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Treadle sewing machines
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Paula    Posted 02-23-2004 at 06:31:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a bug in my ear at meeting this past sunday. I'm
thinking of taking up quilting. That made me remember
my uncle's old singer treadle machine. Which made
me think "hey, I want a singer treadle machine". So I
went looking. Guess who sells singer treadle
machines?

Walmart.
Go figure.
Paula


Sammy    Posted 02-23-2004 at 20:07:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have my mothers 1908 Singer 7 Drawer.
She used it up until about two years before
she died.
My neice has been begging me for it... LOL


Ted    Posted 02-23-2004 at 10:23:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Paula, I don't make a habit of reading about sewing machines but it caught my attention. Several years ago I bought a singer treadle at an estate sale. I refinished the oak cabinet, I put a new belt on it and it just sat in the living room. It was used a few times for fun but not very much. My wife got sick of looking at it so now its in our attic surronded by stuff. To make a long story short I would sell it for $100.00 it is in excellent shape I also have a box of accessories rapped in a neat antique box that I would sell for an additional $25.00. You would be responsible for the shipping, I live in Western NY. If interested I will leave my E mail open so you can contact me I could even E mail a picture of it. I appoligize to everyone about trying to sell something here but I feel this follow up is appropriate for the original post.


Paula    Posted 02-23-2004 at 10:27:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ted,

You'll have to email me your email address because I
ain't got that direct email pressabutton thingy worked
out yet.

My email is:
ridgiemadness@yahoo.com

Let me try and figure out what freight would cost me to
have it shipped from NY.

cheers,
Paula


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:10:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have two but only one is a singer and I am not sure what the other one is. The one that is not the singer is here at the house and has all the attachments and the parts book for ordering new parts. Maggie loves and that is the only thing she will sew on. The singer is up at the farm and is in storage it is deterating fairly fast the parts all still seem fine but the wood trim is pealing off. This one has all the attachments too. And will work fine when oiled.


deadcarp    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:17:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
it's moisture that's eating the singer's veneer - need to store it someplace where the room can breathe. like a garage. :)


Ron,ar    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:39:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
and I can remember when all the rage was to convert from treadle power to electric with the electric kit that came out. go figure.
Oh, good morning all


Paula    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:54:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Like with other things, I find the manual more soothing
than the powered. Same thing with lawmowers, give
me a reel mower any day - a powered mower pisses
me off. Maybe it's the noise, or maybe its a control
thing...wouldn't be surprised considering the control
freak I am.

Paula


ron,ar    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:22:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
mankind's pennance is having to mow lawns, and ain't nothing more aggravating than trying to get thru a whole season without having breakdowns (mechanical and mental):^).


Paula    Posted 02-23-2004 at 10:14:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Ron,

Do you think I could cut clover with a reel mower? I plan
on seeding the yard with clover because I find grass a
labor intensive, money sucking, water wasting pain in
the butt.

Paula


certainly    Posted 02-23-2004 at 11:10:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
clover cuts just like grass anywhere I have been.I am going to reseed my backyard with clover this spring. I noticed it grows good on the poor soil here. Don't know how large your yard is, but if you cut the grass, you can sure cut the clover
REt


Ron,ar    Posted 02-23-2004 at 14:00:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree, a good reel mower is hard to beat. It'll tackle clover easily. Keep the thing adjusted where it won't clog, it's almost self-sharpening.


Lazy Al    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got a singer model 94 sure is a hard pumper .
I think if I went out there every day and just rocked the treadle for and hour or so it would help .
Of course as I fade out it's hard to keep it going in the right direction too .
A model 94 is one that sews leather and you turn the foot the go in that direction .If you were good you could sew designs on cowboy boots .
Al


Kat in NJ    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Paula, what price range are new treadle machines running? I just bought an original one for $50, oak stand and all, and it runs like a top. If the new ones are pricey and plastic, you might want to look around for an old one. Sometimes a good oiling and new belt is all they need to get them going!

Kat


Paula    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:28:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The retail price is $258.00.

If I could find an old one I'd likely go for that. I'm a little
concerned that the reproduction would be less sturdy
than the genuine model? Of course the reproduction
comes with a service warranty.....

I have time yet. We'll see.

Paula


RichZ    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:24:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I just picked up a Singer tredle sewing machine at a farm auction. It's a "Red Eye" cabinet model from about 1920. We just oiled it up and it works fine, it even came with all the attachments. My wife used it yesterday to hem curtains. She loves it. We got it for about $100, which is cheaper than a new one, I'm sure.


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