Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: What do you know about treadle machines??

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Eagle River, Alaska
    Posts
    147
    Blog Entries
    1

    What do you know about treadle machines??

    I'm about to go to India(for 3 months) to an orphanage with a Christian school and training center. Part of what I'll be doing is teaching girls, single moms and widows how to sew!! Problem is, I'm told that although they have 9 treadle machines, only 2-3 of them are working at any time. I sewed on my mom's treadle machine about 100 years ago haha, but I never had to do any repairs to it. Also, I don't know a brand name or anything else specific since I have not seen them yet.

    So, my dear QB darlings, I'm coming to you who have a fountain of knowledge and wisdom and asking if anyone can point me to treadle maintenance and repairs no matter what the brand is? I've googled of course, but seems to me there ought to be more then what I'm finding. I need something like a "Book on Maintenance and Repairs for Treadle Sewing Machines" or a PDF file about old sewing machines and haven't found anything like that. For any of you young ones who might not know, treadle machines are powered by a foot pedal, not electricity.

    Also, my dears, I need a source for buying scissors, pins, measuring tape etc in large quantities and as inexpensive as possible. (JoAnn's coupons won't let me buy enough). I'd like to be able to give each of them a basic sewing kit. I want to give them stuff they can use and then also replace in their country. So, I'm not taking rotary cutters or mats as I don't believe it's a common sewing supply available there. Also, I won't be taking fabric because they need to learn to use what they have locally. I'm hoping to teach them how to make handbags/purses and other smaller, easy to learn projects. Another challenge I'll have is finding something there to substitute as the stiffener or fusible fleece in the bags. Any advice or suggestions will be most welcome!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bushkill, Pa
    Posts
    535
    It's a wonderful service you're going to be doing. I don't know a thing about treadle sewing machines except that you'll probably wind up with legs in great shape. I have just found out that wallpaper scissors are long term the
    best you can buy, and they can be purchased in a hardware store for between $8 and $10 each. They cut fabric
    as well as paper. Connecting Threads has thread that is sold at a very reasonable price. They're big spools, and you can get them in sets also for $10 or $11 that include approximately five or six spools.
    As far as the sewing machines, I would suggest calling a manufacturer and see if they have anything they could
    send you. The machines are, I'm assuming, standard sewing machines. The only difference is the treadle, which probably will need some oiling. Try Overstock.com for some of your supplies. Also, I see you are in Alaska. Connecting Threads is located either in Oregon or Washington. I wish you all the best. There is someone you can ask for help whenever you need it, and the next thing you'll know the answer is right in front of you.

  3. #3
    Super Member alleyoop1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    1,347
    Here are two sites that might offer you the help you are looking for. Where in India will you be going? I worked for two mission agencies here in the US who had missionaries in India. God bless you and keep you!
    www.treadleon.net/sewingmachineshop/index.html
    http://www.dollardays.com/wholesale-straight-pins.html

  4. #4
    Super Member nanna-up-north's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,998
    Hello, Dolly...... treadles are vintage so I would suggest that you post over on the vintage site. I have a treadle that was froze up and I was able to get it working with help from the vintage guys and gals over there.

    The most common problems I see are the belts missing and parts being froze up from sitting too long. Also, they can get clogged with lint and have difficulty moving. There is a cleaning post on the vintage site that might help you as well.

    I would certainly take along some tri-flow oil for the machines.

    Good luck

  5. #5
    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Long Island
    Posts
    798
    Treadle machines are fairly easy to repair if you have parts. You can always scavenge parts from the broken machines. What i found is that belts seem to deteriorate after a while and they do not have to be replaced with the original belt if you are stuck. You can simply staple them back or use another piece of thick leather. India has fabric galore, and their batiks are very pretty. If you are stuck for a part or something drop me a message and I will gladly send it to you. Good luck!

  6. #6
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,464
    Blog Entries
    2
    Here's the vintage machine area of this board:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...thusiasts-f22/
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  7. #7
    Senior Member liont's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    475
    Also, most parts of India is pretty humid, so you have to deal with rust. Not sure how that will affect the mechanical parts of the treadle machine.

