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I found the ad for this machine on Craigslist, but it was almost 2 hours away.  I was fortunate enough to have a nearby relative willing to pick it up and bring it up here on his next trip up this way.  I got it from him on Saturday, and spent a day and a half or so cleaning it up.  The cabinet needs quite a bit of restoration, but I'm far more interested in the functional than the cosmetic.  This is my favorite type of treadle - vibrating shuttle machine, with a top leaf tension.

 

AppleMark

 

I scavenged a belt from another machine (I have *ahem* several treadle machines) and have it cleaned up & running!

 

AppleMark

 

The full write-up on this machine, along with more pictures, is on my blog, if you're interested.

It still needs a little more work, but it sews beautifully!  It might just be the best $35 I've ever spent!

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Originally Posted by CarolineNH View Post

I found the ad for this machine on Craigslist, but it was almost 2 hours away.  I was fortunate enough to have a nearby relative willing to pick it up and bring it up here on his next trip up this way.  I got it from him on Saturday, and spent a day and a half or so cleaning it up.  The cabinet needs quite a bit of restoration, but I'm far more interested in the functional than the cosmetic.  This is my favorite type of treadle - vibrating shuttle machine, with a top leaf tension.

AppleMark


I scavenged a belt from another machine (I have *ahem* several treadle machines) and have it cleaned up & running!

AppleMark


The full write-up on this machine, along with more pictures, is on my blog, if you're interested.
It still needs a little more work, but it sews beautifully!  It might just be the best $35 I've ever spent!
What did u use to clean the machine?thx

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I used a couple of things; first of all, I used "Liquid Wrench", which is basically kerosene.  That's what is recommended by the people on the TreadleOn.net board for cleaning machines without ruining the decals.  I have another machine that I used Formula 409 or something like that on, years ago, and it turned all the decals silver.

 

I also used one of those green Scotch-Brite scrubby pads.  I used a piece of old bath towel on most of it, but used chrome polish and the Scotch-brite on the silver metal parts - the stitch length indicator, slide plates, the wheel on the right-hand side.  I probably wouldn't use scrubby materials on the decals.

 

After I cleaned most of the outside with Liquid Wrench, I squirted a few drops of the Liquid Wrench into the holes in the machine that are intended for oil / lubrication.  I figured if there had been oil used (entirely likely) it was probably all gummy and sticky, and the Liquid Wrench can dissolve that. 

 

I then threaded the machine, wound a new bobbin, and ran a few pieces of fabric through the machine over and over, using up excess liquid.  Then I "oiled" the machine with Tri-Flow (silicone spray), although at this point it's ready for regular sewing machine oil.  I did open up one of the plates in the back to see what kind of shape the interior gears are in, and I think this machine itself, regardless of the shape the outside cabinet is in, was used very little, if at all.  It works wonderfully now!  I have located and ordered new needles for it, as well as a new shuttle.
 

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Love to see the old machines used thumbsup.gif
 

Ammo is too expensive now to waste it on a warning shot.

 

 

 

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Ammo is too expensive now to waste it on a warning shot.

 

 

 

Small Herd, I mean flock, of Salmon Faverolles, few Khaki Campbell ladies, 2 Horses, 1 rescue Donkey, 2 Wether Goats, 1 Alexandrian Parrot, 3 Dogs, a very understanding Husband all living the good life on Deer Fang Ranch in the Mountains of Colorado

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post #5 of 11

That's awesome, I work in the area of sewing machine restoration and repair. I love that machine, it appears to be from the 1890's to me. GREAT find. I wouldn't find anything like that for less than $100.00 around here. I have been told to use Goop Hand Cleaner. Very good sewing machine cleaner. You need to post a picture of your other machine, I would love to see it. I am in the process of finding a hand crank Singer sewing machine to add to my collection.

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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That's awesome, I work in the area of sewing machine restoration and repair. I love that machine, it appears to be from the 1890's to me. GREAT find. I wouldn't find anything like that for less than $100.00 around here. I have been told to use Goop Hand Cleaner. Very good sewing machine cleaner. You need to post a picture of your other machine, I would love to see it. I am in the process of finding a hand crank Singer sewing machine to add to my collection.

 

I've got a few - a 1914 or so Reliance treadle (from T.E. Eaton Co in Canada) - that one is another vibrating shuttle/ leaf tension machine.  That's my *favorite* machine! I picked that up at a yard sale for $20, and it works so smoothly and easily!  Also, a plain black Singer class 66 machine (it has a reverse!) that I put into a "parlor cabinet" to replace a non-working Singer Red-Eye - that one needs a new belt.  (That's where I scavenged the belt to get the New Home machine running.)  That was my most expensive machine - $150.  I was willing to shell out that much because of that awesome cabinet!  Also, a 1904 Singer "Sphynx" machine, that one is in my bedroom; and a Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch machine.  That one needs a new tabletop on the treadle base.

 

Those links are to blog posts with pictures and descriptions of those machines. 

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Originally Posted by CarolineNH View Post

 

I've got a few - a 1914 or so Reliance treadle (from T.E. Eaton Co in Canada) - that one is another vibrating shuttle/ leaf tension machine.  That's my *favorite* machine! I picked that up at a yard sale for $20, and it works so smoothly and easily!  Also, a plain black Singer class 66 machine (it has a reverse!) that I put into a "parlor cabinet" to replace a non-working Singer Red-Eye - that one needs a new belt.  (That's where I scavenged the belt to get the New Home machine running.)  That was my most expensive machine - $150.  I was willing to shell out that much because of that awesome cabinet!  Also, a 1904 Singer "Sphynx" machine, that one is in my bedroom; and a Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch machine.  That one needs a new tabletop on the treadle base.

 

Those links are to blog posts with pictures and descriptions of those machines. 


Very nice collection. I have nothing older than the 1890's. I like that Willcox and Gibbs chain stitch. It looks great for it's age, I know I wouldn't look half as good if I were as old as it. XD

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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post #8 of 11
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Another one followed me home last weekend.  This is a White Rotary, circa 1913.  Came with 3 bobbins (and bobbins are still available!), and takes standard needles! Sews beautifully! 

 

AppleMark

 

AppleMark

 

AppleMark

Mom to 3 (one still at home); 4 Border collies, 4 housecats, 2 barn cats; 3 dairy goats, 29 chickens - Ameraucanas, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Chanteclers, Barred Rocks, & mixes.  Blogging at http://fiberarts.typepad.com

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Ooh la la, that looks really great. Surprised that it isn't a vibrating shuttle, during that time, most all that you could find were vibrating shuttle machines.
 

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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Originally Posted by quintinp View Post

Ooh la la, that looks really great. Surprised that it isn't a vibrating shuttle, during that time, most all that you could find were vibrating shuttle machines.
 


Duh, nevermind, of course it isn't vibrating shuttle, it's even called a White (Rotary) sewing machine. Had to stop and think for a second.

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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