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Thread: Treadle Sewing Machine

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    Hi K3n - I hope this works!
    This one of my machines, a 1947 Bebarfald Bluebird, produced in Australia where I live, the machine itself is a Vickers. These were sold as a writing and sewing desk and were considered very topline furniture pieces of their time here. Note the Bluebird of Happiness on the machine. The advertising blurb was a blast, it went something like this, the wife would be happy sewing at home and the husband would be happy because his wife was kept busy and hence the bluebirds to signify that they were both happy. "Queenie" is one of forty machines I have but she is my best piecer for quilting outdoing the modern machines in my collection. Pic is when I first brough her home, she is much prettier now :)

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    Beautiful machine and cabinet. Where do you keep them all?

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    I have a 1904 Singer treadle. I hadn't even thought about using it for quilting. I'll have to try it!!!

    Beautiful cabinet on your machine. Thx for sharing.

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    Hi Pzazz and Gayle - glad you liked her. I keep them in hallways, under beds, in cupboards, in lounge etc. Make sure you oil that 1904 - they love it. Check out NEELDLEBAR on Google, lots of help there. These old ladies never break down. I have seven treadles plus hand cranks and all sorts. Addicted. They do quilt too and can free motion quilt as well.

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    sorry - spelt wrong - it is NEEDLEBAR on Google.

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    What a cool machine!!

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    That machine is beautiful. Will have to tell DH your number of machines. I'm running out of room, and I have 8 plus 2 sergers. Love
    them all.
    Mary Ellen

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    She beautiful! You really have a collection :)

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    I love treadles. My mother had one years ago and gave it away AARRGH! My husband has been saying I need a new machine (I have a 20yr old Singer and a Pinnock (made in SA)). He's been looking at the mid range embroidery machines and can't understand why I want a treadle...thanks for sharing the pics and the cute story...you are one fortunate quilter!

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    I have a treadle, a feather weight, an elna, a singer, a (brother with a new joy quilting table that i would love to sell), a (melco embroidery machine would love to sell) a serger and a HQ16 (long arm). Also have 2 handi-quilters that I would love to sell.
    WOW, are we spoiled or what.


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    Hi Earthwalker - look on EBay - that is where I got Queenie and most of my machines, she cost me the grand sum of $160 Aus and came with a motor and light which I pulled off and re converted her to a treadle when I restored her. Oh the belt to replace the motor - all of $10 Aus at any good sewing machine shop. Hope that helps :)

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    I had my husband read this post. I have 2 elnas, 2 old Singers, 2 Kenmores, 1 Montgomery Wards, and 1 Husqvuarna. He says, NO MORE, he forbids any more machines. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettia
    I have a treadle, a feather weight, an elna, a singer, a (brother with a new joy quilting table that i would love to sell), a (melco embroidery machine would love to sell) a serger and a HQ16 (long arm). Also have 2 handi-quilters that I would love to sell.
    WOW, are we spoiled or what.
    So you're the one who has all the machines I was looking for! :lol: :lol:

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    Do what I do an hide them under the bed , pocoellie -or - as I tell my husband, they will be a hobby for him in retirement..... :)

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    Thank you for sharing this
    wonderful sewing machine
    with all of us. It is really
    pretty. So you have 40 of
    them collected? Good for you.
    :D :D :D :D

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    Thanks Wings I'll check it out and probably Gumtree as well. Now all I have to do is de-clutter and find some space!

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    The 201K from the forties and fifties was the best treadle Singer made - smooth as silk - fairly readily available in Aus - not as pretty as the old ones. Singer 15K is another beauty - made around the twenties. Pretty machines if in good condition.

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    That a beautiful machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuesy
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettia
    I have a treadle, a feather weight, an elna, a singer, a (brother with a new joy quilting table that i would love to sell), a (melco embroidery machine would love to sell) a serger and a HQ16 (long arm). Also have 2 handi-quilters that I would love to sell.
    WOW, are we spoiled or what.
    So you're the one who has all the machines I was looking for! :lol: :lol:
    Hey Tuesy,
    I don't know why you are looking for me but i did not do it!!!!!!
    Now if you want to buy a machine, that's another story all together.

    Have a good evening.

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    Hi Wings - you did it! Yeayyy!

    Queenie is a beauty and I love the quote re the Bluebirds but I'm happy that attitudes to women have changed a little bit since the '40s! :shock: :lol:

    OK, now where are the other 39 machines? :wink: :D

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    Love the beautiful brushstroke on the machine! That's quite the sewing machine!

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    Hi K3n - I think I would bore everyone silly going through all 39 of the others. I do have one treadle here that actually does a zig zag stitch. Made that way as an original. You can in fact convert to treadle lots of fifties machines that originally had engines so theoretically you could treadle some of the ones with embroidery discs if you wanted to be real fancy. I probably equate treadling to being like hand quilting, you drop the pace back and relax.

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    What a wonderful machine!!!! :D

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    Queenis is a real beauty! My MIL had a treadle, converted it but darn it...wouldn't ya' know...her granddaughter (who doesn't have a clue about sewing) has it now. I'm really :mrgreen: of her...can you tell?

    I'm in awe of your 40 machine collection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wings
    Hi K3n - I think I would bore everyone silly going through all 39 of the others. I do have one treadle here that actually does a zig zag stitch. Made that way as an original. You can in fact convert to treadle lots of fifties machines that originally had engines so theoretically you could treadle some of the ones with embroidery discs if you wanted to be real fancy. I probably equate treadling to being like hand quilting, you drop the pace back and relax.
    Well it wouldn't bore me and anyway, I'm already silly! :lol:

    Maybe some edited highlights? I know I'm not the only one on here who loves these old machines. :D

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