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Thread: What size Needles for Old Treadle?

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    What size Needles for Old Treadle?

    I was given an Old Singer treadle made in the late 1800's I think, the serial number was on the back, 3151727, I have it all cleaned up, but none of the singer needles I have will go in the little slot, the needle I took out was bent and the top of it seems to be smaller and more round than the standard singer needles, also it is longer (about 1/4") do any of you know where I could purchase needles like this? It has a round bobbin on the end (like a 15-91) but the bobbin case don't come out, you have to pull out a little finger then insert the bobbin. Thanks

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    Your machine was made in 1879, and I strongly suspect that the needle is not bent, but instead is curved. Check on some of the Vintage Singer yahoo groups to see if they can help you...can you post a pic of the machine? Sounds like you may have a model 24?
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    Thanks Charlee, I couldn't find the serial number on the Singer list. I will try the yahoo group. The needle had been in the machine a long time, it needs changed. It hadn't been used in many years. A lady at church gave it to me, she said it was her husbands grandmother's machine, he is 74 years old. I don't know how to post a picture on here.

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    Sent you a PM...if you can email me the pic, I'll post it for you.
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    Charlee, I emailed you a pic, it isn't too good, my camera is getting old. Thank you.

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    Ok...someone help me out here...I think this is an early model 15. I'll have to go check around to see what needles it takes...
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    Ok...I think I'm more tired than I thought I was...this isn't an early 15, it's a 9W from between 1906 to 1912, one of the machines Singer made using Wheeler and Wilson parts after they bought W&W out.

    It's going to use a 127x1 needle, or a Boye 18
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    OK, Charlee, where can I purchase this size needle? Singer dealer? Thanks

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    The needle is obsolete...cruise ebay, they sell them there, and there's a new production needle that I've seen sold on ebay as well, but I don't know how well they work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    The needle is obsolete...cruise ebay, they sell them there, and there's a new production needle that I've seen sold on ebay as well, but I don't know how well they work.
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    Thank goodness for such smart people on this board!!

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    Thanks for the info, Charlee. I picked up one of these machines this summer -- in it's original 6-drawer cabinet. Took me the longest time to find that it's a blended machine. Cleaned and oiled it -- runs so smooth -- no resistance. Didn't know about the needle size, so welcomed this thread!

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    I recently bought a Singer Red Eye and had it cleaned and checked out by sewing machine repair shop.
    He told me to just use the Schmetz needles.
    Haven't tried it yet.

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    I tried a regular singer needle, it is too big to go into the needle clamp, it needs to be more round at the top. I turned the machine almost upside down and took a flashlight it appeared to be a small round hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by san-sing View Post
    I was given an Old Singer treadle made in the late 1800's I think, the serial number was on the back, 3151727, I have it all cleaned up, but none of the singer needles I have will go in the little slot, the needle I took out was bent and the top of it seems to be smaller and more round than the standard singer needles, also it is longer (about 1/4") do any of you know where I could purchase needles like this? It has a round bobbin on the end (like a 15-91) but the bobbin case don't come out, you have to pull out a little finger then insert the bobbin. Thanks
    Wow, you are a very lucky Gal. I would love to have Her. Beautiful Machnine and has been well taking care of.Granny
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    Thank you Granny, I hope to find some needles and get her going soon.

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    I got the singer 9w going. It took a while, the handwheel turns away from you, it took a while to figure that out. Also I had the bobbin in wrong, it has the tension on the right, at first I didn't even see that. Thanks everybody for your help.

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