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ColoradoJim

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I just acquired a 1913 White Family Rotary Machine. It looks like a treadle machine based on the location of the bobbin winder as it is lined up with the belt and does not reach up to touch the hand wheel.

There is a metal thing attached to the backside of the machine. Is it a motor mount of some kind? I fail to understand the function of the lever with an eye opening. And if it is indeed a motor mount how was the bobbin wound given the location of the winder arm?

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JonesHand52

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Your White sewing machine was fitted at one time with one of the old Hamilton Beach swing-around motors. It stored under the arm, would swing around into position with a friction drive wheel to contact and drive the hand wheel. Because the head was made for a treadle, the spring wire belt on the hand wheel in the groove where the belt would go was stretched to fit onto the bobbin winder drive wheel and wind the bobbin. This was a fairly common set up around World War 1. The motors were labeled variously Hamilton Beach, General Electric or Western Electric from what I have seen and collected. Here is one at auction:

https://www.soundauctionservice.com/auction/145/item/antique-white-rotary-cast-iron-sewing-machine-32778

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