  8. #8
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    For basic sewing supplies www.jhittle.com and www.createforless.com both have great prices.

  9. #9
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,422
    Tools for Self Reliance puts out a wonderful manual on refurbishing old sewing machines. http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/

    Treadleon has an article on installing belts.
    http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...eadlebelt.html

    And another article on servicing a treadle.
    http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...gtreadles.html

    You might need to take several extra belts with you and a kit with screw drivers of various sizes, sewing machine oil, etc. If you don't have any experience with treadling, try to find someone to help you learn before you go, on a machine that works, so you know what a good treadle machine feels like. Good luck and have fun. Send pictures!

  10. #10
    Senior Member Diannia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Fresno, CA
    Posts
    911
    I found a youtube video about making a treadle belt out of something else. I don't remember what he used but I was trying to learn how to install my belt when I found the video.

    diannia
    I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    83
    absolutely check out the vintage area of this site. Those guys and gals are a fount of knowledge. There is also a tut on this site by Muv on how to clean a treadle. It is wonderful. I'd take a few belts or I've also heard that you can use the air tubing for aquariums. Take some sewing machine oil and make yourself a cleaning, repair kit. screwdrivers, lint brush, machine oil, etc. Good luck on your trip and have a wonderful time.

  12. #12
    Super Member quilt addict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    2,676
    You have taken on a great project. We just had a speaker at our guild that did a similar project in Mongolia. Here is her website:

    http://dragonflyquilts.com/

    Agree with the comments provided about servicing machines. You can do that as they are all very similar.
    Lisa

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,598
    See if they can send you the serial #'s and make/models of the sewing machines so you can download operating manuals and take some specific parts likely to be needed- bobbins, belts, properly sized needles, etc. Lots of sewing machine oil (Not 3in1) and TriFlow. Spend some time on the Vintage and Antique section of the Board. There are great tutes on cleaning and repairs. If you have access to internet service in India you'll be able to reach some incredibly knowledgeable people here on the Board who can help you with specific repairs. Take a spool of leather for cutting into belts. Maybe a handcrank or two? The old machines are fairly indestructible unless severely rusted. Please keep us posted on what you need- I'm sure folks will be able to help you.

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Eagle River, Alaska
    Posts
    147
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    See if they can send you the serial #'s and make/models of the sewing machines so you can download operating manuals and take some specific parts likely to be needed- bobbins, belts, properly sized needles, etc. Lots of sewing machine oil (Not 3in1) and TriFlow. Spend some time on the Vintage and Antique section of the Board. There are great tutes on cleaning and repairs. If you have access to internet service in India you'll be able to reach some incredibly knowledgeable people here on the Board who can help you with specific repairs. Take a spool of leather for cutting into belts. Maybe a handcrank or two? The old machines are fairly indestructible unless severely rusted. Please keep us posted on what you need- I'm sure folks will be able to help you.
    Thanks, good ideas from all of you. I've checked and saved the links that you all provided. I REALLY appreciate all the help. Only other thing that I believe is different than what we think - their treadle machines aren't necessarily vintage or old. They actually make "new treadles" you know for areas of the world that don't have electricity or that the electricity isn't reliable. That's what I think is there, new treadles that need work. Again, thanks so much to everyone!!

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    13
    Hi! I'm a new QB member and I live in India. I may be able to help a bit...

    Where in India will you be working? Singer/Merit and Usha/Janome are the two big sewing machine companies, and both have a pretty good presence all over India, even in the smaller towns. Especially with the treadle machines, you should be able to find someone who can service them/find parts...

    As for sewing kits, you can find reputable brands of scissors and needles in the larger cities - fiskars and pony are popular. Same with pins, tape measures etc. for under $5/person, you should be able to make up a pretty decent kit.

    Best wishes for a successful trip.

  16. #16
    Super Member jcrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
    Posts
    2,733
    Blog Entries
    5
    Wherever you go to buy your supplies, be sure to let them know your plight. They should give you a discount because you are helping out a group of women in a foreign country. CT should give you a discount on their thread. If you buy wallpaper scissors, get a discount. GET A DISCOUNT WHEREVER YOU GO!
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.