It just occurred to me that I might be doing something that can't be done.
Can any treadle machine be used with any treadle irons??
I purchased an old 66 red-eye some time ago, cabinet needed a lot of work (so did the machine). After that, I purchsed a 115 head without a cabinet figuring I already have a cabinet and treadle irons. My plan was to refinish the irons (done - sandblasted, repainted and reassembled) and to make a new top which will just be a flat top with a hole in it to fit the machine flush with the base and drop a coffin top over it. The hole in the top will be made to fit my 115.
Will the treadle irons from the 66 work with the 115??
Next question ... eventually we want the 66 set up as well, and we will do something similar by getting irons and building a cabinet around it. My husband is looking at irons for all different kinds of machines, not necessarily Singers. Will they work with the 66???
It hadn't occurred to me until now (I know ... dumb) that some of my plans might not work.
On another note ... I have a road trip tomorrow to pick up a new member for my developing family of vintage machines. Fortunately I don't have to do anything to this machine ... it runs, pristine condition (machine, cabinet and irons) and tons of extra goodies with it which I understand are hard to come by for an 1869 W&W #8!! I'm sew excited!! Will post pictures once's he's home