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Thread: Kochs Adler Nahmachine Treadle

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    Kochs Adler Nahmachine Treadle

    FYI, Nah translates as sew in German. I am hoping that someone will be able to provide some additional information regarding this sewing machine.

    Somehow I always happen on the oddball sewing machines. Of course, I could not pass on this one. There is no room in my house or garage for another cabinet sewing machine so this one is boarding with my DD.

    This sewing machine is a Kochs Adler treadle sewing machine made in Bielefeld, Germany. I am guessing that it was manufactured in the 1930s. It appears to be a clone of a Singer 128 with some modifications. This is the first treadle sewing machine I have found that has reverse stitching. The lever above the bobbin winder reverses the stitch direction. It did have the bobbin shuttle, but no bobbins. So, I pulled out some of my extra spindle bobbins and the fit perfectly. The last pic shows the shuttle case with the bobbin, It is sticking out in the picture but does drop completely in. Pictures are all before cleaning.

    The cabinet is in fair shape and I will be posting pictures of it when DD gets her camera memory card back. That is another long story.

    Both DD and I did a lot of Internet searching to see if we could find another example of this sewing machine without any luck. I even enlisted the aid of oldest son who lived in Germany for many years and speaks and reads fluent German. He struck out also.
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    This does look like a Singer 128. Interesting that it has a lever for reverse stitching. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Nice machine. It was fun to study the pictures. Thanks putting your new machine in a post.

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    Hello Caroline, What an interesting machine!

    I've looked on the Needlebar website, and they don't give much on Adler, and there are no photos of this model. It looks as though it is longer than a Singer 128, and it has a couple of nifty German features. Singer never put reverse on long bobbin machines, but the Germans had that one worked out early on. My 1913 Serata treadle has reverse. Also the plate on the bobbin winder will automatically disengage the winder from the balance wheel when the bobbin is full, something Singer machines didn't do.

    Once the machine is all cleaned up and back in its cabinet you will have hours of fun with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Hello Caroline, What an interesting machine!

    I've looked on the Needlebar website, and they don't give much on Adler, and there are no photos of this model. It looks as though it is longer than a Singer 128, and it has a couple of nifty German features. Singer never put reverse on long bobbin machines, but the Germans had that one worked out early on. My 1913 Serata treadle has reverse. Also the plate on the bobbin winder will automatically disengage the winder from the balance wheel when the bobbin is full, something Singer machines didn't do.

    Once the machine is all cleaned up and back in its cabinet you will have hours of fun with it.
    Thanks Muv for the additional information.
    Sweet Caroline

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    It is a very interesting machine. It looves like Adler may have preceded Singer on a few items! I have never seen a machine with a shuttle bobbin with a reverse lever! Love it!

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    What a lovely machine.

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    Did you ever get pictures of the cabinet up? I'd love to see it. I also noted this head has notches for a treadle belt. Very interesting!!
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    I actually just got a Kochs Adler machine from my mom along with a box of attachments. I'm off to find a cabinet for it. I'm not sure if it's quite proper to use a Singer treadle base for a Kochs Adler machine, but at this point all I want to do is get it up and running for Mom. Interestingly enough Caroline S, Mom lives not far from you in Roy. I also got an old Singer 221 (I believe, has the pot motor on the back along with the cabinet) which Mom is giving to the niece. I'm itching to clean up and restore her 128 handcrank with Egyptian Sphynx decorations on it. I have yet to get working on the Kochs Adler. I'll let you know how it goes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evelyngrj View Post
    I actually just got a Kochs Adler machine from my mom along with a box of attachments. I'm off to find a cabinet for it. I'm not sure if it's quite proper to use a Singer treadle base for a Kochs Adler machine, but at this point all I want to do is get it up and running for Mom. Interestingly enough Caroline S, Mom lives not far from you in Roy. I also got an old Singer 221 (I believe, has the pot motor on the back along with the cabinet) which Mom is giving to the niece. I'm itching to clean up and restore her 128 handcrank with Egyptian Sphynx decorations on it. I have yet to get working on the Kochs Adler. I'll let you know how it goes!!!
    Nice to meet you Evelyn. The Singer 221 is a the Featherweight machine. You likely have a Singer 201 which are wonderful sewing machines. I would love to see your Kochs-Adler to see if yours is similar to mine. Can you post a picture? Does the Koch-Adler have a manual?? I also have a Singer hand crank in re-furbishing mode, model 28 made in 1902. Yes, a lot of project machines!!!
    Sweet Caroline

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