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Thread: question about a treadle sewing machine

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    Is a treadle sewing machine where you set your feet on a plate and rock them forward and back to make it sew?
    I have an opportunity to purchase one but I was looking to find an electric one.
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    for some reason it won't let me attach a photo

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    ok, got it now.
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    i have a chance to own a franklin treadle and its free to me couse its at my grandmas house. i have seen where they can be converted to electric by adding a motor to them. so ill bet if you got the one you are looking at and wanted to convert to electric it can be done. if i get mine im keeping it a treadle. Chris

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    it would take 3.5 hours to go get it but the person only wants $35.

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    how cool is that!!

    you'd be able to get a cardio workout and sew a quilt at the same time :lol:

    you could have the best legs in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crkathleen
    Is a treadle sewing machine where you set your feet on a plate and rock them forward and back to make it sew?
    Yes. So if you want a standard every day electric sewing machine, that's probably not what you want.

    It's a lovely machine, and personally I would jump at it for $35 if it's in good working order, but I like having 'non-electric backups'. I'm keeping an eye out for one near me.

    Jan



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    My older sisters learned to sew on a treadle machine. My aunts till has hers and I tried to buy it from her, but she wouldn't budge. I got one at an auction, but mine needs some things on it. At $35 I would do the traveling to get it!!

    Good luck,
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    My grandmothers treadle was converted to electric, Be warned it weighs a ton so lugging it around is not an option. I also have a treadle and want to keep it that way. I can have my grandmothers machine as it is in my mom's posession and she has said she wants me to have it, I just don't have room for another machine.

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    There was an article in 1 of the quilting mags about a lady who pieces and quilts all her quilts with a treadle. She has several! Don't remember which magazine.

    I learned to sew on my grandmothers, still have it too. It needs some work tho, hopefully just oiling and a new belt. I say go for it! They are good basic machines with a wonderful straight stitch.

    There is a site - treadleon.net - I think. They're not just for power outages....after all I still need light when I sew!

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    I agree with everyone else who said grab it :) if it were within 3.5 hrs of me at that price I'd be in the car already ;) ;)

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    It's beautiful! Is it a singer? I'd go for it at $35. If its in good running cond. you could get your money back then some if you decide you didn't want it. I have a treadle, and love it. Don't use it a lot....keep it at the cabin for backup.....but boy, that thing can sew a mighty pretty seam!!

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    Wow, $35 is really cheap! Run and grab that baby while you have a chance!! But it does take 2 men and a boy to lug the thing around :roll:

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    Well now all of you will know how old I am....... a treadle machine was the first machine I used to sew on. Now don't be laughing...........
    I also have my grandmothers old Singer tredle machine and it is my pride and joy. I don't think $35.00 for your find is to m much - and if you never use it - it is still a buy just to have one in your sewing room.
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    I also have a Climax tradle machine - this one have a wooden cover - my brother-in-law saw it at a yard sale and knows how much I like old machines so he got it for me. What a guy..........

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    Scrap quilter........you aren't the only old one around here :lol: My 1st sewing was also done on a Singer treadle........sure wish I had it now! Mom traded it in on an electric model for me when I was in high school. Wish I had that one too! I picked up my present treadle at an auction about 35 years ago for $3.00. No one else would bid on it. It is a King, long bobbin, with lots of accessories and even has the manual. I was so lucky. Your "Climax" sounds lovely. I have only seen pictures of those babies!

    Phyllis

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    I also learned how to sew on my grandmother's treadle machine. I loved it, and am due to inherit a treadle machine of my own. I wouldn't electrify it, because it really isn't that hard to treadle.

    I borrowed a treadle to make "country curtains" for my girls when they were young. Yards and yards of ruffles had to have a tiny handkerchief hem put in them, and the treadle machine I borrowed had a hem foot and a ruffler. I ended up being VERY fast on the old treadle.

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    I also learned to sew on a singer treadle. It was my Moms. I have a New Home treadle,My mom and DH bought it for me a year ago last Feb. for my Birthday. I just got the Belt put on. It has been sitting over a yr. now. I have one needle. Got to get me some more. I don't want to use it until I get more needles. It has attachments,like binder,botton hole, and others. I want the manuel have found a site on the internet,that I maybe able to get one. They can also age the machines for you. I really would like to know how old mine is just haven't made the call to find out yet. That one looks like a keeper. It takes practise to master the treadle but they sure are wonderful to sew with. Mine is in great condition.
    Here is a picture of it. You can't see the treadle but it is there.
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    Get it! If I saw that..... I paid 125 for my singer treadle, and that is a great price!

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    I'm going to pass on the treadle. I would rather it be electric. If anyone is interested it is in Havana Illinois (Craigslist)

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    Quote Originally Posted by crkathleen
    it would take 3.5 hours to go get it but the person only wants $35.
    If I were THAT close ....I"D BE RUNNING TO GET IT!

    hmmm......think my answer is YES? lol

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    that is beautiful and i'd definitely go get it. I bought an old sewing machine cabinet at a junk sale and paid $35.00 just for the cabinet, no machine in it.

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    I would love to have a treadle machine. Maybe someday.

    Kyia

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    I would be in the car by now.

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    I have my grandmother's treadle machine. Right now the TV is sitting on the cabinet and it is all closed up. I have used it as an end table by my couch, opened it up and used it in front of a window with my rocking chair next to it. (I took the needle out when the kids were little and it was on display-just in case).

    Grandma used it as a night stand. I also used it in high school to finish my home ec project when the electricity went out. Had to practice the foot motion but it was fun. And I was the only one that got my project in on time :lol:

    If I could find one like you found for that price....I'd grab it up in a heartbeat! :mrgreen: It has so many posibilities.....

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    I'd be On the road after it, I love my Treadles, started in 1999, have 4 all also have a motor on themexcept my Living Room one,but I don't use the motors but I can switch back and forth, Comes in REAL HANDY!!! We got hit by an Ice Storm and had No Power for 2 weeks except we had Gas Luckily, I'd went crazy without my Treadles, Open the Drapes and Sew and Quilt, All Those old Things are New Again!!! So TRUE!!!

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