National Vibrating Shuttle Machines

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The NeedleBar Guide to

NATIONAL SEWING MACHINES

By Claire Sherwell & Alan Quinn

The Main Model Types

1. Vibrating Shuttle Machines

– two slide plates (front to back), the shuttle moves in an arc. Serial number under the front slide plate, on later machines it will be under the machine bed.

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Model Size Body Shape Inspection Plate(s) Upper Tension Stitch Length Control Notes
VB-TT Type 1
Full Angular Shoulder Top Leaf Pillar Screw (Edredge B) Fiddle shaped bed Square throat plate
VB-TT Type 2
Full Angular Shoulder Top Leaf Pillar Screw More rectangular base, curved bed under balance wheel.
VB-TT Type 3
Full Angular Shoulder Top Leaf Pillar Screw (Velox) Rectangular bed, round corners
VB-TT Type 4
Full Angular Shoulder Top Leaf Bed Screw (Detroit)
VB-TT Type 5
Full Rounded Shoulder Top Leaf Pillar Screw (Arrow) New model shape. Low bobbin winder.

Size - 14 1/2" x 6 13/16"

Vindex Type 1
Full Angular Shoulder Front Pillar Screw (Harris B) Spool Pin at centre of arm. Large screw towards faceplate. Low bobbin winder
Vindex Type 2
Full Rounded Shoulder Front Pillar Screw (Vindex C) Spool pin at center of arm. Large screw towards faceplate. Low bobbin winder.

Size - 16 1/4" x 6 3/4".

Improved Eldredge IEB
Full Angular Large Screw Face Plate Pillar Lever (The Eldredge) Also model with stitch length control on bed.
Eldredge B (Vindex sub model?)
Full Rounded Large Screw & Shoulder Face Plate Pillar Lever (Eldredge B2) Spool pin at center of arm. Bobbin winder high
Model name? Full size of Expert
Full Angular Left Side & Shoulder Front Bed Screw (Manchester B) Tension & inspection plates are different from previous model. Surely not the same model as Law says??
Model name? Full size of Expert
Full Angular Left Side & Shoulder Front Pillar Screw Tension & Inspection plates vary from models of IEB in Charles Law. Surely not the same model?
Seamstress
Full Rounded - Top Leaf Bed Screw (Texas Advocate) This is the original model named Seamstress using W S Brown's 1892 patent. The name Seamstress was repeated throughout National's history.
Imperial Seamstress Full Rounded Large Screw Face Plate Bed Screw -
Special/Improved Seamstress
Full – 14½in x 6 ¾ in Rounded Large Screw Face Plate Bed Screw (Improved Seamstress & Wanamaker B)
Paveway
¾ sized of VB-TT Rounded Shoulder Top Leaf Pillar Screw (Grand). Available as an iron based hand crank model
Paveway 1000
¾ sized of VB-TT Rounded Shoulder Top Leaf Pillar Lever (Model 1000). A variation with a direct drive hand crank, iron base. 1090C has motor. Iron base (not a Saxonia).

Later angular model has wrinkle finish

Expert BT
¾ sized of 10 & 11 Rounded Left & Shoulder Front Pillar Lever (Governor C & Dallier’s Electric). Available as an iron based hand crank model.
Expert BL
¾ sized of 10 & 11 Rounded Left Side & Shoulder Front Pillar Lever (National) Has light (is that BL?). High bobbin winder.
Expert
¾ sized of 10 & 11 Rounded Left Side & Shoulder Front Pillar Lever (New Home 8F) Made after merger with New Home, wrinkle finish. Solid balance wheel + motor. c1953,
Reversew A
 ? Rounded - Front Pillar Pointer Has reverse. Not electric, treadle only. Reversew (National's name for reverse sewing ability). Two Spool Pins. Reversew B was an electric model with only one spool pin on top of arm at center.
Reversew Rex
 ? Rounded - Front Pillar Pointer (Montgomery Ward) Enclosed light. Also made in wrinkle finish. One spool pin.
S40
¾ sized Rounded - Top Leaf Pillar Lever (Montgomery Ward) Electric only. Large round stitch plate. Wrinkle finish.

Size - 3/4 sized

52F
13" x 6 1/4" Rounded Front Disc Top Leaf Pillar Slider (Free Westinghouse) Uses Eldredge marked shuttle. The last version of the Paveway model, made after 1948 takeover (not 1953) of National by Free.