Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums >
  • Main
  • For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
  • Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell >
  • Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

  • Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

    Old 03-07-2011, 01:17 PM
      #11621  
    Super Member
     
    vintagemotif's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Sep 2010
    Posts: 4,972
    Default

    Originally Posted by IT_Nana
    I inherited my grandmother's sewing machine many years ago. I never knew her as she passed away at the age of 52 long before I was born. She and my grandpa homesteaded in northwestern Kansas and started their family in a sod house. As typical of many farm wives of that era, she sewed clothes for the entire family as well as raise a garden and chickens and cook huge meals for farm hands. I don't know how those women did it with none of the conveniences we have.

    Anyway, this sewing machine is a Free brand and still worked the last time I tried it. Just yesterday I re-arranged my sewing room/guest room and set it up rather than having it folded up with the machine inside. Do you have any idea how old this is? The drawers all work, but I know there is a front piece missing in the middle. I've looked and looked for that piece, and one time about 10 years ago found a machine like it in an antique shop, but we were 1,000 miles from home in a small car and no way to transport it.

    As you can see, this machine was very well used and well loved. My mother told me that her Mom gave it a fresh coat of varnish every year! My husband plans to refinish it...he said the wood should be very well preserved under all that varnish!

    I'd appreciate any info you can provide.

    ******

    I forgot to mention that Mom told me that my grandmother could look at a picture of a dress and cut a pattern to fit her daughters....very talented and creative. I wish I could have known her.
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story. I love stories like this. Now that you have this gorgeous machine out, start using her. Your Grandma would be happy to see you using her machine for quilting. Have fun treadling!
    vintagemotif is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 02:03 PM
      #11622  
    Super Member
     
    Crossstitcher's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: West Virginia
    Posts: 1,049
    Default

    I have a question DH and I just bought a fiddle base machine and we can't find any names or number anywhere on it. We will post pictures soon but what I need to know now is how to thread the boat shuttle. We have tried and can't get it to work. Looked on the net and can't find a guide. So if any of you have a boat shuttle machine can you tell us how to thread it?

    The free machine is very pretty and like someone else said try and use her your grandmother would be proud.
    Crossstitcher is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 02:20 PM
      #11623  
    Senior Member
     
    Join Date: Jan 2008
    Location: Georgia, USA
    Posts: 799
    Default

    Beautiful cabinet IT_Nana!
    HisPatchwork is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 02:21 PM
      #11624  
    Super Member
     
    Miz Johnny's Avatar
     
    Join Date: May 2010
    Location: Lexington, KY
    Posts: 1,222
    Default

    Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    I have a question DH and I just bought a fiddle base machine and we can't find any names or number anywhere on it. We will post pictures soon but what I need to know now is how to thread the boat shuttle. We have tried and can't get it to work. Looked on the net and can't find a guide. So if any of you have a boat shuttle machine can you tell us how to thread it?

    The free machine is very pretty and like someone else said try and use her your grandmother would be proud.
    Check out the Model 12 manual for help on the boat shuttle:

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...g-machine.html
    Miz Johnny is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 02:31 PM
      #11625  
    Super Member
     
    BoJangles's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Rescue, California
    Posts: 4,585
    Default

    Originally Posted by IT_Nana
    I inherited my grandmother's sewing machine many years ago. I never knew her as she passed away at the age of 52 long before I was born.

    Anyway, this sewing machine is a Free brand and still worked the last time I tried it. Just yesterday I re-arranged my sewing room/guest room and set it up rather than having it folded up with the machine inside. Do you have any idea how old this is?
    I'd appreciate any info you can provide.

    ******

    I forgot to mention that Mom told me that my grandmother could look at a picture of a dress and cut a pattern to fit her daughters....very talented and creative. I wish I could have known her.
    Hello Nana! Congratulations on your beautiful Free! Look at page 627 here. I have a Free just like yours, but your cabinet is gorgeous and different from mine. This is the treadle I am using for all my quilt piecing now. I love my machine! Banjo sits in my sewing room (my Free is a boy named after my daughter's pony - Banjo walked, trotted, and loped/cantered slow -- that is what my Free does, he just trucks along at his own speed no matter how fast I treadle!).

    The Free Sewing Machine Company operated from 1910 to 1958. I have a friend who also owns a Free and she has it's original receipt. I don't remember what her serial number is, but the serial number on my Free is C83642, which we figured made my machine around 1913. What is the serial number of your machine?

    Yes, I understand the work and talent of those women. My own Mother could design dresses from just her own ideas. She always motified her store bought clothes to make them nicer.

    Nancy
    BoJangles is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 02:42 PM
      #11626  
    Super Member
     
    BoJangles's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Rescue, California
    Posts: 4,585
    Default

    Originally Posted by Glenn

    Nancy please no water it will loosen the veener because it was glued down with hyde glue(old glue pot type). You may wipe down the piece with turps or denatured alcohol only. This will neutralize the stripper so stain and shellac will stick to the wood. The brass brush is a small parts brush about the size of a toothbrush, the brass bristle will not hurt the wood since they are softer than a regular wire brush. The finish with white specks in the grain is known as pickling and it not appropriate for sewing machine cabinets. Some people call it white washing and was very popular for oak floors and kitchen cabinets. If all the white paint can't be removed you can use a gel stain this will cover the white much better than regular stain. I know it is no fun stipping paint from oak because of the open grain. I have even used dental picks to get the stain out of the grain but very time consuming. Glenn
    Thank you Glenn, this is good for everyone here to read as all of us have found and will find machines in cabinets that are going to need to be re-done.

