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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The OTHER Vintage Sewing Machine...WHITE...

I could say I am just a "Singer Gal" but that would not be true. Before Singer there was White sewing machines in my life.  I found them a bit harder to thread (except for the clone 15) but they sewed pretty darn good and still do.

First I fell in love with a retro blue White that is sort of a clone 15 (tension is in the front but it threads like the 15), it still is sewing mighty fine and has been gifted to my third grand baby by osmosis... Elizabeth.  Its a real beauty.... and so is Elizabeth.


Then there was this pretty little embossed number, rotary White that came from a lady who thought she had just too many machines (I have never reached that level yet I guess).  Elizabeth is the one that figured out how to get the bobbin case out of this one! At first I had it set up in its original cabinet but longing for the simplicity of my Singer machines this White became a display piece. I just love the texture of this machine!

It sewed very nicely and made a beautiful stitch but the threading was just too tedious for me... I guess I am a lazy threader.... so up on top of the cabinet it went....

Then at an auction I spied a beautiful White treadle with a coffin or bonnet top (depending on which state you are from) and I brought it home for 40 dollars... It threads about the same as the other and after my hubby gave it a new belt and I got an instruction book for it and began to treadle a few quilt blocks. Fun to treadle on the porch in the summer but sometimes it draws too many curious eyeballs and I start to become a little overwhelmed, they might think I am showing off so I give up and return to the inside with my treadle machine.

It sits in the living room now, hardly ever used because I have another who has taken its place, yep... a red headed Singer.... that threads like a dream with a drop in bobbin and side attaching presser bar.... But I just can't seem to give up this White treadle. I keep telling myself what if.... as most treadler's probably do.... what if America runs out of electricity... I guess I will sit and treadle and watch the looting and rioting from my window or maybe even the porch... lol




Then there was this other White machine, very similar and probably the same model as the embossed only this one has decals, I knew from the beginning it would just be displayed.... but its pretty! You should have seen the flame that shot out of the motor! It was so exciting!

To this day (even though I don't buy White anymore) I still find it hard to walk by a White without at least patting it on its harp and turning its wheel a little.... then my hubby gives me that "LUUUUUUCY".... and I say alright Ricky!....  so I just keep walking but I sure do think they are something to see!

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    It's a good machine, I would like to find one day a black embossed crinkle finish model like yours, they are stunning, at least to me!

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  26. I have a question about your White treadle sewing machine with the coffin top. I believe I have the same machine and cabinet, but I don't know what model number it is. I think the SN is 719826. Do you know what year it might be or where I could get a manual for it? Mine is in great condition, but I don't know anything about its history or its care. Thanks for any input you can give me.

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