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Cowgirl

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Last spring I bought an Eldredge Two Spool on Craigslist, and the machine is in great shape, but the cabinet was shot.  The treadle part works smoothly, just the wood is totally separated.  So I started hunting for a replacement cabinet. 

I bought this one last week, also Craigslist, for the cabinet.  It came with a Kenmore 158 in it, the treadle has been removed, plus "did I want the old machine?" (sure!) which turned out to be a Singer 201K-3. 

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Anyway, it has the same mechanism as every National treadle I have, with the chain to lift the machine, ruler across the front.
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  Now I have found a couple of pictures that convince me it is a Davis not a National.  So, was there a cabinet company that made and sold these to different manufacturers?  I can't find any reference that associates the two companies.  I did find one old reference on QB that showed a Davis in a bentwood case, that resembles my National made Expert BT as well. Curious minds want to know, whats up?  Figured some of you might know the answer.

I now have to decide, do I go ahead and switch cabinets as I planned?  I wouldn't hesitate for myself, but I figured on fixing this one up to sell, as I already have my Two Spool that I sew on.  Do you think it would make it less desirable?  Would you do it, or keep searching for a National cabinet?

Just proves what I always say, every new purchase has something new to teach me.

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Anybody? (Crickets chirping...)
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Katrene here - slowly raising hand.  An expert I am not😉

Hi Cowgirl.  First, congrats on finding that 2-Spool last spring!  I haven't even seen one in the wild out my way.  Lucky you!

FWIW, I have a Davis.  The cabinet is different from yours [mine's just a simple rectangle shape, draw pulls are horizontal not vertical] but the ruler, chain lift and irons look identical.  Think you're right that it's a Davis.

About switching cabinets.  
First, your machines, your call as always😉  For me, though, when I'm interested in buying a machine, the closer to original all the parts are, the more likely I am to purchase it.  So my first choice would be to repair the damaged cabinet [possible?] or wait til I could find that replacement cabinet as you were originally planning to do.   My guess is that the Davis cabinet with its matching base would get more sales interest than if the base had the other cabinet but that may just be my bias toward all-original parts talking😉

Good luck and have fun whatever you decide.

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Thanks, Katrene, for taking time to answer - I really appreciate your opinion.

Only problem with the Davis cabinet is somebody has removed the treadle mechanism.

The original National cabinet has no veneer layer and the remaining layers are completely separated, drawers in (curled) pieces. It’s beyond my ability to restore.
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That's sad about the National cabinet.  It would be way beyond my repair ability too.

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Depending on your urgency or need, you could just "enjoy the hunt" and shop around for The Davis irons.  I know it can be difficult, but with this group helping it is amazing what can be found.  I purchased an 1864 Grover and Baker Parlor cabinet with no irons and a person here pointed out a set a few months later that we for sale on Ebay in a trashed cabinet.  You never know.

With that said, I agree with Katreen, your machine your choice.  most anything can be made to work.

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Have you actually tried to put the machine in?

Since the good one seems to have been altered for the Kenmore, I'm wondering if at one time it might have worked, but not now.

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