Saturday, November 26, 2011

My 1917 Singer Treadle Machine -- A Request


I remember sewing on a machine like this when young, and I've always wanted to have one of my own. A guild member announced that she had an extra one in her home but no place to put it, so I offered to buy it. She wouldn't hear of that and said I could just have it. I was thrilled! A friend and I drove to her house an hour away that week to pick it up. It had to be loaded and brought home in sections, but we managed. It was in need of refinishing, and now that it's done, it sits in my dining room next to my hand-made quilt rack. It's missing a few things -- the treadle belt, the bobbin cover, and the wooden drawers. Does anyone know where I might find those? Thanks in advance. I have to say that even without those three things, I love it!

15 comments:

Carol said...

I am so happy that you found one!

About 20 years ago, my husband and I went to a garage sale at his uncles house. I could not believe he had one, not sure how old, but it was a treadle. I offered to buy it, he said he had no idea what to charge me. I didn't have a clue and didn't want take advantage of him so I told him I would make a few calls and be back later. Well, when I came back, he had sold it for $25. My jaw dropped, but I didn't want it to be an issue between my husband and his uncle. I'm telling you I could have kicked myself, but I guess I just wasn't meant to have it. I'm so glad you have yours.
xx, Carol

Katie said...

This is soooo beautiful, and you are a lucky gal to own it. Glad it went to someone who cherishes it.
I still regret when we moved my grandma and we had to get rid of her old sewing machine and table---dang, I kick myself every day, but there's only much we could fit, and I have a lot of her treasures.
So, I am happy to see this one get a good home! xo

Gene Black said...

I have no real idea if this place can help you, but I have used them for getting parts for my Singer Featherweight 221.
they offer other things AND on the page I am linking, they say they will try to help if you need something not listed. http://www.april1930s.com/html/other_singer_sewing_machine_pa.html

It is definitely worth a try. Hopefully if they can't help directly, they can send you in the right direction.
It surely is pretty.

Gene Black said...

oh darn it clipped the address...I will email it to you!

Pat said...

That is so great to have an old machine like that. I hope you find the parts you need.

Gene Black said...

A little research led me to find that this is a Singer 66 "Red Eye" machine. They were made from 1902 up until 1960. I am still looking for a source for parts!

Barb said...

It is soooooooooooo beautiful and you are so fortunate to have it...

Elaine Akers said...

Oh what a lovely gift. Growing up my neighbor had an old treadle Singer sewing maching that had been her mothers. I wonder if she still has it. Good luck in your search for the needed parts. I would write to Singer and see if they have any suggestions.

Penny said...

Fabulous!! Long ago we spent a winter in a rented house in Idaho. There was a treadle sewing machine and I used it faithfully - stitching up pj's for my young son and all sorts of stuff. I loved it. We left the house and after we had moved and I'd sent a thank you to the absentee landlord she wrote back that if I'd told her how much I had enjoyed the treadle machine she would have let me take it with me - big BOO-HOO heard when I read those words! Lucky you, you're going to love it.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a beautiful gift! Enjoy the treasure and cherish the memories you will create with it. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Kim D. said...

Wow, she's a beauty and how fortunate you are to receive such a wonderful gift. I hope you can locate the parts. Try googling I know there are a lot of singer dealers out there for old machines and parts.

Karen said...

What a beautiful machine!! It's a treasure and such an amazing gift. My grandmother had a treadle machine and, as a little girl, I rocked my dolls on the treadle :) I would love to have one. There is a man locally who specializes in restoring Singer machines. I'll send you his contact info. Enjoy this lovely piece of history!

Its All About Creating said...

Wish I had an answer. What a beautiful treasure. I really hope you can find the parts.

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of these Singers from my godmother and my sister's godmother. Both have been converted to electricity but only one works right now and it only sews in one direction! Once I get some money I'm going to see what I can do about refurbishing them and giving them some TLC!

Katina

Kim said...

May I suggest you join the singer vintage yahoo group. it is a wealth of information. Have you looked for the "date of birth" for your new machine by going to the Singer site?
I have a lovely old hand crank singer that belonged to my Dear mother in law.

Happy sewing, the machine looks like it is in good condition too!