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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    Hi Billy,

    I have just gotten a 15-91 off ebay.... I have found two things that I need!! First is a bobbin case and the second is a light bulb... the shell of the bulb was in the light fixture.. it is a screw in type, can you still get that type? online I have seen but the push in type and is that usable? And what is a reasonable price for a bobbin case?? Thanks so much,

    Sharon
    Cute machine, Sharon!! Bobbin cases for the 301s/221s are around $30 or so, I think, so maybe the 15 won't be much more.
    They generally run 4 to 5 $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Here's another one.....$500!!!! It must be gold plated!!! NO???? Well.....then, how about $100?

    http://bakersfield.craigslist.org/atq/2334938747.html
    That one, at least is a very desireable Mission cabinet. It might go for $200.

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    In the Seattle/Tacoma area, we have an artist buying up old treadles for their bases. Snatches them up as quick as he can. He "recycles" the machine. Yes, he scraps them for metal. Why? His artwork rests on the base. "No value" in the heads.

    And yes, his art, it's ugly.

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    Thanks everyone! I will go and scan over ebay to see what I can find!! :)

    OH, the light bulbs.... can they be push in type ... my had a screw in bulb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    treadlep, your Richmond machine is another National - yours has a Vindex top V tension, whatever that means. It looks a lot like my 1928 Leader, though yours could be a few years older. It is a very pretty machine with a lovely cabinet. It will take a slightly longer needle than what is currently available.

    I wonder why some manufacturer isn't retooling a machine a making those needles as so many machines are in use that need them.
    Thanks---I'll look for a picture of your machine. So far I've only made it to page 400 of this board! Taking it a little bit at a time. I have been able to locate a few Eldredge needles at our local sewing machine shops, so I've been lucky.

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    thanks for the advice regarding needles---I'll try some modern needles, repositioned, and see how it goes. I've actually found a few Eldredge needles at our local sewing machine shops (sizes 14 and 16 only), so I'm lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Quote Originally Posted by treadlep
    The only information on the machine is the name "richmond", but paperwork with it indicates it was sold by the Charles William Store. The needles with the machine are stamped "B Eldredge", but I have no idea whether a currently manufactured needle might work (seems longer than the average needle).
    That is a beautiful machine. It appears to me to be a baged Davis or National made machine. I would start my search there. Good Luck!

    See someone already answered.
    Looks like it was made by Eldridge/National, right around when they changed names.
    Thanks---I was thinking in the 1890 to 1915 time period as well, and the consensus from folks on this board seems to lean towards National as the manufacturer. I also think it is beautiful. I've had it for 20 years but am just getting around to looking at it closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    [\quote]Definitely a badged National, and in absolutely wonderful shape. The Nationals generally take Boye size 14 needles, but DamascusAnnie, the Queen of National machines, says she just uses a regular 15 x 1 needle and "cheats" it down a bit. Let me know if that works for you, and if not, we will hunt for needles that work!!
    It looks like a National to me too. In fact, it's a lot like my Alvah only in WAY better condition. I think your grandmother+ would be thrilled if you oiled it up and did some sewing!! I'm fixing up my MiL's 1904 New Home just for that reason. Yes, be inspired and sew![/quote]

    Thanks. Others also are thinking National. Is there a picture of your Alvah somewhere on the board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Goodmorning from the storm torn south!!! We are still having the severe weather but at least I have power, thats more than I can say for a lot of folks around me that have trees in their homes from last night. Yeah over 6" of rain in places here in the city and almost a foot total since this garbage started last week, so if you sneeze wrong a tree will fall over. :roll:

    First off there are some really nice machines that has popped up here lately and you guys are doing great at finding them. Secondly Thank You so much for helping me tend to the shop while I have all of this weather and weather related damage to deal with. You guys are the greatest!!!! After all this is a family owned and operated shop and the love here shows! :D

    While I have been absent I have added a few machines to the array I need to post about, but none of them are treadles. I know "How dare he.............." :mrgreen: These are a pair of Kenmores and they date somewhere in the 60's (havent taken the time to date them yet) and both use cams. One came fully loaded with everything including the accessories and the other had a few bits with it but both were in cabinets. Unfortunately both do not run and need a full service including replacement motors (see why I like treadles :lol: ) but should be two really nice machines.

    I have a soft spot for the Kenmores because it was the machine of choice for my mom. Funny how something so small can mean so much.

    I will try to check in ever so often today since we are having bad storms still. Hopefully I will have electricity...... But I have 30 something PM's to weed through and I have to get some limbs out of my yard when it stops raining.

    Billy
    Wonderful to hear you and family are ok ! Stay Safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    Thanks everyone! I will go and scan over ebay to see what I can find!! :)

    OH, the light bulbs.... can they be push in type ... my had a screw in bulb?
    If its a screw in bulb then a push in type will NOT work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    Thanks everyone! I will go and scan over ebay to see what I can find!! :)

    OH, the light bulbs.... can they be push in type ... my had a screw in bulb?
    If its a screw in bulb then a push in type will NOT work.
    Thanks! I think I found that I can get one at joanns! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadlep

    Thanks. Others also are thinking National. Is there a picture of your Alvah somewhere on the board?
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95324-4.htm
    Pg 4

    It's my introduction to this board. Amazing how much my life has changed since joining!!

