Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Herd Expansion - Always Room For One More!

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I found a new/old treasure for $25.00! It is a beautifully hand painted treadle head.
Did you hear that??
Yes, I fell off the wagon of not buying any more vintage machines. 

But as 

Bonnie Hunter (bad influence LOL!) says - 


"What good is a wagon if you can't fall off once in a while?" HA!








I discovered that the Federation machines were made by the Jones company. Apparently if there is a large screw head on the top of the arm between the two spool pins, it's a Jones C.S. machine.... and there is.



This is what is called a "badged machine" which means the manufacturer (Jones) puts a fancy label on the machine with the retailers name (CWS) on it.
There is no information on what this serial number means (records are not as good as Singer's).

According to the Sew Muse website:

Jones produced machines with badging for various retailers in this case for the Co-operative Wholesale Society. Dating to around 1925 it has beautiful floral decals and a scrolled C.W.S. Federation badge to the bed.


An interesting side 
note is that the Jones company merged with Brother in 1968.
There is a machine I found in the Beamish collection in the UK that looks exactly like mine, and dates it to the 1920's, so that's the date I'm going with.


This machine has a cylinder shuttle instead of a bobbin.  It's like my Singer treadle, only the shuttles are not interchangeable since they are different sizes.
This old gal needs a lot of TLC, is covered in dirt and grime, and her paint is  chipping off. But she is so happy to be in my herd where she will be loved and cleaned and treasured...  and restored to full use. 
Of course she will be named, and her name is "Frieda" Federation!

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Frieda is a beauty.

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  2. She's a beautiful machine - lucky you! Hope you can get her stitchin'!

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  3. Congratulations on the ever growing herd. Frieda is beautiful.

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  4. The old machines with the beautiful decorations are a delight to add to a collection. Now machines look sleek and modern but not nearly so interesting.

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  5. Frieda is very lucky to have found you, and I'm sure she'll be very happy in her new home.

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  6. You're going to need a new barn soon for that growing herd!! Frieda is a beauty and will be more so once you get done with her!! Did it hurt when you fell off that wagon!?!!

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  7. What a deal...and the information you provided...awesome!

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  8. What a deal. Such a pretty one too.

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  9. Congratulations! Frieda is an absolute treasure, and I'm green with envy. I never find anything for under $175. Enjoy your wonderful find. HUGGGGs

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  10. What a pretty girl Frieda is - lucky find indeed.

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  11. A beautiful old gal! It is good that she has a home where she will receive TLC and have purpose once again. (Makes me think of an old Bob Hope movie, but I will spare you the details.) : )

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  12. What a Find! Have fun cleaning her up and getting her ready to Stitch again!

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  13. Oh bless her = she's been rescued!!

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  14. Such a pretty machine. She will be very happy in your home.

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  15. She is gorgeous and what a great price!

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  16. What a bargain! There is always room for one more! :o)

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  17. She's a beauty. Love those floral decals!

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  18. Lovely machine! Vintage machines are like potato chips, you can't have just one (or 10 or 20....)

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