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Need help identifying vintage sewing machine

Old 11-10-2023, 03:50 PM
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Hello everyone!

I was lucky enough to find this sewing machine at a good will (I'll attach pictures). I've been doing research on it but I am definitely not knowledgeable enough in this subject to be 100 percent sure of what I have. I know that it is an National Model VB-TT, but I'm not sure what type. I think it is either type 1 or type 5 but I have no idea.
It's definitely not in great condition, so my goal is to try to find a manual for whatever model I have so I can fix it up correctly. It would also be nice to know how old it is. Overall I'm really glad I found this machine, it'll be a fun project to learn about.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-11-2023, 11:36 AM
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I tried to check needlebar.org but links aren't there.

Sure looks a lot like the Type 5 I had overhere

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Old 11-11-2023, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JackSalgado View Post
Hello everyone!

I was lucky enough to find this sewing machine at a good will (I'll attach pictures). I've been doing research on it but I am definitely not knowledgeable enough in this subject to be 100 percent sure of what I have. I know that it is an National Model VB-TT, but I'm not sure what type. I think it is either type 1 or type 5 but I have no idea.
It's definitely not in great condition, so my goal is to try to find a manual for whatever model I have so I can fix it up correctly. It would also be nice to know how old it is. Overall I'm really glad I found this machine, it'll be a fun project to learn about.

Thanks for the help!
Here's the Needlebar page on National vibrating shuttle machines. Looks like a VB-TT type 3 to me. I have a pdf manual similar to the Eldredge B but is too large to post here. Email [email protected] and I'll send it to you.

http://www.needlebar.org/main/national/index1.html

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Old 11-11-2023, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
Here's the Needlebar page on National vibrating shuttle machines. Looks like a VB-TT type 3 to me. I have a pdf manual similar to the Eldredge B but is too large to post here. Email [email protected] and I'll send it to you.

http://www.needlebar.org/main/national/index1.html

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Jon, do you have two manuals for the Eldredge B? The one in this thread has the leaf tension but the manual on the other board is for the Improved Eldredge B and has tension on the nose.
According the needlebar site, (Eldredge B) Fiddle shaped bed. Square throat plate whereas this one has the round needle plate.

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Old 11-12-2023, 05:36 PM
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Eldredge B covered many different models and there's also the Improved Eldredge B. The pdf manual I have is Instruction Book for Wards Brunswick Sewing Machine. It appears to be 1920's vintage manual but it is very similar in style to your B.

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Old 11-12-2023, 05:53 PM
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Thank you. That does make more sense. I thought the Regal Paveway was similar, but electric. The Brunswick manual I have shows the front inspection plate (on the pillar) in the oiling drawing, but not on the other drawings. I'll have to make a note of that.
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