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    can anyone tell me about this machine and what needles it will take?

    I have pieces of a book that is mostly in German and a few pieces in english
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    The front needle plate says Eldredge Mfg Co - patented Nov 30 1886 - Chicago/New York
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster

    That's a really nice offer, but I also have kids in San Diego. Can't get much further south. :) Let me know if you need something up here.
    Thanks Dunster, I am a buying sabatical as of tomorrow ;) .

    There seems to be quite a few nice machines up your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    If it were a featherweight $25 would be a steal. Unfortunately that serial number is a model 15, not a 221, according to the Singer site. I understand they can be wrong... but given the price, it is probably the model 15. Sorry...

    Quote Originally Posted by frostiedee
    I am looking at two vintage machines. One is singer model # ak848053. If my information is right(?) it's a 221-1 for $25. The second machine ia New Home model # 2645363 or 2645868 couldn't rtell if they were 3 or 8s. Can anyone tell me nore about these or where to go to get more information?
    Thanks Frostiedee
    I didn't even look up the number...sorry! Even if the machine is a 15, it's worth $25....I'd still jump on it! :)

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    [quote=Crossstitcher
    Here is the sister to your Free machine. Mine's name is Miss Cora. Got her from the granddaugther of the orginial owner. If you need a manual I can send you a copy of mine.[/quote]

    Crossstitcher,

    Thanks so much. Do you sew on yours? Yours is very nice looking. The cabinet is exactly the same. I don't know much about who they were made by. Another research project.

    I have not been through all the drawers so not sure if there is a manual. I don't think so. I will pm you my email and address.

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    BZ, according to the chart I have, your machine takes a Boye 14 needle and a Boye 22 shuttle and bobbin... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    BZ, according to the chart I have, your machine takes a Boye 14 needle and a Boye 22 shuttle and bobbin... :)
    Is that a regular needle that I can buy from Schmetz?

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    Laura,
    In my experience the Singer treadles seem to be the easiest to find parts for. I have 2 Singer treadles, a 201K and 15-90(did a motorectomy), they both use common low
    shank feet and modern needles.
    You can also treadle some of the Japanese 15 clones, just do a motorectomy; plus they come in really pretty colors and will fit into a Singer treadle cabinet.

    The first machine is a Singer 201k and the other is a Singer 15-90
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    To me, the following story is hilarious but then I find humor in most things.

    About 18 months ago before I knew anything about vintage machines I purchased this machine sight unseen except for email photos. My DD who lived near the machine's home, picked it up for me.

    Last August my Dearest DIL was visiting and attended my quilt guild meeting with me and became very excited about quilting. She, being a non sewer, did not have a machine. I had several vintage and non vintage so I just gave this Singer 66 Treadle to her. Last week I had the privilege of visiting my son and his family and saw this machine for the first time since it left my home.

    I was stunned to see it was a Red Eye and how beautiful the decals, etc. were. I am so glad my DIL has it and that she is excited about sewing on it. I need to replace the motor and then she will be all set.

    Concerning cleaning, I have not cleaned it thoroughy as Billy has been teaching us. However, my son and I were kind of tinkering around with it. I had brought my GoJo non pumice cleaner with me so just kinda thought I would see how it worked. I will try to show before and after. It looked fairly clean before hand except for the wax droplets on the bed.

    I even used GoJo on the wood just around the machine and loved the way it cleaned wood up also.
    That is one SWEET looking machine!!! Dont you love how they clean up after the Go Jo? Throw the polish to it and it will be screaming!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Laura,
    In my experience the Singer treadles seem to be the easiest to find parts for. I have 2 Singer treadles, a 201K and 15-90(did a motorectomy), they both use common low
    shank feet and modern needles.
    You can also treadle some of the Japanese 15 clones, just do a motorectomy; plus they come in really pretty colors and will fit into a Singer treadle cabinet.
    Thank you Purplefiend. We are getting ready to leave, finally. I'm getting anxious to see what will hopefully follow me home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Billy get some well deserved R&R and feel better. You have done suce a great job the shop runs its self!

