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I brought home another machine today knowing full well that I really don't need another one.  I bought it on appearances alone without checking anything important like brand or actual condition or completeness.  
I got lucky.  It's all there and moves, though stiffly.  There's also a huge catch at the end of the needlebar's stroke.  I'm hoping cleaning and oiling will fix it.
Anyway, here it is.  I hope the picture explains why I had to have it.
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I wasn't going to say no for $25.  I was happy to see after I got it home that it's a National, it''ll go well with my other Nationals, it's complete with shuttle and that it turns over (sort of).  It also has the distinction of being my only machine with an integral handcrank AND it's small enough to display in the living room.

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Oil fixes everything.  :-)    Well, almost.    Nice find!
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I've been outside tinkering with it.  The catch was the bolt that serves as the axle for the handcrank was tightening up as I turned the crank.  I found a setscrew behind it that secures the bolt in place.  I think I still have some fine tuning to do on that adjustment but it's much better.  It's turning now, still a little heavily but much better.  I'll probably end up tearing it down to remove the dried oil but overall I'm pretty pleased so far. 
The biggest issue is the decals are a bit silvered but I can live with that.  It could use new rubber feet and a new bobbin winder tire as well.
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Nice!  I had one of those!  Too new so it went away, but it was a nice stitching machine
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Thanks Steve. I've got most of the easy stuff off it and am in the middle of cleaning it.  I'm hoping I can get it to turn a little more easily.  The machine itself seems pretty decent.  I think the extra drag is in the hand crank mechanism.  It could also be I just don't know enough to know how it's supposed to be.
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Strange story with mine. 

My Ex-wife (who I have a contentious relationship with at best) found it at a thrift store while with my youngest daughter and bought it because they thought I might like it.  Since I can count on one hand the nice things I can remember in our interactions, I took it with a grateful smile and thanks.  To further the bizarre nature of this one, MacyBaby just happened to have the correct DECAL MATCHING handcrank for one of these, so I traded for that and made it a sweet little handcrank.  My oldest daughter saw it one day and really liked the center logo, so I said I would give it to her (she was looking for a sewing machine).  Before I headed to Washington DC (where she lives) I had also picked up a sweet Singer 12 "Clone" and when I got to her place she chose the Clone.  On my way back to California I stopped at MacyBaby's place and traded the machine with handcrank to her for a New Peerless with a handle issue.

Round and round and round...

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I brought home another machine today knowing full well that I really don't need another one.  I bought it on appearances alone without checking anything important like brand or actual condition or completeness.  
I got lucky.  It's all there and moves, though stiffly.  There's also a huge catch at the end of the needlebar's stroke.  I'm hoping cleaning and oiling will fix it.
Anyway, here it is.  I hope the picture explains why I had to have it.
DSCN4669[1].jpg 


Hi Rodney.  It is fabulous.  Can't wait to see more pics.

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Who could possibly resist at that price?  Hopefully the oil and a little tinkering will have it running smoothly.  I know how that is, when you know you don't really NEED another machine but somehow one sneaks in the door!  [sneaky]
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Cute little machine at an incredible price!  Congrats!
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Thank you everyone.  

Is there any info out there on National serial numbers and models? 
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http://needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php?title=National_Vibrating_Shuttle_Machines


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Thank you Steve.  Looks like it's a Paveway 1000.  Interesting the illustration doesn't have a name on it either.  

I've got most of it cleaned and put back together now.  I just need to find a bobbin winder tire that fits and finish cleaning it.

The axle for the handwheel fits the threads in the machine a little loosely and the threads are pretty well smashed and flattened from turning against the set screw.  I did what I could to adjust it but I think it's going to have more play in that area than what I'd like and I suspect when it was new.  I'll just live with it. It's turning pretty smoothly now though I think still a little heavier than say a Singer 99 with a hand crank.
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It's done or now.  It still needs a couple little things but it sews!  Like Steve said.  They make a pretty stitch.  
I have a 15x1 needle in it and it's working fine.  I haven't looked to see if it's the correct needle or not but it works so I'm happy.
I have a Singer bobbin winder tire on it.  It's a little too big but works.  I'll try to find a more correct tire for it.  It also needs new rubber feet and bumbers between the machine and base.  I don't think it will be a big deal to find something that works.
Anyway, more pictures.
DSCN4671.jpg  DSCN4672.jpg  DSCN4673.jpg  DSCN4674.jpg  DSCN4679.jpg 
A stitch sample:
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So far I haven't found a ton o information on this particular machine.  In case anyone else here finds one this might make searching easier: National Paveway 1000, National Apartment Handcrank.  

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Well done!  Looks great.  It's funny how the "paw foot" bases are the pricier thing to buy now, but when originally sold, the cast iron bases were the "budget" version!  WAY cheaper than the cost of fabricating a multi piece wooden portable case.
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Nice work Rodney it looks great!

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Thanks Cari and Steve.

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There's something about a purpose-built hand crank with the Saxonia-style gearing like that that just looks great.  Nice work.

My only paw-foot machine is a Muller 12 toy machine, made in the 20s/30s.  It's not in great shape, and isn't particularly nice to sew on, but I'll probably keep it just because I like the looks.

paul
p.s.  But please, everyone:  Post bigger pictures, and don't forget to take at least one underside picture of your interesting machines!  :-)   Steve won't mind!  ;-)

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About the underside,  I didn't spend much time on it.  Basically dusted and oiled it but didn't try to clean all the old oil off.  Not as pretty as the top but functional.
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Rodney that is a very nice looking machine, I like the size because it is easy to fit in a collection.
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Rodney that is a very nice looking machine, I like the size because it is easy to fit in a collection.


And isn't that, sadly, how many of our decisions need to be made.  No wonder people collect Hummels.  ;-)

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And isn't that, sadly, how many of our decisions need to be made.  No wonder people collect Hummels.  ;-)


It's one of the reasons I got it.  I don't have the room for anything bigger these days.  Sewing machines in cabinets take up space quickly. This one will sit on a shelf in the living room where it can be seen and taken down to be used easily.
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