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Thread: Treadle sewing Machines???????

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    Treadle sewing Machines???????

    In a quilting magazine (can't rmember which one) there was an article about a group of people taking treadle sewing machines to the women in aferica to use as they are in an area where eletricity is none exsistant. in short supply. My question is there a company or companys that manufacture these machines? Being without electricity this past week has made a new interest in having one of these.

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    I'm pretty sure the machines they are sending are vintage ones that have been reconditioned so they will work well. Having a treadle isn't a bad idea if you have power outages. We are in the remote areas of upper michigan and there are a lot of people that have treadles because they don't have electricity. They really work well.... love using them.

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    My 15 year old daughter is sure "the grid's going down." Now, I'll be ready!

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    My SIL believes the same thing and is wanting a good semi-modern machine in a treadle. I got her beat, I have four.

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    Singer still makes a treadle machine, but it's a straight stitch clone. Janome has a modern treadle as well. Both are newly manufactured machines, and neither are as good as the older machines.
    Singer made several machines with zigzag features that can be put in a treadle cabinet and treadled... those are the ones I'd go for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Singer still makes a treadle machine, but it's a straight stitch clone. Janome has a modern treadle as well. Both are newly manufactured machines, and neither are as good as the older machines.
    Singer made several machines with zigzag features that can be put in a treadle cabinet and treadled... those are the ones I'd go for.
    Any pics or prices on these "New" treadles? I am looking for a handcrank machine, any "new" handcranks being made (metal not plastic) ???? Thanks Vickie
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    are you talking about the one, where they ( The group ) wany YOU to give them $100. They get the machine, restore it and shipping to africa,,

    They then teach the woman to sew, get her a job, Charge her $500, once paid off she's on her own.. and they show a room full of women, all sitting with treadle machines.. all wearing late 50's style long dress.. all using the very same style machine. whick look like 15's . every machine had the same dark cabinet, all the heads where shinny ..

    we hear singer still made 15's in south africa untill mid 90's, the we hear there still made ??... Then even on this site we see photo's of treadle's said to have been sold by wal mart @299. bathroom type cabinet, plastic machine head.

    why would any large Group bother which buingy any machine here in this country, restore it and ship,, when shipping is said to be the largest overhead involed.

    The numbers don't add up. ,, These's are the sweat shops this country had, now there globle and get moved from small country to another ... This started in the 70's,, with very well sewn shirt's shirts from countrys, That we never hear of... rememeber the plaid shirts with the ploy linning.

    My questions are

    why isn't goodwill Donating machines .

    what about st vinny's

    Why does none on C'L taking of selling these to that group..

    Why are they not asking for Donations of old machines from us ?

    or people to locate those ?

    call them up. tell them you have a few machines to give them,, you'll ship those to there location and see what there reply is > ??

    better yet say you have a quilting group, that will buy and pay for goodwill auctions, but they have to pay the shipping to there place of restoring and shipping.. no out of pocket cash involed, LOL

    I really do have a bridge , it's NOT for sale.

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    As i work with a Women's group that provides treadles for women in rural Kenya, I can speak to this with authority. for 150.00 we buy new treadles in Africa for the village. Nothing as solid as the original Singers etc but they still provide a means for women to support their families making things to sell.
    We are a small non-denominational group ( Women of Purpose International) that has outreaches in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Ghana. Education in Sierra Leone, small business set ups in the other countries. Prayer for all. The group in Sierra Leone makes the most amazing Batiks.

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    Thanks riutzelj. Glad to hear an informed voice on this!
    I've heard of other groups doing a variety of similar activities, one I know of acts more as a broker for these small groups of women, providing the advertising materials (catalogs), US warehouse, etc. for distribution of the products made by these folks from all over the world.
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    You have 4 what? do they sew? Do you sew with them? Would you sell one that sews? maggie
    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My SIL believes the same thing and is wanting a good semi-modern machine in a treadle. I got her beat, I have four.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by riutzelj View Post
    As i work with a Women's group that provides treadles for women in rural Kenya, I can speak to this with authority. for 150.00 we buy new treadles in Africa for the village. Nothing as solid as the original Singers etc but they still provide a means for women to support their families making things to sell.
    We are a small non-denominational group ( Women of Purpose International) that has outreaches in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Ghana. Education in Sierra Leone, small business set ups in the other countries. Prayer for all. The group in Sierra Leone makes the most amazing Batiks.

    Thank you for this. Just my point, some groups say they buy these old one, RESTORE them, and ship..... BS.

    buying new and in country is a bit more realistic..

    In homesteading forum's people have bought these wal mart machines, There report is with in two years there cabinets are falling a part, because of the type of consturtion,, they can't stand up to the vibration, Then end up looking for an old one, I don't hear much about the machine heads

    I buy used clothes ( goodwill ) In shirts I look for those made in these small country, often the stitching and fabric is better than those made in the usa. This is in the heavy men's shirts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieBB View Post
    You have 4 what? do they sew? Do you sew with them? Would you sell one that sews? maggie
    I have four treadle machines.
    Yes.
    Yes.
    Not at this time.

    I'm in IL and to ship a complete treadle machine would cost you more than it would cost to buy a complete one there.
    I received my #1 Singer 66 as a gift 12 years ago. It cost $50.00 and was complete, even had some attachments.
    I paid less than $30.00 for my #2 Singer 66 at GW last year. I have about $50.00 in it for parts to restore it back to a treadle. It also came with some attachments.
    We paid somewhere around $285.00 for my Franklin in it's parlor cabinet. I have a lot of time and money in it repairing the cabinet. We picked it up at the GW in Terre Haute, IN. The bottom was water damaged and fell apart as we put it in the Pathfinder. Now repaired and is fully functional.
    We paid $20.00 for my Singer 9W-7 and it's damaged cabinet. The head was in good shape but the treadle base and wood is not. For now she resides in a frankin cabinet.

    Keep your eyes open, GW, Salvation Army, ST V's, other thrift stores, CL, etcetera. These machines are out there. Singer made a gazillion of them and so did many other manufacturers.

    Joe

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    Correction to my above post since I can't edit it:

    We paid around $185.00 for the Franklin, not $285. Typo ... Ooops.

    Joe

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    I'll keep my electric one, and just pray we keep electricity!
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    I have two treadles -- A 1941 belonged to my dh's mother and a 1901 27 that belonged to his grandmother. he 1941 is is perfect conditon (head and cabinet; the 1901 is being restored by dh). The cabinet that the 1901 27 is in went throught a flood and is not repairable. Dh and I found another 27 dated 1897 in a cabinet that is in good conditon; just needing some regluing, oiling and cleaning up. That 1901 27 is going to dh's niece in Farmington, New Mexico when restoration is complete.

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    I love sewing on my treadle. It sews like a dream and is so quiet. It was our first vintage purchase. Paid too much, maybe, at a tag sale but it was all in working order including the belt. Even our 21 year old grandson asked if he could try sewing something on it.
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    Check the Vintage and Antique sewing section on this Board for tons of information about great old sewing machines. They are probably available locally and very durable.

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