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Message Board > Sewing Machines > National Sewing Machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Does anyone else have one of these?
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Date: 4/7/11 9:04 AM

It occured to me that deep in my closet I have a National sewing machine. I bought it for my daughter years ago as a machine for her to learn on, should her interest to learn to sew be sparked (it never was, not even a flicker). I got it from my retired sewing machine repair guy and I've never used it. I've also never heard of National, so I did a search for the name. Apparently it was a well-known company in the first have of the century, a chief competitor of Singer, and sold its machines to the likes of Sears and Montgomery Ward, which badged them under their own names. The company died in 1953-54. I am wondering if I should have the machine cleaned and checked so I can actually use it. It's so old it doesn't have a "new" cord/plug (doesn't have one wider prong), and it doesn't have a light! Sews only straight stitch. But, boy is this baby HEAVY.

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Date: 4/7/11 9:32 AM

Needlebar.org has a lot of information on all kinds of machines. There is a topic on the National. You will have to register but it's a lot of fun to read some of the stuff they have. And they have a great picture library.

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Date: 4/12/11 11:51 AM

National Sewing Machine Co was in Rockford, IL & is the forerunner of New Home Sewing Machines which is now owned by Janome. There is a wonderful site owned by Linda Winkens who can help you get a manual for this machine. The site is
http://www.sewing-machine-manuals.com & Linda is very knowledgeable about these machines. I would say it is a great sewing machine that will endure for decades with lots of oil & TLC.

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Date: 4/14/11 5:43 AM

After reading a bit at ISMAACS from time to time it is my understanding that the Eldridge sewing machine company turned into the National Co.and then into New National and New Home which turned into Janome. The company has quite a history.

I think National made many Japanese badged machines and made even a similar machine to Singer's Feather Weight but National could not compete after the war as several companies could not. New Home, now Janome has become one of the largest manufacturers of sewing machines in the world.
They make machines for other companies. In the past it is said that Janome made machines for Pfaff and Viking. It is also my understanding that some Bernina emb. only models were made by Janome at one time and also some sewing machines for Necchi and of course Sears Kenmores and Janome now heads Elna USA.

Just some OT added trivia for those that might not already know..and if my old brain recalls correctly because I have not read about Janome's history for quite some time, Janome's symbol is "the eye of the snake"..being that when the company started, somebody thought the bobbin looked like a snakes eye. You might find this symbol on some of the Janome machines like their little Jem models. I really do think though that it makes the machines look like a fish..having a fishy eye LOL. I do love their machines though, yup I do.
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Date: 4/14/11 9:37 AM

What a nice discovery! Part of the fun of these machines is that you can do much of the work yourself..Since you got the machine from a repair guy, it's probably in pretty good shape originally. Just wipe of the dust, any lint collected, oil it up and plug in to see what you have. It may work perfectly.

Do check all the visible wires for cracking, splitting, etc. I do have machines from the '50s with very good wiring still, so it may not be an issue for you.

Good luck and have fun..most of these machines are tanks and will sew anything!

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