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winter1peters

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I have just bought a VERA sewing machine. It’s in good condition but really dirty and appears to be set for bobbin winding. Can’t figure out how to reset for sewing.
The name is well worn but just viewable.
Does anyone have any info on it please.

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Your machine is probably a badged machine.  I am not familiar enough as to who would have been the manufacturer.  Unfortunately, the needlebar picture library is no longer available to peruse.

It looks like it is a hand crank[confused]  A couple of pictures of the hand wheel would be helpful.  Some machines have a circular knob that twists opposite direction from the hand wheel to wind the bobbin,  Some machines have a lever in the hand wheel that  moves in and out to wind the bobbin.

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Vera has a hand crank. Nice!
I see the bobbin winder tire is not touching the handwheel, so that mechanism is not enabled. If you turn the hand crank, (over and away), and the needle bar does not move, then you'll need to do a very thorough oiling and gentle encouragement. It does not look as if it has been used in more than a few decades, so the old oil may have gummed or varnished up.
A gentle cleaning with sewing machine oil on the exterior will help her shine. (No water!)

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I have just bought a VERA sewing machine. It’s in good condition but really dirty and appears to be set for bobbin winding. Can’t figure out how to reset for sewing.
The name is well worn but just viewable.
Does anyone have any info on it please.


From the inlaid wood I'd imagine it's German-made.  It appears to have a brass badge - perhaps if you take a close-up pic of that, we could tell who made it.  Looks like it'll clean up nice!

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The bobbin winder tire can be moved to and from the hand wheel independent of the hand wheel engagement. On some machines, and I suspect yours is one, there is a metal tab near the center of the hand wheel that can be pulled out of a slot in the hand wheel or belt drive ring (depending on maker) that engages the hand wheel. Check to see if the tab is in the slot. If it's not, push it in the slot to engage the drive. 

Several years ago, I was at a swap meet where a young couple had a Victor hand crank (copy of Frister & Rossmann, I believe) that they were selling as needing repair since the "hand crank works but the machine won't turn, although the hand wheel does". All I had to do was show them where the engagement tab was and it worked fine. I already had machines better than this one and didn't want or need it, so I advised them what I thought a fair price would be. They were selling it way too cheap because it "didn't work". When I passed their table later on my way out, the machine was gone. I have no idea what it sold for and didn't ask. I do know one doesn't see many Victors in my neck of the woods.  

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Yes, I need to clean it up first, then oil it. There is a ‘wheel’ that you should be able to
Loosen to disengage the needle, but the whole thing is immovable at present. Wish I knew how to date it from its serial number but don’t know the manufacturer.
Thanks for replying to my post.
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I will get more pictures when I have had a chance to clean it up.
Then will post them. Thanks for replying to my post.
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Thanks for replying, yes I can move the tyre away from the hand crank. There is an inner wheel
On the hand crank that moves and I think this is like my modern Frister & Rossman. To disengage
The needle. Unfortunately the whole machine is so dirty that until I have had a chance to clean
And oil it nothing moves at all. My Stoewer has that little tab but this one does not. I do think it might
be a German machine.

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Just posted pictures of the badge and reverse lever? On Vera. Not. As clear as I would like but they
are behind the bobbin winding mechanism. Thanks again
Shirley.
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Just posted pictures of the badge and reverse lever? On Vera. Not. As clear as I would like but they
are behind the bobbin winding mechanism. Thanks again
Shirley.


Where did you post them?

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Hi. Just added them again. But will send them to you direct.
Shirley.

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Not too clear but it is behind the bobbin winding mechanism.

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Well that clinches it as being a German machine.  “Rückwärts” and "Vorne" for reverse and forward.
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I believe it may be a Gritzner per https://www.naehmaschinenverzeichnis.de/verzeichnis-der-naehmaschinen/gritzner/ see photo #6 

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Actually, maybe not Gritzner, although that machine does say Gritzner, when I looked for other images for Gritzner badges they were different.  I suppose it could have been changed at some point.

Here are a couple of links for German Machines
http://needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php/German_Sewing_Machine_Manufacturers
http://needlebar.org/main/makers/germany/  if you search this last one, you will find several instances from different manufacturers that used Vera as a name.

ETA I also found http://needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php/Chris search Anker Model P Treadle Machine or click - http://needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php?title=File:Anker-P-Badge-Detail.jpg  This is different from other Anker
another http://needlebar.org/main/logos/silberberg/index.html who is distributor, so maybe it is a distributor badge rather than maker???


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Thank you for this. Hope I can find out the manufacturer.
Not had a chance to clean it up yet. I got it for £5 in a charity shop.
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Thank you so much for this. That photo no. 6 is the same badge as mine and other photos
show the same decals. Also Vera seems to be Vera Zwei, a designer, presumably of the decal
design. Not cleaned up yet but the serial no. Looks to be. D (or 2) 1203373. Hoping this will
date it for me.
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