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Thread: OMW !!! I bought my first Singer Treadle!! ADVICE AND HELP NEEDED!!

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    I have been looking for a Singer treadle and I found this on the army base where my husband is stationed at the thrift store. I paid 100.00 for it which I hope wasnt to much but I fell in love with it. I looked up the serial number and it was made in 1916 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
    The sign on the machine said it can be fixed. All the parts work and came with the original drawers I believe it needs a belt. I'd like to restore the wood and iron . but I have no idea where to start or the do's and don'ts... so please ladies and gents don't hold back on the advice and website/resources. I can see this becoming an obsession so if I can restore it to working order then i'd like to buy more ;)
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    awesome, please contact member here: lostn51 as he has a vintage sewing machine thread

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    thank u ! I will do that

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    Wow, very pretty. Great find.

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    I just purchased my (first) treadle, it is a "Red Eye" same as yours!
    My husband has been helping to restore. He did sanding for me on the wood, and I did the restoring of the machine itself...
    PM me if you need more help or any questions!
    I have it our family room so I can eventually use while watching TV with husband!
    He was playing with my treadle and snapped the belt, so will have to wait untill new belt arrives to use! :(
    You will love to play with it!
    Regards! Cathay

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    You have certainly found a "TREASURE" in your new Treadle Machine!! I am so excited for you & I know how exciting it is to finally get one. Enjoy it as much as you can!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    just a hint ladies...you can use the leg of a pair of pantyhose as a temporary belt. I need another belt for one of mine but really wanted to use it. Works like a charm.

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    oh good - it has a metal "Pitman Rod" - you don't have to worry about a wooden one being all dried out and breaking...

    You can make a replacement wooden one but it's a pain...

    That's another item on a list of things to look for - a metal pitman rod......

    That's like my redeye 66. Does it have side clamping or back clamping feet?
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    oh wow thanks soo much for the tip i will do that!!!

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    I am not sure about the feet you are referring to... I am def a novice when it comes to treadles I just knew I had to have one and couldnt pass it up... I want more...lol
    It is a model 28 I did find that out as well today

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    actually the pictures you are showing are of a redeye 66

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    do u just knot it to make it stay or use something else?

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    It's a 66...

    One of mine has a leather bootlace for a belt! I just cut it to size and used a piece of wire for the hook/clamp...works great, I don't see a need to replace it with anything more expensive!

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    Oooo what a beauty!!! Lucky You :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    just a hint ladies...you can use the leg of a pair of pantyhose as a temporary belt. I need another belt for one of mine but really wanted to use it. Works like a charm.
    Another option for a belt replacement is plastic tubeing (like for aquariums) with a thin dowel glued into it to complete the circle. Mine has this set-up and has been going fine for a long time.

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    HOW WONDERFUL!! I have my grandmothers treadle machine. It's a daily memory of her. She moved from small town Iowa to Omaha, enrolled in a sewing school, met my grandfather.... and the rest is history. rosieret

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    You have a beautiful machine and it'll be a real beauty when you get her fixed(belt replaced), cabinet refinished and give her a name!! Enjoy her & have fun!

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    Lucky you and Billy or Charlee will know lots about this machine. Good for you !!!

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    What a beautiful baby. I can't wait to see how your restore her. Keep us posted.

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    You have a beautiful machine! Be careful though! Buying treadles and old machines will quickly become an addiction!! LOL!!

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    how true!!

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