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Thread: Singer Redeye Treadle Reborn just in time for Xmas 2011!

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    Singer Redeye Treadle Reborn just in time for Xmas 2011!

    My husband and I spent Dec. 24th crawling on the floor and periodically hanging our heads down the sewing machine head hole in the cabinet but by that night I was pedaling away starting my new project, a red checked quilt top made from red fabrics my mother and I had left from projects over the years. I never treadled before and that is how I found this website! Looking for information on how to set your feet and get things going in the right direction. Thanks everyone! The cabinet is a Singer 1910 model with it's original finish. The original head was a Redeye that was taken out of the cabinet and stored in an outbuilding for 40 years. My hubby got it running like a top....we tried to clean it up but it was bad, bad, bad. He wanted to stick it in my dishwasher! That didn't go over so well then I found him gently brushing it with a paint brush in my sink. I asked what he was putting on it.....tar & bug remover for a car! Don't ever do that. It took the decals off. Back to the cabinet: The spring mechanism that holds up the piece the belt runs thru to the right of the machine was missing. We searched and came across one that was off a 1895 Singer cabinet and it fit. Boy, those are hard to install when you don't really know what you are doing. He said he didn't have the heart to try and stick me with the old machine head in such a beautiful cabinet and went in search of a better Redeye. This one is 1911 and is in fabulous condition. It had a motor on it which we removed and hitched it up with a treadle belt made in the good old USA. My little furry helper is Chloe. Oh, I treadled away for four days and completed my quilt top. I found out muscles you didn't know about get sore if you don't sit at the correct level. I love this machine. Oh, if your wondering about the original head.....a car painter friend of ours took it away and then brought it back two days later with a new black paint job. It's getting a new lease on life with an electric motor for my husband to use. Name:  P1010847.JPG
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    Wow, she'a a beauty. I am starting to clean up one and I hope it comes out half that gorgeous.

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    Love her, enjoy her.
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    Beautiful! Gives me a push to get my older machine refurbished! Enjoy!

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    That really is beautiful.......I am working on a 102 year old New Home treadle. It was in really bad shape ----and so far all I have done is clean clean clean.....hooe it comes out half as pretty as yours.

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    oh my, she is gorgeous! ....Chloe that is! :-) We love our kittehs!

    That has to be the most beautiful Red Eye + cabinet I have ever seen, they are not common here, the Sphinx being much more available...so a Red Eye is still on my list of "wants".
    You deserve to enjoy every minute with her!

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    That is one of the nicest Redeye machines and cabinet I have seen. Just noticed that Chloe's eyes are red to match.
    Sweet Caroline

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    What a beautiful machine and cabinet! Congratulations!!
    This too shall pass.
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    it is so very beautiful!

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    Gorgeous machine!

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    Wow. Beautiful! I really need to get to work on mine now.

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    All I can say is WOW! To think that I gave away a machine and cabinet just like that a couple months ago, the decals were not near as nice though. Oh well, it is being used on a regular basis now and would not have been used here at all with the other machines I have. Fantastic job on the cabinet.

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    Gorgeous!! Chloe is so pretty, too. I had a cat that was the same color and her name was Veronica.

    Are you saying that you didn't do anything to the cabinet to make it look like that? I have a cabinet just like that but it's dark and dull looking.

    ETA: Just in case you haven't run across Treadle Lady's web site I'm posting it here:

    http://treadlelady.com/

    She has some informative and cute YouTube videos about her machines and how to use them.
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    No, we just used Rustic Touch a Melaluca product on the cabinet and washed the metal off with a damp cloth. Lots of dirt came off. The people we bought the cabinet from took good care of it. They had moved to a smaller house and we purchased it out of their garage sale. It had been sitting in the garage for a couple of years. Chloe, my kitty, is from out in our barn. She loves to be involved in everything and loves to be rocked. Name:  P1010842_2_2.JPG
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    No, we just used Rustic Touch a Melaluca product on the cabinet and washed the metal off with a damp cloth. Lots of dirt came off. The people we bought the cabinet from took good care of it. They had moved to a smaller house and we purchased it out of their garage sale. It had been sitting in the garage for a couple of years. Chloe, my kitty, is from out in our barn. She loves to be involved in everything and loves to be rocked. Name:  P1010842_2_2.JPG
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    Here is another picture of Chloe beating up on Mother Goose. You can see more of her coloring here.Name:  P1000131.JPG
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    Beautiful machine and cabinet! Love your cat and quilt too! I only clean my sewing machines with sewing oil since it doesn't remove or silver the decals. It takes a bit of time to clean the machine this way, but the dirt and old oil come off.

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    She's BEAUTIFUL! Someday......I sure would love to have a treadle!!!
    Karen in Kentucky

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    Oh my gosh! That is a beautiful machine and cabinet! It looks as if it was just delivered new. I hope you have loads of fun sewing on her.

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    Gorgeous cabinet!!! I've got an old redeye too but haven't go around to working on the cabinet yet and it's not a fancy one like you have. Have fun treadling away.
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    Beautiful machine, and a big project for your first time treadling. I got my first treadle this summer (also a Red Eye), and just did a strip lap quilt top. I didn't want anything that took a lot of starting and stopping.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    very pretty thanks for sharing
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    oh my goodness she is beautiful. I am turning so green.....Have fun with her.
    Kacy from OK

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    That is one beautiful machine. Chloe is the cutest little friend. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow, that machine is a beauty. Glad you are treadling. Enjoy!

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