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Hey folks,

I have been communicating with Katie Farmer for a little while in attempts to offer what little help I can to this MASSIVE project.  For those unfamiliar with Ms Farmer, she is the recognized expert on White Sewing machines and their history!

I am helping.  So can you.  I suggested to her that our Forum could be useful in helping to do research and/or locating machines etc. 

Here is her reply.:

Thank you for your offer, Steve.

Most people do not realize what a gargantuan project putting together this book truly is. White was the second largest sewing machine manufacturer in the world until it overtook Singer in the 1960's. Unlike Singer, it was a widely diversified business from the very beginning. Singer went bankrupt in the 1990's but White was still so attractive that it was aggressively merged into Electrolux of Sweden AB in 1986.
 
Deciding what to put into the book is a headache. There are more than 730 VS badge names and over 215 rotary badge names. The number of manuals once available staggers the mind. I am trying to include as many manuals as I possibly can but in order to save space I am deleting the sections on attachments. In the attachment section of the book I will select the best images and descriptions from these manuals to illustrate each attachment. The attachments will be separated into socket mounts and top clampers.
 
Here is a list of specific models that I am always seeking information for -- serial numbers, a photo, any possible warranties or dated receipts:
 
White VS Fiddlebase machines -- Queen, Sterling, Stockman, Grand Union, or Elpico
 
Mason Line VS machines
 
Peerless, White Peerless, New White Peerless or other names in this grouping
 
White Rotary Electric Golden Anniversary Edition -- the "Bronze" offered only in the Mount Vernon cabinet
 
 
Other sought after Items:
 
Manuals -- White VS Book 5 & 6 -- My 5 is not from the original and I have no copy of 6
                  White Rotary -- Books 1 through 5 -- never found any source or anyone with these
                   Fiddlebase VS
                   Prize VS
                   Gem VS

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Steve - I have a White Rotary Electric Golden Anniversary Edition in Bronze in the Mt. Vernon cabinet.  I would be glad to send the data - but where/to whom?  Are you doing a special topic?  
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I am so sorry I should have included this in the original post Katie's email for direct communication if you have information that she needs is kf82479@aol.com

She's exceptionally busy so if you have any questions to ask her post them here and I will consolidate them so she does not get distracted from the project.

But as I said if you have any of the information or items on her request list go ahead and communicate directly

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"but in order to save space I am deleting the sections on attachments"

Big sigh. . . .

Though I suppose for most manuals,  it's a duplication. 

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"but in order to save space I am deleting the sections on attachments"

Big sigh. . . .

Though I suppose for most manuals,  it's a duplication. 


"In the attachment section of the book I will select the best images and descriptions from these manuals to illustrate each attachment. The attachments will be separated into socket mounts and top clampers."

She is actually doing an entire section on attachments.  She just did not want to pay printing costs to reproduce the same stuff over and over for each manual copy reproduced in the book.  I thought it was an elegant solution

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I have a Mason in a friend's Iowa basement. Still working on getting proper photos of it from her. The seller's photos were insanely bad, but it was too cheap to pass up. Especially once he threw in a red eye Singer in a bentwood case. Which I didn't really want, but... *sigh* My life is hard.
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Katie is wealth of information, but I know she gets a lot of "when was my sewing machine made?" questions, which can be a burden. A while back I sent her my original Mason VS manual to scan. I also provided my embossed bronze machine's serial number. I think she said mine was the 41st one sh recorded.
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Katie told me mine was 1890, and a VS5

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Any updates on Katie's progress? I'm looking forward to getting a copy of this book. Thanks.
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She's asked us to keep the details to ourselves until she gives us the clearance to say anything.
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