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    Here are some pictures of me new treasure. Found it in Roscommon. Was just perusing the thrift shops and was talking to the owner of one. She said she had a friend that wanted her to bring one up there for her, but she was afraid she'd get stuck with it. She called her, I followed her to home, and it ended up coming home with me. So much for the SM Diet I am on. LOL. Even DH encouraged this one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    when i first became interested in vintage machines, i wished that i could somehow find my greatgrandmothers treadle machine. i had remembered seeing it when i was younger. while visiting my dad this week i mentioned to him about the 1919 singer treadle at home..in my avatar..i told him i wished i could find great grandmas. suprise of all suprises! he had it ever since his mother passed! it now belongs to me! it is a FREE from rockford illinois...the serial number is C78415 have not had a chance to look up any info yet,,,just borrowing a computer for a few minutes. just had to share with all of you!
    Congratulations on getting the Free that belonged to your Great Grandmother! How exciting is that???????? I would love to have my grandmother's treadle, but I don't even know what brand she had! Darn! I can't find any pictures with the machine in the picture! You are so lucky.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by hspirit_99
    found this at a thrieft shop. she is called an Aldena, but has singer decals and serial number. she isnt much bigger if any then my FW
    Ok now I am confused? That 99 clone has a name other than Singer on the arm, yet it has the Singer badge?

    Miz Johnny can you answer that one? Or Billy? Singer never badged a machine, and I have never seen one with any name across the arm made by Singer - accept SINGER?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurora
    Billy,

    A year or so ago I purchased a beautiful Red Eye (1914) to convert to a handcrank. I also have a Red Eye ( 1910) that belonged to my husband's grandmother (shows a great deal of wear and dirt buildup) as it was stored in my MIL's basement for years. The cabinet is is pretty good condition, but the bobbin plate is missing.

    Anyway, the Red Eye for the conversion is almost perfect except that there was not place to attach the handcrank. I pulled the Red Eye from the treadle cabinet (it has the screw location for the motor mount). I have attached the handcrank conversion and will now proceed with a thorough cleaning.

    I have placed the almost perfect Red Eye into the treadle cabinet and installed a new belt (the old one was broken and in one of the drawers). I have apparently installed the belt incorrectly because I am unable to raise the head far enough backwards to raise the front wood panel to lower the head into the cabinet. I will get a new belt because I probably cut too much off the belt I installed. But the belt kept jumping off the big wheel -- any tips on how to overcome this issue.

    Also a bobbin is stuck on the bobbin winder, but I am thinking a good Kerosene soak will loosen it for removal. I have your instructions printed out for referral when I get back to the cleaning part. I just am not sure about the belt problem. Any guidance will be appreciated.
    Aurora, you attached the belt correctly. Once the belt is attached to the wheel you can't lower the head unless you slip the belt off the treadle or the wheel to lower the machine into the cabinet. Most of the Singer cabinets have a little switch thingy near the treadle wheel to loosen the belt out of the treadle groove. If your treadle does not have that, you can just slip it off the groove in the hand wheel. Either way in order to lift the machine far enough up to lower the head, you have to slip off the belt.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    Here are some pictures of me new treasure. Found it in Roscommon. Was just perusing the thrift shops and was talking to the owner of one. She said she had a friend that wanted her to bring one up there for her, but she was afraid she'd get stuck with it. She called her, I followed her to home, and it ended up coming home with me. So much for the SM Diet I am on. LOL. Even DH encouraged this one!!
    Wow, I love those Free #5's! I have done a bunch of piecing with mine! Love your cabinet too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    Here are some pictures of me new treasure. Found it in Roscommon. Was just perusing the thrift shops and was talking to the owner of one. She said she had a friend that wanted her to bring one up there for her, but she was afraid she'd get stuck with it. She called her, I followed her to home, and it ended up coming home with me. So much for the SM Diet I am on. LOL. Even DH encouraged this one!!
    Just Beautiful!!!!!
    Texas Jan

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    I just posted some attachments for vintage machines in the buy, sell, trade forum....have a Kenmore buttonholer, a slant buttonholer, and some cams for a New Home if anyone's interested! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC
    I had posted this question a ways back on Page 1176 of this thread:

    "Can I ask a question about my hand-crank machine? I can sew for about 15 minutes before the screw holding the crank comes loose and it starts clunking loudly (and would fall off, I'm sure, if I just kept cranking!). Is this just something that usually happens with the cranks? I keep a screwdriver right next to the machine now so I can tighten it up when this happens, but it's kind of annoying."

    Miz Johnny answered and asked if my crank is original or repro. Of course, I have no earthly idea, as this is my first vintage machine! So here's a picture of the crank. If anyone has a suggestion about the problem of the screw coming loose, I'd appreciate any input.
    It's hard to tell from the picture, but I'm betting it's a repro, and am thinking perhaps the screw isn't quite long enough or isn't the right thread. The screw holding the motor mount on isn't long enough for a hand crank; the HC needs a slightly longer one. I don't know where to get one, but am betting Billy does.

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    If anyone in Georgia wants one just like it (in a BEAUTIFUL cabinet), a friend of mine had one at the NC TOGA last week. She didn't sell it, but would love to have the space!
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    Here are some pictures of me new treasure. Found it in Roscommon. Was just perusing the thrift shops and was talking to the owner of one. She said she had a friend that wanted her to bring one up there for her, but she was afraid she'd get stuck with it. She called her, I followed her to home, and it ended up coming home with me. So much for the SM Diet I am on. LOL. Even DH encouraged this one!!

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    It's not a Singer, the badge will probably say something like "Precision" and the decals will be slightly different than Singer's. It was simply decorated to LOOK like a Singer.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by hspirit_99
    found this at a thrieft shop. she is called an Aldena, but has singer decals and serial number. she isnt much bigger if any then my FW
    Ok now I am confused? That 99 clone has a name other than Singer on the arm, yet it has the Singer badge?

    Miz Johnny can you answer that one? Or Billy? Singer never badged a machine, and I have never seen one with any name across the arm made by Singer - accept SINGER?

    Nancy

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