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    Nancy, a 401G is set up to be a treadle machine from the factory. I have a 401G and a 411G I posted pics on the photo gallery eons ago but here is the 401g for now. I think somewhere on here I posted pics to show the difference between the 401a and 401g. If I get my act together, I can post a thread by itself some time. I have a lot going on here until next week... I hope.

    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer View Post
    Bojangles, because it has no motor and I can't find one for it. The 401G has the bobbin winder on top and needs a different motor. Miriam and Cranky showed me how it could be a treadle. Miriam posted pics of hers as a treadle and so for now mine will be too. Until I can find a motor anyway. Thanks for asking. Bobbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jon Jon Jon - a speeding ticket when you went to pick up the Davis? Yes, that was an expensive machine, but you couldn't have gotten the treadle from e-bay, and the machines off of e-bay become much more expensive if they are shipped properly! My only experience with buying a machine off e-bay was a little portable 99 - Occupied in Japan - machine. I wanted one machine with the Occuppied In Japan signature just because - it arrived with the case all broken up and the machine scratched up! DH was able to repair the case, but the scratches on the little 99 will stay. I tried touching them up with appliance touch up - it looked great until I cleaned the machine - then it wiped right off!

    Nancy
    Very true, There are many things to avoid on ebay. I've reached the point if I buy a complete treadle something has to go. To get the Davis, I'm selling off my Willcox Gibbs treadle. On ebay I look for Davis heads that will fit one of my cabinets and I can swap them out when I feel like something different. The belts even fit.

    BTW, I was framed on that speeding ticket---computerized Big Brother malfunction!

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    Nancy, a 401G is set up to be a treadle machine from the factory. I have a 401G and a 411G I posted pics on the photo gallery eons ago but here is the 401g for now. I think somewhere on here I posted pics to show the difference between the 401a and 401g. If I get my act together, I can post a thread by itself some time. I have a lot going on here until next week... I hope.
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    Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell #18025
    should be links to where I figured out how to treadle the 401G
    I have learned that it needs to be shimmed so there is room in the balance wheel and it needs a spinning wheel belt
    both of those make it run smoother and no cutting on the metal. I haven't figured out how to to that and still wind a bobbin.
    I looked it up. I hope it comes up alright
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post

    BTW, I was framed on that speeding ticket---computerized Big Brother malfunction!

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    I believe you!

    Once, during our trucking days, when we were driving a truck that was governed at 71 mph, we got pulled over in Wyoming and told we were pulled over for speeding. The speed limit was 75 mph.

    Straight out of the cops mouth when he was told that our truck would NOT exceed 71 mph, was, "I had the gun on, and I wasn't sure if it was you, or the motor home that was passing you."

    After he saw the look on my face, he very politely let us be on our way. Probably not one of his better days on the force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I believe you!

    Once, during our trucking days, when we were driving a truck that was governed at 71 mph, we got pulled over in Wyoming and told we were pulled over for speeding. The speed limit was 75 mph.

    Straight out of the cops mouth when he was told that our truck would NOT exceed 71 mph, was, "I had the gun on, and I wasn't sure if it was you, or the motor home that was passing you."

    After he saw the look on my face, he very politely let us be on our way. Probably not one of his better days on the force.
    I have to try that next time I get pulled over, "I was on cruise control." In this instance I got a letter in the mail with a picture of my car and plates saying I was doing 61 in a 50. Slick setup.

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    Does this look weird to anyone else? It's been posted on Craigslist and try as I might, I can't wrap my head around it. Am I missing something?

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    It's a mirror image....
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    Oh, lols! That never crossed my mind. I'm too old to try to start thinking in reverse ... Thanks, Charlee.

    Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Notsureif, that Dressmaker looks alot like my Sterling, but the bobbin winder is on top - more like a modern machine. I like the color and looks of the Dressmaker! Also, it looks like someone put one of those pin cushion cloths around the machine - there are little scatches - the tell tale sign of pins being stuck in! I hate seeing that on a machine! I can't understand why people did that to their machines, but it seems like that was an accepted technique for a while!

    Nancy

    The bobbin winder on this is on top also... she a arag around the arm with a 1000 pin's, I had to remove it to get teh top cover off and oil. plus see if I could move the needle over...

    This has a straight stitch needle plate with it , which changes out like a 401's
    with that and the quilt foot ,, you'd never know it's off set

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    Charlee, here is the $15 Singer I rescued last Friday(because of your enablin' .

    Its serial number is 16,484,650 making it a 1899 treadle head. The decals are silvered and in bad condition. It weighs a ton. My plan is to derust it and shine it up, then put it on top of one of my high built in shelves for decoration in one of our hallways. I already have 4 or 5 treadles with cabinets, in various working conditions and don't really need another one. It was a fun adventure as it always is with my best friend, DH! We're going specialty wood shopping next week.



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