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Thread: Help with Treadle Machine

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    I have the chance to purchase this machine and need any info that can be provided. I think it's beautiful. They stated its in good working order with an extra belt in the drawer. She wasn't sure if there's any attachments in the drawers or manual but is suppose to look and get back to me. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Looks in very good condition

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    Looks like it's in great shape. I don't know what she's asking, but I have several treadles myself and I would say buy it!
    I'm sure you will love it. You can find manuals on line if she can't find it. And also the attachments. But would be a bonus if she finds them in the drawer.lol And with Billy around you can get help if something isn't working right. Although honestly, I have bought several old machines this year, and the most I have had to do is adjust the tension a tad bit. And clean it up. And I love all of them.

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    Although I don't know much about treadles, I think this one is gorgeous!! Not sure how much she's asking but if it fits your budget, I would get it! Aren't we all enablers!! :)

    I'm looking at one that has been in storage but the original owner is selling it. My question is: Can you remove the irons to transport it. It's aboug 45 minutes from me. (Sorry to piggyback my question but thought you or another member might know.)

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    Looks like it's a Singer 66. Cabinet looks in great shape. Look over the treadle to make sure it is ok, no cracks. If some of the black (japan) on the bed is gone then ask for less. You didn't state the price.

    Here is the Singer serial # id site for info: http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers

    Serial number is found in right front corner on the plate with numbers.

    If there isn't a manual, here is a link:
    http://www.a1sewingmachine.com/manuals.htm

    I clean all my machines with Singer sewing machine oil only, inside and out.

    There are lots of youtube tutorials on how to treadle machines and using the bobbin winder. Have fun with her!

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    It looks really good, cabinet and all. I would go for it if the price is right.

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    I got one just like that, 2 weeks ago at a garagesale. Ordered and installed a new belt, cleaned it up with a little Kerosene and machine oil. The rough cabinet required some Old English scratch cover. It's been a long time since I learned to sew on treadles, haven't figured out yet how to throw the belt off easily to store the machine in its cabinet.
    After I exchanged the bobbin for one of those I use in my Bernette, it fixed the tension problems it had. Put a newer 1/4 inch foot on it - it sews like a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mannem
    I got one just like that, 2 weeks ago at a garagesale. Ordered and installed a new belt, cleaned it up with a little Kerosene and machine oil. The rough cabinet required some Old English scratch cover. It's been a long time since I learned to sew on treadles, haven't figured out yet how to throw the belt off easily to store the machine in its cabinet.
    After I exchanged the bobbin for one of those I use in my Bernette, it fixed the tension problems it had. Put a newer 1/4 inch foot on it - it sews like a dream.
    You don't take the belt off the top wheel on the machine. You take the belt off the treadle wheel under the cabinet. There is a little lever that helps guide the belt off the treadle wheel that the treadle belt is threaded through. Sometime you can just guide the belt off with your fingers.

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    Ok guys and gals from the serial # she gave me it looks like its a double AA series, Model 66, made in 1925. It only comes with 3 bobbins and an extra belt. Is it worth $100.00?

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    Well, the worth of these machines is really in the eye of the purchaser. I wouldn't spend $100 on it just because it is plain-jane. I would try to get her down to $50. If she won't go that low, just keep working up slowly. Singer made so many of these and it doesn't have ornate decals. If it was a redeye in that condition, I wouldn't have a problem paying $100. My DH would, though!

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