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Thread: Wright Brothers Ohio VS North Carolina.

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    Wright Brothers Ohio VS North Carolina.

    I used to live right behind the Wright Brothers memorial in North Carolina from 2010-2013. I also grew up about 40 miles away. I have visited that place many times.
    Ohio has the singer machine in their museum looks like a model 27? I thought the machine the Wright Brothers borrowed in North Carolina was a white? Or something other than a singer? I have been researching and itís difficult to find online.

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    I'm not very familiar with the Wright Brothers but understand they grew up and had a bicycle shop in Dayton Ohio. Davis Sewing Machine Co. was also in Dayton from 1890 to 1924. Davis made sewing machines, bicycles, iron castings and other stuff. My understanding is the Wright Bros, used some Davis bicycle parts in their bikes. Whether Davis made machine parts for Wright Bros airplanes I have not heard. I also haven't read anything about the Wright's using Davis sewing machines for airplane constuction. Certainly a possibility.

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    I’m nearly 50 years old and I’m an aircraft mechanic I had to see the baseball stitch as part of my practical test to get my FAA license. Going to those museums in Carolina got me interested in airplanes. In Ohio they have a singer sewing machine on display it’s a singer. At North Carolina they have a machine on display that was borrowed and I’m pretty sure it was not a singer

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    What an interesting question. My first balloon ride was in a homebuilt balloon Stitched up in a barn.
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    I found the answer

    The 1900 glider and the Tate Sewing Machine




    When the Wright brothers left the Outer Banks in 1900, they abandoned their glider. Mr. Tate gathered the French sateen (much better than any fabric in the local store) from the wings, and with the same sewing machine, Mrs. Tate made dresses for her daughters, Irene and Pauline.


    Twenty five years ago, park ranger Darrell Collins did an oral history interview with one of the Tate daughters, Pauline Tate Woodard. According to her, “The Tate family had recently purchased the 1899 Kenwood sewing machine from a Sears and Roebuck Catalog for $2.00."


    Although the sewing machine was essential for making alterations to the 1900 Glider, the machine is also symbolic of the southern hospitality that brought the Wright brothers to the Outer Banks.

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    This is not really related to the Brothers, but it reminded me that my mother sewed garments from parachutes my brothers sent her during WWII. (Some of the fabric had blood on it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    This is not really related to the Brothers, but it reminded me that my mother sewed garments from parachutes my brothers sent her during WWII. (Some of the fabric had blood on it.)
    Yeah maybe not related to the Brothers of aviation. Still a piece of untold history. Everytime I sit down in front of one of these I wonder who sewed on it at I wonder what they sewed on it. Thanks for your input

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    The bobbin case and bobbin are exactly the same as typical modern singers? Doesn’t seem to snap where I want it

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    Kenwood didn't ring any bells. but lo and behold.... https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...e-t114486.html


    I have a chunk of cargo parachute that hopefully will transform into a really big kite one day. I gotta get better at sewing slick stuff first.

    Singer has had several different bobbins and cases over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
    Kenwood didn't ring any bells. but lo and behold.... https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...e-t114486.html


    I have a chunk of cargo parachute that hopefully will transform into a really big kite one day. I gotta get better at sewing slick stuff first.

    Singer has had several different bobbins and cases over the years.
    yeah kenwood maybe kenmore? Maybe after we get through this shut down I will Drive back up there and lay my eyes on that machine. Actually I will rent a plane for the day they have a run way there

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    I guess it’s just some silly trivia. These vintage machines are still working history. When I get one I always wonder what was sewed on it. A debutantes dress for the ball? The quilts that kept everyone warm when no one had money for coal? Or did they just buy a $4 sewing machine because they thought they needed it?

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    My 1930ish Jones came from Hull, England and belonged to their minister’s wife during WWII. It may have even been there during the Blitz (from what I have researched, they worked in several parishes in the area). Bet it has some tales to tell.
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