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ok - so I sort of have spring fever but not enough to go digging yet - just thinking too hard - locked up in the depths of my shop are two Singer 15s with potted motors - the wires are clipped. Do these convert to treadle - anybody done it? What do you do with the hole in the back? Does it get a new balance wheel?
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Ok I need some input. I am looking at a Bruce Rotary treadle. The machine and cabinet are in really good shape as far as I can see from pictures. I haven't committed yet to actually go see the machine in person, as I know I will buy it! Anyway, I have done a little research about the Bruce Sewing Machine Co. from Springfield. I have not been able to determine if they actually made the Bruce machine or if it is a badged machine. From what I have read, Davis or Free may have made the machines for Bruce. The cabinet looks like it could be either a Davis or Free design. Anyone have a Bruce Rotary or know anything about this machine?
I have a 66-16. It is in probably pristine consition for a Singer from Mar 2, 1950. She came from an estate auction. It has little to no wear on any decals but it does have an issue. A rather problematic issue. I cannot get it to engage the bobbin winder. The machine runs when it's not engaged but the tire doesn't make full contact with the wheel and when it does the wheel won't move. When i was cleaning, the backside was dirty with black colored stuff on it which did some off and it wasn't the paint. Am pretty sure I don't have any other 66s or 99s around to fill up a bobbin with to see if the machine runs. Both the winder tire and belt were replaced by me. The old tire just crumbled off when I attempted to remove it in one piece.
Any suggestions from anyone? All will be appreciated. ~ Chris
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The 66 was manufactured between 1902 and 1956! The Redeye decal lasted until mid to late 1920's. It is quite possible the machine you are looking at was electrified - people did that all the time to those treadles. They put a motor on them as soon as they had electricity in their homes! Did you see the Serial Number?
Thank you Nancy I didn't think it was from 49 just didn't sound right to me. No I didn't get the Serial Number sure wish I would have. We are going back in a couple of days I'll get it then if it's still there. My DH got a sewing machine out of the shed, that I didn't know was there and it is a Red Eye, I was so surprised to see it. It looks like it was electrified but the wires had been cut. I would love to change it back to a treadle.