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Having an Antique Sewing Machine Repaired

I have a 1874 Domestic sewing machine. Where can I go to get it repaired? I would like to also know what it is worth, just curiosity, not selling.

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

I would look for someone who specializes in antique sewing machines,

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

I just tried that, no help

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

From piclick: $117.80, Low: $15.50, High: $499.99

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May 31, 20181 found this helpful

For value, you may want to watch this eBay auction to see if it sells. There aren't any sold examples as of today.

www.ebay.com/.../381658729949?hash=item58dca20ddd...

For repairs, if you are at all handy there are many good YouTube how to videos.
The one search I used was " repair antique domestic sewing machines "...and there are some good videos.

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If you need a part, you can search Ebay or Etsy for parts or cheap machines to canabalize.

If you aren't handy, maybe someone like this vendor can point you in the right direction...I don't know him, but often reach out to people with the most impressive websites and ask for help. I have only been rebuffed once or twice... most people are willing to help!

www.theoldsewingmachineman.com/

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June 1, 20180 found this helpful

I just looked at Domestic Sewing Machine. It looks just like mine, except I do have the cabinet for it in top notch condition. I need a new belt. Hopefully that is all that is wrong with it. I used the serial number to find out the age which is 1874. I really appreciate your help

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June 1, 20180 found this helpful

Glad if my post could help!! Wishing you all the best with the repair!!!

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If there is not a YouTube video on how to make your repair...consider making one!! Just think...maybe you could get it to go viral!!!

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June 3, 20181 found this helpful

Do you still have the old belt? If so, then almost any sewing machine repair shop may be able to find one to fit your machine.

  • I believe the Domestic sewing machine was made by Singer (or Singer had a contract with Domestic) so if you have a Singer repair shop in your area you should be able to find a belt as the parts were said to be interchangeable.
  • You may be able to find a similar Singer manual (about the same year) and they would probably be interchangeable so the parts/belt number would be listed.
  • I believe you may be able to either call or email this shop and find out about a belt.
  • Email: jjohnston2654@embarqmail.com or
  • call 352-867-8035
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  • www.theoldsewingmachineman.com/catalogAll.php
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June 4, 20180 found this helpful

This machine was a gift to me. My future son in law had it stored in a shed from when his mother passed. He did not know where she got it, but he knew my passion and gave it to me before it got completely ruined. I did research to find the company originated out of Ohio. Later moving to New York. Later White bought the company. I do have the original belt, which is broke. Even have the original bobbin and key for the coffin that sets on top of it. I found out the machine was 1874 by the serial number. This machine had been painted and I had to strip the paint in order to find the serial number. I just hope that didn't ruin it.

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

How lucky to have such a nice son-in-law moving into your family..
I have my mother's old Singer and it still works great so I

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hope you can get yours going again.
All of these old machines were very similar so many times the
parts are interchangeable so I hope you can find a belt that works on your machine.
I love doing research on these old machines and the history is fascinating (to me).

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much. My grandmother took me in as a teenager and she had an old Singer. She would sit and make quilts and watch soap opera's when she wasn't in the garden. Great memories. My aunt has that machine now and hasn't been touched. I would so love to have it.

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

My mother's machine was on an open porch (in the L shape) and she made me dresses from flour sacks which were always starched to the "nines".

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Speaking of soap operas; in her later years, my mother never missed a day of "As the World Turns". Memories are good.
I hope your aunt will give you your Grandmother's Singer as so many people would not know how to appreciate such a treasure.

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

I sent a reply but it has not shown up so here is some more information. The following quotes are from several web sites that show Domestic and Singer worked together for a while before White purchased the company and that is why I said that Singer parts may be interchangeable.
"This machine has an automatic tension, with shuttle eject, yet a low bobbin winder, so it has comparable features of the Singer 27 and of the newly introduced Singer 127
It has a plain cabinet, so is likely to date to the mid 1920s. It may have been after White's takeover of the company.
With the growing popularity of Singers Model 27 vibrating shuttle sewing machine, the aging Domestic model was eventually phased out of production and replaced with a copy of the Singer Model 27. This Domestic copy, apparently known as the King model, was almost an exact copy of the Singer machine with the exception of a slightly smaller bedplate.
In the mid-1910s, Domestic replaced Davis as the supplier of the Minnesota line of sewing machines for Sears, Roebuck, & Co. This was probably due to the fact that Domestic produced the Singer-compatible Model 27 class machine which would sell much better than the Davis-made machines. In the late 1910s, they introduced the Franklin, a high-arm copy of the Singer Model 27."
I hope you inherit the Singer from your aunt.

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

I would like to thank everyone that has helped. One comment said to go on the internet and look up sewing machine repair, not antique. I would especially like to thank this guy, because I found a place 35 miles from my home. I called and talked to the guy today. Everyone, please wish me luck, I'm taking it there tomorrow. He sounds very promising. He said he is 90 percent sure, he will able to get it working again. He charges 89.00 plus parts. Ain't too bad, is it for a machine made in 1870. He told me, I ain't leaving till he gets it running and showing me how to use it. I'm estatic. Done got it loaded. Again, I want to thank everyone. May have to get off this computer and go back to making beautiful quilts like my grandma did.

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