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Thread: Help! What should I do?

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    Help! What should I do?

    There is treadle machine located close to me - only $50 BUT when I talked with the guy on the phone he said that he doesn't know if it works and the bobbin and bobbin cover is missing. He said he has a box of misc accessories but he doesn't know what they are. I'm not sure if the bobbin and the cover are all that's missing - I don't see a belt so I assume it's missing too. It has not been electrified so it's still a true treadle. Spend the time to go look or no? If I do go, what else should I check for? Thanks!!

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    I'd go check it out. If the person doesn't know the machine, he may not know what is or is not there. The bobbin and case may be in the drawer. a belt is easy to replace. But $50 seems high... Do you have a pic, or a link to the ad?
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    Debbie, it depends. What is the make of the machine? Is it a Singer? Do you know the model number?

    Singer parts are not that hard to come by... Cathy should be able to help you find what you need.... (Mizkaki) Belts are easy...you can get one new from Mizkaki, or several other places on the web.

    Whether or not to spend the time and money to go look depends on what you see in the photos. Is it rough looking?
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    Around me they mostly go for $100 - $150 (upstate NY). So- For me it might be worth it for just the head or treadle if decent. If you know the model you could research possible missing parts costs, and folks here are a great resource. It's worth a look to me.

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    I would go check it out. Call the seller and ask him for the make and serial number of the sewing machine. If it is a Singer, parts are readily available. Often pictures do not show the true condition of the machine and cabinet. If you don't go just to look at it you might kick yourself later that you didn't. And you may even politely point out to the seller the "issues" with the machine and make a lower offer. Check out the cabinet make sure there are no missing parts or damage to the wood. And do check the treadling mechanism to see if it is complete. Final decision is do you want a project or do you want to sew?
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    Debbie sent me the link so I could peek at it....and I told her to go get it! It's a nice looking Redeye, so parts are not a problem!
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    $50 isn't that bad. The missing bobbin and bobbin cover may well be in the box of misc. accessories, and belts aren't hard to find at all.
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    $50 is a bargain in CA!! Go get her!!

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    Whooo Hoooo!! Debbie is going to get a Singer Redeye Treadle. Hope the Treadle Goddesses are smiling on her and someone doesn't beat her to it..
    Sweet Caroline

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