Spring Flowers and Minnesota Sewing Machine

I spent some time working in the garden today.   I fertilized the lawn, did a bit of weeding and planted a few annuals.   Teddy watched .

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Things are starting to grow.

Here are a few garden pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I got another new sewing machine.   This one is a Minnesota F.

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Minnesota was the brand name for Sears Sewing Machines (other brands used by Sears over the years were Franklin, Acme, June, and Eventually Kenmore)  Minnesota Machines were made by The Davis Sewing Machine Company of Dayton, Ohio. With a few exceptions, Davis would become the sole supplier of sewing machines to Sears until about 1912 when Sears began to slowly phased out sales of Davis sewing machines in favor of models made by Domestic, Free, White and other manufacturers.  Davis would eventually go out of business about 1924, having become dependent on supplying Sears with sewing machines over the previous twenty years for its main source of income and unable to make up the loss from other sources.

It is a smaller machine.   The base measures 12″ x 6″ Here it is in front of a full-sized Singer.

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I spent some time cleaning it up and oiling it. (I didn’t get before picture to show how much better it looks )   It is in pretty good shape.    I will have to do some modification to one of my treadle bases to fit the smaller size so I haven’t tried it out yet but I can tell it will work great.

It takes huge needles (Davis long needles) that aren’t impossible to find but aren’t made anymore either so they cost a few dollars each.   The machine came with a box of attachments and there were 2 extra needle in that.

In this picture the needle on the left is the needle for this machine and the right is the standard Singer needle

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Now back to hand quilting

Tim