Try the Vintage Machine thread. Billy is a wonderful resource...
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Something else to keep in mind on some of the old treadles - the hand wheel works in reverse and will need to be turned away from you instead of toward you.
Thats how it is on mine. In fact when I first got my singer treadle I kept messing up because I learned and was use to the domesticOriginally Posted by Diamondrose
It had two long plates....that I know...Originally Posted by virtualbernie
The one I looked at was 1876 Domestic D...difference is the top middle tension thing...It was a big round pipe looking thing...I did find all their models on google and yours was there and the one I'm considering was there.Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
In fact, the person who owned it was asking if anyone knew how that tension thing worked...
I did work the treadle pedal and it moved easily and wheel turned...no belt attached...I hand turned the wheel of the machine and needle went up and down easily...no rust anywhere to be seen...Originally Posted by Grannymom
Did try and no one answered...my posting...I think if your not part of their group...you get ignoredOriginally Posted by soccertxi
Thanks ladies...so many good tips...didn't know abt hand wheel working in reverse...it did turn forward when I tried it...
The postings in that group is so large it's hard to keep up. Did you see how many pages there were? You should PM Billy (lostn51) directly. He usually gets back to you pretty quickly--if not, that means he's probably out of town but he always gets back to you. :DOriginally Posted by hobbykat1955
okay I looked up the Domestic D
I can tell that it does take the shuttle type bobbin what one I dont know.
I dont know how the tension works maybe see if it can be unscrewed to loosen and then a way to tread it
If you have not found this here a a web site with a picture
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