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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Winselmann Titan Saxonia Handcrank

All the photos enlarge when you click on them so you can get a better close up.
This is a really beautiful example of the Winselmann  made Titan. Made in Altenberg, Germany around 1890 to 1900.
This machine has what is known as a fiddlebed and a large hand wheel with the crank handle attached directly to the wheel. this style of machine is known as a Saxonia
This machine is a half-size machine.
She is a Transverse shuttle as in the boat shuttle moves along the length of the bed.

The decals on the dome are copies of badges won by the company for Trade awards for their machines.crank   
Bought in a local Antique shop. Her decals are almost perfect and she polished up beautifully. She also has a lovely porcelain handle. Rob has always wanted one of these.Cheers Lynne


Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What a wonderful find. It's a beauty. You always find the neatest machines!

ann hermes said...

They just don't make them like that anymore. A real beauty.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a beautiful machine. I'm trying to get a hand crank, but, it hasn't worked out so far. Enjoy!

Mimi said...

Wow...that is beautiful. I have never heard of this brand and the first thing I noticed was the large wheel. You sure have an interesting collection and the box is beautiful, too.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! And guess what! My friend I just visited in Australia emailed me last week and it turns out she just bought one of your crank machines on ebay! Too funny!

Dawn said...

They are art! What a beauty.

Barb said...

what a beauty! congrats on finding such a lovely one.

DH Stitches said...

Oh wow, I am so jealous! That is a fabulous machine. What a gem. I'm so glad she is with someone who will treasure her. It makes me happy!

Cathy Dann-Jones said...

My mother just gave me my grandmother's Titan hand crank sewing machine. This is the machine I learned to sew on and am very happy to have it and would like to use it but there is only one needle and two bobbins with it. Do you have any suggestions on where I can find these things?
Thank-you, Cathy Dann-Jones

PatchworkRose said...

The needles are 182 round shank needles which most of the earlier German use. Not easy to find but they are out there. If you email me direct I might be able to put you onto someone who can help. I am assuming you are in the United States but you are a No Reply blogger so I cannot contact you

Anonymous said...


Tammi said...

Hi there!! Thanks for such a wonderful post (sorry to resurrect it after a year!!) but I'm having some trouble identifying the needles that a Winselmann that I bought uses. I'm not sure if it uses the same needles as your lovely one or not.

I think I read somewhere else that the machine takes a 16x1 or 16x something needle, then I read that 182 comment of yours, and I'm officially baffled. :)

The machine I have is similar to yours, just without the fiddlebed, and has the smaller higher balance wheel. You can see it here: There's a full picture of it in question 5 of the first post.

I look forward to any comments you have!! Thanks

p.s. I can be reached at my name @ my url.

PatchworkRose said...

I have not been able to reply before as you are a no reply blogger. I usually reply to all my comments.
The needle you need is a round shank needle the same one that you need for a singer 12 or a Wertheim on the 182 system.
If you scroll down there is a picture on this page

Tammi said...

Thanks Lynne.

With your information, I have a line on some. I'm hoping to be able to get a good supply of the needles in Canada without having to mortgage the house. :)

It would be a shame to get the old gal running again and not be able to use her at all. The one needle she came with is pretty dull at this point.