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    Thanks, Skip. After all the reading I've done I already feel at home.

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    Thanks Miriam, I agree. Although I do have to admit to having a few plastic wonders. I've purchased two embroidery machines in the last year, both Janome and I love them. The grandkidlets call them Grammas magic machines.
    Also have a cute little Juki HZL27Z a friend sent me last year trying to convert me over to new machines and a 10yr old Euro Pro 7133 quilters machine...........okay, stop laughing, it actually sews well.

    Cari

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    I don't find too many around here either. The majority of my machines have come from Centralia or from up north. I'm not actively hunting any more, haven't for a couple years. Just every once in a while one crosses my path and I can't walk away. I don't have a huge herd like some do, only 34. I just don't have room for more.(famous last words) I'd like to get it down to just the machines I use, the problem is on any given day my favorite machine is what ever one I'm using at the time.
    I used to work across the street from Value Village and cruised it a few times a week for years. I only ever saw a few machines in there and yes they over price them. They don't usually sell until they go 1/2 price. Or at least that's how it used to be, I haven't been in there for at least two years. Sometimes if you catch them in a good mood they'll mark one down if you point out the flaws. I got a 301 long bed in the case for 1/2 price the day it came in when I told them how much a bobbin case for it would cost. I gave that machine away 3 years ago and wouldn't you know it last week I found a card table for it.

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    Oh, yes, I've enjoyed myself immensely this past week. I'm thrilled to have found this place! The only downside I can see is now I'll spend waayy too much time sitting here on the computer instead of getting things done.

    Cari

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    ...... And, if you love vintage machines, you've found the right place.

    I believe I have........

    Cari

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    "Welcome Cari. Just a reminder: Feed the cats "


    LOL, thanks. They were hanging out at the neighbors' house, she spoils them. She spoils me too, she's like another mom. She's also my biggest enabler, every time she finds a machine or nice fabric at a thrift store or garage sale she calls me. She's the one who found my pink Selectomatic at a garage sale.

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    I finally found a Wilcox and Gibbs that wasn't overpriced today, and it was local! It isn't missing anything but it is in less than pristine condition. It was locked up but just a few drops of Tri Flow later it was moving free again. I know it isn't pretty yet and nothing to brag about, but it is the oldest machine I have personally owned. I'm happy.
    ~G~

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    Great find Grant. You will have fun with this one. Actually not that bad.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    What year do you think itís from Grant? Nice looking old piece of iron.

    I have one with serial #A432624 and I have the date 1889 assigned to it, although Iím not sure where I came up with that date. Mine is mounted onto a pedestal-type riser on a home-built flat top set onto a Davis treadle stand. I havenít ever sewn with it, just have it next to my recliner for fun. Mine has fewer decals than yours, but then I tend to like the old ďbeatersĒ best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Great find Grant. You will have fun with this one. Actually not that bad.
    Thank you Glen. It really isn't that bad. When I bought this one I was thinking that I can get some ideas on how things should work and look like, along with your photos, for the Feldman. Thank you again for those pictures. They helped immensely.

    CD, My serial # is A4965580 and if my understanding is correct, it dates to between 1899 and 1900. It sounds like we are close to being made the same year, yours being about 6 months before mine if I am understanding things correctly and my math is correct. I am hoping to make a base/board that fits into a treadle base opening so I can treadle it too without modifying the cabinet or the machine. I also want to electrify it just because. I know what foot controller I have here for it too.
    ~G~

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    If you need more let me know. I have read somewhere that this machine may have been made by Wilcox and Gibbs for Feldman. BTW the W and G are fun to sew with.
    Skip
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    I sure would love to hear Steve's 2 cents...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I sure would love to hear Steve's 2 cents...
    I would too. He was a wealth of knowledge on this era of machine. It is sad that he could not share that knowledge here with this group on this particular subject as he was the resident professor of the subject. I do have his email address. I think I may email him and see what he has to say. I hope I can convey his thoughts but I believe I am on probation here and don't want to do anything to jeopardize my standing here as well. An insight to my lack of recent participation. I am trying to be careful.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I would too. He was a wealth of knowledge on this era of machine. It is sad that he could not share that knowledge here with this group on this particular subject as he was the resident professor of the subject. I do have his email address. I think I may email him and see what he has to say. I hope I can convey his thoughts but I believe I am on probation here and don't want to do anything to jeopardize my standing here as well. An insight to my lack of recent participation. I am trying to be careful.
    ~G~
    same here...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Harris #9H Shuttle Hand Crank

    I haven't been on this sight for quite awhile. However I know most of you are very savy when it comes to finding out years a machine was manufactured. What year would you say this serial number is? # 3403710.

    Thank you, Claudia

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I haven't been on this sight for quite awhile. However I know most of you are very savy when it comes to finding out years a machine was manufactured. What year would you say this serial number is? # 3403710.

    Thank you, Claudia
    If it is a Singer, it looks like it was made in 1879. A very old machine.
    ~Grant~

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Harris #9H Shuttle Hand Crank
    What year would you say this serial number is? # 3403710.
    Claudia
    I have a Harris 9G Shuttle Hand Crank with serial number 3038608. I believe mine was made by the German company ďHAID & NEUĒ, but I donít know the age of mine either. I hope this helps you track down information on yours.

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    Yup, that looks just like my machine. Does this machine take a special needle? It says on the slide plate to use only size #705. Is there a substitute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    I have a Harris 9G Shuttle Hand Crank with serial number 3038608. I believe mine was made by the German company “HAID & NEU”, but I don’t know the age of mine either. I hope this helps you track down information on yours.

    CD in Oklahoma
    Is that machine 3/4 size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    ....Does this machine take a special needle? It says on the slide plate to use only size #705. Is there a substitute?
    That, I don’t know. My database says that it takes a DBx1 or 16x257 needle, but there’s a question mark beside that entry. I wouldn’t swear to it. If the 705 on your slide plate is referring to a European needle, they may be talking about a Schmetz 130/705, which is the most common household needle in use (Singer 15x1, Japanese HAx1). I can’t verify a needle type for you.


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Is that machine 3/4 size?
    Yes. It’s about the size of a Singer 28.

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    I think I might have one. Does yours have a reverse lever?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Does yours have a reverse lever?
    Yes on mine. It comes out under the upper shaft, instead of out through the pillar.

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    ThayerRags, Thanks for the reply again. Yes I think my machine is 3/4 size also. So the #705 will take a standard needle. That's good. I'm sure it's a European size needle type since the manual is old. No date on the manual of course, so it could of been replaced with a standard manual such as yours.

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    Mine takes regular everyday normal off the store peg needles.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    That, I donít know. My database says that it takes a DBx1 or 16x257 needle, but thereís a question mark beside that entry. I wouldnít swear to it. If the 705 on your slide plate is referring to a European needle, they may be talking about a Schmetz 130/705, which is the most common household needle in use (Singer 15x1, Japanese HAx1). I canít verify a needle type for you.

    CD in Oklahoma
    I have some of the 16X257 needles. Email me if you need any. I had a friend that needed some for an Anker/Free Westinghouse today.
    ~Grant~

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