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Thread: Treadle bouncing

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    Treadle bouncing

    I've been working with my new treadle that belonged to my mom. It's a singer 66 which runs really good. Got it all cleaned and oil. The only problem I have is the actual treadle. It really seems to be bouncing more than it should. The videos I've seen of them running doesn't show them to bounch as much as this one. Is there a site on the net that has any info on the linkage. The manual said something about bolts being lose but I can't seem to find any that are. Does anyone have any advice, I really want to get this thing running.

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    I had the same issue and my friend oiled and tighten the screw on the treadle wheel. now it runs great.

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    I tryed again and they seem to be all tight. I read somewhere that it can't be on carpet. Is that true? I put one of those plastic mats that go under a desk under the hole machine. I'm new at treadling but it seems like I'm getting it down. Still can't do it good enough to start using thread though, keeps breaking

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    Take it off of the carpet...that's the problem. It should be on hard floor.

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    Both of mine are on carpet. I have no where else to put them right now. My #2 Singer 66 treadle is sitting on the little rubber cushions you put under furniture. Raises it up about 3/4". That does help some.

    Getting the rhythm to treadle smoothly will help with the bouncing. Also check the grub screws under the machine head that tighten onto the hinges, and check the hinge screws into the wood.
    Make sure the ball bearings on the crank at the top of the pitman shaft are well lubed. The crank pivot too.

    Lots of things to check and considering the treadle base has no bearings other than the crank lubrication is paramount.


    Joe

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    Joe, this might sound dumb but where is the pitman shaft? I W-D the hold treadle and then oil it real good until it ran smooth. Thank you very much for the help. I moved it to a solid floor and I can't believe how much better it runs. No more bounching. Big problem, like yours. I really don't have a place that doesn't have carpet that is practible. I'll try the rubber cushions. Again thank you

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    quilting momma,

    The pitman arm is the shaft that runs from the upper right corner of the treadle foot plate to the crank at the wheel.

    Some are made of wood, some are made from metal. The metal ones have to be lubed and adjusted to run right.

    Here is my #2 66 treadle:

    If you look at the upper right corner of the treadle plate you'll see the ball socket nut of the new silver pitman arm. It goes up to the crank in the center of the wheel.


    Joe

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    I had to put mine on carpeting also...under each "leg" I put a ceramic cup holder to get it up off the floor so the treadle would be freer...it works good now
    Retired and living in NE Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting momma View Post
    Joe, this might sound dumb but where is the pitman shaft? I W-D the hold treadle and then oil it real good until it ran smooth. Thank you very much for the help. I moved it to a solid floor and I can't believe how much better it runs. No more bounching. Big problem, like yours. I really don't have a place that doesn't have carpet that is practible. I'll try the rubber cushions. Again thank you
    You could put a piece of plywood under the machine. That would help with the carpet.

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