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Thread: 1852 Grover and Baker Treadle

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    Sorry about all the "junk" in the background. This machine is currently stored in a watertight locked building at my son's house until we get a chance to bring it home. About two months ago we were emptying two storage units that my DH got when he brought all his things from North Carolina. We were down there yesterday and I discovered this "JEWEL" of a sewing machine. It needs to be cleaned up and worked on a little but the beautiful Walnut Cabinet doesn't have a thing wrong with it. With the coffin lid on top I think it will be gorgeous. My DH reconditions and restores vintage and antique sewing machines and I can't wait till he works on this one. The mechanism of the machine works freely. What a fabulous machine and it is over 150 years old. What stories it could tell. As it was pre Civil War, did this machine sew uniforms for the Confederacy or how many quilts did it make? It is a two thread chain stitch machine. I am soooooo excited. According to the Encyclopedia of American Sewing Machines between 31 to 200 of these machines still exist and its value would be between $200 to $1,200 but to me it is priceless.

    A real treasure I didn't know I had
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    1852 Grover and Baker
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    Heavens Twinkie, that really is a page from history. Could have belonged to Scarlett o'Hara herself!

    Please post pictures when its restored. Thanks!

    Marion

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    I certainly will. It may take a few months as my DH has several projects going now. He has just finished restoring (machine only) a 128 Sphinx and making it work again. Here is a before and after picture. I think he does an amazing job.

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    Heavens Twinkie, that really is a page from history. Could have belonged to Scarlett o'Hara herself!

    Please post pictures when its restored. Thanks!

    Marion
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    When he finished (portion of decal was already missing before he started)
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    Front of machine
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    WOW, what a treasure.

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    Two treasures in fact, your very talented husband and the beautiful machine.

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    I treasure DH almost as much as I do this machine (LOL) Just kidding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dealbaida
    Two treasures in fact, your very talented husband and the beautiful machine.

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    How lovely! Lucky lucky girl...

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    Congrats! Beautiful machine!

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    Your right what a find...Boy makes me regret passing up a Singer Treadle over the Memorial day wkend. It will be beautiful when restored.

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    Wow!!!! Yes, if that machine could talk??? Such a prize!!!

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    Love it! :thumbup:

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    Your old machines are beautiful and your husband does an awesome job restoring them. Can you tell me what he uses to clean the black enamel? I have an old treadle and am afraid of destroying the decal when I clean it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I have cleaned with Murphy's Oil Soap in the past, but was wondering if there is something better :)

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    love the details on the machine, beautiful

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    Wow!!!!!

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    I have seen a lot of old machines but this is the first time one was described with a 2 thread - chain stitch. It makes me wonder which other of those older machines had this stitching system.

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    oops!

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    Wow, what a treasure.

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    What a find!!

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    Wowzers! What an amazing piece of history. Thx for sharing!

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    Wow, Thanks for sharing. These machines must have some interesting stories!

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    Very fortunate! Happy you are going to cherish and love this piece of history! You could start a museum with those treasures! Wonder if there is a museum that has antiques like this on display?

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    This is my 1903 Singer Model 27 treadle. It has pheasant decals and a 7 drawer wood cabinet with lotus blossom design. I love this one and have used it.

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    Actually he used a product called Purple Power and WD 40. Along with a soft cloth. Purple power is something like 409. Gentle cleaning should not harm the decals. It usually takes him several hours to clean the oil off one of these machines

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    Your old machines are beautiful and your husband does an awesome job restoring them. Can you tell me what he uses to clean the black enamel? I have an old treadle and am afraid of destroying the decal when I clean it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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