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Sewing1596 of 1635needleworkNew Home Sewing Machine in Cabinet, circa late 1800s
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Posted 7 years ago


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"Improved Melville" is the only name on this machine. There are 4 small side drawers, and one small swivel drawer in front with 4 of the original bobbins. There is also a small box with the metal attatchments. I have the two original manuels for it but they don't show anything on what make or model this is.

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  1. Vicky Gatton, 7 years ago
    I have one very similar. Mine is an Excelcior. Both machines are so very close in detail except my cabinet is of Tigerwood. I have all the pieces and parts to mine as well. I do know that these particular machines were possibly made between 1860 and 1920. Good Luck w/finding out anymore on this as I am doing the same myself.
  2. ExtremeChef ExtremeChef, 7 years ago
    Thank you Vicky Gatton for the information on this sewing machine. I wish you luck with your search on your own machine. Peggy.
  3. glorygrace, 7 years ago
    It appears both your machines, (Melville and Excelsior) were manufactured by National Sewing Machine Company. National produced more "badged" machines than any other company. Davis, New Home and Standard also produced machines with the "Excelsior" name badge. Depending on whether your machines are vibrating shuttle or rotary machines, you can find a wealth of information on them using the following links. The cabinet is gorgeous, and was most likely produced by either Singer or White, both of which sold their cabinets to other companies.
  4. ExtremeChef ExtremeChef, 7 years ago
    Thankyou very much glorygrace. I appreciate your help and the information you gave. Thanks for adding the websites. It will make my search so much easier. Peggy.
  5. Debbie, 6 years ago
    I need to know about an old sewing machine and the only name that I can find across the top is Crawford Special. The cabinet is a medium oak and beautiful. Across the foot pedal, there is no name so I'm guessing that it is not a Singer but would love to find out more about this machine. The lady who has it is 92 and she says her mother made clothes on it for her and the other kids in the family. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks, Debbie
  6. Mary, 6 years ago
    I have my grandmother's White Rotary sewing machine in its original cabinet. The oldest patent date listed on the footplate is 1913. I opened the cabinet top to bring up the machine, but it won't retract into the cabinet again. Any suggestions?
  7. hotkitties, 6 years ago
    It's beautiful!
    I'm envious!!
  8. Beth, 6 years ago
    Extreme Chef, I have a Gold Medal sewing machine which was made by the New Home Co or one of the companies that existed before it became New Home. I do not have a manuel for it. Since it looks like the one you have, I was wondering if you could share information from your manuel; especially about the bobbin, needles and how to thread it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Beth
  9. AdaDodd, 3 years ago
    Finally have found a site that may lead to the identification of my Vintage Machine! this is the second one I have found, tonight, with decals, like mine!!!

    When I saw the decals on this machine, I recognized that I had found "my" machine. I have had absolutely no luck, in researching this machine. My decals are exactly like these. I am trying to date the machine, as well as find a name. 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.
  10. AdaDodd, 3 years ago
    Still searching for info. Is there any list of serial #s for National machines. Desperately want to date this.

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