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ScoSew

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First of all - thank you for allowing us to join this site.  You all seem incredibly knowledgeable.  

We're not sure if the name is "our special" or "your special" or something else.  I'm sure you experts all know.

We have a machine from from grandmother and we don't know much about it. We have considered selling it to someone that can appreciate it more than we do and perhaps even restore it.

Can anyone help us with information about this brand / style as well as a value ?

Thanks in advance.  
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Although New Home made several different versions of the "Our Special" sewing machine, this one appears to be more akin to a National model. (New Home and National both being names of sewing machine companies way back when). So the machine is a 'labelled' New Home, or perhaps National. Sewing machine companies back then would often make machines with other names than their own on the machines. Sometimes because they were paid to do so, other times in an effort to see if the name would sell.  The top tensioner suggests early 1900s, but there are exceptions. It's a vibrating shuttle machine, uses a shuttle to carry the bobbin. You will probably want to check and see if the machine has a shuttle in it. Those can be costly and difficult to find. The machine appaers in good condition (some pin rash) but the cabinet looks to be in excellent condition. It helps that you have some of the attachments.

Value is often determined by your local market, Some areas of the US have significantly higher prices for antique treadle machines than other areas.  Listed here in the south western Pennsylvania area it could sell between $75 and $200. Drive it across state to the eastern side of Pennsylvania closer to DC... and prices could be closer to 150 to 300. It's not a 'highly sought after' sewing machine for collectors, but it is a very nice looking piece, and perhaps functional, which always helps. So, not a super-crazy rare or terribly historically important machine, but an unusual one probably made by a decent company, good condition over all, probably functional... and a cute name. Now all you need is a general idea of what your local market is like for old treadle sewing machine values.

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Not a New Home, I don't think.
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Welcome!

From a resale standpoint the crusty service access area in front above the bobbin winder would be my biggest concern.  That could indicate more significant issues behind there.

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A major selling point may just be those gorgeous decals.

Please do not use water or any water base cleaner on that combo, the decals will silver and the cabinet finish mucked up.

For the head, sewing machine oil is a very good cleaner and protector, applied with a soft dry cloth.

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