    No stress here! At least I hope we are not a source. Don't sweat the small stuff, and it is all small stuff.

    God will take care of the rest.
    Lisa this shop is a stress reliever for me!! Its just all of the work I had to do around here the past few months. I feel really good today and I plan on relaxing for the rest of the weekend!!

    And your right I never sweat the small stuff......

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    BZ, according to the chart I have, your machine takes a Boye 14 needle and a Boye 22 shuttle and bobbin... :)
    Is that a regular needle that I can buy from Schmetz?
    To be honest? I don't know what it would translate to in Schmetz....or if they have one. I doubt it.
    Boye needles often come up on ebay, I'm looking for some myself for these Damascus machines of mine!

    When it comes to Boye needles, and you're looking for the ones in the wooden tubes, the number that follows "Boye", as in Boye "14", Boye "22" is the style of needle and not the size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat B
    Billy,
    Hope you are feeling better. Do take care of yourself.

    I have one small question for the group....how do you break the obsession????? I can't seem to stop acquiring machines. The latest in transit is a 201. Now looking at another 66....Geesh. I'm running out of floor space.

    Hope everyone has a spectualar day.
    Kat B
    Kat there is no help with this disease the only way to keep it sorta under control is keep buying machines. :D When you start running out of room then you start figuring out what furniture you do not need and go from there.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    My daughter rescued this treadle from a very dirty garage and gave it to me about 10 years ago. This is how my obsession started.
    Me likey!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    BZ, according to the chart I have, your machine takes a Boye 14 needle and a Boye 22 shuttle and bobbin... :)
    Is that a regular needle that I can buy from Schmetz?
    To be honest? I don't know what it would translate to in Schmetz....or if they have one. I doubt it.
    Boye needles often come up on ebay, I'm looking for some myself for these Damascus machines of mine!

    When it comes to Boye needles, and you're looking for the ones in the wooden tubes, the number that follows "Boye", as in Boye "14", Boye "22" is the style of needle and not the size.
    I have a chart hiding somewhere in this laptop that has the conversion of needles. I have to go dig it up and see what I can find.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    BZ, according to the chart I have, your machine takes a Boye 14 needle and a Boye 22 shuttle and bobbin... :)
    Is that a regular needle that I can buy from Schmetz?
    To be honest? I don't know what it would translate to in Schmetz....or if they have one. I doubt it.
    Boye needles often come up on ebay, I'm looking for some myself for these Damascus machines of mine!

    When it comes to Boye needles, and you're looking for the ones in the wooden tubes, the number that follows "Boye", as in Boye "14", Boye "22" is the style of needle and not the size.
    Thank you so much Charlee.

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    Crossstitcher, I swear its almost the same machine, although mine says Magestic, and has a different color base. I had a hard time figuring out how to thread it, and no book!!!!!!!! Sews really nice though, and I sure love the color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Aurora
    While strolling through a local Goodwill yesterday, I found a machine case sitting against the wall. I picked it up, although dusty, it was in near perfect condition. I just had to open it once it was on my cart. Inside, I found a Montgomery Ward 185, that also is almost like new, except for the bobbin winder tire which was cracked and oval in shape. It had about 30 needles, 7 bobbins, and the manual (good thing to, it was a sucker to thread).

    After finally getting it threaded, it sewed a pretty good stitch, but I found it hard to get used to being threaded on the left end. The thread appears to be a little jerky on the uptake. I haven't searched for info yet. It was made in Japan and I am thinking maybe the 50's because of the case colors and materials. No photos at this time, camera committed suicide.
    :lol: :lol: I shouldn't be laughing about your camera... I am sorry! Wow, can't wait to see you photos. How much did they charge you for your find? Congratulations.

