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I recently was able to purchase a Davis underfeed model J in one of the most unusual cabinets I've ever seen. A long search online only found the same cabinet in an old auction post in Texas.  
The serial number on the shuttle cover plate is 2007888. When I was taking photos I realized that the letter J is on the machine head after the Davis name.  The closest manual I could find was the Davis M-E manual. 
I have some repair to do on the cabinet, but all of the broken pieces were in the drawers. The machine itself, while pretty dirty, turns like butter. 
If anyone knows anything about this beauty, I'd sure love to hear.
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Oh that's beautiful, Sondra!  I've never seen that cabinet before!  How unusual.  I don't quite understand that first lid with the wavy design...where does it go when the machine is up?
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I know nothing about these, but It is wonderful!
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This is interesting about the model J.  The Davis "New Minnesota A" made for Sears is similar in design but much more common.  The dog leg in the faceplate of the model J is unique to Davis models.  Scarce model in a scarcer cabinet,

https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/new-mansion-treadle-t293384.html

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Oh that's beautiful, Sondra!  I've never seen that cabinet before!  How unusual.  I don't quite understand that first lid with the wavy design...where does it go when the machine is up?


Just the top domed portion opens up to access a 'desktop' with the storage cubbies in that lid. Then, when you close it back down it latches securely, and you can open the top over to the left to raise the machine out - as in normal treadle tops. 

There was the remains of an old pattern for a sack coat in one of the drawers, and a paper with someone's measurements in one of the cubbies of the lid. 

I thought the vent holes in the back panel were unusual, too. 

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Jon, thanks for the link to the QB page. I've only been able to find one reference to a "Davis" model J, and no photos or manuals.  The dating info I've found puts the serial number to a 1907 issue, but don't know how accurate that may be.

I'm leery of cleaning the head because the decals do look a bit fragile. I have 2 NVF machines, and know the decals on Davis are not very stable!  But the Needlebar site has photos of a different model with these same decals, and the colors are very pretty and so delicate. 

I bought it with the thought of putting one of my NVF's in the cabinet. The cabinet I have for it needs major veneer replacement, and reaches out and snags any fabrics that are near it. But this old girl looks too much like a beauty queen to hide away! IMG_20190225_092718.jpg 


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Gorgeous machine and cabinet!
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WOW!!! what a find.

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Sondra, Janey just provided a link for the Davis New Minnesota A which is a good manual for you.

http://www.clawges.com/sewing/MN_A_manual/index.html

Without another model J warranty for reference, dating is pretty much a guess.  The warranty certificate in the QB thread has 191_ for a date.  The serial number is lower than yours.

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Sondra, Janey just provided a link for the Davis New Minnesota A which is a good manual for you.

http://www.clawges.com/sewing/MN_A_manual/index.html



Jon, Thanks for the credit, but it was your post  #33 at Minnesota thread that I saw and copied it.

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