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Tiffany

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I purchased an 1871 glass tensioner sewing machine and treadle base last summer for $80.
In the drawer was an instruction manual (front cover has drawing of woman with big hoop skirt), hemmers, wrench, and a wooden handle hook to get the thread thru the lift up arm eyelet.
I believe the hook was made for the W&G machine because there is a metal tab on the metal hook shaft. The tab stops the hook at the right place to grab the thread and pull it through the eyelet.
There is also a whetstone to sharpen needles and it has been used very much.
I've found a glass manufacturer that can make the glass tensioner discs. These are quotes for clear discs. 5 discs @ $65 each (to cover cost to make mold of disc)
10 discs @ $55 each and as you order more docs for one job, the price goes down.
Translucent discs (75% clarity) would be less expensive. I don't have a quote.

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That hook is pretty neat.  It's definitely an act of faith sometimes to get the thread through all the eyelets on any W&G.  Which is the tricky "lift up arm" eyelet you're referring to.

I suspect many of us would be thrilled to see a good quality scan of an 1871 manual.  The only glass tension manual I know of is clearly British in origin.  Yours is definitely different -- at least the cover.

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Tiffany

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How would a scan be done? There are only 3 drawings of the looper operation and rest of booklet is words. Booklet is 22 pages long. Last page is partially missing. It is fragile.
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Oh, well -- I thought perhaps you had a scanner.  :-)

There's also an Android app by Google called "Photo Scan".  I've never used it, but I've heard very good things about it.  It might be worth a try.  It helps you take a high-quality photo of every page you want to scan.

Just a thought.

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I don't have a scanner. Might no someone that could scan.
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