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Date: 1/4/14 10:44 PM

Hello There,

While looking for a portable case for a recently acquired Pfaff 130-6, I found a case at a local Antique store that should work just fine. After getting the case home, I had a few minutes to look at the machine currently occupying the case, a late 40's or early 50's Sew-Gem 215 Rotary Electric that has the bobbin to the right of the needle. It is in decent shape but is missing the left needle plate and I though it needed a bobbin cage but found out that this machine does not use one. It probably could be repaired to work, but would it be worth the effort to do so?

Thanks for your time.

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Date: 1/5/14 2:39 AM

Maybe it will just work if you just even only oil it? If you got oil already, oil is free then. It looks kind of interesting to me, and the guy whom designed it, made some wrapping machines and bread making stuff. I think you should keep it. But, I'm a horrible enabler on that kind of thing. If you are only missing the stitch plate, I think that is not a big deal for just sewing on it, as you could even just use a piece of cardboard, a plastic quilting template sheet for maybe $3 at the fabric store or possibly even an old credit card as a stitch plate if you just cut some holes in one.

Here is what I believe are what might be some of the patents:

1949 https://www.google.com/patents/US2548815?dq=Charles+H+Petskeyes&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tgXJUovZDIyrkQfx4YFg&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAjgU

1955 https://www.google.com/patents/US2719499?pg=PA1&dq=Charles+H+Petskeyes&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5AjJUt-aNIzrkQf804CgCw&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAQ

https://www.google.com/patents/US2469517?dq=Charles+H+Petskeyes&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VwnJUsvlD4qokQewtIGgBg&ved=0CDsQ6AE

1951 https://www.google.com/patents/US2548815?dq=Charles+H+Petskeyes&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mQnJUuDyOILWkQfv9IGoCA&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAjgU

You could probably look at those and see if you were really missing anything vital to make it work maybe?

Since the bobbin case is to the right, I think put in your needle with the scarf facing to the right probably, but if that does not work try the it other way. I can see a bobbin case there, it's just a bit more "built in" and not the kind you have to take out everytime you put new thread on a bobbin in it. I can't tell what kind of bobbins it takes though.

Also here: http://needlebar.org/cm/thumbnails.php?album=1132

That one almost looks like it has a old Singer class 66 kind of domed bobbin in it. I think it's neat, just because of the chain even. I have a Kenmore I got once, just because of it's chain, and actually, it's case to use for another machine too.




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Date: 1/5/14 9:56 AM

Beauturbo,

Thanks.... Great stuff. The machine is definitely in salvageable condition I think will hang on to it for a while. It moves fine and would need minimal oiling. It does not look like it was used much. I have heard about the patents and the innovations that the machine had. This will be some interesting reading.

Thanks again.

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Date: 1/5/14 2:14 PM

It would increase the value of the machine if it is complete. I bought a needle plate cover for an old machine I have. I bought that machine for $10.00, paid about the same for the part, and last I heard, these machines sale for about $200.00.

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Date: 1/5/14 8:51 PM

Thanks Nancy... while looking further at the machine today I noticed that the electric wiring to the motor was cracked and brittle all the way to the wire entrance into the motor. I will have to see if I want to go on inside and solder a new motor cord or not. *Sigh* Thanks for the information.

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