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Thread: My First Treadle Machine!

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    Smile My First Treadle Machine!

    I finally bought a Singer 66 redeye. The lady I bought it from was wonderful. I told her I was looking for the cabinet for it and she gave me one for free. I only spent 35.00 on the machine. It is in working order and is awesome. Thank you for everyone who gave me advise!
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    Beautiful machine and cabinet!

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    Oh man, I am pea green with envy - I would LOVE to find a red head with the decals in that good a condition! Some Meguire's and a jug of Evaporust and you're going to have a Sparkle Plenty jewel to sew with! How wonderful!

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    thank you thepolyparrot for letting me know how to clean it. That was going to be my next question! To bad you didn't live closer to me there is another one in just as good condition for sale with cabinet for $50.

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    Just beautiful, what a good find! I see lots of Sphinx around here but have never even seen a red-eye..but I will keep looking!

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    There are some really nice cleaning tutorials on here to help you.

    I use TR3 Resin Glaze or Meguire's Cleaner Wax on cotton balls for getting the grunge off of the decals and I soak all the plated metal parts (including feet/attachments) overnight in Evaporust then polish the metal with Flitz or whatever I have handy for that. Then I put a coat or two of Meguire's Wax (the one with no cleaner in it) over the whole surface to keep it clean.

    Have fun with it - I know it's going to have a place of honor.

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    That is a great find and wonderful cabinet. I think it is missing the drawers on the left side but who's complaining for free and in such good condition. You can find them if you want to replace them. The 66 should clean up wonderfully.

    Did you get some feet or other attachements with it? I cannot tell if it is a back or side clamp for the feet.

    Congratulations.
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    Congratulations on the beautiful machine. Hope you have many happy hours of sewing on it.

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    Great find!! So, you should watch MUV's videos on cleaning these machines. She does a great job, and the products she uses are gentle but clean well. The decals are rather delicate, and can turn silver (losing all color!) if you're not careful and use the wrong stuff.

    Would like to see pics when you are done. Overall it looks to be in great condition.

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    Hi it has back clamp. It didn't come with anything. I ordered the parts from a guy who came highly recommended from someone on the board. Hopfully the parts come soon. It did come with a belt so I know it works great. I will post pics when I clean it up. thank you.



    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    That is a great find and wonderful cabinet. I think it is missing the drawers on the left side but who's complaining for free and in such good condition. You can find them if you want to replace them. The 66 should clean up wonderfully.

    Did you get some feet or other attachements with it? I cannot tell if it is a back or side clamp for the feet.

    Congratulations.

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    Beautiful machine, how wonderful for you, congrats.
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    Congratulations. Love those old machine.

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    I have a question to the treadle machine know abouts............I have one like the one pictured above, but mine has both sets of drawers, needle is complete, have the wooden box with a bunch of attachments, and a manual....it is in wonderful condition and yes it even sews..........I don't sew on it, it only sets there with some collectable sewing theme music boxes on its top....what is the actual value of this machine. I have had it over 10yrs now, bought it because it reminded me of what I learned to sew on as a young child (my mom's), but hers had the cover that was a box that you removed and then sat on...anyone ever see one like that....I foolishly let that go when both parents passed.....I am just curious about the one I have........As I am reading this post I am guessing this machine only has value to those of us who want them for what they are......old and pretty and still work. I wonder if the new ones we now have will have this kind of life span......
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    I heard the singer 66's only have value if you find someone that wants to buy them. Some in good condition have sold for $50-$100. Featherweights have sold for well over $100.00 on ebay. It just depends, I could be wrong though.



    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I have a question to the treadle machine know abouts............I have one like the one pictured above, but mine has both sets of drawers, needle is complete, have the wooden box with a bunch of attachments, and a manual....it is in wonderful condition and yes it even sews..........I don't sew on it, it only sets there with some collectable sewing theme music boxes on its top....what is the actual value of this machine. I have had it over 10yrs now, bought it because it reminded me of what I learned to sew on as a young child (my mom's), but hers had the cover that was a box that you removed and then sat on...anyone ever see one like that....I foolishly let that go when both parents passed.....I am just curious about the one I have........As I am reading this post I am guessing this machine only has value to those of us who want them for what they are......old and pretty and still work. I wonder if the new ones we now have will have this kind of life span......

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    Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine! (see my avatar). Doing the happy dance for you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val in IN View Post
    Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine! (see my avatar). Doing the happy dance for you!!
    Thank you! I do love your avatar! Happy Quilting!

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