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    Thanks Chris_quilts! I did find some help on another board dating her - she's dated between 1903 and 1905. I can't wait to get her running! The sellers only wanted $40 for it because they just wanted it out of their house! it was taking up too much room they said! I was only too happy to help them out! LOL

    The lady was dumbfounded that I actually wanted to get it running and *gasp* SEW with it! Why on earth would I want to do that? lol

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    hi all,
    I just acquired a 1960 'Strawbridge and Clothier' zig-zag stitch sewing machine...i have the warranty and instruction manual. It's real clean... been trying to upload the picture but not working-will continue to work onthat tho, cause i'm so excited to share her picture! Am searching to find out what brand/where she originated - has the 'made in Japan' on the front label, but motor is 'made in the USA' (could be a new motor not sure)... needs a little work with wiring so haven't plugged her in just yet-not til I get that fixed... any information anybody has on where to look for more information would be great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuffaloNickels View Post
    Thanks Chris_quilts! I did find some help on another board dating her - she's dated between 1903 and 1905. I can't wait to get her running! The sellers only wanted $40 for it because they just wanted it out of their house! it was taking up too much room they said! I was only too happy to help them out! LOL

    The lady was dumbfounded that I actually wanted to get it running and *gasp* SEW with it! Why on earth would I want to do that? lol
    Is she an Avona? Or something else? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    We got out a Singer 99 - cleaned and oiled it with the 7 year old. She loved helping. I let her use the lint brush. Then I let her put one drop of oil on anything that moved. She had a blast. Then we put a balance wheel off a 66 on there and a hand crank. Kept the 5 year old very busy while we cleaned and oiled up another Singer 99. Miss M loves to clean machines. She comes to the right place... I'm thinking she will have some cool memories.

    Even Wilbur got in the act. I have some short stubby screwdrivers he was looking at pretty intensely... then he would giggle - hint hint Grandma... This is the kid that wears a Bob the Builder hat anywhere he is allowed... (I found a Bob the Builder shirt for his next Birthday.) He's a huge fan. Tools fascinate him. He comes to the right place. I sent him outside. My tools are my tools - even the cute screwdrivers - ggggrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
    One of the nicest toys my kid ever got was not a toy. it was a collection of nuts and bolts in a container and a board with holes drilled through it to put the bolts through. Each bolt came with two nuts, and they were all different. He had to figure out which nut went with which bolt. The same person gave him a cardboard box stuffed with crumpled paper and taped shut and a bunch or roofing nails and a tack hammer to nail them into the box. He still has the nuts and bolts in a jar somewhere....loved it. Laura

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    I have two black 301 short beds, they sew really fast.
    I bought a Singer 306 last week, I'm waiting for needles and bobbins. I have lots of pattern cams coming soon, won an ebay auction for 28 of them. It looks to be in good condition. Did I mention that this is a very heavy machine? Oh dear, the heaviest one I own. Glad that I bought locally and didn't have to pay shipping costs. I'll most likely do a motorectomy and treadle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I have two black 301 short beds, they sew really fast.
    I bought a Singer 306 last week, I'm waiting for needles and bobbins. I have lots of pattern cams coming soon, won an ebay auction for 28 of them. It looks to be in good condition. Did I mention that this is a very heavy machine? Oh dear, the heaviest one I own. Glad that I bought locally and didn't have to pay shipping costs. I'll most likely do a motorectomy and treadle it.
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    Mine has dead wiring - treadling seems like a good plan - it turns very nice - I have a very nice box of the cams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    One of the nicest toys my kid ever got was not a toy. it was a collection of nuts and bolts in a container and a board with holes drilled through it to put the bolts through. Each bolt came with two nuts, and they were all different. He had to figure out which nut went with which bolt. The same person gave him a cardboard box stuffed with crumpled paper and taped shut and a bunch or roofing nails and a tack hammer to nail them into the box. He still has the nuts and bolts in a jar somewhere....loved it. Laura
    Now that nut and bolt board sounds like a good idea! Have to keep them away from his baby brother... My youngest son had his own hammer when he was about 3. When we built a house he pounded nails in the sub-floor - kept him busy for hours. Those floors never did squeak. He played in the pea gravel and hauled rocks in his little wheel barrel. He had real tools. Never did have toy tools. I think he was 14 or 15 when he had a plasma cutter and made yard art. My husband insisted both boys learn to sew before he would let them use a saw. He figured a piercing was better than an amputation. We had a treadle around and that got played with a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuffaloNickels View Post
    This is a $40 Craigslist find - seems to be in very good condition. I'm working on getting it cleaned up, have a new belt ordered. I'd love some opinions on wether I should just clean and polish it, or should I try to strip the laquer? it has a few minor water rings and a little roughness to the top. I'd love to take care of those, but afraid of doing all the intricate lettering on the front and all grooves in the handles etc. I'm sure if I just did the top, the color would no longer match the rest of the machine.

