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    Posted 1 year ago

    gritton
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    My daughter recently received this treadle machine which was her great-grandmother's. I cannot find any identifying marks on it anywhere....no serial number, no name, (no "S"), nothing. She wants me to restore it for her, which I can do, but I'd like to have an idea what I'm working on. Unfortunately it sat in a barn for the last 60 years. I've tried to add the pictures that might be most helpful. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Brunswick Brunswick, 1 year ago
      Welcome to CW!! https:/antiques.lovetoknow.com
      First patent issued in 1790 to a Thomas Saint.
      Go to site listed above and type in Treadle sewing machine...alot of info with images...Hope this helps!
      Thomas.
    2. Hkhardt, 7 days ago
      I just wondered if you found anything on your sewing machine. I have one that is similar and I am having trouble identifying it as well
    3. keramikos keramikos, 6 days ago
      Hkhardt, Hi. :-)

      I don't know if you'll get any answer from gritton, because they seem like they were a one-time user. That is to say, they created one post about a year ago, and there are no other signs of activity.

      No identifying name or numbers makes it tough, although that little contraption on the top in the middle looks familiar, like something from the early Singer family.

      You may want to check out the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society (ISMACS) website:

      https://ismacs.net/index.html

      And Needlebar:

      http://needlebar.org/main/

      And Sewalot:

      https://sewalot.com/

      Good luck.
    4. keramikos keramikos, 6 days ago
      I found some New Home machines with that contraption on top of the arm, including right here at CW S&T:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/2852-new-home-sewing-machine-in-cabinet-circ

      Here's the needlebar dot org New Home page with numerous models (Old Style, New Style, A1, A2, A3, N, R, T1) that have it (it's apparently part of the thread feed path):

      (Scroll down)

      http://www.needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php/New_Home_Sewing_Machine_Company

      I suspect that the machine in this post might have had a decal with the manufacturer's name at one time, because there's that blank space on the arm bracketed by little scroll arrow decals.
    5. keramikos keramikos, 5 days ago
      I realize that not only is the sewing machine in this post not necessarily a New Home, let alone Hkhardt's machine, but the similarity seems strong enough to warrant a link to a manual for an 1881 New Home Light Running Sewing Machine. Of particular interest (to me) is image 6 (Page 4), ILLUSTRATIONS AND NAMES OF PARTS:

      https://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Trade-Literature/Sewing-Machines/NMAHTEX/0873/index.htm

      So that contraption in the middle of the top of the sewing machine arm is from left to right: (C) Tension Spring and Cap (B) Thread Guide (D) Tension Screw
    6. keramikos keramikos, 5 days ago
      I've been looking for machines with similar needle plates on the bed. The New Home machines typically have a small circular needle plate, but this New Williams machine has a rectangular needle plate like the one in this post (the one in this post is missing the front slide plate):

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/140068-new-williams-treadle-sewing-machine

      http://www.needlebar.org/main/manuals/newwilliams/1index.html

      So perhaps this one is some flavor of a New Williams sewing machine, although not the same model as the one in the linked CW post.

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