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    Hi I just joined this group. I collect antique sewing machine(Mostly Singers). I'm a member of Treadle On and love to sew with my treadles and other old machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Hi I just joined this group. I collect antique sewing machine(Mostly Singers). I'm a member of Treadle On and love to sew with my treadles and other old machines.
    HI PurpleFiend :D :D Billy is going to love meeting you. Have you been able to read ALL 81 pages yet??? No, there isn't any test, just wondered.

    Hope you will enjoy this group as much as we all do. Billy does a great job of teaching us all about vintage machines and through his tutes on how to rip apart and clean our machines. Charlee is also 'sew' knowledgeable in teaching us about many, many things about machines and attachments. She's the expert for sure on attachments. Glad to meet you. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Billy... that is quite a difference.

    Somehow I missed your 2nd addition of your tutes until this morning.

    Just came back from the store with 'most' of the things I need to begin cleaning when I get a machine torn down. Had to go to 2 stores to get kerosene. Neither store had the Scott's Liquid Gold in any form.

    :?: :?: I realize that kerosene was written to use for cleaning machines in some of the older Singer manuals. But, in 2010, aren't there other more easily available cleaning products that would not damage the decals and such? I am a 'why' person, I'd just like to know for my own noggin'. :thumbup: :thumbup:
    I just posted the other tutes this morning between 1 and 3am (yeah I know what is a person doing up that late :lol: :lol: ) and I will be working on the others tonight or tomorrow.

    I still have to redo the case and I am planning to convert this machine to a handcrank so I have a few more tutorials and a little more time to put into it before I call it finished. But for a "Junker" machine I think it turned out REALLY nice!!

    As far as the cleaners I would think they have something out there that is just as good but I have not found it nor has anyone else that restores the machines. If they have they are keeping the product a "sqeakrit" and not saying anything about it.

    Did you check you local Kroger Grocery store for the liquid gold? Mine carries it but then it might be a regional thing for them who knows.

    Billy

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    OK, I came home from the auction with BOTH sewing machines.. How can you leave them there when they go for so little. I got a Red Eye Treadle for $20. and a Little Black portable electric for $12. The serial number on the little black one is A31C3227 I didnt find any with double letters in the online list. Anyone know how to look this one up? It is not a full size, more like a 3/4 size machine. and there is no foot pedal nor any place to plug one in that I can see. It has a dome or bent wood top. And underneath the machine I found 6 thimbles. One gold, two silver and the rest regular steel.

    Any info on the weird serial number would be appreciated.

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    I have my mother's Singer Treadle machine; she got from a dear old friend's mother. It has the original instruction book dated 1903. Also has the bobbins, etc., accessories that came with it. I have never used it. (I'm getting on and I got it from my mom about 1980). It has six small drawers, three on each side, each intricately carved. I keep thinking I will "restore" it but don't get around to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Hi I just joined this group. I collect antique sewing machine(Mostly Singers). I'm a member of Treadle On and love to sew with my treadles and other old machines.
    Glad you came into the Shop and paid us a visit!! I love the treadles and all of the old machines. I love the American pride and ingenuity that went in to the development of them. And I really dig the history of them and the companies that made them!

    Not only do I preserve and restore them I am also in the middle of a research I am doing for the NeedleBar about being able to date and trace the Japanese machines back to the manufacturer and not the company that badged them.

    I have TONS of company documents and archived records from several of the Japanese companies and I have managed to break into some new territory about the subcontracting of the machines to other countries.

    So if I am not in my Shop here I am in the books trying to solve more mysteries!!

    Please feel free to post photos of all of you machines and tell us about them! We are all family here and nobody is a stranger!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerella
    I have my mother's Singer Treadle machine; she got from a dear old friend's mother. It has the original instruction book dated 1903. Also has the bobbins, etc., accessories that came with it. I have never used it. (I'm getting on and I got it from my mom about 1980). It has six small drawers, three on each side, each intricately carved. I keep thinking I will "restore" it but don't get around to it.
    First things first....I love your avatar!!!! And please post photos of your treadle, we love pictures!!!! If you submit the serial number of the machine I can tell you exactly how many were made on that run, the Model number and the date of allotment.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    HI PurpleFiend :D :D Billy is going to love meeting you. Have you been able to read ALL 81 pages yet??? No, there isn't any test, just wondered.

