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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    My daughter is an enabler. She found me a White treadle in a big, boxy cabinet for $350. When I choked over the price, she said she didn't know how much they are. The Davis in the middle of the state is $300. Neither in my price range.

    She liked my little Leader. She pronounced it in much better shape than the New Home Ruby she looked at with me. She doesn't know her vintage machines, but she does know her antiques, so that's a compliment to Miss No Name's cabinet and decals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by juneayerza
    Hello Everyone,

    I am very new to quilting and I'm teaching myself through online tutorials and books. I've seen a lot of you talking about using an old treddle machhine for your quilt tops. I have a treddle which was my late MIL's, but it needs a fair amount of restoration. Before I spend, can you please tell me the advantage of using the treddle and what kind of work you use it for.

    Thanks All
    I do it all on a treadle from the tops to doing the FMQ and the binding! I have a central treadle mounted under a bench that when the leaf is in place it is 36x140 work surface. I also have different plates that I can put in the central hole and use different machines.

    The advantage in my own opinion is that you have a piece of living history in your hands and somehow you can see and feel the love that was put into it. For me its like I stepped back into time and I am back in the golden age of the sewing machine. Everything stops for me and I am in another world listening to the little squeaks and clunks of the treadle, and the sound of the machine as its running. Time stands still!!

    Billy
    I just love this! I know this feeling. It's like you feel a link to the people from the past.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Tammy

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    I was wondering if there is a tutorial specific to the Featherweight as far as repairs and restoration/cleaning?
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    Thank you all for your compliments! I am very very happy with this machine. It purrs like a kitten. I am having the spool pin fixed hopefully tomorrow.
    Instead of using a seam guide that I have to attach like the one I saw in the message, I am opting to put the QTools Sewing Edge tape on at the proper measurement for the 1/4 inch.
    I should be able to do some sewing on her tomorrow.
    Thanks again for all your information and good thoughts.
    Many of us use the magnets that come as promotional items through the mail, etc. They work great as seam guides and don't mar the finish.
    I am so used to electronic plastic machines, that I never even thought of using a magnet on my treadle to guide me at a 1/4 inch seam. This tip will help as my DGDs sew on it. They have a little trouble letting the edge of the foot be their guide.

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    Me too on the too long on plastic! I would have never thought of using a magnet. A big Thanks!!!

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    Thanks for trying to help me out! I did find a place with a conversion kit which is a piece that attaches so that you can use side loading attachments. It won't harm the machine and it can always be changed back to its original. I thought I might try that. Thanks again.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    Billy,

    I just got a 1914 Singer Red Eye with the back clamping feet.
    I wondered if you would know where I can purchase additional pieces for it such as a quarter inch foot etc etc.
    Do they make these for my machine to accomodate the latest type of quilting on a machine if you know what I mean?
    I bought a walking foot that I can use on my Featherweight for example.
    I hope this pic comes through.
    That sure is a nice red eye you have there unfortunately the back clamping attachments are not made anymore and are very hard to find. Sometimes you can find them on ebay and in antique stores. It took me almost two years to find attachments for my red eye. I was lucky some very nice and generous members of this board helped me in finding some. Glenn
    I spent a bunch of time online today looking for these (while this board was down ALL DAY!!) and found... nothing. Your best bet might be to buy a whole sewing machine that is in poor condition, but has all the feet with it. A donor machine. My 1908 66 also takes the back clamping feet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    Thanks for trying to help me out! I did find a place with a conversion kit which is a piece that attaches so that you can use side loading attachments. It won't harm the machine and it can always be changed back to its original. I thought I might try that. Thanks again.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    Billy,

    I just got a 1914 Singer Red Eye with the back clamping feet.
    I wondered if you would know where I can purchase additional pieces for it such as a quarter inch foot etc etc.
    Do they make these for my machine to accomodate the latest type of quilting on a machine if you know what I mean?
    I bought a walking foot that I can use on my Featherweight for example.
    I hope this pic comes through.
    That sure is a nice red eye you have there unfortunately the back clamping attachments are not made anymore and are very hard to find. Sometimes you can find them on ebay and in antique stores. It took me almost two years to find attachments for my red eye. I was lucky some very nice and generous members of this board helped me in finding some. Glenn
    I spent a bunch of time online today looking for these (while this board was down ALL DAY!!) and found... nothing. Your best bet might be to buy a whole sewing machine that is in poor condition, but has all the feet with it. A donor machine. My 1908 66 also takes the back clamping feet...
    Where did you find the conversion kit? I am interested in this. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    It's black and I haven't sewn with it yet cause it's in the wrong cabinet style to put a belt on to treadle. We pulled the tail off when we got it and cleaned it up no noticing the holes were in the wrong place for belt to go through cabinet.
    Weedwoman, so this machine was originally electric and you want to make it a treadle? What do you mean, you pulled the tail off - are you talking about the handwheel or what?

    The machine I won off of e-bay is electric.

    Nancy

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    Hi folks, I made it to the thrift store yesterday and test drove both the Singer 301 and Necchi Alco 400 (not really vintage in my book). I told the owner I'd thread both machines, adjust the tension and make sure they both ran. The singer had some electrical issues and seemed a little sluggish, so I opted to leave that one at the store. The Necchi, that I wasn't really interested in was like a work horse. It was quiet, smooth, kinda like driving a luxury car, so I brought that one home. All that to get to the question: I want to get some cams for it, I've looked on E-Bay the sellers for the ones listed don't know which machine they are for. Are the cams for the Necchi interchangeable or are the specific to each model? I'd appreciate any information. Thanks in advance.
    Marie M.

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    http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/for/2293752305.html

    I think this is high but it sure is a nice looking machine.

    Anyone interested?

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