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The Oldest Sewing Machine in Our Collection.

Old 05-07-2012, 05:23 PM
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And, this is my 1903 Singer Model 27 Treadle in a Lotus design cabinet.

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:30 AM
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What is your process for restoring the plating? The F&Ws are really cute.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:41 AM
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If it is just stained, it can be cleaned. If it is rusty, the rust has to be removed and it has to be replated. A lot of the brown discoloration on plating is dried oil that is oxidized. It can be removed with automotive chrome polish. We call it chrome plating however it is actually nickel plating on the older machines. This is very soft and can be damaged further with any harsh abrasive such as Comet. The best way to clean that oil off is to put some mineral spirits or paint thinner on a cloth and scrub it off. You can soak it for a few minutes and then rub it off.

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You have some beautiful machines I would love to have one of them.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:27 AM
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I actually have way toooooooooo many. I think we have 38. I am thinking of selling some of them. My DH and I have collected them for some time and I love them. I have a Janome 9500 embroidery sewing machine and 2 newer Singers but do 99% of my sewing on my 1951 Singer Featherweight. I just love it and it is so easy to repair. Thanks for the nice comments.

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You have some beautiful machines I would love to have one of them.
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Old 06-28-2020, 11:32 AM
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Beautiful machine My parents were given a 1852 Groves and Baker Sewing machine, model 393485, we have no idea how to thread the machine, can you help us out? Thank you, Barbara
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This is the oldest machine we have in our collection. You may have seen it before when I posted it on an antique thread, but I am so proud of it and can't wait until we finish refurbishing it. It is an 1852 Grover and Baker Treadle machine. It is in good condition, just needs to be polished and cleaned.

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Attachment 333438 These pictures were taken while the machine was still in storage. Sorry for the clutter.
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Hi Twinkie, I got a civil war Grover & Baker, and am refinishing it. I had to purchase a new coffin top and it is on the way. It is missing the flywheel assembly and the foot pedal, so I would really appreciate it if you can post some close up pics once you get yours refinished so I can start searching for replacement pieces for the cast iron bottom. Thanks for posting this machine, Reba
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Default Close up of my Grover & Baker wheel and treadle

This is some photos of the treadle and wheel on my Grover and Baker model 8. Copyright date of 1861. Hope it helps. Linda
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Default Close up of my Grover & Baker wheel and treadle

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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
This is some photos of the treadle and wheel on my Grover and Baker model 8. Copyright date of 1861. Hope it helps. Linda
Yes this is consistent with the other photos I have seen and virtually identical to my machine. Unfortunately, the flywheel goes from left to right and is centered on the back, rather than front front to back and mounted on the right side like so many other machines. I assume that women's clothes would get caught in the flywheel easier when it was mounted from side to side rather than mounted on the side and moving front to back. That is the challenge, to find the centered flywheel. Thanks for the close up of the pedal too, that is most helpful! Reba
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