Now 40 years after learning to sew on a machine I am the proud owner of a Singer treadle machine.
The new machine is lovely and in dire need of some loving attention. We have belts on order as hers was in pieces. The owner’s manual as well as the manual for the attachments was in one of the many over flowing drawers. I have them flattening under some heavy books at the moment so I can scan them in to our computer so I can read them without damaging them further. I think everything I need to get her functional is there but I really have no idea.
I watched this treadle for more than a year, living on the porch of a local antique shop. I would lift the lid and look at the machine, but again I had no idea what I should be looking for. Finally my wedding anniversary was coming up and my husband start browsing craigslist in our area for a treadle for me. He found one that had everything included and was functional but when he finally got ahold of the lady she decided she didn’t want to part with it after all… totally understandable! I browsed a bit at the ads and had a good giggle at a guy selling one for $45… ‘looks like it should work but needs an electrical cord’ it was an unaltered treadle… but it would have been quite a trip to get that one. I brought my husband and the grandkids since they were along to the antique shop, under the guise of grocery shopping and thankfully the treadle was still there. He bought it on the spot. PERFECT anniversary gift!
My grandson (9) is fascinated with all the exposed workings. I will really enjoy teaching him to sew on it once it’s ready to go. I have a few electric sewing machines as well as a Serger, but as I found out there is no speed control, for some reason he feels he needs to floor the pedal… a bit terrifying. Working the machine with his own power will be a kinder gentler way of learning to sew and become a self-sufficient young man.
hoping to scan the manuals soon and put them here as well for anyone needing or wanting to browse a really old sewing machine manual. There are is a pile of really old goodies in the drawers as well I will be documenting!