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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowQuilt View Post
    My DH and I went to an antique store today and they had a Singer Red Eye. It was an electric machine in a tredle sewing cabinet, it looks like they switched it to electric. It was dated (according to the tag) was 1949. Does that sound right? Does anyone know when they stopped making the Red Eyes?
    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?

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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?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    I am thinking of adding a treadle machine to my collection for free motion quiliting. I have few 66's, a Davis NVF, a WW9 and WW8. What would you recommend, a Singer 115 or Singer 15-88? I really have a preference for having a 115 if their performance is basically equal. I understand that the feed dogs drop on a 15-88 where they do not drop on the 115. I am thinking that won't matter much to me, I'll just cover the feed dogs with an index card or something. I searched the board and many people are using the 15-88 for free motion work. Is it really that much better than the 115? Or, is it a case where there are not as many 115's around? As always, thank you everyone for your opinions! - Judy
    Judy, if you really want a machine to FM with why get one that does not drop its feed dogs? I have a 15-88 that is great to FM with. I use that machine all the time and I love mine! It has a really nice stitch, is very dependable to always give you that stitch, and it drops its feed dogs! What more could you ask for? Of course, I can't compare as I do not has a 115.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I've been searching high and low for a vintage Singer card table for short bed 301's/401 machines and FINALLY have one. I'm so excited. It needs refinishing but is otherwise in working condition and will work perfectly for me as I use these machines to FMQ a lot. I have 3 shortbeds and a 401 and all will fit in the table. I don't use the 401, for FMQ but it will also be better for my long sewing runs to have it set in the table. It seems this is one of the hardest tables to find! I had one with a FW cutout offered to me and have seen those for sale, but finding this particular cutout wasn't easy. Especially since I didn't want to pay the outrageous amount they're going for on ebay right now. Happy dance.

    You can see how the machine fits perfectly and the side cutout will allow the 401 to fit perfectly too:>
    Candace YIPPEEEEEEE for you! I know how much you love those 301's! I am so glad you finally found a table! That table looks just like my FW table. It looks to be in great shape too! Good for you!

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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?

    Nancy
    I've learned that it's hard to tell the manufacturer of a machine by the treadle cabinet! Most machine makers only made the heads, and the cabinets were made by another local company. I don't know about the Bruce Rotary, but it gives me something to surf for today!
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    66 Bobbin winding issue

    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?

    Nancy


    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    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
    you could try looking for a fatter tire and a fatter belt I guess
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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