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Thread: I just brought home Mary Kelly. Singer Treadle 15-88

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    Mary Kelly is a Singer treadle 15-88 Centenial from 1950 or so. I am very excited as she has a reverse and I can drop her feed dogs. She needs some TLC and does not have the best finnish. DH is going to work on cleaning her up and fixing her timing. This is all I know. Its owner was Mary Kelly, the treadle was bought on the East coast, spend a lot of time in New Mexico and then ended up in storage with Mary Kelly's grand daughter in California. I fully intend to put her to use quilting once she is up and running. I am very excited as I have been looking for a 1950 treadle because of the functions like the reverse.
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    Wow, Congratulations!

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    She is beautiful.

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    What a beauty!!!

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    Lucky girl.

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    Yes, I am a lucky girl. I have been looking for a newer treadle for some time. To find a Centenial was an added bonus.

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    Wow, I am so happy for you, congratulations!

    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Yes, I am a lucky girl. I have been looking for a newer treadle for some time. To find a Centenial was an added bonus.

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    Looks like it has a good size throat on her

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    Very nice!

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    Congrats!On your straight-leg treadle and Singer 15.
    Have fun treadling!

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    Lucky you

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    How exciting ! I did not know that a treadle had reverse ! Shows you what I know about antique sewing machine. Congratulations !

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    Good for you'!!

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    How wonderful! I just bought a machine that turned out to be Centennial model, too - nice little surprise, isn't it? :) My first one.

    I hope you'll have a great time sewing with it! :)

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    Wow! Pretty machine! Congrats!!

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    Beautiful--looks like she's ready to go!

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    Yes, it is a nice added surprise. She is in the garage now, aka DH's shop, awaiting her treatment along with her cabinet. Her decals are in good shape but the glaze is a mess and DH feels even a spa treatment will not help much with that. She looks promising and we expect her to work great. The machine has almost all her parts but a spool holder. Do you have yours up and running yet?


    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    How wonderful! I just bought a machine that turned out to be Centennial model, too - nice little surprise, isn't it? :) My first one.

    I hope you'll have a great time sewing with it! :)

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    Very nice... I have a 1950 model 15 that is electric, which I need to clean up and use! A friend of mine has one like yours-- a treadle. It was her mother's and she remembers her making the clothes she wore to school on it. Wonderful machines! Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Beautiful--looks like she's ready to go!
    Almost. The treadle has been in storage for 7 years. The timing is off and it needs some serious cleaning and oiling. DH has her ready in his "shop" for a spa treatment. It is also missing the spool holder pin. He did get her running, using a small screw driver to hold the spool of tread in place. She doesn't run smooth, timing is off and she skips stitches. But he feels confident he can fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    The machine has almost all her parts but a spool holder.
    Jenny at sew-classic.com has tap-in and screw-in pins - I like the kind that has holes drilled in the top so that when I use a thread stand/cone holder, the thread goes from the stand to the spool pin and then to the next threading point.

    I'll be interested to find out about the timing issue - I've heard that it's very rare for one of these old gals to fall out of time - it takes a tinkering humanoid to mess that up. ;)


    Do you have yours up and running yet?
    Only 25 or so are actually running. ;) I've got a few that still need refurbishing, but tinkering with these machines is as much fun for me as quilting or sewing, so I've got some "project" machines sitting around, too. The rest of them, I use, some more than others - My 15's get used more than any of the others because they're such good piecers and quilters. :)

    In case you don't have this, here is a copy of the Adjuster's Manual for the 15-91 which might be of help to you. http://www.parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/15-91.pdf

    Good luck and have fun! And keep us updated! :)

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    Thanks for all the tips, ideas and links, PollyParrot.

    As for the timing I hope my tinkering human, DH, can fix it. I am pretty eager to give her a try.

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