    Also - how do you repaint the iron legs/ treadle? or is that best just left alone?

    Does anyone know more about this machine? the last patent date on the throat plate was 1900, and there's a news article in the drawer that gives the impression it was purchased around 1907. I found someone local who has an identical cabinet (not sure about the machine) and he has a warranty paper dated May 1909. The only number on it is on the front near the bobbin winder, and it's 81589.





    More pics at http://photobucket.com/whitetreadle

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    Beautiful White and cabinet! Here is the White dating site. Scroll down to Serial Number/Dating and look up your machine. Are you sure your serial number only has 5 digits? Is there a letter in front? If, in fact, your machine only has a 5 digit serial number it would be a pre 1900 machine according to the White site, and it doesn't look that old? Please let us know what you find out - you got a great buy with that machine and cabinet!

    http://community.webshots.com/user/arachnesobsession

    Oh, and you will have to sand blast the treadle irons and repaint them - not too hard a task! Or just apply Liquid Gold to the irons and they will look great!
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    Welcome home Charlee!

    Well I took 8 machines to a community yard sale today at our local quilt store and I sold 5 of them! I was really glad to be able to cut my herd down a little as it was getting out of hand! I also ended up bringing one home! A really cute little tan and brown Sewmor zig zag machine. The lady with the machine practically shoved it in my car - she just gave me the machine and cabinet so she wouldn't have to haul it home! Anyway, I sold 2 Japanese 15's - the blue Morse, and a black Electra. I also sold a 99 hand crank - it went to a really good home! I had a New Home Light Running machine, and a Pfaff that is not really a Pfaff - it was made after Pfaff sold their name - that also sold! So I took 8 machines, came back with 4 counting the Sewmor given to me! I was happy! Now I can get some more of the ones I really like!

    Oh and Candace it was great seeing you today!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm View Post
    Glad to hear you are back Billy, and just in time.

    A friend gave this to me today. What is it? And what size needle does it take if I can tighten every thing up that is not frozen. It has more rust than paint. It is heavy for the size. The base is 8 x 13 .the teeth on hand crank wheel is not tight, the bobbin winder is very loose also. Attachment 350497Attachment 350498Attachment 350499

    Ohhhhhh its a Pawfoot machine!!!! One of these days I am going to get one but to answer your question I need to see a close up of the side view of the machine. It looks like a New Home but I need to dig in my records and see, but I warn you I do not have a lot on the pawfoots.... PM me with your email adress and I can send you what I find.

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    Nancy - Someone on a collector's board linked me to this: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...62576881KNhqLm according to the description (rectangle slide plates, wooden access door to the left, and no "FR" in front of the serial number) it's a White Family Rotary dated between Sept 1903 and Feb 1906.

    It has to be post 1900 because there are several patent dates on the slide plate, the most recent being 1900

    ETA: the main site http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...78886693lsIAUe

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    Nancy - I also found this on the site you linked me to
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...62576881wJOCMI
    which is 1904 and looks just like mine

    ETA I take that back - mine does not have the T shirt plate, and from the gallery - it said 1904, once you're on the picture, it said 1908. If not for the T shirt plate, that looks almost exactly like mine.

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    Thanks guys for the warm welcome, its good to be back and when I get around to it I will start taking photos of the machines that I have gotten in the last few months. I might even start another PDA for you to keep up with the fun things going on in my household. My daughter destroyed a $3000 race transmission in her hot rod last week racing so now daddy has to build a new one for her..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Welcome home Charlee!

    Well I took 8 machines to a community yard sale today at our local quilt store and I sold 5 of them! I was really glad to be able to cut my herd down a little as it was getting out of hand! I also ended up bringing one home! A really cute little tan and brown Sewmor zig zag machine. The lady with the machine practically shoved it in my car - she just gave me the machine and cabinet so she wouldn't have to haul it home! Anyway, I sold 2 Japanese 15's - the blue Morse, and a black Electra. I also sold a 99 hand crank - it went to a really good home! I had a New Home Light Running machine, and a Pfaff that is not really a Pfaff - it was made after Pfaff sold their name - that also sold! So I took 8 machines, came back with 4 counting the Sewmor given to me! I was happy! Now I can get some more of the ones I really like!

