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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I purchased this at an antique shop and have been unsuccessful in finding any substantial information about it. The only information I found was this article from Collector's Weekly - the link is

    Can anyone provide me further information and a value of this rare and unique sewing machine?

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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    1. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 8 years ago
      These old machines are gorgeous !!
    2. Bernadette Bernadette, 8 years ago
      Pretty machine, it's a National Rotary. Not particularly rare or unique, and I can't work out how it would be operated in the current state? Does it have a motor added? Or maybe a treadle head that's been put into a portable base?
    3. DobbinDee70, 7 years ago
      I have a friend that has one just like it in a treadle base . I could have bought it from her a while back , but I do not have room for it . This machine started out as a treadle also . I do not know why anyone would put it into a case as it has no motor boss to attach a motor or handcrank . I guess they just wanted to display it .
    4. Bernadette Bernadette, 7 years ago
      It's hard to tell from that one photo - it may have had one of the friction drive motors - like this one?
    5. DobbinDee70, 7 years ago
      This Manhattan machine never had a friction drive motor !
    6. Bernadette Bernadette, 7 years ago
      I'm amazed that you can be so certain, DobbinDee70. It's really hard to tell from the photo above. Here is an example of how the friction motor attaches.
    7. DobbinDee70, 7 years ago
      Bernadette : I am certain because I have seen this model machine in PERSON !!! There is no place to attach a motor on this model machine . I also own several friction drive sewing machines and I know how they work . The Manhattan machine pictured above was made as a TREADLE and nothing else .
    8. Bernadette Bernadette, 7 years ago
      In person, well that does make a difference - thank you for sharing that, and it certainly clears up any mystery about the machine. I wonder if Valerie saw my first comment 9 months ago?

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