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Proud new owner of Vintage Singer Treadle.

Old 09-08-2011, 04:08 PM
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Purely by accident. I had a spare 10 minutes before the close of day at work and decided to give Craigs list for a browse. I found a garage sale 5 minutes from my office that listed 3 vintage singers. I gave her a call and asked what they were, she had no idea just said they were black with red and gold decals. I asked if they were electric or treadle, she said 1 electric and 2 treadle. I asked if I could come over right away - sure.

So ... off I went to look at a machine that I really was not in the market for, but I thought what the heck. No, I was not particularly looking for a vintage machine. I don't have the room for another machine, and I don't need another machine.

But this one was pretty :)

$40 and I have a cabinet with a working treadle base.

Machine needs lots of TLC. Did not get a manual or any other attachments. Nor did I get a belt but I knew from reading a few of the vintage posts on the board that belts were relatively easy to find - probably from Billy.

Something appears to be missing from the left side of the machine ... I see spot for a plate with screw holes. Plus there is a hole at the top of the left side under the wheel - is that hole supposed to be there? Is it supposed to have a plate over it?

Of the three machines, this one was the prettiest. They were all similar looking machines (66 Red Eye's I believe). The electric model was in poor condition (and I would have preferred electric) as the base had a big old rusted hole right in the middle. The other treadle wasn't in very good condition either and the table was in P!$$ poor condition. This was the best of the lot.

couldn't test it but I could turn the wheel a full cycle (it wasn't a smooth turn, but these machines were not "kept well").

couldn't go wrong for $40.

Clearly I'll be spending time on the vintage board figuring out how to clean and get it back into working order. Whether I keep it or not remains to be seen. But when I told my husband about the opportunity he sounded excited and really wanted to fix the treadle base as he's done lots of those in the past.

So the fun begins! A new voyage for me. Like I *needed* another project!!

I *think* it's a Model 66 Red Eye born in 1923.

ACK! Rust!!!
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What is the hole at the top? And is this a number/model plate that is missing?
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Guess they never believed in cleaning the bobbin area! EGADS!!
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Nothing a little elbow grease won't fix. I hope.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:19 PM
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Congrats.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:22 PM
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Congrats on the new Red Eye. I have one too. Just need to get her to Billy (once he is better)to make her all purty.
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Wonderful!!! Billy has a tute of that exact model I believe.
I have done 2 of mine and they look and work great!
Have fun with your new Treadle! :D:D
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Congrats, a very pretty lady.

Your number plate is there it is the number in the 3rd picture. Not sure what the hole is but it looks like where you could get into it to oil the mechanism.
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Originally Posted by Ann L
Congrats, a very pretty lady.

Your number plate is there it is the number in the 3rd picture. Not sure what the hole is but it looks like where you could get into it to oil the mechanism.
I was just viewing one of Billy's tutes for a similar electric machine and that plate with the hole in the machine he was demo'ing was the mounting area for the motor. So perhaps they made the machine cases to be either treadle or motorized and mine became a treadle.
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Billy does have a tute for that machine. I have one too. Good luck and have fun!!
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Beautiful machine even before you clean her up.
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What a beautiful machine and a wonderful find. I'm sure you will have her purring in no time.
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Beautiful machine. Once you get it all fixed up it will be gorgeous!

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