    OF course Billy is going to love meeting new folks that have the same passion about the vintage machines!!!

    And we are up to 81 pages?!?!? In 2 more days this thread will be one month old!!

    Billy

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    Hi Purplefiend! (love that handle, btw!) I just joined Treadleon...looks to be an interesting and well informed bunch! I've been going to post there, but not until I check with my brother...he's a trucker, and I'm pretty sure that he can move machines for us! (Just got to make sure he doesn't mind!)

    Welcome to the board, and to the Vintage Shoppe!

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    Hello everybody,
    I have several old Singers and am looking for a Singer treadle now. I have 2 featherweights We find them cheap at sales or even free sometimes and clean them up and they have all been awsome machines so far. I can't wait to read this whole thread.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Hi Judy! I'm a bit jealous of the Featherweights! ;) Welcome to the Shoppe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabinqltr
    Katia,
    Check this out for parts for your new baby. Very reliable and helpful.
    http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm

    Ruth
    Ruth I have not had the chance to thank you for all of your contributions to the Shop. I know I really enjoy the information that you have about the FW's and I like the fact that we have a resident expert on them around here.

    I dont own one yet but I might break down and buy and keep one before its over with. The only one I had I paid $25 for a month ago and it was a factory Mint Green one and I mailed it to France with a few dollars for a Singer Model 12 MOP (Mother of Pearl inlays) in a treadle and I am waiting for it to come here now. She emailed me a few days ago and told me it was at the shipping yard waiting to be shipped.

    But I just want you to know that we really appreciate your help with the FW's. :-D :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1quilt_gma
    Here is a picture of my MILs old Pfaff 230 machine that she used constantly for years. She even made my going away dress in 1966.

    I plan to get it oiled and ready to use, but as of now I need two things: One is a new "bed slide" which is supposed to be at the left of the needle plate.

    And the other is the answer to this question: Why do you suppose that this Pfaff 230 (# shown on the front) has on the under view the number 130?
    I really like your Pfaff!! I would not bet the farm on it but it looks as if the slide plate from a Singer 66 might would fit the machine. Depending on how it is fastened to the machine you might could go to the hobby store and buy some sheet Styrene and cut a plate out of it. If it will slide on and stay then you can watch the bobbin as you sew and see when you are fixing to run out.

    I did this to my Model 27 Singer that I painted a Candy Rootbeer I used a dark red clear sheet and made my shuttle plates out of it. Now I can watch my shuttle go back and forth while sewing.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68
    Hello everybody,
    I have several old Singers and am looking for a Singer treadle now. I have 2 featherweights We find them cheap at sales or even free sometimes and clean them up and they have all been awsome machines so far. I can't wait to read this whole thread.
    Judy in Ohio
    I need to hang out with you, free is always a good price!!!

    Good luck reading the thread all 81 pages worth!! It might be past a hundred before you get to the end with the way its going. There is a lot of information and history in the Shop and we are glad to have you here with us.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I really like your Pfaff!! I would not bet the farm on it but it looks as if the slide plate from a Singer 66 might would fit the machine. Depending on how it is fastened to the machine you might could go to the hobby store and buy some sheet Styrene and cut a plate out of it. If it will slide on and stay then you can watch the bobbin as you sew and see when you are fixing to run out.

    I did this to my Model 27 Singer that I painted a Candy Rootbeer I used a dark red clear sheet and made my shuttle plates out of it. Now I can watch my shuttle go back and forth while sewing.

    Billy
    This is such a great idea. I wish I had the ablity to do that.. I would love to watch the shuttle ...

