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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Aww, catching up on American Pickers and wishing I could control the camera! Four treadle machines all in a row, and they barely show them.
    That is the first thing I notice on that show too. I'm always saying out loud "open up that treadle and show us what's in there" but they never do. I think I may write in and tell them ppl are interested in seeing those old ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Aww, catching up on American Pickers and wishing I could control the camera! Four treadle machines all in a row, and they barely show them.
    I love that show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    That is the first thing I notice on that show too. I'm always saying out loud "open up that treadle and show us what's in there" but they never do. I think I may write in and tell them ppl are interested in seeing those old ladies.
    Yeah, but there's no money in old treadles to resell and that's what they're there for. Not to waste their time. I started watching Picking Sisters too, but I don't know if that one is still on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    That would be fun to treadle! Too far a drive for me. Hopefully someone in the Sacramento area picks it up, but if no, it will be fun watching it on ebay.
    Well, I took a stab at it on ebay. But, for a non-operable machine it's not worth too much. Who knows what's wrong with it and the parts for this machine aren't easy to come by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Well, I took a stab at it on ebay. But, for a non-operable machine it's not worth too much. Who knows what's wrong with it and the parts for this machine aren't easy to come by.
    There's one of 3 things wrong with it....either the handwheel clutch hasn't been retightened ,badly in need of oiling or the top gear is cracked.
    My DD's 730 free arm had that gear replaced before we bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    There's one of 3 things wrong with it....either the handwheel clutch hasn't been retightened ,badly in need of oiling or the top gear is cracked.
    My DD's 730 free arm had that gear replaced before we bought it.
    You don't ever want to run one of those cold - ask me how I know
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    There's one of 3 things wrong with it....either the handwheel clutch hasn't been retightened ,badly in need of oiling or the top gear is cracked.
    My DD's 730 free arm had that gear replaced before we bought it.
    Yup, it may be something completely minor or major and I'm not going to bet the house on it:> Anyway, my bid isn't making the reserve price, anyway. I'm not in love with the table, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yeah, but there's no money in old treadles to resell and that's what they're there for. Not to waste their time. I started watching Picking Sisters too, but I don't know if that one is still on.
    I didn't know they had another picking show. I'll have to look for that one. It's fun to see what they come across that I'd have no clue about.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    I think this is a 28, can't be totally sure of the 2nd digit in the serial number, looks to be in 1906 with a run of 225,000 numbers. Cute little machine in a nice looking treadle in the Dallas area in case anyone's interested.

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/2752571134.html
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    I bought a red head in a treadle. The treadle has no pitman nor a screw to hold the skirt guard in place. The had converted it to a electric. I called a dealer where I get my old parts from to see if he had any for me. He told me that those things were just junk. He had no room to store junk and to try a junk dealer for those parts. I was horrified at his comment on just junk. Do any of you have any spare pitmans or screws that you would like to sell? Kathie

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