    Oh and Candace it was great seeing you today!

    Nancy
    It was nice to see you too. I just knew you'd take the Sewmor and the only reason I didn't, was because I knew it was yours. Weird, huh? I hope you can give it to one of your GD's and they make good use of it. It was very cute! I was at your table and saw two people buy machines. Then I heard someone talking that there were already 3 gone and I knew you were doing o.k!!! Unlike the one gal trying to sell an older Viking for $900.....:>

    I'm so glad you popped out of class when you did, because I was not planning on going behind those closed doors and interrupting your class. Looks like you had a good time and were getting Christmas projects done early!

    I bought about 12 yds. of fabric for backings (from the store) and 3 spools of King Tut thread at the Barn sale. So, I found some things to bring home with me.

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    I'll never complain when my hubby wants to go to a gun shop!! At one shop, the shop owner's mother brought in a Singer 401A for him to give to me. At some time my hubby had told them that I liked vintage sewing machines.
    All I know about the 401's is the fact that they are a slant machine. I did download the manual for it, so I'll have to study that. Does anyone have any extra slant attachments they want to sell, also the cams for it? I just got the machine and the zigzag foot and one bobbin. I see that it is a 66 bobbin. Am I still better off using the 66 bobbins from sew classic than the ones that Singer has out? Any extra help on this machine will be appreciated. Thanks
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    on cleaning irons:I use black shoe polish. The paste kind. I use rust converter first, the kind that turns the rust black. I have heard of using stove polish as well, but have never found any to try. I like the machine to not look too new, so i have never repainted irons. If I came across some that had been painted white or another color, I might just paint over them black rather than strip the pint, but so far i haven't had to face that. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I'll never complain when my hubby wants to go to a gun shop!! At one shop, the shop owner's mother brought in a Singer 401A for him to give to me. At some time my hubby had told them that I liked vintage sewing machines.
    All I know about the 401's is the fact that they are a slant machine. I did download the manual for it, so I'll have to study that. Does anyone have any extra slant attachments they want to sell, also the cams for it? I just got the machine and the zigzag foot and one bobbin. I see that it is a 66 bobbin. Am I still better off using the 66 bobbins from sew classic than the ones that Singer has out? Any extra help on this machine will be appreciated. Thanks
    Get the good bobbins from Sew-classic - she has attachments too. I'm thinking there should be some posts on the 401 here. You might find the disks on ebay. You'll like that 401. It will do a lot with out the disks so enjoy it that way until you get some. http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t160607-2.html an old one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuffaloNickels View Post
    Nancy - I also found this on the site you linked me to
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...62576881wJOCMI
    which is 1904 and looks just like mine

    ETA I take that back - mine does not have the T shirt plate, and from the gallery - it said 1904, once you're on the picture, it said 1908. If not for the T shirt plate, that looks almost exactly like mine.
    I have a 1903 White Rotary with the same hand hole coverinstead of the T shirt plate. they were made that way for only a few years. When they started making the T shirt plate, they became White Family Rotary. That is why there is not any letters in front of the serial number.My machine number is 78327 and as far as I can tell was made in 1903. You are very lucky to have the little hand cover. Usually they are lost over the years. I was given just the machine and one drawer as the cabinet was falling apart and the irons were used for a table base. In the drawer was the little Hand hole cover !! I have since found another correct cabinet for this machine, and it was missing the litttle cover. I have not finished the cabinet yet, but the machine is ready to go. Really nice find !!!
    The correct name for your machine is a White Rotary (without the word Family)

