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post #1 of 18
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Hi, Yvonne's sister gave us this old sewing machine a couple years ago. We didn't have room in the house for it so its been sitting in the corner of the garage. I needed the room in the garage so I made room in the house for it. Well when I dug it out and started to look at it close I realized it was very old. I found the ID numbers and found a site after doing a google search that broke down the numbers by year they were built. Well it turns out it was built in early 1902, so it is 105 years old!!!! It needs some cleaning up yet, but it is in real good shape for something this old. It was built by a company called New Home, the ID number is 2177290.

There is a bunch of the little pieces that go with it in the drawers, there is even a brand new belt for driving it in the drawer yet, never been used. The little oil can for oiling it up is there yet also. Best part is everything still works on it. I have no idea what all the little pieces in the drawers do, but I bet there is enough there to sew with it yet. There was also a new belt that is attached to the fold up cover that lifts the machine up as you open the lid, and folds it back down when you close it, so I fixed that so it works again.

Cozmo is checking it out in a couple of the pictures as you can see.

post #2 of 18
I have a similar one ... but mine is made by Singer - don't know much about it other than my mother gave it to me as an anniversary gift nearly 20 years ago now. I hear if you have all the parts and it is still in good working order, they fetch a decent price at auction.
post #3 of 18
Ooh pretty, is that an old Singer?

Tristans mum has one like that.

I LOVE antiques. I don't really have any though. I do love going into antique stores and second hand stores and finding things that would go great in my house if i had the money and room
post #4 of 18
I have a similar one, from 1911. It's gorgeous--black enameling, with colored and gilded Egyptian-Revival motifs (sphinx and lotuses) painted on the machine. Right now, it's sitting in my dining room, as I have recently brought it over from Mom's house, where I've stored it for about 8 years! I can't get it up the stairs until DH's friend can come over and help us. Make a great sideboard!

The little drawers are for storing sewing supplies, etc. If you ever need replacement parts, they may have them online (I believe the needles are no longer made, so they are expensive to replace, and they may only sell you a set amount, too.). When I need parts or servicing, I go to Amish country, as that's where the most treadle sewing machines get used.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
There is a metal box in one of the drawers with needles and all kinds of little things that go with it.

No its not a Singer, it is made by a company called New Home.
post #6 of 18
I've heard of New Home from somewhere. Today my SIL bought (IMO) a crummy Singer from Walmart-all plastic parts-its will probably last a year!! Are you going to use the machine??
post #7 of 18
That is cool!

I have one of the first electric sewing machines ever made. It is still in it's cabinet and looks like a treadle machine but without the treadle. I bought it from a neighbor 33 yrs ago for $25.00. I actually made a shirt on it back in 1974.
post #8 of 18
Hi, and welcome

I'm into antiques just a wee bit, I only do old oil lamps and lanterns. My favorite piece is a directional lamp with a red lens, that I found out not long ago is the "tail light" that hung on the caboose of a steam locomotive.
post #9 of 18
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Some more pictures of the little stuff that came with it. I forgot to put them in the picture but there are 4 bobbins in the drawer also, and one still installed in the machine. As far as using it, I have no idea how to set it up without a book which I don't have sadly.

post #10 of 18
Oh cool. My grandmother had a very old machine similar to that, I think it may have gone in the auction.

Anyone, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those hook shaped tools "button holers"?
post #11 of 18
Ooooo!!!! That's awesome! I've been looking for one of those for many years. Of course they are always too expensive for me. I bought my mom one that was made in the 20's and refinished all the wood work. It turned out pretty nice, but it's missing a few small pieces.

That's a really really nice peice!
post #12 of 18
Did you see this site? It looks like it has manuals for some of the old machines:


I own 4 sewing machines. One is probably from 1930, non electric and operated by pedal. The next is a 1952 Singer Featherweight. Still works better than any machine in the house. Then I have a few year old Necce, which I'm not all that happy with. Last is a Husgavarna serger. That is a cool machine.
post #13 of 18
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Hi, That is the same site that I figured out how old it is. It tells how to feed the thread from the spool to the needle and how to set up the bobbin and run the thread. We were messing with it tonight and got it to work pretty good. The thread on the bobbin is pretty old so sometimes it would break. I need to figure out how to rewind the bobbins.
post #14 of 18
What a wonderful thing to have! My grandmother's old Singer, which looked a lot like that, vanished when she passed away... but I do have her sewing box full of old, old thread and needles and buttons and beeswax. It still smells like their old house in Findlay, Ohio -- a little bit of cedar, a little bit of sugar cookie, a little bit of furniture polish. It makes me smile everytime I open it.
post #15 of 18
My Mother has my great Aunt's old Singer Treadle machine. I think it's a beautiful family heirloom.
post #16 of 18
Happy I caught your thread! I use to trade and sell antiques and am a fashion designer! Would like to help you out! First let me suggest not running any old thread or using it till it is serviced. You really need someone to oil and clean it properly, replace worn parts. This is essential for the threading and tension of all sewing machines, computer, motor, or manual control. If you want to try to do it your self, I could try to give you instructions but would need more detailed pictures. As far as it's antique value and age, these things are not always what they seem. I haven't looked into it yet but usually the machine parts are made in one country, base/table another, accessories another, and all can be from different production years.
Interesting story though, Home Sewing Machines was founded in 1860 and the name was changed to New Home Sewing Machines in 1882 in Orange, Massachusetts. If all original and manufactured in the US, you may have a very nice historical antique, especially if it is in working condition, protect it for now!
post #17 of 18
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I have been a mechanic most of my life, and I can see this thing is in great shape yet. It runs super smooth and no slop in any of the moving parts. I had to put a touch of oil on some of it to make it run free. It could use a good cleaning and a proper oil job though. We had new thread on the spool, but the bobbin we tried had old thread. I have some of the thing figured out for rewinding the bobbin but not sure where the spool goes and how the thread runs to rewind a bobbin. I see there is a small hole to the left of the bobbin rewinding deal so I don't know if the spool goes there or if it stays on top? I don't see anything in all the little parts that looks like it fits in this hole to hold a spool, unless the little spool mount on top comes out and fits down there? If anyone knows or has a some info on this machine I would love to know about it.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
I think I figured out how to wind the bobbins, I don't know if its by the book but it works good. I can't believe I am messing with a sewing machine. I hope my macho friends don't find out.

In the garage I also have a gas engine from a old Maytag washing machine that still runs. I have had it since I was 14 years old, I am 51 now so I have had it a long time already. If I remember right it was built in August of 1935, so its not near as old as the sewing machine but its getting up there.
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