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Thread: White Rotary Sewing Machine

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    Does anyone out there know about OLD sewing machines? I just got my grandma's White Rotary treadle sewing machine. I have no idea when she got it or how old it is, or whether it still works. Who can I have look at it to help me out? She was born in the 1890s.

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    How great is that. Its certainly a keeper. PM Billy...
    Lostn51, he is really into treadles

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    Lucky you!

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    what a beaty, that would be front and center in my living room

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    A beauty is what she is!!! Even the cabinet is gorgeous!! Let us know how she cleans up and if she runs!!

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    OMG that is a real beauty. You are sooo lucky. This is one grand old machine. You will never want to sew on anything else.

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    That is a very nice machine and cabinet. Looks like a minor clean and oil and you will be ready to go.

    Very Lucky to find one in such good condition. :thumbup:

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    Sew-n-sew,
    Go to this website and you'll be able to see pictures of your machine and the cabinet and a list so you can look up the serial number and manufacture date. I have the identical machine and cabinet. My machine is a #12 and was made in 1916 and the cabinet came out in 1917.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/arachnesobsession There is a wealth of info on that site.
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    It appears to be in good shape
    Congratulations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohio Star Quilter
    Sew-n-sew,
    Go to this website and you'll be able to see pictures of your machine and the cabinet and a list so you can look up the serial number and manufacture date. I have the identical machine and cabinet. My machine is a #12 and was made in 1916 and the cabinet came out in 1917.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/arachnesobsession There is a wealth of info on that site.
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    OMGosh!! How awesome!! Yours is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to get it cleaned up. Do you sew on yours much? THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting the pics!

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    I have the same machine and cabinet, too! She sews like a dream. And how lucky you are to have your grandma's machine! I got mine for $50 off Craig's list. My machine is from 1913.

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    My favorite group for getting help with your treadle is:

    www.treadleon.net

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    Wow awesome machine and cabinet! It'll take modern needles this much I know.

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    Wow, lucky you.

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    Oh you are one lucky lady. I am drooling . . . .

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    Wow! Awesome machine! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Absolutely gorgeous after you cleaned it up. Lucky you.

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    What a beautiful lady!
    Go here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm

    Billy has vast knowledge of old machines and I believe he quilts using a treadle machine. Congrats on you new baby.

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    I learned on a machine just like that, that was my grandmother's. No idea what happened to it after I left home though :cry:

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    Okay here I am, I dont know how this one slipped by me but it is absolutely gorgeous!!! The White sewing machines were a major player in the "Sewing Machine Wars" and they built a really nice reliable machine. When you use it you will see what true quality and American pride is. The machines nowadays do not hold a candle to these old girls.

    The cabinet that you have is one of my faves hands down! I missed one not long ago on CL for $5 and I am still kicking myself for it.

    I do not have much information on the Whites as I do the New Home, Singer, and Japanese makers.

    But I am sure someone will step up and help you with dating the machine. Try going to the Smithsonian website and go through the vast landscape of information and you might make some really interesting discoveries.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...s/CF/index.cfm

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    :mrgreen:

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    I have a mason, much like your white. White took over Mason after the death of Mason in 1916. Do you have a manual?

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    If you call Viking/Pfaff at 1-800-446-2333 and give them the serial #, they will give you the date. I called before for my White FR, and just this morning for my sister's FR. I was amazed at how quickly they retrieved the dates!

    It's a really beautiful machine and I love the twigs cabinet!

    more White info:
    http://www.treadleon.net/whitesm/whites.html

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    I too have just come across one of these machines.My number is FR 2338055 on it I believe it was MFG. around 1913-1914 buy what I can find out so far. Anyone know any different? I even have several of the attachments for it.

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