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    Well no pictures until I get home from Dad's house.......dial up does suck! Anyway Mom's vintage Singer is a 206K serial number EH146475 - 10,000 were allotted on March 3, 1952 made at the Kilbowie factory in Clydebank, Scotland. It was bought in Lynchburg, VA by my Dad brand new for my Mom. She was a professional seamstress at home and I grew up with this machine. I love this machine and can't wait to clean her up and give her a proper oiling. I really should name her Hazel after my Mom. She has been well loved and used. Her "Singer" decal is either worn mostly off or will be rediscovered when I clean her. She does need a proper cleaning for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I really like your Pfaff!! I would not bet the farm on it but it looks as if the slide plate from a Singer 66 might would fit the machine. Depending on how it is fastened to the machine you might could go to the hobby store and buy some sheet Styrene and cut a plate out of it. If it will slide on and stay then you can watch the bobbin as you sew and see when you are fixing to run out.

    I did this to my Model 27 Singer that I painted a Candy Rootbeer I used a dark red clear sheet and made my shuttle plates out of it. Now I can watch my shuttle go back and forth while sewing.

    Billy
    This is such a great idea. I wish I had the ablity to do that.. I would love to watch the shuttle ...
    Its easy to do just go to the hobby shop and get the sheet. Its about the thickness of a credit card and cuts with scissors with ease. They use the stuff for windshields and bodies for models.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    Well no pictures until I get home from Dad's house.......dial up does suck! Anyway Mom's vintage Singer is a 206K serial number EH146475 - 10,000 were allotted on March 3, 1952 made at the Kilbowie factory in Clydebank, Scotland. It was bought in Lynchburg, VA by my Dad brand new for my Mom. She was a professional seamstress at home and I grew up with this machine. I love this machine and can't wait to clean her up and give her a proper oiling. I really should name her Hazel after my Mom. She has been well loved and used. Her "Singer" decal is either worn mostly off or will be rediscovered when I clean her. She does need a proper cleaning for sure.
    Me likes the 206K's!!!! And the best part about it is you know the complete history of your machine. Not many folks can say that I know I cant tell you the history of my machines except for one.

    Yes Dial up does suck, but we will wait patiently for the photos!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    ...But for a "Junker" machine I think it turned out REALLY nice!!

    Did you check you local Kroger Grocery store for the liquid gold? Billy
    Kroger Grocery store... what's that? None out here as far as I know but I will call around to locate it instead of inventorying every store!

    Yes, for a junker you really gave it new life.

    Another question: will you be going over what to do with rusted irons? All of the supporting irons on the Household treadle I have that was left out in the elements plus the wheel on the machine head are visibly, quite rusted? I am assuming on the legs, etc. I would rid it of as much rust as possible and paint it. Can't imagine doing that on the hand turn wheel.

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    OK here's the little black Singer from the auction.
    Im thinking that little hole is where the cord for the foot pedal goes. I havent opened up that little black lid to see. It is screwed down.
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    And here is my oldest Wheeler & Wilson.. This is the one Im afraid to work on.. not sure where the thread goes, how to thread it or anything..
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    Here is my Wilcox and Gibs. I just love the way it lowers into the cabinet and the little feet on the pedals
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    And this one Im not sure about. I think it came from Sears & Roebuck. I thought the S on the legs was for Singer when I bought it, but now I think it is an S and R. There is a little lion at the top of the round cartouche. The machine has a lion on the decals and the whole thing is designed in an Egyption style. See the little oil stand underneath on the stand.. And what is the little whole on the top for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Another question: will you be going over what to do with rusted irons? All of the supporting irons on the Household treadle I have that was left out in the elements plus the wheel on the machine head are visibly, quite rusted? I am assuming on the legs, etc. I would rid it of as much rust as possible and paint it. Can't imagine doing that on the hand turn wheel.
    Yes I am going to do a Tutorial on the irons!! I have a set of New Home irons that need some serious TLC and it should give you an idea as to what to do when dealing with them. There is actually two ways of finishing the irons, one is with oil and the other is paint. I am going to paint mine but the oil finish is really close to a factory looking japan finish.

    Also you will learn how to make a Pitman arm if yours is a wooden one like mine. (1870ish)

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    OK last one for today. This is my Free. It was originally a treadle converted to electric. I want to restore it back if I can find all the parts....
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