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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I want to tell you about my DH from over the weekend. You all know he is the vintage machine lover here. Well he has been trying to get his mother's Minnesota B machine for years. You see his mother past 22 years ago and his sister just wouldn't turn lose of the machine. Well over the weekend he asked again just to see it and it was a messss. In an old shed that the roof leaked. He got sick just looking at it because at one time it was his mother's pride and joy. The paint is completely gone from the machine and locked up. Sooo he asked again if he might have the machine and try and get her running. Sister finally said yes. So machine is in work shop and complety oiled and turning. Got the treadle peddle working too. His mother used to hear DH working the treadle and yell to leave her machine alone or she would box his ears. DH was sitting and just treadling away and says look at me now mom you can't box my ears. Oh how I wish I was behind him and he not know it I would have boxed his ears. Most of the parts are there and the bobbin seems to be the same as our Davis and we have an extra so going to try that. Need a manual if any one has a copy they could send us a copy of. Or know a site I can look tried yesterday but couldn't find any info. Also need the regular presser foot. It slides on from the front.
    Tell your husband congrats! It must feel wonderful to have a machine that once was his mother's. Please post pictures of a before and after. I bet he will do an beautiful job of restoring this machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Jan,

    Your peg is prettier than mine.
    I agree with you. Mine is prettier, but it is older. I'm glad there is something good about being older. lol

    Texas Jan

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    I love this idea. I only have one that was my grandma's & am trying to figure out what it is. So I will be posting. Thank you.

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    The peg in my picture is of my son's new Juki industrial needle feed/ walking foot.
    What a beast of a machine. I can' t wait to test run it.

    Cathy


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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I agree with you. Mine is prettier, but it is older. I'm glad there is something good about being older. lol

    Texas Jan
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    Monica, DH says thank you. Oh he was so excited to get it but sick for the condition it is in. The only thing to tell it was a minnesota is he knew the machine and part of the "B" is still on there and that's all. Will do about the pictures.
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    Trish

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    Hey!! Just saw on Singer Yahoo group, here's a source for replacement decals for Singer restorations. Many models, plus logos for bentwood cases. Been waiting for someone to do this!! Cool!! I posted the link here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5113619

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Trish, I believe Davis did make one of the Minnesota models (I think I remember that at least 2 sm companies made Minnesota models), so yes, that makes sense that the Davis bobbin would work.
    Davis made Minnesota A, B, C, D, F, K, & S for Sears though some such as "A" and "K" are made by other makers. The full sized machines use Davis shuttles and long bobbins (A, B, C, K, S). 3/4 size use a shorter shuttle and bobbin. Davis made a boat load of these machines. In 1906 a top of the line "A" sold for $16.50 + freight from Dayton, OH with 7 drawer cabinet and a 25 year warranty. Pretty good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Davis made Minnesota A, B, C, D, F, K, & S for Sears though some such as "A" and "K" are made by other makers. The full sized machines use Davis shuttles and long bobbins (A, B, C, K, S). 3/4 size use a shorter shuttle and bobbin. Davis made a boat load of these machines. In 1906 a top of the line "A" sold for $16.50 + freight from Dayton, OH with 7 drawer cabinet and a 25 year warranty. Pretty good deal.

    Jon
    Jon, I knew you would have all the info on this!! :-)

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    Link to an original handcrank for sale....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-SEWI...item4cffeea64f

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Link to an original handcrank for sale....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-SEWI...item4cffeea64f
    I've had my eye on that one. I hope the bidding stays low.
    Last edited by grayhare; 04-03-2012 at 02:15 PM.

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    Thanks for the information Jon.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Hey kids I thought I would drop by and see how our shop is doing. I will be in here and participate more often now that I am feeling better and getting my health back. Also I have a lot of neat sewing machines to show off to you all and tons of information like factory records that I have bought from extinct sewing machine companies, some of the records are even signed by the owners and the presidents of the companies. Something really neat is a booklet of service receipts for a Singer sewing machine. In 1940 the cost of a full service was $8.75 and that even included a new needle and pack of bobbins. Boy would it be nice if it was still that price now??????