    I really don't want the white washed look, or shaby, or pickling, or whatever? This sounds interesting for picture frames, but not my taste for cabinets. The gel stain sounds good, but I am not ready for that yet. Still doing the stripping gel. I will just keep at it a little each day. I have only tried working on the cabinet top and drawer frame. I haven't even started the coffin top nor drawers themselves! I am glad you clarified the brass brush as opposed the a wire brush.

    Nancy
    BoJangles is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 02:47 PM
      #11627  
    Super Member
     
    BoJangles's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Rescue, California
    Posts: 4,585
    Default

    Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    Does anyone know anything about and I quote "new domestic shuttle treadle sewing machine"? Craigslist owner says it works, the pictures show a beautiful machine and coffin cabinet. Wondering if I should spend the &75.00 on her. What do you all think?
    I don't know about a New Domestic, but one of White's badged machines was called a Domestic. New Home also badged some machines with the 'New' in front of the name. Miz Johnny or Billy could probably tell you more about the New Domestic. Here is a fiddlebase New Domestic and the threading instructions. http://www.ismacs.net/domestic/threa..._domestic.html

    Nancy
    BoJangles is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 03:46 PM
      #11628  
    Super Member
     
    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: Massachusetts, USA
    Posts: 1,775
    Default

    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Nancy
    The 50's were a great decade. I'm a Dec. '53 model, myself :D

    I'm an April '57 model, I agree the 50s were a great decade. :-D
    It wasn't me born in 53, although, that was a good year I am sure!
    Nancy
    It was me :-D I was born a month late. This was back in the days when the doctor came to the house when you were sick (anyone else remember those days?). Anyway, because it didn't seem as if I would ever arrive my mother's doctor had her come to the office (in his house) so he could check her out with his new fangled x-ray machine :shock:

    He sat there and read the directions trying to figure out how to use it. After he took the x-ray and developed it, my mother took one look at it and exclaimed, "It has 3 HEADS!!!!" The doctor laughed and told her that there was only 1 head and 2 hip bones. Technology has come so-o-o far in just a couple of generations!!
    cabbagepatchkid is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 03:56 PM
      #11629  
    Super Member
     
    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: Massachusetts, USA
    Posts: 1,775
    Default

    Originally Posted by IT_Nana
    I inherited my grandmother's sewing machine many years ago.

    Anyway, this sewing machine is a Free brand and still worked the last time I tried it.
    It's wonderful that you have your grandmother's machine. It's a beauty!! :-D
    cabbagepatchkid is offline  
    Old 03-07-2011, 04:57 PM
      #11630  
    Junior Member
     
    IT_Nana's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Aug 2010
    Location: Texas
    Posts: 201
    Default

    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by IT_Nana
    I inherited my grandmother's sewing machine many years ago. I never knew her as she passed away at the age of 52 long before I was born.

    Anyway, this sewing machine is a Free brand and still worked the last time I tried it. Just yesterday I re-arranged my sewing room/guest room and set it up rather than having it folded up with the machine inside. Do you have any idea how old this is?
    I'd appreciate any info you can provide.

    ******

    I forgot to mention that Mom told me that my grandmother could look at a picture of a dress and cut a pattern to fit her daughters....very talented and creative. I wish I could have known her.
    Hello Nana! Congratulations on your beautiful Free! Look at page 627 here. I have a Free just like yours, but your cabinet is gorgeous and different from mine. This is the treadle I am using for all my quilt piecing now. I love my machine! Banjo sits in my sewing room (my Free is a boy named after my daughter's pony - Banjo walked, trotted, and loped/cantered slow -- that is what my Free does, he just trucks along at his own speed no matter how fast I treadle!).

    The Free Sewing Machine Company operated from 1910 to 1958. I have a friend who also owns a Free and she has it's original receipt. I don't remember what her serial number is, but the serial number on my Free is C83642, which we figured made my machine around 1913. What is the serial number of your machine?

    Yes, I understand the work and talent of those women. My own Mother could design dresses from just her own ideas. She always motified her store bought clothes to make them nicer.

    Nancy
    Hi Nancy,

    I'm amazed that the cabinets are so different but the machines look so similar, except yours is much shinier and your decals are pristine! What did you use to clean yours? Mine is dingy from years of being shut up in the cabinet, but I don't want to use something that would damage what remains of the decals.

    Also, where is your serial number? My Mom was born in 1918, and she was the first baby not born in a sod house, so possibly Grandma got the machine when they moved into the new house. It's all very interesting, isn't it!
    IT_Nana is offline  

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off


    FREE Quilting Newsletter