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Cari-in-Oly

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Don't sell yourself short Rodney, it looks great. No chalk paint in sight lolol.

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Rodney,

Hooray!!  Another Free saved!!  Congrats on your restoration.  I have a No. 5, and it is sew smooth and precise.  I hope your Free brings you joy!!

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Thanks Treadle&Gears.  Sorry I didn't reply earlier.  I finally finished this thing other than a new belt.  I can't believe it's been three weeks already.  Anyway, some pictures.
The Free Finished 001.jpg
We're still in the middle of a game of Living Room Tetris.  Unfortunately after these pictures were taken it was decided there was no room in the LR for any sewing machines- small living room, too much furniture already.  So it's in the garage now.
Here's the goodies that came with it.
The Free Finished 004.jpg  The Free Finished 002.jpg  The Free Finished 003.jpg   
One bobbin is shown, the other is in the machine.  The thread spools and front page of the instruction book still have smoke on them from the house fire the machine was in.  The needles have been around a while.  The price was 15 cents.
It's hard to show the treadle raising and lowering mechanism.  When the machine is put away the treadle raises for sweeping.  When the machine is up the treadle drops down for use.
This is the "Up" position.
The Free Finished 005.jpg 
And the "Down":
The Free Finished 007.jpg 
One thing I learned pretty quickly was the door has to be shut BEFORE you shut the lid.  Otherwise the treadle interferes with shutting the door.
Finally, the machine back where it belongs:
The Free Finished 006.jpg
Overall I'm happy with how it turned out.
 

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No worries, Rodney!  I've been busy the past few days myself.

The results are truly impressive!  It looks loved and cared for.  This is my favorite cabinet style for the Free - I do hope you find some space to show it off. 

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I hope so too.  Right now, I'm just happy to have it and it was a fun project.  There really is no room.  Our LR is about 12x16 with three entrances, a picture window, and a closet.  It looks big enough until you start putting furniture in it then it gets small in a hurry.
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Thank you for sharing your journey getting this machine looking so spiffy. It sure deserves a place to be seen and admired.

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Thank you Janey.  At some point it will.
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Rodney,
Are you still having luck with 15 x 1 needles on your "Free" sewing machine?  I am considering purchasing either this machine, badged "The Elgin" or a Minnesota model C.  As I understand it the Minnesota model C takes needles that are more difficult to source.  Amazing restoration by the way!
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Thank you Joe.  15x1 work perfectly in mine.  I don't know enough about Frees to say they work in all of them though.  It might be worthwhile (if the machine spins) to take a needle along and try it.  If it can pick up the thread you're good.
Maybe someone will chime in that knows for sure.
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I use the 15x1 in my No. 5 and it works well, but the 5 is the later "improved" model.  I haven't cleaned up the older Free I got last month with the cabinet yet. 

Maybe Jon can jump in here.  He is very knowledgeable on needles and shuttles.
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