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Thread: How do you treadlers do it?

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    I think once you get your rhythm, you will be fine. I treadle with my right foot forward and my left foot back. When I want to stop I press the treadle completely down with my left foot and the machine stops on a dime. I've been working on the fans for a dresden plate and haven't had a bit of trouble. You'll get it!

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    MimiBug,

    What is a "Dresden plate"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    While I was fighting with this thing last night, that is what I did. Cleaned the big wheel grove and the belt. Then shortened it.
    Didn't seem to help any. I might just try cleaning it some more. That can't hurt. And I think I could shorten the belt a bit more too.

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    I'm using oxygen tubes for belts. I cleaned the treadle wheel and the machine head wheel with alcohol (vodka). I kept the dampened cloth against the wheel surface while treadling the machine. I was amazed at the gunk! I repeated until the cloth remained clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    MimiBug,

    What is a "Dresden plate"?

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    It's a quilt pattern that has little "spoked" pieces radiating out from a center circle. It's very vintage and one of my favorites. You have to sew across the little ends of the spoke pieces, so it's lots of stopping and starting. DH wanted to know why I was doing it on that machine instead of one of the electric ones. I just felt like doing it on a treadle. Yes, he thinks I'm nuts.

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    Sorry, Joe, I wasn't paying any attention to who was asking for help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    I'm using oxygen tubes for belts. I cleaned the treadle wheel and the machine head wheel with alcohol (vodka). I kept the dampened cloth against the wheel surface while treadling the machine. I was amazed at the gunk! I repeated until the cloth remained clean.
    Cool if you drink enough of the Vodka it won't matter if the machine treadles right or not!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Cool if you drink enough of the Vodka it won't matter if the machine treadles right or not!!!
    You made me laugh this morning! Thanks!
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    My neighbor is in her 70's, and has several treadles that she uses to sew leather...she still operates a small business doing leather repair and making new items...anyway...she takes a piece of sandpaper and roughens up her new belts...she says they grab better that way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by donna13350 View Post
    My neighbor is in her 70's, and has several treadles that she uses to sew leather...she still operates a small business doing leather repair and making new items...anyway...she takes a piece of sandpaper and roughens up her new belts...she says they grab better that way...
    Now that I can do.

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    I read somewhere that a few spots of violin bow rosin adds enough "grab" for aquarium tubing. You probably don't have some on hand, do you?

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