THIS arrived yesterday!
Oh, I am so thrilled!
I was contacted by email while I was in Idaho by a woman who is “thinning the herd” of vintage sewing machines --
Her words, not mine, but the term made me giggle!
Would I be interested in a Davis Vertical Feed machine? She had seen my post about Becky and her machines while I was in Spokane earlier this year.
Would I?!? How could I NOT?!
Arrangements were made to have her shipped to me, and she would arrive in about a week’s time. It’s a long way to fedex from North Dakota!
But she made it – greatly to the fabulous packing job. This machine was by far the BEST packed machine I have ever seen!
Double Boxed, and loads of THICK Insulation foam!
The insulation foam was cut and inserted on to spool pins and other delicate bits so she arrived in as pristine condition as she was when she left North Dakota. The machine was wrapped, then bubble wrapped, then douible boxed, and then foam boarded. This machine did not jiggle or wiggle or shift one bit during shipping and that is so utterly important!
Oh, she’s beautiful! From about 1920!
Worn and aged, but still beautiful!
She is a Davis Vertical Feed (Type 6) High Arm Late Model. The bobbin winder is more modern than earlier versions of the Vertical Feed, upper tension faces the operator, and arm is higher, longer and chunkier than previous models. This model has the Nouveau Lily or Tripple Club decals seen in the photo. Well, I am certainly not going to call her CLUB. So I shall call her LILY!
And the best part? She takes regular 15 X 1 needles where my other Davis takes a much longer, harder to find needle.
That red felt circle needs to go!
She needs a doily!
Shiny face plate!
There was a sticky note attached to the manual telling me to NEVER remove the faceplate…just oil from the spots dictated in the manual. Okay. I will obey! There are tiny pieces that are very difficult to get back in place should they fall out.
Love that shiny hand wheel!
She fits my Davis parlor cabinet!
((And wears a doily!!))
Let it be said that not all machines have the same base shape and will not fit all cabinets. This machine does NOT fit my Singer cabinets. The hinge holes at the back of the machine are not as far apart as the hinge holes for a Singer.
Cabinet open for use!
It’s a good thing I HAVE a Davis cabinet or I would be out of luck with a place to put her. I just removed my older Davis, and she fit beautifully, the treadle belt is even already the right height.
What makes a Vertical Feed unique?
The presser foot!
And the fact that the Vertical Feed machine doesn’t have any feed dogs.
It’s a walking foot machine!
Take a look at this little ((Very home spun)) video I made yesterday getting her going!
Oh she is going to be so great for sewing on bindings!
Welcome to MY herd, lovely lady!
I’m off to Pennsylvania today. A leisurely driving day. Not sure where I’ll stop or what I’ll do, I’m playing it by ear.
I’ve got an audio book in the car, a picnic packed for my lunch – and I’ll take it as it comes!
Tomorrow I’m teaching for Mary Koval’s Quilt Shop in Bedford, PA!
I’ll catch you from there – Happy Thursday, everyone!