    Billy

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    so happy to see you online again Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51 View Post
    Hey kids I thought I would drop by and see how our shop is doing. I will be in here and participate more often now that I am feeling better and getting my health back. Also I have a lot of neat sewing machines to show off to you all and tons of information like factory records that I have bought from extinct sewing machine companies, some of the records are even signed by the owners and the presidents of the companies. Something really neat is a booklet of service receipts for a Singer sewing machine. In 1940 the cost of a full service was $8.75 and that even included a new needle and pack of bobbins. Boy would it be nice if it was still that price now??????

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    [QUOTE=Lostn51;5114556]Hey kids I thought I would drop by and see how our shop is doing. I will be in here and participate more often now that I am feeling better and getting my health back.

    Billy it is so nice to hear from you again. You have been missed. I am glad that your health is improving. It is nice to start feeling good again. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I want to tell you about my DH from over the weekend. You all know he is the vintage machine lover here. Well he has been trying to get his mother's Minnesota B machine for years. You see his mother past 22 years ago and his sister just wouldn't turn lose of the machine. Well over the weekend he asked again just to see it and it was a messss. In an old shed that the roof leaked. He got sick just looking at it because at one time it was his mother's pride and joy. The paint is completely gone from the machine and locked up. Sooo he asked again if he might have the machine and try and get her running. Sister finally said yes. So machine is in work shop and complety oiled and turning. Got the treadle peddle working too. His mother used to hear DH working the treadle and yell to leave her machine alone or she would box his ears. DH was sitting and just treadling away and says look at me now mom you can't box my ears. Oh how I wish I was behind him and he not know it I would have boxed his ears. Most of the parts are there and the bobbin seems to be the same as our Davis and we have an extra so going to try that. Need a manual if any one has a copy they could send us a copy of. Or know a site I can look tried yesterday but couldn't find any info. Also need the regular presser foot. It slides on from the front.
    Hi Trish,

    Here's a manual for the "Burdick" the predecessor of the Minnesota B. Similar but different in areas.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...f/sil10-37.pdf

    Jon

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    Crossstitcher,
    I'm sorry that your DH's family waited until the machine was in such poor condition to let him have it.
    Sharon

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    I was at a charity quilt sew-in with my guild today and the Featherweights were well represented. There were 8 of them, 6 were black,1 white and 1 tan(mine). I should have asked everyone to put them all on one table so they could be photographed.
    Sharon

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    Thanks Glenn for the info on refinishing a machine. I've told all of my friends that I'm looking for a 'boat anchor' machine so I can see what I can do with it. If I get one in that kind of condition, I can't do too much wrong with it, but still have one to practice on. My FWs and 99 are in too good of condition to mess with.
    Janis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Thanks Glenn for the info on refinishing a machine. I've told all of my friends that I'm looking for a 'boat anchor' machine so I can see what I can do with it. If I get one in that kind of condition, I can't do too much wrong with it, but still have one to practice on. My FWs and 99 are in too good of condition to mess with.
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    Janis, some time you can come up to my shop and we'll have a stripper party, I have a ton that need the treatment...
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    Sew glad to hear from Billy on here again! Off to look at the pics!
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Hi Trish,

    Here's a manual for the "Burdick" the predecessor of the Minnesota B. Similar but different in areas.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...f/sil10-37.pdf

    Jon

    Jon, My husband said to tell you many thanks for the manual. Now if he can find a foot he will get it working I'm sure.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Hi Trish,

    Here's a manual for the "Burdick" the predecessor of the Minnesota B. Similar but different in areas.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...f/sil10-37.pdf

    Jon
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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    This is a test and a test only.
    Did we pass?

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    1890's Davis HAVF alert!! Erie PA Still has some of its decorative painting and in a repairable treadle. Too high priced, though!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-DAVI...item27c58c11bf


    Billy, glad to know you are doing better. Welcome back.

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