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Thread: Do I have a treasure?

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    I inherited this Singer treadle sewing machine from my grandparents. My mother says she remembers seeing her grandmother using it when she was a child. It has some condition issues, the belt is gone and the cabinet is flaking some. Inside, there was a fabulous button collection and a bunch of thread, still on the old wooden spools. There were about 6 spools of silk thread besides. :) I don't know anything about these machines and don't know what I should know to care for it or use it possibly. Any info would be much appreciated!
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    YES!!!!!!!!!!! :D :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :D
    WOW and it was your grandmother's!!!! What an awesome treasure!!!
    Sorry I don't know the answers to your questions, but I just had to
    stop and say WOW!!! :D :D :D

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    I have to agree. WOW!!!! That is certainly a treasure! I wonder how you could have it assessed and possible insured.

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    Looks like a treasure to me. Get it working mechanically and enjoy it. :D

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    The funny part about it is that it was something that none of my aunts or uncles wanted and so the family put it on the auction. I told my dad that I wanted it and when it wasn't selling on the auction, he bought it back for $20 and gave it to me. Maybe I should do some research on it and see what I can learn. I thought I saw some real Singer buffs on this sight so I was hoping someone knew something about these machines. I'm thrilled to have it. :lol:

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    If I'm reading the serial number right your machine was made in Elizabeth , NJ around 1917. I think this is the one they call the Red Eye. there is a group called TreadleOn that has tons of info on restoring and using old people powered machines. They have an email list, yearly get togethers, block exchanges, and so on. I went to the get together near me just a couple of months ago and took the treadle that I had bought. They helped me get it running and I found the parts it needed there. I'm doing the fall block exchange on it now. These are the blocks I've done.

    I made them all on my treadle and it was so much fun! Here's their website
    http://treadleon.net/
    As soon as I finish the lap quilt top I'm working on I plan on trying some free motion quilting on mine.
    Hope this helps!

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    I just got an old Singer for free- yours looks even prettier than mine! Someone on here posted a link to a website where you can use that ID number to find out where and when your machine was made. I'll go find the thread and get the link for you.

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    http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

    Here you go! Enjoy your treasure!

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    oops Lisa looks like we were posting at the same time!

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    OMG! You DO have a treasure there!
    AWESOME!!!

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    Hi there, there are still a few shops around that do restoration and repairs, you might want to scour your area and see if there's a local place.

    I'm currently in southeastern Wisconsin and there is a shop in the town I live in that does repairs and whatnots on singers--the other guy who did the repairs out of his home retired a handful of years ago (and died--quite the shock to my grandmother when she couldn't get HER red eye fixed by HIM, he'd been working on all her machines for decades...gosh i wish i could have inherited that machine, but i digress.)

    hopefully you can get the machine up and working, they're quite lovely, and far fewer "issues" than the modern plastic and computerized ones.

    good luck!

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    I'll say you have a treasure!
    The belts are easily bought online and defintely check out the treadleon website as other posters have suggested.
    the cabinet is beautiful and I know I have seen information online on how to care for those as well.
    I have a red eye and my cabinet got messed up(WET) when we moved and I had it in storage. I however picked up a cabinet in good shape at a yard sale for 10 bucks. that was the cabinet only.
    YEP you got a treasure! A usable treasure! And it was actually your grandma's That is great
    think of when the power is out due to a snowstorm and you can be sitting by the fireplace,sewing and quilting away.

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    It sure is a treasure! You might be able to get a belt from your local sewing machine store if they do repairs. I was in my local store one day for something else and happened to mention that I had my great-grandma's treadle but the belt was broken. The repair guy went to his cabinet, whipped out a new belt and explained how to put it on and how to cut it to size - really easy to do. I think he charged me a couple of dollars for it. There are several good books out there that explain how to use and maintain treadles - check on-line. I got one from Clothilde. Enjoy your machine. It's beautiful.

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    Your machine is a real treasure and heirloom. It was meant to be yours because it knew you would take care of it.

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    What a blessing to have your grandmother's treadle.
    She is a beauty.
    Here is another website you might want to check out.
    It called needlebar.org
    They have a wonderful group of people who have a wealth of info on Singers and other oldie (pre 1960) machines.
    Lots and lots of pictures too.
    Happy peddling.........
    Deara

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    You definitely have a treasure!!! And to have belonged to your grandmother -- that is just awesome!!

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    Cool. It isn't that hard to find a belt for it. I used one for years that had very rusty mechanisms and gearing on the inside of the machine, because it had been left on a back porch for a while. It still sewed beautifully!

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    Oh wow, that is a great machine :mrgreen:

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    Ooooh, how pretty! Yes, you do have a treasure! Lovely! :lol: :lol:

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    Sorry, I don't have any info for you - just wanted to say - Wow!! It's a beautiful machine, how wonderful for you!!! :D

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    Maybe this will help you and others!
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    Darn - can't read it well. Anyway, it's ages of mfg for Singer machines. Let me know your serial number and I'd be glad to look it up if you can't read it. I'll try to retype it for a computer formet.

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    What a treasure!
    I have one also, needs a belt.
    My # is G229402, :D

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    Lucky, lucky girl! Especially since it was in your family. I know you will treasure that beauty!

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