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Thread: National Two Spools CAN

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    Yes- Eldredge and National are the same, The original company name was "Eldredge" and they merged with June and I believe one other, and the new company formed was named "National" however, they kept using the name "Eldredge" along with about 600 other names. National is one of the companies that would "badge" their machines with just about any name the buyer wanted. However Eldredge is a National company name, not a "badge" for a reseller.

    The earliest were made before the merge, and are badged Eldredge, however Natioanl used the name at later dates, so having one with the Eldredge name does not indicate it's older. Mine is Eldredge and was bought new in the 30's (I have the original documentation).

    The first use a different style of can, it's got "wings" on it. I acquired one like that, but it does not fit my machine. the later two styles don't have those wings and are very similar, and I believe are interchangeable.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Caroline, that's as good a reason for saving them as anything! LOL! MY cousin has a supply of them she's saved for many years, so the next time we go to Oklahoma, I'll get to bring a few of them home to use!

    Jeanette

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    Cathy,

    I think the patent date on my machine is 1913 or 1914, right now it's sitting on the floor waiting for its cabinet to be refinished and I can't get down on the floor -- If I did, I'd never be able to get up! LOL! Of course, the patent date doesn't mean the machine was manufactured on that date. All I know is that it belonged to my husband's great grandmother.

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    I went and looked - the most "recent" patent date on mine is 1913 - and I know it was bought brand new in the 30's. So I guess they just kept using the older design. This is what throws many people off on dating machines, expecially Willcox and Gibbs because they always put the patent dates on the machine, and at the last, the patent was about 50 years old.

    The patent dates on mine are
    8/8/11
    10/31/11
    11/28/11
    9/16/13

    If your machine is missing the 9/16/13 date, then it's probably safe to assume it was made before that date - otherwise you'll have to go by something else to date it.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    This site has quite a bit of info

    http://2spools.blogspot.com/

    The first picture shows three machines of different ages - but they all look very similar on the outside. One thing to keep in mind, the very oldest will be Eldredge, however the very youngest can also be Eldredge (as mine is).

    Some tidbits - this sight says all the machines have the same patent dates, early ones have a HXXXX serial number, mine is H61241. So if yours has a HXXXXX (five digit) number, it's not going to be from 1913, and if it's got a H5XXXX or later, it's one of the last made, in the 30's

    I have a can for the oldest style, so I'm looking for a machine that it goes with. The most notable difference is that the slide plate does not "slide" but has a pivot point instead. So that's not too hard to look for in pictures.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Cathy,

    I finally reached my National Two Spool Machine. It's serial No. is H35106 and the slide plate does have date of August 8, 1911 and September 6, 1913 as the patent dates. It really doesn't matter to me when -- it's the machine that belonged to my husband's great grandmother, my son's great, great grandmother. i really, really wish these machines could talk. I'm sure they'd have almost unbelievable stories to tell!

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    Don't have a camera or a way to put a pic on the computer,but have had a National 2 spool treadle SM for years. Just the couple of weeks ago I found some wooden thread spools so am looking forward to getting it going. Now I need a manual for it. Anyone know where I can find one??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sap View Post
    Anyone know where I can find one??
    I will PM you.
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    The first picture you posted of the whole machine cracked me up. It's using a bobbin to wind thread onto a spool. Just my sense of humor I guess, just struck me funny for a two spool machine.
    There is a beautiful electric two spool (National) on eBay right now.
    June

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    This site has quite a bit of info

    http://2spools.blogspot.com/

    The first picture shows three machines of different ages - but they all look very similar on the outside. One thing to keep in mind, the very oldest will be Eldredge, however the very youngest can also be Eldredge (as mine is).

    Some tidbits - this sight says all the machines have the same patent dates, early ones have a HXXXX serial number, mine is H61241. So if yours has a HXXXXX (five digit) number, it's not going to be from 1913, and if it's got a H5XXXX or later, it's one of the last made, in the 30's

    I have a can for the oldest style, so I'm looking for a machine that it goes with. The most notable difference is that the slide plate does not "slide" but has a pivot point instead. So that's not too hard to look for in pictures.
    I think I have what you are looking for...
    I inherited an Eldredge Two Spool in excellent condition with serial number H9045. It is unique in that it is in a beautiful wooden case and has a swing around Hamilton Beach motor drive. It has some extras and it all works except it is missing the spool can (the older version). I was researching the history of the two spool when I came across this site. Would you be willing to sell your spool can or would you be interested purchasing the sewing machine? I will try to attach some pictures.
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    SAP,

    I have a manual in pdf format. If you can get me a regular email address, I can send you the manual.

    Jeanette

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    Jim, sorry, but I would never sell the can -- this machine belonged to my husband's great-grandmother, so it's a piece of my son's heritage. They are very expensive -- I've seen them listed for auction on ebay at a $300 reserve -- I would never pay that myself! I hope you can find a can!

    Jeanette

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    Very nice Machine - Jim, I'll send you a PM later. I'm sure we can work a deal one way or the other.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    it's my understanding that the limitation of this process is that like every machine, the loop has to go around the shuttle and since the shuttle contains the entire spool that's a huge loop that has to be created which makes the machine have certain limitations as far as speed and performance

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    Steve, my son pulled a video -- I really don't know where he got it but I will find out. The lady who was using the Two Spool was going very fast! It's amazing, really! He's searching for the video now, so I'll post the link to the site when he finds it!

    Jeanette

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    Okay, I apologize for posting on this again, but I promised I would post where the videos were on the internet -- you might have guessed: YouTube.com, and they're listed (a number of them) as: National Two Spool FiddlyBits.

    Jeanette

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    The number on my Two Spool is H37578. The picture posted above is exactly what mine looks like. And thanks again Jeanette for the manual. I have it all printed out.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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