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I just purchased an apparent unicorn of an antique sewing machine. Its such a unicorn that a net friend who is a co-collector of this brand (National Sewing Machine Co, "NSMCo") cannot find it in any of his literature - real dealer's catalogs, promo materials and parts books from this company dating back to the 1920s at least. We only have pictures of 2 other examples, and one of those has a different casting. Antique sewing machine archeology can be an interesting puzzle.

We're pretty sure this one dates from the 1930s, and its known as a "Model D".

In any event, just about everything with this machine is weird, the motor is on the frontside instead of the back, the thread holder is downright bizarre, etc, etc.

Anybody know anything about it beyond the little on Needlebar? Or have a manual? 1.jpg 


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An early hammerhead?
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Zorba what are the bed dimensions?  There doesn't seem to be a lot of room between the needle and motor. 
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Bet the maker of this machine owned a pug nose dog!
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Its a standard 3/4 sized machine - styled similarly to their "Reversew A", "Reversew B", both full sized; as well as their "Reversew Rex", which is also a 3/4 sized machine.
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Many years ago, I purchased one of the "vertical band" and one of the "horizontal band" National sewing machines. At the time, Damascus Annie researched National sewing machines and had a special catagory for these unusual machines. Renagade? Perhaps someone remembers her catagories and photos.
It's my understanding that Damascus Annie moved on from sewing machines to other things. I no longer have her email address.

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Neat find!  I've never seen one. Really interesting.  Looks almost like a collection of different designs all mixed together.  
More pictures please!

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Ok, I haven't been able to do much with it as yet as I'm working on the Singer, but a PRELIMINARY webpage has been created with what I know thus far:

http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/national-d.htm

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Zorba- This is one strange, but handsome  machine. Very interesting per Arte Shaw.
I admit that at first glance my 70+ brain did not believe what it was seeing. Keep us updated.
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Is it common on machines of that vintage to have a covered thread path like that?
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It is not common on machines of ANY vintage to have a covered thread path like that!
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Thanks -- I wondered if maybe some set or make of 20th C. machines had always done it that way.
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None that I know of! It'll be interesting to see how it sews - a lot of its features seem to be answers to questions nobody was asking!
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None that I know of! It'll be interesting to see how it sews - a lot of its features seem to be answers to questions nobody was asking!


Very much the definition of a National machine.  Quirky is an understatement with them.

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On steroids with this one.
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Been awhile since I've been able to work on this one - the main issue was the base arrived damaged, yet getting it further apart to effect repairs was almost impossible. I tried heat, soaking, steam, vinegar - nothing had any obvious affect. As the side panels were water damaged, partially rotten, and had peeling veneer, it *HAD* to come apart.

Its now apart, courtesy of the scientific application of brute force. I can salvage the "rim", the corner blocks, and probably the bottom. It "mostly" came apart at the joints, a couple of more splits that will have to be repaired were added to what had already occurred.
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The various parts of the "rim", plus the corner blocks (foreground). Two of the blocks are also damaged.
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Trial, dry fitment.
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The discard pile.
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First repair of many. Split rim wood fixed with hot hide glue.

The previously mentioned webpage has been updated with these pix, and previous pix can also be seen...

More to come!


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