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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I'm pretty keen on it Sharon, but it's missing its slide plate. My dear friend Amelia told me today she can probably find me one so I'll be giving it a workout some time soon.
    I hope you can find a slide plate for it,Mike. The only thing my machine was missing was the top cover for treadle cabinet. It only came with one bobbin, was able to find more locally.

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    Here are some pictures of my vintage machine. I don't know the story behind it other than my mom got it at estate sale when I was a kid. The couple had been friends with my grandparents. My mom had told me that it was in working order. A few years before she passed away, she found a leather belt for it. I'm not sure how to size it, since it's too long.

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    the process in general goes like this:

    Wrap the belt around the track it is supposed to follow
    Take up the slack (not TOO tight) and mark both ends at the same location
    trim both ends
    punch(ice pick.awl, singer tool) a hole in each end CAREFULLY about 1/8" in from the end
    insert link staple (NOT a regular staple, my LSMG carries them)
    close staple
    put belt on machine
    begin cussing(working)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    the process in general goes like this:

    Wrap the belt around the track it is supposed to follow
    Take up the slack (not TOO tight) and mark both ends at the same location
    trim both ends
    punch(ice pick.awl, singer tool) a hole in each end CAREFULLY about 1/8" in from the end
    insert link staple (NOT a regular staple, my LSMG carries them)
    close staple
    put belt on machine
    begin cussing(working)
    Thanks! Sounds fairly simple. There is a "staple" in one end, which must be the staple link you refer to.

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    icreate was wondering from the photos if maybe you were from down under...(they're downside up)
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsewnsew View Post
    icreate was wondering from the photos if maybe you were from down under...(they're downside up)
    Not from down under iPad user and sometimes pictures are upside down...

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    My latest find: Gritzner in a treadle cabinet... the cabinet needs some work, but the machine cleaned up rather nicely. I think my wife, Susan, has fallen for it- so it looks like my treadle will be the 201K I picked up a couple weeks ago. I need to clean it up and make a table top for it to fit onto the irons of a treadle I was given.

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    nice! that looks almost brand new!

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    darn. where are you getting all these nice machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iCreate View Post
    Thanks! Sounds fairly simple. There is a "staple" in one end, which must be the staple link you refer to.
    If you don't want to deal with the staple, you can hold the two ends together with dental floss. Much easier to do than using that staple that comes with the belts. Just sew the dental floss through punched holes.

    Your cabinet to your machine is very pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLMoore3rd View Post
    My latest find: Gritzner in a treadle cabinet... the cabinet needs some work, but the machine cleaned up rather nicely. I think my wife, Susan, has fallen for it- so it looks like my treadle will be the 201K I picked up a couple weeks ago. I need to clean it up and make a table top for it to fit onto the irons of a treadle I was given.




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    Beautiful machine! I like the green decals.

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    that's beautiful!!
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    John, That really is a pretty machine and in wonderful shape. I saw your post somewhere else and fell in love with it. Very unique.

    Treadle belts. After trying to punch through a treadle belt with an awl and doing a better job of running it through my finger, I started using a 1/16" drill bit in my cordless drill. It is quicker, easier, more accurate, and safer for me.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    ...Treadle belts. After trying to punch through a treadle belt with an awl and doing a better job of running it through my finger, I started using a 1/16" drill bit in my cordless drill. It is quicker, easier, more accurate, and safer for me. ~G~
    Grant is correct. I am out of the habit of recommending power tools...

    The other (and best) option is a set of treadle belt pliers (just so's ya knows)
    One the left is a pair of Singer, on the right a par of Bernard brand (better IMO)
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    WoW.... pretty machine, John.

    And the pliers are great, Steve. Where do you find these treasures?? A Singer surgical stitcher?? My daughter would like that.... she's a midwife/ surge tech.
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    Both of mine were found at the local swap meet/flea market. They were both rusty in a pile of other rusty tools. They were $5 each Cleaned up they seem to sell for around $30-50, but I don't sell mine

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    I also have a set of singer and bernard treadle belt pliers and I prefer the Bernard over the Singer just another in my IMO.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    ....other (and best) option is a set of treadle belt pliers...
    Singer made a little 5-inch long pair too that are kind of handy.

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    the main reason I like the Bernard better is that it cuts and punches with one step. No need to "align" the holes each time.

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    Same reason I like the Bernard Steve.
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    Okay, I want one. I don't need it because I only have 1 treadle machine.... but they are really cute and you might need one at some point. So, I'm going to start looking........
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    Hmm! Neither of the two pairs of Barnard’s that I have (5” & 6”) include that feature. Sounds like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    the main reason I like the Bernard better is that it cuts and punches with one step. No need to "align" the holes each time.
    That's cool! I'm going to have to keep an eye out for one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    That's cool! I'm going to have to keep an eye out for one of those.
    me too. not because i need it all the time but i do like tools and this is one of those cool tools to have.

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