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    treadlep, Little Miss No Name Leader is on page 872. She won't have a name until she's cleaned up. It's still too cold to do it outside or even open the windows.

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    Ms. Johnny,
    I know I was really worried this AM as my daughter is at UK. She said the university and TV told them not to go to class. I think I heard some cheers amid the scared voices on the phone. Glad it all turned out ok there, and we are praying for the rest of our neighbors to the south with the terrible weather.
    Jane

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
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    Well, not only do I not have a pic (readily available, that is)...I also don't have the right make of machine...it's a Rotary machine not Kenmore. It is a krinkle finish. Sews a pretty stitch, but it keeps breaking thread after about 8-10- inches. I'm pretty sure it's a simple threading error. I'll keep hunting for pics.
    Randa, can you post a picture of the whole machine? It looks really cute from just the face plate.

    Nancy
    Here you go....I have a couple more I'll send.
    Randa, That machine looks like a younger Graybar. Here are some more pictures of mine for comparison. Yours looks much nicer! Did you get yours to stitch correctly for you?
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    Does anyone have an extra straight foot for my 66 that they are will to sell? Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by HanNatNana
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    Good morning, everyone. I have a question...I was given a 15-91 but it does not have the wooden (?) base or case. I don't necessarily want to put it in a cabinet. Is there someone who can make a base for me or where I can buy one? The sweet lady who gave it to me told me that the "coffin top" cases do not work with it.

    Any suggestions?

    Just recently I noticed some listed on eBay.com so you might want to keep checking, I can't find them atm but don't have a lot of time either. They were made to order and you had a choice of three timbers, but I can't remember the price.

    Not a great help as I didn't bookmark the seller, sorry!
    Bronwyn ;-)
    Thanks for info...will watch eBay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
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    Well, not only do I not have a pic (readily available, that is)...I also don't have the right make of machine...it's a Rotary machine not Kenmore. It is a krinkle finish. Sews a pretty stitch, but it keeps breaking thread after about 8-10- inches. I'm pretty sure it's a simple threading error. I'll keep hunting for pics.
    Randa, can you post a picture of the whole machine? It looks really cute from just the face plate.

    Nancy
    Here you go....I have a couple more I'll send.
    Randa, That machine looks like a younger Graybar. Here are some more pictures of mine for comparison. Yours looks much nicer! Did you get yours to stitch correctly for you?
    I just got the threading directions from redbugsullivan, so as soon as I get a free moment I'll rethread and try again. I'm nearly positive my problem was in threading it. Who would have thought you wind the thread totally around the tension knob??!! Redbug scanned her manual for me so I no longer have to guess about it. I figure mine is from the '40's, wouldn't you think? I've been told the krinkle rough finish was from that time. Any way to know for sure??

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    Do you know anything about the British "Eclipse" sewing machines? I saw one yesterday at an antique shop.

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    Billy I hope you made it through yesterdays tornados ok?

    Glenn how are you doing? So sorry it see that tree down!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Ok, so I've been snooping on the Singer site www.singerco.com/support/serial to try to figure out the "birthdate" for my FW. The SN is FA104163, I see it was made in Scotland but other than that I'm not able to establish a date or even a year. Did I go to the wrong site or did I do something wrong? I appreicate any help.
    MarieM, I don't know if this has been answered or not? Some of Singer's records just were not kept. Your machine was made as you said in Scotland sometime after 1935, but the Singer site does not list the allotted dates for the FA series. I also looked in the "Featherweight 221 The Perfect Portable by Nancy Johnson-Srebro to see if she found out anything more as she has done extensive research on the FW. She states ," FA - no mention of the FA series at Clydebank."

    Sorry we couldn't help. It is fun to know the correct year of your machine.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Sometimes bases come up on Ebay. BTW, I have had 15-91s in bentwood cases; they do fit.
    The paper-covered cases from the 50s will usually work as well as the modern plastic ones. You have lots of choices!!
    Miz Johnny, it is nice to read that the bentwood cases will fit the 15-91. Put more interesting that the paper-covered plastic ones could work also!

    Miz Johnny I had never heard the term "Vindex B" type of tension. Does that mean all those type machines fall under that category? Like my New Home T No 3 with the same tension setup?

    Nancy

    Also, I am so glad you kept the kids safe and sound! What an experience for them!

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    Billy, Are you and your family ok?

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    Couple things...

    1. I hope Billy and his family are ok as well as our other quilting friends down south.

    2. Since I have to put the needles into the singer 66 sideways, it won't accommodate a double needle will it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Nancy...when I did some research on my 1917 Western Electric SM, I found out that National made them for Western Electric for only 2 years 1917 & 1918, then Graybar took the model because WE didn't want to continue it. Just another little detail of the history.
    That is interesting. The sewing machine wars - the changes from one company to another - makes it really hard sometimes to figure out which one made which machine! Thanks for the added information on Graybar. The Graybar machine I looked out was different from Monica's in that it had a transverse shuttle.

    Nancy

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