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Finding Parts for Antique Sewing Machines

When parts are no longer being made, it can be difficult to find the what you need to fix and be able to use an old machine. This guide is about finding parts for antique sewing machines.
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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

Does any one know what size sewing needles I need for a Jones Rushby hand crank sewing machine 1920; serial# 268238 is the number on the machine? It came with 3 needles and no size on them or owner's manual. But, I have found some help online on how to thread the machine and how to take out the shuttle and thread it as well as how to fill the bobbin, but no one can tell me what size sewing needles I will need. I do know that they are round with no flat side on them any help would be greatly appreciated.
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April 11, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, I have a Singer hand crank sewing machine. (I LOVE it!) Mine uses the same needles in the current models. Try and see if this works for you. Happy cranking!

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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

You have a vibrating shuttle machine (wowsa, that is a genuine antique, they generally stopped building VS machines around 1910), and you're right that it's going to need specific needles that accomodate the way the shuttle 'swings' through the bobbin area during stitching. Also, you CANNOT use parts not milled for the VS machines, the parts really are not interchangeable between the VS and other type machines. (See below)

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You can try taking a needle with you to a sewing shop, they may carry the needles there. You can also do a search using the term 'machine needle other parts for Jones vibrating shuttle machine'-be sure to omit the punctuation marks.

Ebay also sells some parts for the various VS machines out there. Use the same search term there.

A good source for info (and maybe a user manual on a free download) about your machine is ISMACS-if you are new to the machine ISMACS may be the first place to look:

http://www.isma  anuals-list.html

Use the alphabetic search feature to look up Jones machines, then look for the manual listed for VS machines-sometimes you have to look at a couple of different manuals to find the one for your model, for example the VS2 manual may be what you're looking for but might not. Bookmark that site, there is a huge amount of info about all types of vintage and antique sewing machines on there!

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Good luck, I hope you and your VS are back to sewing soon. There is growing interest in the VS machines, so it's good to see you asking about it. So many of us sew on the vintage and antique 66, 99, and variations of the 27s because those parts are pretty much interchangeable. As above, parts for the non-VS machines are NOT interchangeable with yours.

You have a very different machine that forms stitches in a completely different way than the lock-stitch or oscillating machines and putting the wrong parts in your machine can cause a lot of damage.

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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

Whoops, the model manual you are looking for doesn't use the initials VS, it uses CS. Use the ISMACS link, go to J, and you'll see Jones CS manuals-free download, looks just like your machine:)

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Also, the 'Rushby' part of your machine name is probably 'branding', something a lot of the sewing machine manufacturers did then and do now for department stores. Same machines, just with the branding, so the manual that looks closest to your machine is the one that will work even if it doesn't say 'Rushby'.

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