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Thread: Bruce Treadle Machine First Bunch of Pics

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    Bruce Treadle Machine First Bunch of Pics

    Here are pics of the Bruce Treadle Machine at my mom's house. She purchased it in the early 70's mainly to redo the cabinet. The machine had the warranty signed May 1915, the manual, some bobbins, and a several attachments. No doubt it needs rewired, so I haven't plugged it in to see if the motor works. Just moving the handwheel it moves freely, but haven't tried winding a bobbin and sewing to see if it makes a stitch. Some of the decals are stating to wrinkle. When I was opening the cabinet to take the pictures, my 19 yr old DD wanted to know how I was going to get the machine out because "it looks like it weighs a ton". I laughed and told her to watch. As I opened the lid and the machine came up, she yelled "that is so cool!" She was amazed that opening or closing the lid moved the machine. I've read the tutorials posted on cleaning vintage machines, and will bring this one to my house to work on before long. I hope that no parts are needed, as I can't find anything about these machines online.

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    Bruce Treadle Pics Part 2

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    That looks as if it would be a great refurbish project. If the treadling parts are intact I would remove the motor and return her to her former glory as a treade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    That looks as if it would be a great refurbish project. If the treadling parts are intact I would remove the motor and return her to her former glory as a treade.
    x2 love it

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    From what I can see of the treadle irons, they look Davis to me. Perhaps your machine is a badged machine produce by Davis.
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    According the Needlebar's Needle Book "The Bruce" was made by The Free Sewing Machine Co. It should take a standard 15x1 needle.

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    It will be a beauty restored and I have to agree with Caroline S, I would restore it to being strictly a treadle, but whatever works for you, is what you should do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    It will be a beauty restored and I have to agree with Caroline S, I would restore it to being strictly a treadle, but whatever works for you, is what you should do.
    Ditto that. Pretty machine, very pretty cabinet.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    I, too, agree with Carolyn! Love the machine!

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    Thank you everyone for looking at him... her?? I can't wait to get started! Good thing I can back the truck up to both front porches to load and unload. The more I think about it, the more I like the suggestions of returning it to a treadle machine. I think there is a rod or a belt missing from the treadle to the wheel; possibly it was removed when the motor was put on and they ran the wiring through hole? I'll have to look at the manual and see how all that connects. In looking at some of the sites recommended by this group, Davis and Free machines are mentioned or shown, so I have my fingers crossed on finding any spare parts that may be needed. Thank you for identifying the needle for me. The manual has a 'full size' drawing of the recommended needle with the admonition to buy only needles that match the drawing.... something not in the book for my computerized Brother. Off to print the tuts for cleaning the machines and the cabinet, then order some Tri-Flow.

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    Just got done looking on ISMACS at the Free manual. It is word for word identical to the Bruce Manual, even the font, illustrations and instructions on using attachments. Both manuals show Rockford, IL as the company location... mmmm. That gives me a place to start. Page 6 recommends applying kerosene or coal oil to all of the bearings in the head and running machine rapidly to dissolve gummed oil. I think I'll stick with the Tri-flow.

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    Newbie, can you take an angled front view photo of the treadle irons? I am not seeing the treadle wheel and pitman arm on your irons.
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    You bet! I'm headed over there for a bit in the morning to do some more ridding out, and I'll move it into the living room to get better pictures. And get rid of the spider webs under the cabinet while I'm at it. Spiders never used to bother me but I know of several people that have been bitten by fiddlebacks, so when I see webs now I go into "smash and backpedal" mode. Are the wheel and arms similar between manufacturers, or will I need the specific model to restore?

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    Caroline:
    Finally got some pics I think will answer your question. The wheel is not there. I looked at the pieces of the manual page, and it shows the wheel, some type of cover that goes over the wheel that I think the pitman arm attaches to?









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    Your pictures did not post Newbie. I am thinking you may have to do some research and find a treadle cabinet that your machine head will fit into. It will likely be impossible to find the parts to fix the treadle irons.
    Sweet Caroline

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