Monday, April 22, 2013

Minnesota D--One of the Dusty Sisters Sold!

Update:  This machine is spoken for.  More will be coming soon!

As part of my basement clean out, I'm trying to find new homes for some of my more neglected hand cranks.  I'll be posting them one at a time, with lots of photos.  If you're interested, let me know through the comments.  Please note:  I CANNOT SHIP THEM.  These will be for pick up only.  If no one is interested, I may offer them on Ebay.  I'd rather they went to dedicated people powered people, like you.
That said, here's a cute little Minnesota D.  She's an original hand crank, and according to Charles Law she was made by Davis and sold by Sears Roebuck from the early 1900s through the 1910s.  A very similar machine is on page 48 of Law's Third edition.
The decals are pretty good. 

Now for the problems.
The veneer around the machine is in terrible shape.
 Worse, the metal pieces holding the hand crank on are broken.  One side has been fixed with a modern looking screw.  It will still turn the handle.
I don't know if it sews well or not, because I have never learned to properly work a leaf tension.  The crank turns the machine freely, the bobbin moves freely, and it will stitch with very bad tension, probably because I don't know what I'm doing.
I did replace the bobbin tire, back when I bought it years ago.  And here's the stuff from the cubby that comes with it. There are a total of 3 bobbins, one in the machine and two extras.  The needle cases are empty.  There is a needle in the machine, but I'm not sure it's the right size.  All the other stuff is rusty--screw driver, hemming foot and seam guide.  The large screw is okay.

The case is solid wood, and pretty, but not perfect.

It's got some paint stains, and a big chip off the top of one end.
So there you have it.  Cute, but needs work.
I'm asking $20.00.
Thanks for looking!

1 comment:

  1. The case is beautiful, my New Home I just bought has a leaf tension, I hope I can figure it out!


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