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Thread: I just dug this out of my garage - should I keep or sell???

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    My MIL gave this to me about 6 or 7 years ago, when they moved out of their big house and had to downsize. It's a Western Electric, and the motor says May 1917 on it. It certainly needs some work to be functional, but I don't know whether to sell it or not.

    I don't have room in my sewing room to keep it set up and it's much to heavy to be a "pretend featherweight"

    If I decide to sell it, does anyone have an idea of what it might be worth?
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    Send a message to Lostin51. He works with vintage machines and would be able to fill you in on value, etc. What a lovely machine.

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    Wow...she sure is pretty :) (Green with envy here) I'd love to have her but no funds right now. Lostn51 could give you an estimate maybe? His name is Billy and he works with old machines. Hope you get a good price out of her. :D

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    I bet she would clean up REALLY PRETTY!!!!!

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    It is really pretty!

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    oh my so pretty, you should keep her, what a treasure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Send a message to Lostin51. He works with vintage machines and would be able to fill you in on value, etc. What a lovely machine.
    Thanks! I PMed him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltilicious
    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Send a message to Lostin51. He works with vintage machines and would be able to fill you in on value, etc. What a lovely machine.
    Thanks! I PMed him.
    LOL I did too!

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    let billy or lostin51 fix it up for you you may regret it if you sellit or give it away. ask me how i know!

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    I'd try to keep it. It's a beauty and I don't remember seeing one like that before.

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    I think you would kick yourself later if you adopted her out. She's a beauty.

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    Verrry nice. On the front right of the sewing bed platform, where the big arrow looking design is pointing down, there is a brass plate with a serial number. Type in Western Electric with that Serial # on the net and see what pops up about it. I'm curious to know too.

    Cheryl

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...02_304652&UA=L*F%3F&GUID=935bcd7112b0a0e20414baf4ff822423&itemid =370382496682&ff4=263602_304652

    Here's one just like it on Ebay, presently priced at $195.00

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    I would keep the machine you will regret it if you get rid of it.

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    I would clean it up and keep it. Surely you have a shelf it could sit on and look pretty.

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    Keep it, I love it!!! It is really unique and I like how the motor swings around to meet up with the hand wheel. I would hang on to it for the fact of its being very unique and the fact that you will not see to many more like it.

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    I did a bit more sleuthing... opened up the case again, and discovered that in what I thought was a bag of needles, were also two bobbins, a hemming foot, and the quilting attachments!

    I managed to find the owner's manual on line, which is great because it explains how to care for the machine, how to thread it, wind bobbins and use the attachments.

    The serial # is on the motor only and is 2B708408. I could not find anything on line indicating when it was made specifically. However, I did discover that National Sewing Machine made the actual sewing machine (and put the W.E. label on it) in their factory in Illinois, and Western Electric made the motor.

    The motor is stamped with a patent date of May 22, 1917, and the website that told me about the mfr of the machine itself said that Western Electric stopped making these in 1918. So it seems that the machine was built in 1917 or 1918, and I may not necessarily find out exactly when.

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    My husband just suprised me with a National that looks almost the same..except for a lot more pretty decals. I will post a pic tomorrow..

    Where did u find the manual please...

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    Thanks for this bit of info. I am getting a Green Bay machine and maybe it was also manufactured by NSM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Baby Yow
    My husband just suprised me with a National that looks almost the same..except for a lot more pretty decals. I will post a pic tomorrow..

    Where did u find the manual please...
    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...0603/index.htm

    they may have manuals for other antiques, too.

    There was also another website that had downloadable manuals - I will look through my browser history and find that one in a second.

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    Well, I'm going to go against the tide. If you truly don't have a place for it, then sell it.

    It is really cool to look at, though. That motor looks almost big enough to power a lawn mower...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltilicious
    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Baby Yow
    My husband just suprised me with a National that looks almost the same..except for a lot more pretty decals. I will post a pic tomorrow..

    Where did u find the manual please...
    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...0603/index.htm

    they may have manuals for other antiques, too.

    There was also another website that had downloadable manuals - I will look through my browser history and find that one in a second.
    It's called "Relics" and they are selling the manuals. I think the Smithsonian archive has them (and more) for free.

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    Here is the Smithsonian's website....

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...wing-Machines/

    Billy

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    We use to have a big Western Electric Plant locally and I never knew besides Telephones what they made. This is so cool!

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    I would clean it up and keep it....but I would use it. Certainly is a very attractive piece. If space is an issue though, perhaps you could find it a loving home. The problem with that is down the track a bit, you may regret it.

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