I recently pulled my grandmother's old sewing machine, a treadle converted to electric, out of the garage, where it's been, unfortunately, for years and years. I have a lot of cleaning up to do on her, and after that she'll probably need to go to the local sew-vac store; I can't even remember if she still sewed last time I had her down.
What I've been wondering is whether you can get a walking foot for this kind of machine? I think she's a model 66, although so far I've only looked up her year on the Singer site using the serial number. I have a box of old attachments for her (hemmers, rufflers), including a little booklet with instructions on how to put the attachments on and how to sew with them; neither the booklet nor the attachments box has a name or date on them, but they're pretty old!
I do want to try her for quilting, as she has a 9" harp, compared to my Kenmore, which has barely 6", and since all she does is straight stitch (main reason I bought the Kenmore; I wanted a free-arm, buttonhole, zigzag... but didn't have much money to spend), I think I can trust her to keep her needle steady. I get so much "wiggle" from the Kenmore, plus the zigzag throatplate, that I can't sew a straight line to save myself!
Once I bought the Kenmore, my husband kept bugging me to try to sell her (because he couldn't understand why I'd "need" two machines), but I've dragged my feet for years, and after being on this board for the last year, I'm sure glad I kept her!
I've been checking out sites recommended for cleaning instructions, and I know I have a big job ahead, but I think it will be worth it. Maybe I'll post a photo once I get the initial grit off her. Oh, and the power cord was always a big problem, too. I think last time I needed to replace it, we used something from another appliance and attached the part that goes into the machine onto it. It's been a while though; I might not be remembering correctly. Anyway, I'd love to get an official replacement cord.
Thanks for any and all advice from the many wonderful members of this board!