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    Exclamation Standard treadle owner needing knowledge - Help!

    I just became the proud owner of a very unappreciated Standard Sewing Machine slim line treadle head manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio. We were told she would only be good for a boat anchor or flowerbed ornament. I jabbed my husband and told him to fork over the $10 it cost to bring her home. He parted with the money and practically danced to the car. He likes old machines as well as I do!
    The poor thing was almost completely froze up but now runs like a top with a couple of minor things needed. I can even see the ornate decals now that my husband and I cleaned her up. I don't know exactly what year the old girl was born. The serial number is 58676. I know the company was in business from 1885 thru about ?1929-31? then was sold to Singer. Does anyone out there know what size bobbin goes in this machine? It takes a round bobbin for this is not a shuttle. Also I am on the lookout for a faceplate. That is missing.

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    I too am the proud owner of a Standard Treadle. If yours is like mine a class 15 metal bobbin will work. I do have original bobbins that came with my machine but prefer using a class 15 since they are easier to wind. You are going to go 1 and 1/2 times around the tension disk when you thread it and the needle threads left to right. The hand wheel will go away from you to get it started. I have a manual that I can copy if it is the same machine and you need one. I have pieced quite a few quilt tops on mine, it is a fun little machine to use.

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    Told you this was a great place HiDesertQuilter,
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    pictures....everyone, pictures, PLEASE....

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    I also have a standard Machine made in 1889 My mom got it from my aunt who Lived In Ohio at one time so it may have some history that I do not know about she has since passed away so no asking her, It is a lovely machine and so fun to use.

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    Great! That means I will easily be able to get what I need. I should have asked about needles. Anything special on that end? Name:  P1010830.JPG
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Size:  1.39 MBI just took this picture. As you can see it's on the workbench. Needs lots more cleanup. I tested the direction of the handwheel and yes, the handwheel moves away from me to get the dogs to feed the fabric towards the back. I would love having a copy of your manual if we match! Thank you.

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    I just rescued 2 Singers. My SIL's father was going to burn them and scrap the metal. Thank goodness my brother was there and called me.
    One is a treadle from 1914. It will be really pretty once it is cleaned up. She has the fancy gold Sphinx decals. The top of the cabinet needs some work.
    The other machine is a 66 (I think) from 1940. She has the crinkle finish and is in a little cabinet.
    DH is having a fit that I brought more machines into the house.
    They need to find a loving home soon. So glad they didn't end up in ashes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiDesertQuilter View Post
    Great! That means I will easily be able to get what I need. I should have asked about needles. Anything special on that end? Name:  P1010830.JPG
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Size:  1.39 MBI just took this picture. As you can see it's on the workbench. Needs lots more cleanup. I tested the direction of the handwheel and yes, the handwheel moves away from me to get the dogs to feed the fabric towards the back. I would love having a copy of your manual if we match! Thank you.
    Yours looks just like mine I also have a manual So after this week is over if you still need one let me know I can scan it.

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    Oh, my goodness! Mine looks so sad compared to Up North! I'm a Buckeye. Born in Cincinnati. I was cleaning out a treadle cabinet today and in it I found a token smaller than a dime that was givin' out at Langdons Bakery in Cinncinati. Don't know what year. My cabinet is from 1910. I was reading it with my bifocals and thought it said 'Widows Nite' in the center. Thought, "How sad!" Put on my husbands magnified glasses and found it really said, 'Widows Mite'. Still think that's kind of weird. Mom said the hole in it is so you can wear it as a necklace. Think I'll
    pass. But I couldn't believe I found the thing with my birthplace on it.

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