Minnesota Model A sewing machine
Question: I read with great interest your column in the Spokesman-Review. I have recently aquired my mother-in-laws sewing machine. It is a Minnesota Model A. I am at a loss as to how to get parts, thread the thing and the bobbin has me totally lost. It is a silver cylinder shaped item and i wonder how to re thread the bobbin.
Do you have any ideas for me? I also have my mom's mom Mason Rotary and I learned to sew on it as did all of our kids. Any info. you might have would be greatly appreciated, even if you have a source where i might send for instructions. -- Sharon Wood
Answer: You are very fortunate to have both family heirlooms.
According to the Scripophily website,the Minnesota Model A sewing machine was manufactured by Davis Sewing machines and sold through Sears and Roebuck. Davis Sewing machines were sold exclusively by Sears and Roebuck through 1910, when the catalog bagan to carry machines made by other companies.
A quick Google search turned up Relics Sewing Machine Manuals in Michigan. They offer the manual for your machine.
You might check this article on how to determine the value of an antique sewing machine published by the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society.