    Texas Jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    on cleaning irons:I use black shoe polish. The paste kind. I use rust converter first, the kind that turns the rust black. I have heard of using stove polish as well, but have never found any to try. I like the machine to not look too new, so i have never repainted irons. If I came across some that had been painted white or another color, I might just paint over them black rather than strip the pint, but so far i haven't had to face that. Laura
    Wow Laura, I never thought of shoe polish, but then everytime you dust them or rub on them won't the polish come off? I have only repainted one set of irons and it was for my Wilcox and Gibbs cabinet that someone had painted black and the irons gold! DH sand blasted the irons and we painted them black like they were originally! Liquid Gold works really well to shine up those black irons too! Here are the before and after photos - we re-did the coffin top also, but not in the shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I'll never complain when my hubby wants to go to a gun shop!! At one shop, the shop owner's mother brought in a Singer 401A for him to give to me. At some time my hubby had told them that I liked vintage sewing machines.
    All I know about the 401's is the fact that they are a slant machine. I did download the manual for it, so I'll have to study that. Does anyone have any extra slant attachments they want to sell, also the cams for it? I just got the machine and the zigzag foot and one bobbin. I see that it is a 66 bobbin. Am I still better off using the 66 bobbins from sew classic than the ones that Singer has out? Any extra help on this machine will be appreciated. Thanks
    Janis, I sold 5 machines yesterday to get my herd down under 50 machines, but the ones I won't sell are my 400's and 500's! That 401a is suppose to be the top of the line for that series of machines. You don't need the cams to sew - it does several decorative stitches without the cams! It does take regular drop in class 66 bobbins - not the ones from Walmart or JoAnnes, but good metal bobbins! I only use vintage bobbins on my vintage machines so I can't critique Sew Classic's bobbins, but others on here say they are fine! The slant feet are available from Sew Classic as I bought a 1/4" from them - works great. You will love that machine when you start sewing with it! I really like my slant machines, and I am always looking for more of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    It was nice to see you too. I just knew you'd take the Sewmor and the only reason I didn't, was because I knew it was yours. Weird, huh? I hope you can give it to one of your GD's and they make good use of it. It was very cute! I was at your table and saw two people buy machines. Then I heard someone talking that there were already 3 gone and I knew you were doing o.k!!! Unlike the one gal trying to sell an older Viking for $900.....:>

    I'm so glad you popped out of class when you did, because I was not planning on going behind those closed doors and interrupting your class. Looks like you had a good time and were getting Christmas projects done early!

    I bought about 12 yds. of fabric for backings (from the store) and 3 spools of King Tut thread at the Barn sale. So, I found some things to bring home with me.
    Geeze, I didn't realize she wanted $900 for that machine!!!!! No wonder she took it home! I bought 6 spools of the King Tut from her - still packaged/unopened thread! I am glad you had a productive day buying backing fabric too!

    Never be afraid to step into the classroom! We are all having a blast in there - loud and fun - so no one cares if you come in! The quilt I was working on yesterday was really fun . . . . like I showed you, I made the whole quilt first! Next we get the Little Twister ruler and cut it all up and re-make it! A lot of work, unless you are making something really small! I will post photos when I am done! We were are talking about being off our rockers to make a quilt top then cut that top up and remake it into a different top!

    Yep, I sold 5 machines! The ones I really didn't want to sell - two Singer 66's didn't sell! I was glad! Anyway, I have been doing this long enough to know which machines I can't live without and which ones can be re-homed!

    It was a fun day yesterday! I doubled the money I had spent on the purchase of those machines!

    I was NOT going to take that SewMor! I do think it is really cute and glad I have it now, but you could have taken it! When Rod came back to pick up the machines and table that lady carried it over to our car! She was determined I take that machine!

    Oh and I sold two of the featherweights for the guy on the end! I should have gotten a commission! Fun day!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I have a 1903 White Rotary with the same hand hole coverinstead of the T shirt plate. they were made that way for only a few years. When they started making the T shirt plate, they became White Family Rotary. That is why there is not any letters in front of the serial number.My machine number is 78327 and as far as I can tell was made in 1903. You are very lucky to have the little hand cover. Usually they are lost over the years. I was given just the machine and one drawer as the cabinet was falling apart and the irons were used for a table base. In the drawer was the little Hand hole cover !! I have since found another correct cabinet for this machine, and it was missing the litttle cover. I have not finished the cabinet yet, but the machine is ready to go. Really nice find !!!
    The correct name for your machine is a White Rotary (without the word Family)

    Texas Jan
    Oh! thank you so much for the information!

    I spent all day yesterday just scrubbing and polishing the cabinet -it's in really good condition and it looks like I can just polish out the faint water rings in the shellac. I spent last night after the kids went to bed, cleaning the inside of the machine and it was REALLY REALLY clean. I couldn't get over how little dust/ lint/ oil residue was in her. Now to decide what to do about the iron.... I

    love that Wilcox and Gibbs, BoJangles! What a beauty! Maybe I'll just try cleaning it first to see what they look like. Stove polish sounds like it would be a good choice. Lehmans carries it. I've never heard of Liquid Gold though - do Lowes/ Home Depot carry it?

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    I had a very exciting day. I had to travel over an hour each way but it was worth it! I bought a 2 delicious, coveted machines for less than the cost of a lunch. I'm so over the moon. This is just a tease until I can post pics:>

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    Candace!! Did you get a Lady???????
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Candace!! Did you get a Lady???????
    Good guess. But, BETTER.

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