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    Old 02-26-2011, 10:33 PM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Who made the Majestic sewing machine? New Home or National?
    And is New Home just a National?

    Here is one on CLs: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/for/2236104979.html
    Now that treadle, I'd definitely buy for that price! How pretty!

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    Old 02-26-2011, 11:23 PM
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    Miz Johnny,

    Do you own any of the Vindex machines? I think National made them. Do they use the 15x1 needles or do they require a different type? Thank you
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    Old 02-27-2011, 04:00 AM
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    Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
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    Beautiful Featherweight! By that face plate, you have one of the very oldest!

    Nancy

    Not terribly old - 1946 based on the serial number. Older than me by almost 40 years, though! lol I can't recall when they started production of these...early-mid 30's, wasn't it?
    The first FW was introduced at the World's Fair in 1933. Only the very old ones have that face plate. The newer ones have the face plate with straight lines, or like the white and beige ones that were painted.

    Nancy
    Sometimes face plates on newer FW's got changed out to the older face plates. In fact I had a guy at a sewing repair shop offer to do that for me with mine. I said no thanks...like to stay original.
    I was under the impression that some newer ones could have the scroll plate? What I've read is that the plates were just replenished as stock got low, putting the striated ones on top of the left over scrolls...so getting to the bottom of the bin would reveal the scroll plate to be put on a newer model...

    Of course, it is possible that it has been changed. The man I got it from is an antique dealer, he said he got it as is.

    Funny tidbit though, from what I've read, it's harder if not impossible to pinpoint the date of Canadian made Featherweights, which mine is. The serial number dates it to 1946 according to US manufacture dates, but it could be way off. Does anyone know when they started to manufacture in Canada?
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    Old 02-27-2011, 06:36 AM
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    Oh she is a beauty!!! Yes use sewing machine oil but only one drop per red dot and only once a year. Other than that you can put a few drops every week or so if you use it regularly for the rest of the machine. What are the numbers on the machine ie 148.xxx, 158.xxx? I can date it for you and tell you who manufactured it for Sears.

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    Billy,
    It is a model 148.861 serial number 57911.
    Thank you for the information.
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    Old 02-27-2011, 07:32 AM
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    Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Miz Johnny,

    Do you own any of the Vindex machines? I think National made them. Do they use the 15x1 needles or do they require a different type? Thank you
    National, I believe. They do take a different needle, but Damascus Annie uses a regular 15 x 1 needle and just cheats it down a bit:


    http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie
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    Old 02-27-2011, 08:28 AM
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    Good morning all, have you seen these cuties?
    http://amyjewelry.com/index.php/thim...bv94a739gkf44. Sorry, I don't know how to make this a link!

    Linda
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    Old 02-27-2011, 08:31 AM
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    Well, I guess it created the link for me.
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    Old 02-27-2011, 08:39 AM
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    Originally Posted by tbp
    Billy,
    It is a model 148.861 serial number 57911.
    Thank you for the information.
    You have a model 86 and was made by Soryu from 1959-62.

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    Old 02-27-2011, 08:45 AM
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    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
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    Miz Johnny,

    Do you own any of the Vindex machines? I think National made them. Do they use the 15x1 needles or do they require a different type? Thank you
    National, I believe. They do take a different needle, but Damascus Annie uses a regular 15 x 1 needle and just cheats it down a bit:


    http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie
    Thank you! She seems to be the only person that has photos of her collection posted. Very Nice! I saw them yesterday and started researching. Happy to read that the needle can be cheated down. I like these non-Singer machines that I own; they sew very nicely.
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    Old 02-27-2011, 08:46 AM
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    Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    Good morning all, have you seen these cuties?
    http://amyjewelry.com/index.php/thim...bv94a739gkf44. Sorry, I don't know how to make this a link!

    Linda
    Cute! and clever!
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