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« on: September 07, 2007 12:09:47 PM »

Hey all. I am living in a small apartment, and I found a gorgeous vintage sewing table with hidden sewing machine for a decent price. Problem is, it is actually vintage, as in, it is NOT electrical. It uses one of those manual foot pedals. All I'd ever really done with a sewing machine is use straight stitch and reverse, so lack of features isn't a HUGE deal, but I want to know if anyone has ever had experience with a machine like this.

Will I be pulling my hair out and cursing? Otherwise, I'll just have a cute table and have to keep my (electric) machine hidden in the closet, which is fine but I really like the idea of a beautiful table hiding my machine:D

Any opinions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 12:18:21 PM »

yes  so long as the machine  still works  its very possible to still sew  with. you  just  have to get  scraps and  practice and learn the  machines  rhythm.or  you could  swap  with me  for it. I would  Love  it!!!   I have always wanted  one. And have one I will get  when granny goes.  she  still used hers up until 3 years ago when she couldn't sit in front of it and hold fabric any more.  she clothed 6 kids  herself and hubby with it.  so yes I am sure  if you take the time to learn the rhythm of the machine  you will be  thrilled!  And  man the leg muscle you will get. LOL 
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 12:19:25 PM »

i've never used a pedal machine, but i've heard from a few people that have that LOVE them, a lot like how old Singers have a (well-deserved) cult following.  i definitely recommend that you have it properly cleaned + serviced though; if it's been unused for a while then it's probably dusty inside and the belts might need replacing.  make sure to call the repair place first to make sure they're knowledgeable about pedal machines, and they might be able to give you some pointers (ask if you can watch the cleaning too, it's good to know the guts of your machine).   

it's TOTALLY possible to sew on one of those things, though!  our grannies did, didn't they?   Grin  there will probably be a lot of trial and error with speed/strength/tension, but if you're willing to figure it out it'll be so worth it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 12:23:09 PM »

also if it is a singer  model they very well may have the manual for  it still available.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2007 09:02:24 PM »

you also might search for treadle sewing machine and see if folks have any tips. We had a treadle machine when I was a kid-very fun, but no reverse, only forward as fast as you tread! Be sure and put in a new needle too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007 08:29:49 PM »

I'm not that old and I learned to sew on one ; ). They are wonderful! you have complete control of the speed and they are pleasantly simple in all their mechanics. Matter of fact you can sew really, really fast on them if your legs are up to it. The bobbins are odd and take getting used to- but that's about it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2007 06:08:05 PM »

You'll burn more calories with one of those  Cheesy
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