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    Smile I couldn't resist. I had to bring her home.


    Went out to a consignment shop about a week ago. Just as I walked in the door, I could see a sewing machine cabinet that wasn't real new. Yes it was a sewing machine, a White Rotary to be exact. the tag said $20. While I began looking at it, the owner of the shop came over and dropped the price to $15.
    It looked like she was missing a spool holder, but that wasn't a big problem. Later found out it was in the cabinet and not lost.
    As I was taking her to the car, the gal handed me the "stuff" that goes with her.
    The original owner's manual, a ruffler, 3 different sizes of hemmers, another plate I wasn't sure about, a quilting foot, a zipper/cording foot. A needle still unused, 3 wooden spools of thread, the screwdriver, 3 bobbins, 3 kinds of hem tape. possibly something else also.

    After I was home, she is model #43, a deep brown wrinkled finish, knee control machine. Stills runs. Made no adjustments on the thread tension and she sews a beautiful stitch. I have used the bobboin winder and it is functional, but had to replace the tire. need to replace the motor tire that runs on the wheel. DH says that's why she sounds groany.
    I found out that she shares the same bobbin that my grandma's WR treadle had, so I named the machine for her. She is "FessieMae". It is my grandma's maiden name and her middle name. I alreeady named my DD #1 after my grandma. Don't want to confuse the family anymore than usual. lol
    Here are the picks. I only needed to use a little oil to get the dirt off. Thanks for looking.
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    Last edited by BarbaraSue; 02-11-2012 at 01:33 PM.
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    U_la_la. How sweet is she!

    Great find and I couldn't help smiling when reading about her naming.

    Enjoy!

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    Beautiful machine, great find. Love her name.

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    Very cool Love her name

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    Congrats!! She's going to be a fun machine to use!
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    I have her twin

    My machine's name is Roger. I give my krinkle finish machines male names because they look so strong and masculine. Mine did not come with goodies like a manual or attachments. But he does have a bobbin case and a bobbin and the bobbin plate that is not in the picture. He is still out in the garage until I can find room in the house, LOL. His serial number is 43X66533. When was your machine made?
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    Sweet Caroline

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    she is really pretty..and that price...wow..lucky you...

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    Great find. I really like the crinkle finish machines.

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    Great find you enjoy her, love her name.
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    Wow, great find!
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    Lucky you! A great find and it works like a charm? BONUS!

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    Caroline S, My machine's number is: 43 - 162477. There isn't any letter in it. And it is a plated number on the back of the machine. The best I can find out is somewhere from 1944-1949 was when they were made. Not really helpful.

    If anyone else has more info, or how to find the info, I would love to know.

    Thanks everyone for the support for her name. My DH thought it was kinda dumb. But after 40 years I know when to ignore his comments!!

    One interesting part was that the owner of the machine has a different ruffler than the one shown in the manual, but she left the instrucions of that ruffler with the foot.
    The manual has a diagram of the ruffler from Griest with each part labled and then 5 different ways to use it. I would be glad to share if anyone is interested or needs that info.
    Last edited by BarbaraSue; 02-12-2012 at 09:58 AM.
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    These lovely crinkle paint machines were made during or just after WWII and I learned on a White Rotary very similar to this 60 years ago. My daughter still has it. Please fix her up and get her in good order and she will last another 60 years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Oh yes, bobbins are still available on Ebay and probably other sites. They are still popular.
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    I can not bring anymore machines home, my DH may leave. Naw, I am not that lucky.
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    what a beauty. i have never seen on like that. enjoy.

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    Both machine are beautiful.
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    Great buy!!

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    Really pretty. Haven't seen one with the brown crinkle finish. Yours is so nice and definitely at the right price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain deb View Post
    I can not bring anymore machines home, my DH may leave. Naw, I am not that lucky.
    If dh left then there would be room for more machines.lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain deb View Post
    I can not bring anymore machines home, my DH may leave. Naw, I am not that lucky.
    Just keep bringing those girls home Deb. Tell him it keeps you home and out of trouble. My DH has no idea how many machines I have LOL. My strategy is to keep rotating the portables in and out of closets. They all look them same to him, just junk. If he gets really smart mouthed I tell him that HIS BOAT and all of the NECESSARY MOTORS and fishing stuff cost WAY, WAY, WAY lot more than my few (ahem 27 now) vintage sewing machines.
    Sweet Caroline

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    What a beautiful old machine. What a great find. Enjoy!
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    Wow! So nice she has a home now!

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    Very beautiful machine!

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    Congrats on your new toy. Just love the name. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraSue View Post
    Went out to a consignment shop about a week ago. Just as I walked in the door, I could see a sewing machine cabinet that wasn't real new. Yes it was a sewing machine, a White Rotary to be exact. the tag said $20. While I began looking at it, the owner of the shop came over and dropped the price to $15.
    It looked like she was missing a spool holder, but that wasn't a big problem. Later found out it was in the cabinet and not lost.
    As I was taking her to the car, the gal handed me the "stuff" that goes with her.
    The original owner's manual, a ruffler, 3 different sizes of hemmers, another plate I wasn't sure about, a quilting foot, a zipper/cording foot. A needle still unused, 3 wooden spools of thread, the screwdriver, 3 bobbins, 3 kinds of hem tape. possibly something else also.

    After I was home, she is model #43, a deep brown wrinkled finish, knee control machine. Stills runs. Made no adjustments on the thread tension and she sews a beautiful stitch. I have used the bobboin winder and it is functional, but had to replace the tire. need to replace the motor tire that runs on the wheel. DH says that's why she sounds groany.
    I found out that she shares the same bobbin that my grandma's WR treadle had, so I named the machine for her. She is "FessieMae". It is my grandma's maiden name and her middle name. I alreeady named my DD #1 after my grandma. Don't want to confuse the family anymore than usual. lol
    Here are the picks. I only needed to use a little oil to get the dirt off. Thanks for looking.
    Lovely!! I like the chocolatey looking finish!!

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