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Thread: I did it! My first Treadle has been purchased.

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    I did it! My first Treadle has been purchased.

    I found a singer 66, think it's a 1910. Looks complete, decals in good shape and did I mention SHE'S MINE!

    Here's the ebay listing.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261145627857...84.m1439.l2649


    As soon as I saw her I knew we were meant to be together. Now to be build her a box or find a cabinet.

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    She's a beauty!!!
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    She is a beauty!! Congratulations!
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    Need to put her in a 7 drawer treadle. They are happier there.

    Joe

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    JOe,

    she'll have to be happy with whatever cabinet I can find right now. I want to get her in production.....lol. Have found a parts manual and instruction manual that I downloaded. Now i need to find some bobbins, etc. Not sure what all I need since this is my first treadle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvQuiltin View Post
    JOe,

    she'll have to be happy with whatever cabinet I can find right now. I want to get her in production.....lol. Have found a parts manual and instruction manual that I downloaded. Now i need to find some bobbins, etc. Not sure what all I need since this is my first treadle.
    Technically it's just a head right now. It won't be a treadle until it looks like this:


    Here is a comment or three based on those I have;

    Parlor cabinets are nice looking, compact and NOISY. The cabinet encloses the treadle mechanism and acts like a megaphone.

    5 drawer treadles ( two on each side and one in the middle ) are OK, but don't hold enough "stuff".

    7 drawer treadles ( three on each side and one in the middle ) are great.

    If the treadle you're looking at has wheels, make sure all four are there and turn freely. If they are rusted it is a big pain in the sit down part to free them up. Don't ask me how I know this ... .

    Check the veneer around all the edges. If it's de-laminating but otherwise complete it's a fairly easy fix. If the veneer is cracked, chipped, and badly separating it's a big job to fix.

    Ummmm, keep the moving parts oiled, and keep bottom of the pitman arm adjusted and oiled. That way it won't clunk too badly.

    Try to find American or Japanese made treadle belts if you can. And try to find 1/4" belts. Most belts out there now are Chinese made 3/16" and I don't really care for them.

    Bobbins are common. It takes Class 66 metal bobbins available darn near everywhere, but Sew-Classic has good ones, others may or may not. You can use the plastic ones if you run into them, they just came later.

    Needles are common. It takes 15x1s or equivalent.

    Feet and attachments; If it's a low shank machine they are common as can be. If it's a back clamp, you'll have to do some searching but they are still out there.

    Joe

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    Joe,

    I found a 7 drawer right here in my little community. I has a beat 66 head and a few chips in the laminate on the section that holds the head. You know, when the top is opened to the left, there are a few chips on the furthest right hand edge just to the right of the metal belt thingy...they want 350. what ya think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvQuiltin View Post
    Joe,

    I found a 7 drawer right here in my little community. I has a beat 66 head and a few chips in the laminate on the section that holds the head. You know, when the top is opened to the left, there are a few chips on the furthest right hand edge just to the right of the metal belt thingy...they want 350. what ya think?
    Way too much.

    I'd be tempted to pay that much for one that was totally pristine and mint with every attachment and the manual. Otherwise no.
    There are just way to many of them out there.
    The one I posted the pic of cost me less than 75.00 even after having to replace most of the treadle parts. It had been electrified and stripped of all the bottom parts other than the frame.
    My #1 treadle cost a whopping $50.00 at an antique store and it was complete with manual and some attachments. It's just well used.

    Good ones for a good price are out there. Don't pay too much.

    Joe

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    Very pretty!!!!

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    Joe, you are a wealth of knowledge to all of us, even those that don't collect vintage machines.

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    Joe, I have a question for you. The White Rotary machine I bought was made in 1911. The book that came with it is for a model R40 White rotary electric sewing machine. Any sugestions on what to look for for a manual? ThanksName:  PC230056.JPG
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    Carol,

    That's a nice machine. I've seen a bunch of them on GW recently, but haven't gone for one.

    Just as a thought your machine is a rotary, so the manual you have will most likely work for it even if it is a treadle.
    The head is not different, only the method of powering it.

    I really don't know where to look for White manuals though.
    You could try Relics { http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/ }
    or ISMACS, I don't have their link handy.

    That's about all I can think of right now.

    Joe

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    Joe,

    You said "I've seen a bunch of them on GW recently, "

    what does GW stand for? I'm always looking for new sources to find vintage machines since I don't travel well.

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    GW = Good Will. Good Will has an on line auction site. It's been a money pit for us, but we've got a bunch of goodies from them.
    Sewing stuff:
    { http://www.shopgoodwill.com/search/s...umbs=on&page=1 }

    Home page:
    { http://shopgoodwill.com/ }

    Hope you got deep pockets .... .

    Joe

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    i know you are so excited over your new machine im happy for you

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    You'll have fun with it-you'll probably have to be told to let it be and come eat unless I miss my guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvQuiltin View Post
    Joe,

    I found a 7 drawer right here in my little community. I has a beat 66 head and a few chips in the laminate on the section that holds the head. You know, when the top is opened to the left, there are a few chips on the furthest right hand edge just to the right of the metal belt thingy...they want 350. what ya think?
    Holy cow thats way way too expensive. I haven't paid more than 150 for any of my treadles, and that one in particular was in pristine condition and a rather rare machine and cabinet. if you can't find a decent cabinet in your area you can piece one together from ebay. Cabinet pieces are all over the place and rather abundant, from the irons right down to the screws.

    I agree with everything Joe said. You can even buy the class 66 bobbins at walmart, but if you can find the vintage metal ones they're better. These are fantastic machines that will sew you a great stitch once you get her up and running. You found a really beautiful one at that! Out of the more than 75 machines I own, I don't have a red eye or a sphinx.

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    350.00 that is crazy...I have one in in the cabinet that is in very good condition....if they start getting 350.00 than I will be selling mine...since I have two... ; ) I only paid 75.00 for one and the other was free.

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