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I received this New Home Sewing Machine from my dad in 1990 - he got it at a yard sale. It still works, but I never use it, just love looking at it. Curious if anyone knows anything more about this antique - I've learned it was manufactured in France, with the trademark of a running greyhound and the words "Light Running" between 1878 and early 1900s. Enjoy!

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  1. Vicky Gatton, 7 years ago
    I have an Excelsior that was given to me in 1993. Been trying to get info on mine thru the yrs. I do know that yours and mine were somewhere along the lines of 1860 and 1920 by the way they were made. I have all attachments to mine and have made dresses, curtains and so much more on it. Good Luck w/finding out more on your machine.
  2. Nancy Salisbury, 7 years ago
    I do not know much about the New Home machines , but the cabinet yours is in is called a parlor cabinet .
  3. steph, 7 years ago
    You have a 1906 new home treadle in a parlor cabinet. Search the isamacs web site and you can see some of the original advertising and photos. A solid little machine.
  4. Helena Parr, 7 years ago
    I have what I think is a boudoir machine housed in a walnut davenport. the machine has R. E Simpson patented Glasgow on it.Apart from the info on the ISMACS website I have very little information to hand.Anydetails appreciated Thanks
  5. Tina Myers, 7 years ago
    I have my grandmas 1921 parlor cabinet new home machine just like the one in the pictured above. It is in pretty good shape and it works. The latch on the door doesn't work so I have been trying to find parts. I just love it. It brings back so many memories of sewing with my grandma. I have been looking on ebay for needles and belts and anything else I can find. If anybody has anything out there leave a message here and I will try to catch up to you. This summer I am planning making a quilt for my dad. Hope it will bring memories back to him too.
  6. mandy121687, 6 years ago
    i have the same sewing machine and i found advertisements with this sewing machine pictured from 1894! The company has been around since like 1840 or 50 but changed its name alot. The cool thing is they made all the tables and sewing cabinets at their factory so if you have an original stand its a pretty good find.
  7. frostieslady, 6 years ago
    I also have a NewHome sewing machine almost like the one pictured above , however on the inside doors of mine I have an additional storage compartment. The compartment on the right hand side has the bobbins made of metal with the holder built in . on the other door is another compartment to store who knows what , I also would like to get more information on the machine and what it may be worth.. I was not as lucky to have this beautiful pice of furntiure handed down to me , (I wish I had ) but I was lucky enough to have a husband that bought it for me at a second hand shop.
  8. Carole, 6 years ago
    I am working on a New Home Parlor Cabinet right now. I bought the cabinet in Chicago. I can't find one like it any where. I have it ready to put back together and will post a picture when I get it finished. There was no machine in it but due to the design of the wheel cover (like a NH I have purchased) I have a late 1800's machine to put in it. There is a date of 1895 stamped on the wood. I am excited about using it.
  9. Carole, 6 years ago
    tamilwed and frostieslady, I am needing some advice on a bracket that is missing on my New Home cabinet. This bracket is on the inside left and right, back top. It takes three screws and holds the machine up to sewing position. It looks like there is a wooden piece there in the above pictures. I can send a picture of where the bracket goes if I need to. I can make what I need if I only knew what it is. Thanks
  10. cfrealy, 6 years ago
    I think your machine is probably circa 1919 your should be able to fine the serial number on the shuttle cover that is where my was located. I have the same machine as you do. I hope this helps you some.
  11. Bernadette Bernadette, 5 years ago
    I'm not sure where the information came from that this machine was made in France. New Home was a very large US manufacturer. Light Running was their trade catch-cry. Dating info
  12. Bernadette Bernadette, 5 years ago
    In USA you can call this number for New Home dates 1-800-631-0183
  13. himothra, 2 years ago
    Eureka! That's my machine and cabinet, with a couple of exceptions. Hoping anyone can chime in to clarify?!

    First, my inside drawers are the swing-out style, as pictured above. On the ISMACS page for this model ( there are two drawer styles, swing-out and pull-out. Can anyone clarify/confirm that both styles were offered in 1906 (unlikely) and/or model year(s) for the swing?

    Second, my cabinet has carvings. I know from Singer research that cabinet prices varied per the number of drawers, style, etc. and imagine the same is true for New Home. Can anyone point to a resource or reference on New Home Parlor Cabinet carving styles that can help to narrow down the dates?

    Oddly, the serial number on my machine dates to 1911 while the cabinetry points to an earlier date. Certainly the machine may have been replaced. Or...?

    Thanks so much for help and/or interest! I just LOVE this CW community!!!
  14. ReddWing, 11 months ago
    Is the cabinet Tiger Oak ?
    If so I believe it to be an 1874 New Home.
    Mine has more "drawers" and lock w/key for them,
    Cast iron feet and is really heavy-3 guys is what it takes to pick up to move it.
    I will try to get out to where I keep it and get some pix
  15. sheltiemom, 8 months ago
    Hello! My husband bought me a treadle sewing machine in an oak Parlor Cabinet. It is not New Home but it is a Singer. I have only seen pictures of the machine and cabinet. My new toy will be delivered to our home tomorrow. Anyway I stumbled on your written conversation while researching. I too have a love for vintage and antique sewing machines. I can tell you keep researching. The internet is truly your information highway. When I find useful articles I print them up and keep the information in a binder. This assists me on how to make repairs, reset tension etc. (well I should say my husband makes the repairs) I have found certain on-line sites to be a good place to purchase "parts" for my machines. I usually can find most anything I need. There are tons of people selling sewing machines and parts/attachments young and old. I buy very ugly machines that no one wants and they become my "for parts" machine for the vintage machines I own. All of my machines are Singer. I limit what I collect (for me it is treadles, feathersweights and certain machines that are hard to find in the 400 series. I make sure of what is compatable with what I own/collect. Anything unused can be recycled.

    I do know that most sewing machine cabinets (especially Singer) used wood veneer to make cabinets look like solid wood. That is not to say the cabinets are not solid wood. By using veneer the stain took more evenly to the wood so everything would match. Veneer kept the sewing cabinets lighter and allowed for ease of manufacturing and keeping the cost of purchasing the cabinet down.

    I hope this has helped those of you who may want to make repairs to your sewing machines and cabinets. I have seen some lovely antique machines out there, New Home, The Bartlett, White and Pfaff that I would be proud to add to my collection.
  16. dauntlessthedrab, 8 months ago
    I just bought the same parlor cabinet New Home is fabulous shape. I'd really like to know more about it. I'll post a new thread but I wanted to comment here because it's nearly the same model. I'll post pics in the new thread

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