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Thread: Treadle Machines

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    I have several Singer treadle machines (circa 1900) and want to clean and replace belts etc. But, I don't want to take to a machine replair place. Does anyone have someone come in to their home; guess I am not very trusting as I have heard others have received back switched heads. Thoughts?

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    Go to the "Virtual" section of the QB, and then you will see a list--at the bottom is a wonderful heading called Vintage Sewing Machines where you will find SEW much info on how to restore it your self, etc. Have fun!

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    Thank you very much.

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    Also, if you have any questions, Lostn51 (Billy) will be very helpful with vintage machines. These machines are wonderful and we purchased our belts on line. Believe they were around $7.95 plus shipping on e-bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I have several Singer treadle machines (circa 1900) and want to clean and replace belts etc. But, I don't want to take to a machine replair place. Does anyone have someone come in to their home; guess I am not very trusting as I have heard others have received back switched heads. Thoughts?
    I have old machines too, and do the cleaning and repair myself. There isn't much to go wrong. Some rags and good oil and you are on your way. I don't trust anyone else with my precious machines. Also a good idea to get a manual for you particular machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I have several Singer treadle machines (circa 1900) and want to clean and replace belts etc. But, I don't want to take to a machine replair place. Does anyone have someone come in to their home; guess I am not very trusting as I have heard others have received back switched heads. Thoughts?
    I restore and refurbish machines and I specialize in the ones from the 1860's to the 1930's but will work on them up to the mid to late 60's. I will give you a few links to go to so if you want to tackle the refurbishing yourself.

    I also sell parts for them and have several parts machines for the hard to find parts. If you want me to refurbish your machine I can give you references and lots of photos of the machines I have worked on.

    Here are the links:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45816-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45983-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-46696-1.htm

    Billy

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    I have a good resource book on treadle repair and maintenance: "The Complete Guide to Treadle Sewing Machines" by Reuben O. Doyle. It's a soft-cover spiral bound book published in 2002. I think I got it from Clotilde but I just checked her site and Amazon - neither of them have it. If you can find it, it's really good for cleaning, adjustments, trouble-shooting, etc.

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    How about putting it all back together (laughter). WOW, this is a wealth of information. Thanks.

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    took the advise from an expert on treadle machines and used wd-40 and good soft cotton rags for cleaning everything from top to bottom on my machine. for my cabinet i used a good furniture wax and then buffed to a shine.

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    The only thing about WD-40 is it will soften the finish on the irons if you not careful. They were japanned just like the machines were and I know you wouldnt polish a machine with it.

    I just use Liquid Gold on them after a good dusting.

    Billy

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