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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I am trying to date the machine, as well as find a name. The name on mine is completely rubbed off, on the front and back, both. I finally found a serial #, which was under lots of crud, under the throat plate. It is 2038333. What year was it made? I will probably never find out it's Brand Name, although I do realize that it is a Badge Machine. I can vaguely see a "B", (I think), at the end, where a name would be. Any help is appreciated.

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    1. Bernadette Bernadette, 7 years ago
      Yes it's a National Vindex Top Tension machine. The wording with 'B' at the end could have been 'Harris B', or 'Excelsior B B', or 'Windsor B'? and you're right that name would have been put there by, or for, a retailer.
    2. hickadilly1 hickadilly1, 7 years ago
      I think I have an original manual for this machine, I'll have to check the bag that came with my model. Nice piece! Seems everyone is using these for the bases to make tables these days. It's a shame, but the rest are painting antiques with yellows and greens because they seen it on T.V. ?
    3. AdaDodd, 7 years ago
      hickadilly1-how could I get a copy of the manual??? Please?
    4. Bernadette Bernadette, 7 years ago
      No matter what the name is on the machine, it's still a National Top Tension machine. Here is a link to the Paveway manual which is the 3/4 size of the Vindex, but it should get you by for instructions
    5. Blackwolf, 7 years ago
      I have the exact same machine though the base is different. It has all the same graphics but I can see the name area on yours has a different name remnant. Mine was branded "Improved Faultless" and was sold by the John M. Smyth Co. In Chicago 30 Sept. 1911. I have the original certificate and manual. The cabinet is in need of refinishing but I got the machine working great for its age. It came with a lot of old hand needles, a full box of accessory feet and attachments and loss of other little treasures in its drawers. A great buy for $20 and yes I'm planning on using it for its intended purpose! Hope the date info helps. My serial# is 501062

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