    A whooping $9.50. Will have new camera probably Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I am hoping a little R&R might help that also includes going to meet Charlees brother and pick up a D-9 she sent me tomorrow sometime!!! I am so excited to see it!!!
    Billy
    I am SO stinkin' jealous that my brother and sis in law get to meet Billy and Val!! :lol: ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I am hoping a little R&R might help that also includes going to meet Charlees brother and pick up a D-9 she sent me tomorrow sometime!!! I am so excited to see it!!!
    Billy
    I am SO stinkin' jealous that my brother and sis in law get to meet Billy and Val!! :lol: ;)
    I'll make it up to you Charlee........ ;)

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I am hoping a little R&R might help that also includes going to meet Charlees brother and pick up a D-9 she sent me tomorrow sometime!!! I am so excited to see it!!!
    Billy
    I am SO stinkin' jealous that my brother and sis in law get to meet Billy and Val!! :lol: ;)
    I'll make it up to you Charlee........ ;)

    Val is getting ready right now and as soon as the shower becomes available I will hop in and we will be leaving around 3 pm. I have our inner Squirrel set up to take us to the Casinos and meet them there.

    In case your wondering what the inner Squirrel is, it is our Garmin. Remember the Garmin commercial last Christmas they had a Squirrel playing a Mandolin?

    Since my wife got a Garmin from her sister for Christmas we have referred to it as our inner Squirrel..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Billy

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    Well I don't own a vintage sm yet. I saw an ad for a kenmore 95 in a cab but they want 180. A bit to high don't ya think??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrazygirl
    Well I don't own a vintage sm yet. I saw an ad for a kenmore 95 in a cab but they want 180. A bit to high don't ya think??
    Yep you can usually find the Kenmores for around $100 or less depending on the age and how much it was used.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I am hoping a little R&R might help that also includes going to meet Charlees brother and pick up a D-9 she sent me tomorrow sometime!!! I am so excited to see it!!!
    Billy
    I am SO stinkin' jealous that my brother and sis in law get to meet Billy and Val!! :lol: ;)
    I'll make it up to you Charlee........ ;)

    Val is getting ready right now and as soon as the shower becomes available I will hop in and we will be leaving around 3 pm. I have our inner Squirrel set up to take us to the Casinos and meet them there.

    In case your wondering what the inner Squirrel is, it is our Garmin. Remember the Garmin commercial last Christmas they had a Squirrel playing a Mandolin?

    Since my wife got a Garmin from her sister for Christmas we have referred to it as our inner Squirrel..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Billy
    That you're meeting up at a casino makes it WORSE!! ~laffin~ Ask them how I feel about playing the machines!! :lol:

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    Billy,Hope you're feeling better. To All:I haven't heard back from the Cape Cod lady. I think I would be pushing her if I call again, she did say she wanted to get the cellar straightened out(remember I offered our help). I guess she'll call me if she wants to. Not very patient, am I?:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    can anyone tell me about this machine and what needles it will take?
    Hi BZ quilting,
    Back on page 143 (hope that is right) I posted a photo of the Eldridge I was going to pick up today. Billy wrote the following in answer to my question. We just arrived home from our journey to pick it and tomorrow I hope to post photos and begin doing some research on this machine.

    Here is the post:
    SewExtreme wrote:
    I am trying to find info on a New Eldridge Rotary Electric machine. Where can I look for serial numbers to date the machine? I am thinking it's circa 1930s.

    Morning everyone, I have the coffee on and sitting here thinking about the few errands I have to do first so the shop will be in your hands for a bit. But like Mac Arthur I shall return!!!!

    I had to come to this post because it is absolutely gorgeous!! And it is an Eldridge. This company merged with National and became one of the largest companies badging machines in America.

    Remember talking about wishing you had a spool of thread for a bobbin instead of a little bobbin? These guys had that figured out and was patented under the National/Eldridge company.

    The "National two spool" as it was known as was made somewhere in the teens and for a few years. Why it never really caught on I do not know, but I am going to say it had a lot to do with the "Sewing Machine Wars" which was a free for all that ended up setting almost every patent law we have in effect because of it.

    But what makes this machine so important to me is the fact that it is an Eldridge and not a National. You hardly ever see an Eldridge especially one in this condition floating around.

    This is a very important machine in the history of sewing machines!!

    Billy

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