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    White Rotary Sewing Machine

    Saw this at a yard sale today - had to leave my number with the lady - not sure of what to offer her for it, she wasn't sure what to ask for it ... I know it is a White Rotary, might be a Model 43, built between 1945-1949 (according to local sewing machine store with my description) - they said the machine might be worth about $6 (salvage) and the cabinet it was in might be worth between $50-$100 - hope to talk to the lady again tomorrow ...
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    Saw one listed on CL as a "decorative piece" and they mentioned door stop. I guess the question is if it sews nicely or not. It is unique.

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    Offer the seller $50.00, take it home, clean it up and use it. Nothing at all wrong with that machine.
    $6.00 for salvage is a joke ... a bad one.

    Joe

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    I have one like this. Mine was quite dirty and the cabinet is in really terrible shape...a Martha Washinton type...electric. It was given to me, but he didn't think of it as anything but junk he had to clear out of his mother's house. ( I now have 4 of her machines... Now, it's all cleaned up, a friend checked the wiring and found it to be sound, rewired the plug and it sews. I also have another White Rotary with the shiny finish. I'm very happy with it. If the cabinet is in good shape, it would be worth the $50, but it all depends how much you want to spend and what you'll do with it.

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    I've come to the conclusion that you can't break a White. I have a treadle that was nasty when I got it. All I had to do was oil it and figure out how to thread it and she's still sewing away.

    I also go a machine similiar to the one shown here. White made a series of totally cast iron (no paint) designs. My machine came in a Martha Washington cabinet (that was and still is in bad shape). I didn't realize that it was electric until I got it home. Must have been one of the first knee controls. I haven't gotten around to checking the wiring or fixing the cabinet. BUT, I did get her for $15.00.

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    There is an attitude amongst some folks that; "if it ain't new, it's junk". This applies to sewing machines, cars, boats, houses, guns, and just about anything that lasts. These people wont lift a finger to fix something no matter how easy it is. They are to be pitied in my opinion.
    New has it's place, but these old machines are well worth the money, time and effort to make them run and sew again.

    Just ask my wife, she'll tell you. ....... I hope.


    Seriously, that machine and cabinet is worth taking home. I have several White made machines and they are some of the best sewers I have. Not only that, they have character derived from the era they were designed and made in you just will not find in newer machines.

    Joe

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    I love White's, it is the machine I learned to sew on so many years ago. Mom had this old workhorse, I sure wish I had kept it when she passed. Have no idea where it went, my bad.....

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    Here is a White Rotary I found on craigslist and paid $45.00 for it. I just love it.

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    Here is the cabinet.

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    I didn't realize that the New Home is sitting in the background.

    Mary

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    I bought it for $40!!!! I called the lady and she said she really wanted $50 for it, I had already offered her $20 so I asked if she would take $40 and she said yes. I am going to go pick it up next week (when I can sneak it into the house while my hubby is at work). Now, where to "hide" it. I have a Singer Treadle that I really would like to find a new home for so my goal is to rehome it so I have a place for the White. Space is at a premium in my house right now because my daughter moved back home while she is underemployed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen View Post
    Here is a White Rotary I found on craigslist and paid $45.00 for it. I just love it.
    Mary
    Mary,

    Speaking of White Rotary treadles, one source that I read said that the direction on the handwheel is opposite on these from Singers - you push it away from you instead of pulling it toward you. I've got my eye on a very nice looking example but if that person was right I'll pass as I already have a push-to-go (Singer 9W) and I find it annoying. Was he correct?

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    That surely is a good looking machine. Looks very clean too. Don't know what you should offer. But am sure people on our wonderful QB will know. Always seems as if you'll find some one here to answer almost any question you might have.

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    I converted a White embossed to Treadle - smooth as butter. Nice stitch. She was not in great shape when I got her, but she cleaned up real nice.

    I loved her so much I purchased another one on Ebay. She is a White Embossed (with a tail in a Martha White cabinet). She is on her way to NC via Pony Express. She will be in Ohio at the end of this month waiting for a pony volunteer to take her on her next step home. If she gets to the DC/MD area she has a ride all the way home.
    She and I are 'meeting' so many nice people and are having a lot of fun.

    Anyone coming my way? You can follow her journey in the "In Search of" section on this Board ("Help Bring Her Home).

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    I have a White Rotary that I would not trade for anything. They are real work horses and can sew through many layers of fabric even leather. I gave $25 for mine at an estate sale. I also have another one that I haven't found a cabinet that I gave $40 for from Ebay. $50 would be a good price for it if it has the cabinet too. I would ask to check it out to see if it works.

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    This machine and cabinet is identical to one of the six machines I bought for a total of $50 last week. Since there were six machines, I haven't gotten to this one to clean up yet. I started today with the Singer 66 HC. I have no recent experience with Whites. I haven't gotten to google them yet so I can get a manual. Do you have a suggestion of a good site for information, models, type of cabinets and manuals for Whites? I just love this cabinet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Queen View Post
    Here is a White Rotary I found on craigslist and paid $45.00 for it. I just love it.

    Name:  1912 white rotary.JPG
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    Here is the cabinet.

    Name:  White Rotary FR treadle 001.JPG
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    I didn't realize that the New Home is sitting in the background.

    Mary

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    It's mine ... it is in the back of my car - had margaritas for dinner so am in no shape to pull it out and play so it will spend the night in th car. I hope my hubby is up early so he can help me get it out of my car. The lady said it works - my husband looked at the cord when we picked it up and he thought it looked older than 1945 - I wonder if it would be worth taking it into the shop that I use for repairs/maintenance and see what they have to say when they are actually looking at it instead of listening to my description. I am SO EXCITED!

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    Dating a White Sewing Machine

    Call 1-800-446-2333. They will ask for your zip code, name, state your calling from. Give them the serial number and they will date for you. Just found out my old machine is 1946, Cleveland, OH. I picked it up about 30 years ago for $50.00. It's sewn denim jackets, leather handbags and wedding gowns. Looking to sell it now - really don't need four machines!

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    Depending on the age of that unit you might want to just replace the electrical cording. It was common for much of the cloth covered wiring to use asbestos as part of the insulation to avoid "overheating issues". we know better now.

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    Yup, he's correct. All the handwheels on White Rotaries turn clockwise (away from you).

    The embossed White Rotaries were made in the 1930s, I can't remember more exactly that that.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    Mary,

    Speaking of White Rotary treadles, one source that I read said that the direction on the handwheel is opposite on these from Singers - you push it away from you instead of pulling it toward you. I've got my eye on a very nice looking example but if that person was right I'll pass as I already have a push-to-go (Singer 9W) and I find it annoying. Was he correct?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    White FR machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Queen View Post
    Here is a White Rotary I found on craigslist and paid $45.00 for it. I just love it.

    Name:  1912 white rotary.JPG
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    Here is the cabinet.

    Name:  White Rotary FR treadle 001.JPG
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Size:  580.9 KB

    I didn't realize that the New Home is sitting in the background.

    Mary
    Hello Mary, do you still have your White machine? I just picked one up, for unfortunately $50, and not in as good shape as yours. If you still have the machine could you take pictures of the back of it for me? I have a lot of missing pieces and want to see what is missing in the back of it. do your drawers and cover lock? thank you, Rhonda

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    Does anybody have an adjusters manual for those old Whites???
    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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    You did good at $40. I really like the looks of those embossed Whites.
    Rodney
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    Mary,

    I bought one just like this and i've been researching. Do you know anything about this model? The year? Anything helps!

    thanks,

    Emily

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