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It fit in that little box? Must have been "shrink" wrapped! :)
Nice to see it arrived safe and sound.

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LOL!  I'm sure that wasn't the shipping box!  It doesn't look used at all.  LOVE the Davis!  That's a sweet machine from it's feet to it's crank!  Glad to see it arrived nice and safe too.  ♥
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No, it was actually double boxed.  But they used empty assembled priority shipping boxes as padding...... and bubble wrap, and hard blue foam.

Oh, and used cello packing tape to keep the front slide in place... Only took off a little bit of the artwork.....grrrrrr.

But once cleaned up, she should be nice!!!  These pics were taken with Flash to show the artwork under the gunk
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that is one sweet little machine!  
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Thanks.  I believe it is a Model 6.  1887/8 timeframe

It actually turns surprisingly smooth considering that it is bone dry.


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I really admire your machine - I can see how this type of feed would be useful for many types of applications.  And I really like that it's a hand crank.

Although I don't collect these older machines, I'm learning so much from reading the posts and I'm getting a more thorough undressing of sewing machine history. 

I hope to see your progress on restoring this beauty.  Any plans for using this machine if you get it up and running?
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Nice pawfoot - I like it!
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It is feeding very well and should be a great machine to have around. I have wanted one for a while now and haven't seen one like this yet, just the treadles. Only one was close (ish) by in Toronto about 12 hr. round trip.

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Davis Vertical Feed hand cranks are rare enough, to be sure. I got mine on Shopgoodwill of all places! Think of that - someone just dropped it off at Goodwill. Go figure! I have got a lot of great machines on Shopgoodwill. 

Mine arrived with the base board broken into 3 pieces due to poor packing. I managed to restore it and it's not noticeable, plus repaired some previous damage to the hand crank assembly, making the proper parts and fitting them. It's one of my prized pieces now. 

When I thought it wouldn't get better than this, last Fall a Davis Vertical Feed treadle popped up on the local Craigslist at 50 dollars. I didn't pay attention to it as it looked just like my Minnesota A treadle in the thumbnail photos until a friend alerted me that it had dropped to 40 dollars. I took a second look and realized it was a Davis Vertical Feed treadle with just the name Davis on the arm, not Vertical Feed like others I had seen, such as my hand crank model. So, within the hour, it was mine. Cabinet still needs refinishing, but the machine is great and decals decent. Not a bad find for 40 dollars! Treadle photo is from Craigslist.    

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Glad to see it lived to tell the tale. Sorry I predicted that tape on the decals, though. I got the tape off the Franklin by using an edge I could get sewing machine oil under, then lifted gently until there was enough exposed to use my finger to lightly rub oil on the "seam" where the tape met the paint. I peeled very carefully while constantly rubbing oil on the "seam", and it came off without any harm. I guess it was the "right" kind of tape.

Did your new baby come with a bobbin? There was an extra one in with my NVF that didn't match the other 6, so I wonder if it is for another Davis VF model.
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I really like that decal on the bed of Bruce's hand cranked Davis.  If there was one decal scheme I wish somebody would repro and sell that'd be it.  Best regards, Mike
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Yes it came with the shuttle and bobbin
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Really nice find, and really glad it arrived mostly intact.  

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She sews!!


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Nice.  Great find, and good work.  How's the rest of the machine cleaning up?
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Steve,  That is a great machine!  I like Davis machines myself and hand crank in such a great setup with the cast iron feet is really very nice.  Best regards, Mike

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I don't know why I continue to be surprised at the nice stitch these elderly machines put out...I should be used to it by now! Great machine!
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That is one of the most common comments we get during demos.  Originally they were competing against hand stitching quality and the standard was higher, when the sewing machine makers figured out that a reliably formed basic stitch was  'good enough" for most folks things changed.  
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This just arrived today, really happy is survived 
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That is a stunningly nice machine Steve! Congrats!
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