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Thread: converting electric Singer 15-90 to treadle

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    converting electric Singer 15-90 to treadle

    Last year with help on this board I refurbish my treadle Singer 66 red eye. My newest acquisition is an electric Singer 15-90...serial number JC214690...It sits in a really pretty oak table. I want to convert it to a treadle and was thinking I would use the treadle base from my 66. I have seen the conversion info on "TreadleOn". I was wondering if there was any other info/directions/tutorial for electric to treadle conversion for a Singer 15-90. I bought this new baby for "free motion quilting". Any info regarding that would also be greatly appreciated.
    Last summer I just searched for all the refurbishing info for my "66". It was tough to get going. Again, I am feeling intimidated by the job ahead, but I know if I just bite the bullet and do it...then I have a great time and feel really proud. Thanks

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    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    Central IL
    To use the 15-90 in a treadle cabinet:

    1; Remove the motor, (one screw) and light (on screw probably under the rear inspection plate) from the 15, place in zip-lock bag for safe keeping. Make sure you do not loose the motor bracket screw it is not a standard thread.
    2; Remove 66 from treadle cabinet. Simply loosen the two grub screws that hold the machine to the hinge shaft. Put the machine in a plastic bag to keep it clean.
    3; Put the 15 in the treadle cabinet. Slide the hinge shafts into the two holes on the back of the machine and tighten the grub screws.
    4; Put treadle belt on the 15 and adjust to fit.
    You might want to acquire a spoked hand wheel for the 15. It will give you some extra needed inertia as you treadle. If you want you can use the one from the 66. The belt guard on the 15 might not work with the spoked hand wheel. The 66 belt guard won't work on the 15.
    5; Treadle to your hearts content.


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    Sounds very easy thanks

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    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
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    You might trade the bobbin winder from the 66 along with the big hand wheel. If the belt guard doesn't fit see if Cathy has one.
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