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Posted 7 years ago


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A couple of years ago I was out shopping garage sales, and came across this sewing machine and the cabinet too. I thought it was really cool looking, and it's not electric, it's an old treadle type. Plus look at all the accessories! That I have no idea what they do. So of course I thought, if there were ever power shortages and I needed to sew, I MUST HAVE THIS SEWING MACHINE! Well, I haven't actually ever used it, but it is still fun to look at it. And I like saying Minnesota with a Minnesotan accent.


  1. oldbeer oldbeer, 7 years ago
    That is a gorgeous piece of machinery-how cool.Thanks for sharing.From a Minne-SEW-tan in St. Paul....
  2. Bridgette, 7 years ago
    This is a LOVELY machine. I have a neighbor with the same machine. She is getting up in age and would like to sell it. Would you mind sharing what you paid for your machine? Thank you!
  3. TamaraB TamaraB, 7 years ago
    I paid $ 100.00 for this, at a garage sale, it also has the original cabinet. I am not sure if that was a great price or not.
  4. Donna, 6 years ago
    I just aquired the same sewing machine. I have always wanted an old one like this. I have a bunch of attachments that I have no idea how to use. I really would appreciate some info if anyone has a owners manual. I cant even figure out how to thread it. Please help!!!
  5. Nancy Salisbury, 6 years ago
    I do not have this same machine , but I do have ones with the same type of top tension . It is called a leaf tension I think . There are sewing machine group sites on the internet you can join for free and the members are very helpful . One I belong to is called , < wefixit , shade tree mechanics >
  6. Travis Braton, 6 years ago
    Hello everyone. I have come across what looks to be like a Model C but i am not sure without looking at it in person. What is a Minnesota Model C in good condition worth???
  7. vintagemad vintagemad, 6 years ago
    As a Minnesotan I love it! I know that in the old Sears&Roebuck the Minnesota sewing machines were the top of the line. In the 1909 addition you could have a Minnesota for I think $29.99.
  8. Loucile, 6 years ago
    Donna, you can go to You Tube and type in threading a White Rotary sewing machine. I dont know if this will help or not but it helped me thread my machine.
  9. Mildred, 6 years ago
    I have a Minnesota model D1106979 and I was wondering if anyone else has the same machine. I have all attachments and bobbins and is in it own cabinet with four draws. It actually works
  10. L B, 6 years ago
    I aquired my Grandmother's Minnesota Model C on our last trip driving to Wisconsin. I am so happy to have it home! I have none of the accessories that came with it and no manual. I do intend to use it once it is re-belted. Everytime I touch it, it like having Grandma Lilly near. I know she spent a lot of time quilting on this little gem!!! I have a few of her beautiful postage stamp quilts. I am so excited, being a quilter myself and am quite Anxious to begin! If anyone knows where I can get accessories or ? please let me know. Thanks Heaps!
  11. kgb, 3 years ago
    I have this machine too. It was my grandmother's. As a child I figured out how to put thread on the bobbin by myself, and how to make it stitch! Pretty good, huh? I do have an original manual, and accessories. I could make a copy of the manual. It is very old and fragile paper. Grandma folded the entire little booklet in half so as to fit it in the drawer of the cabinet, so every page is folded down the center, but that wouldn't matter too much.
  12. Bernadette Bernadette, 3 years ago
    The Minnesota C is a Davis model M - Sears used Davis machines exclusively for a short time in the early 20th century - the loss of the Sears market by 1919 is said to have been the cause of the company demise
  13. cgraham78, 3 years ago
    I just acquired my grandmother's Minnesota C. Can anyone tell me how to restore it, does it take Singer parts? Who can help me with fixing up this machine?
  14. dananickloy, 2 years ago
    I have a model C-belonged to my Great grandmother, from West Virginia
  15. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 2 years ago
    It's nice to see that it still retained most of its paint. This often wears off. *Has a few from other companies.*
    I have a question: as a collector of "druggery," as I call it, I must know... What is that druggist tablet box from early 1946 (left, pic 1?)

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