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Thread: How old is my White Rotary

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    How old is my White Rotary

    How do I find out the age of my White machine? I know singer has a site that lets you know by the #'s.
    But I can't find a site for White. I believe it to be from the 1930's to 50's, The manual say #13
    And does anyone have any idea where I can find feet! LOL For the White.

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    I've found this site helpful for dating the Whites I have. Lots of info on White machines.

    If it looks like the presser feet have a "fork" that goes around the presser bar and is tightened down by screwing from the top (not side like Singers), then it probably takes rotary attachments, which can be found pretty easily on places like Ebay. Do you have a picture? Always fun to see!
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    Thank you so much, Bennett! That web site was great, My machine was born in 1949! I inherited it from my husbands Aunt Aquilla, in 1965, used it a lot till I thought I need brand New. And all the others have now bit the dust and Antie is still going strong, sews a beautiful stitch. Nothing fancy just dependable! Now to find those feet, I know I have them put away so that I wouldn't loose them! Sound familiar?

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    I have a 1946 Rotary White and love the way it sews. My husband refinished the cabinet it was in; it had some water stains on the top and one side. Mine is one of the matt brown finish machines and I christened it "Brownie". Not very original, but it suites. Enjoy your machine
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    i'm happy to hear some one mention whites! i have a white treadle that was my grandmother's. have no idea of anything about her, haven't sewn on her since high school (back when t-rex roamed the earth). she needs a new connecter of the treadle to the wheel and i think a belt. hasn't been cleaned oiled or otherwise taken care of in at least 50 yrs. but i just love having her and knowing she was my gramma's and she made the quilts i have from gramma. a legacy of warmth and love!
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    I was just given a box of White rotary machine attachments. I know nothing about the machine - I just have the attachments. Would you be interested in having them? They just need to go to a good home. There is a bobbin case and 2 bobbins, ruffler, hemmers, underbraider, etc. in a black box.

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    Hi, I'm a new member and joined primarily for this group. I am also trying to date a White Rotary Co. sewing machine. I followed your link above but someone has inserted a redirect into the web address and you go to an add for Rockefeller pictures. Is it possible to post the entire link rather than insert another link? Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbtripp View Post
    Hi, I'm a new member and joined primarily for this group. I am also trying to date a White Rotary Co. sewing machine. I followed your link above but someone has inserted a redirect into the web address and you go to an add for Rockefeller pictures. Is it possible to post the entire link rather than insert another link? Thanks so much!
    This thread was started almost 6 years ago and many links that old are no longer around. You might try http://www.treadleon.net/WhiteSM/whites.html

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    This is a 6 year old post and I doubt your reply will reach the original posters. You could try and pm members directly, or make a new thread with pictures. Rotary points to the race and hook of the model and White made this type of machine with Rotary in the name from the 1890s and well into the 1950s. For Singer models there is an extensive list of serial number and year of production, I don't think anything equivalent has survived for White machines.

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    The link I gave to treadleon is close. I was actually able to call 800 446 2333 (was a couple years ago) with the serial number for the 11X and they dated it as 1933, but I don't think they will give that information now. Singer has some White manuals the one for 13X is http://www.singerco.com/uploads/down...c-book-13-.pdf I know they have some other White manuals as well at http://www.singerco.com/support/instruction-manuals.

    What is the serial number of your machine, mbtripp?

    We like pictures

    There are a lot of threads about White Rotary machines here on QB. I used "vintage white rotary" (without the quotes) for the search term. John did a thread about the 11X at https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...h-t265423.html We also have a model 41X and 43.

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    I bought this White Rotary entirely for it's embossed looks. I know nothing about it. yet.Name:  White embossed b.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
    I bought this White Rotary entirely for it's embossed looks. I know nothing about it. yet.
    The treadleon site calls it "Cast In Decoration Variation" These were introduced in 1928.

    Check out https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...y-t278836.html

    It looks like some call it "White Embossed" and some "Embossed White" that is still one that is on my wish list.


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    Thanks Janey,
    That bonze plating really gives it a kick. Always good to learn a bit also.

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    Leon the embossed Whites came in black, bronze and I seem to remember there's a rare green or brown. A lot of times you see the bronze looking all shiny coppery from unknowing new owners polishing the daylights out of them only to find out they've ruined it.

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