah, I couln't wait, I asked them if I could get a pic of two of the under slide area.....

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    That is so cool! I just saw that machine in a book I have of old machines. Good luck! You do awesome work!

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    wow....just wow!
    1939 Singer 221, 1980 Singer Starlet 496, 1947 Singer 201-3

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer View Post
    That is so cool! I just saw that machine in a book I have of old machines. Good luck! You do awesome work!
    They made me promise... "No cleaning supplies in the car". I can ogle and fondle all I want, but NO cleaning!"

    I had casually mentioned that if I drove ALL the way up there and THEY were willing to drive ALL the way back, I could probably have it cleaned up and ready by the time I got home...... Seriously... 12-13 hours with no distractions or other activities... No Problem.... hehe

    Hoping it is complete....

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    hitting the road....

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    Blessings on the journey and traveling mercies.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Steve,

    You make me feel really old -- I met my husband in 1961, our son was born in 1965! Remarkable machine! We'll look forward to pictures!

    Jeanette Frantz

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    That's cool, My mom was a young mom too!!

    I made it back!!!

    well, 30 hours on the road + 30 minutes in the shop where i got it and the G&B is ours!!!


    Sf bay to Walla Walla Washington and back. 14+ hours each way at 70mph.


    It is filthy but in surprisingly good condition.
    The deck though stained is actually silky smooth to the touch in places.
    Every moving part moves


    No apparent breaks, but i am now beginning the photo essay and cleanup.


    I took a few quick pics .

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