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Thread: My treadle conversion

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    Junior Member Fixedgearhead's Avatar
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    Here are some pictures why I have had the most fun I have had sewing. I converted a Bernina Mechanical sewing machine to Treadle power. That is right, Just like the local Amish do, here in Ohio. The cabinet is Cherry, and the Top is Maple, and the mechanical stuff, is made by some Mennonite folks in Pennsylvania. It slows down the process, but is very rewarding and anyway I am not in any hurry. It suits my style.
    I hope you enjoy them.
    John

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    OH !! How wonderful!!

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    Awesome.
    Im from Ohio too.
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    Verry nice set up.

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    OMG, I love it! A wise invention! :-D :-D :-D

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    That is so FUN !!!

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    That is really cute.

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    Clever! :thumbup:

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    Very cool. I just found out that Janome currently offers a treadle model. You have to supply your own base.

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    I looked into them but they are not quite as nice as the Bernina 1008 mechanical. I have been using Bernina for a long time, so I had a preference before I bought. My Bernina dealer is an Old Order Mennonite couple who live out in the country on a farm and deal to the local Plain Community. (Amish and Old Order Mennonite) who don't have electricity in their houses, and so need to have a treadle and the combination of a modern machine with all the stitches, far outstrips the old singer treadles, Not that those are bad, I learned to sew on one, but those automatic buttonholes are much easier to get a nice product that a straight stitch machine. But if you had familiarity with Janome, that would be a good choice, as most of your feet would work with that machine. Hope this helps you.
    John

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    Very neat, you never have to worry if the power goes off or power surges!

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    Very cool! I'm going to be brining home my husband's grandmother's treadle when I move to the new house since we'll actually have room for it there. I'll get new belts for her before she comes home though :)

    Congrats on your newly created treadle! Very very cool!

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    HOw cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy !

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    Oh, John, that is sooooo awesome!!! It's wonderful what inventive people come up with. I recently got my first treadle and I am in love with it. It's a 1909 66-1 in a 1891 cabinet. It's so much fun!!

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    I love it. You may start a new trend.

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    You are ready now for the inevitable. A very nice set up.

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    And you can sew thru all the storms we've been having!

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    That is beautiful. Love your log cabin sewing machine cover and trash can.

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    That is really neat! Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    I never seen this done before. It is a neat idea. And also I love your other tread with the meditation room.

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    Boo hoooo, I WANT A TREADLE!!:x :oops:

    Jan in VA

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    A while ago I posted about Singer 401G and 411G. I have not modified the machines to accept a leather belt. I'm wondering if you know anything about putting them on a treadle. The sewing machine shop guy wants to modify the balance wheel - he says it needs a heavy old one - they don't just fit on.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1202.htm#3520792
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-130994-6.htm

    I have a Bernina that may be a good candidate for a treadle. It is a 530 with a broken cord acceptor part.
    What did you do to adapt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixedgearhead
    Here are some pictures why I have had the most fun I have had sewing. I converted a Bernina Mechanical sewing machine to Treadle power. That is right, Just like the local Amish do, here in Ohio. The cabinet is Cherry, and the Top is Maple, and the mechanical stuff, is made by some Mennonite folks in Pennsylvania. It slows down the process, but is very rewarding and anyway I am not in any hurry. It suits my style.
    I hope you enjoy them.
    John
    Nice setup. What are you using for a belt?

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    Who woulda thunk you could do that??? That is awesome!!!

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    Has anyone heard from Billy?

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