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New to vintage treadle machine sewing.

New to vintage treadle machine sewing.

Old 01-03-2020, 06:50 AM
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Default New to vintage treadle machine sewing.

Recently acquired a Damascus Rotary treadle machine with tulip decals, and more recently purchased round bobbins to fit the bobbin case. Already have the new belt, as long with the old one; just need to clean machine, add belt, wind a bobbin, place a needle & sew.
Question: what needle do I look for?
How can I verify it's age?
Thanks, I look forward to answers!
I have only seen 1 photo of the same machine in my researching, but no date of origin; apparently made for Montgomery Ward.
I used the family owned 1917 vintage Singer vibrating shuttle often in the 1970's for sewing on knits for my choir performance clothing.
Now to use a treadle, it's very exciting. I live in the Sierra Nevada mountains & have intermittent power shut offs & like the option of treadling & not just hand quilting with the generator running (loudly) in the background.
 
Old 01-04-2020, 09:24 AM
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Welcome. Damascus Rotary was made for Montgomery Ward by National. There are no dating records for National so any dating estimates would be from a photo. The non standard needle is called Eldredge Rotary, Boye #21, and DD1221 to name a few. Needles can be found on ebay.

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