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Ok, on Saturday I'm meeting a CL seller to buy this Minnesota F hand crank.  When I look at the none-too-good pictures it seems like a piece is missing on the face plate.  There should be some bit or bob that travels in the horizontal slot near the top of the face plate, right?  Something to put some tension on the thread as it comes thru the staple?  I've checked several pictures of the Minnesota F on the web [there weren't very many, especially of the faceplate] but couldn't figure out what it should be.  Can anyone help me on this?  Right now I've got my fingers crossed whatever it is got poked back into the slot and will be there when I take it apart.
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Try searching Minnesota D which is much more common for better pics.  The D and the F are very similar and both made by Davis.   The take up goes in the slot in the upper face plate and is hook shaped.  It's tough to tell but it appears to be missing.

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make sure it has the shuttle,  they are shorter than the standard Davis and very hard to get.

I have one for parts - bought it from someone else who bought it from someone that had taken in apart and never put it back together.  Appears all the parts are there.  I picked it up for $10 because it had the shuttle. 

 


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Jon and Macybaby - thank you, thank you! That's just the kind of information I'll need when I take a look at the machine tomorrow.  I really appreciate it.  I'll let you know how it works out and thanks again!

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I went out and looked at mine,  and it looks like the uptake lever is sticking just out a very little bit in the first picture.


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Here is the one I have for parts

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BTW - if you decide it's missing parts and don't want it,  I'd love to get the hand crank from it. 
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Macybaby, that's a deal😉  
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Holy cow, did I luck out with this little sewing machine!  At first blush it's complete - shuttle, bobbin, take up, everything.  And it all moves as it should albeit super stiffly.  It's covered with grunge, needs cleaning and all the usual routine treatments but it seems sound and should be pretty when it's all cleaned up.  The base needs some work that may mean a consult with a couple woodworking friends but that'll be fun too.  Even the bentwood case is in nice shape with only some small repairs, cleaning and polishing needed.  Boy, am I a happy camper!

One quick question.  It has a number above its thread/needle size chart on the front slide plate.  The number is D2616389.  Im guessing that's the machine's SN?  Is there a way to date the Minnesotas? I'd love to know about when she came off the assembly line.
 
And another quick thank you to all of you that have been so helpful - much appreciated!

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Great everything worked out.  I only have one warranty recorded for Davis model N which covers the Minnesota F.   D2604808 Minnesota D warranty is dated Aug. 16, 1910 so about 1911.  Sounds like a fun project.

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Gosh, that was fast!  So she's a Gibson Girl era machine... fun!  Thanks again, Jon

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I'm starting to get the little Minnesota F cleaned up and it's base repaired.  Does anyone have a lead on a manual for her?  I haven't been able to find one for the F or the D or for a couple of Davis machines that are similar [she's Davis made].  Sure appreciate any help!   Thanks!
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Tia's at Relics has a manual that looks to be for your machine. Downloads only at present, according to the site. Their printing capability is currently down, but I always get downloads anyway as a rule, no matter what the site. This one says models C, D and K on the cover. 

https://www.tias.com/173/PictPage/3924044764.html


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Here's  a Minnesota C manual which is a full sized treadle machine.  The F is 3/4 sized HC and uses a 3/4 sized shuttle and bobbins.

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pdf Minnesota Model C Sewing Machine (Treadle).pdf (5.68 MB, 10 views)

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Bruce and Jon, thank you both!  

Much as I'd like a DVF someday the Minn F, as you both know I'm sure, lol, is a vibrating shuttle machine.  I was having trouble sorting out which manuals were for which system.  Problem solved thanks to you😉. Much appreciated!

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