Treadle Power!

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by lyric, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. lyric

    lyric Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    Sunny FL
    I'm so excited about our latest find. [​IMG] - A treadle sewing machine! Prepping to go off grid and move onto our farm we are ISO affordable non-electric items. This was a semi-steal.

    Thanks in advance for checking it out.
  2. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    darlington pa
    My Coop
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    My grandma had one from Singer she got from her mom.It was maybe from the 20s. I learned on that machine. Did you ever check the Lehmans website? They got tons of non electric things. I would love to have a cooking stove!!!!!
  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    That is fabulous!! Good find!
  5. kaom

    kaom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2011
    St Albans UK
    neat!! [​IMG]
  6. ChicksterJo

    ChicksterJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    Grounded on Earth
    It looks beautiful! I'm kind of scared to try a treadler sewing machine. I know my grandpa still has one but it's not in as great condition as that. We are also planning to go off grid (I'm mostly collecting stuff for the kitchen though LOL) and we're looking at Eastern Tennessee...

    Have fun with it!!
  7. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    long beach, wa
    I have one in my garage that my grandma gave me. The veneer on the wood is messed up but the machine seems to be in good shape. Do you have any idea where to get the belt that attaches to the treadle wheel? The one that was on it is busted, and I'm not sure where to begin looking!
  8. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    I have my grandmothers treadle machine that she bought on time payments. She started paying for it in 1932, and was finally able to get a 1935 Singer Machine. I had it service not long ago, and I hope to quilt the quilt top that she pieced using the machine someday.
  9. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    darlington pa
    My Coop
    U can buy all kinds of parts on the internet,i also need to buy a leather belt for mine.
  10. CarolineNH

    CarolineNH Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2010
    Sandown, NH
    You can still buy leather treadle machine belts. Here's one place:

    Google "treadle sewing machine belt" and you'll find lots more. They only sell one size; you buy the belt, put it on the machine in the path it will need to follow, and mark the length. One end has a metal staple. Line up the non-staple end and mark the overlap that you need to cut off. I take off an extra half-inch or so, because it needs to have some grip and it will stretch some with use. Then you cut off the excess, and drill a tiny hole for the other end of the metal staple.

    Run the belt, without connecting the ends, through the path it needs to follow, then connect the ends and tighten down the staple. I find it helpful to connect the ends with the belt off the edge of one end of the path - either the crank wheel or the hand wheel. Then slip it back on and treadle away.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013

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