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Topic: 1921 Singer 66 Treadle machine (1 million pictures and many questions)  (Read 12253 times)
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« on: October 12, 2009 04:02:40 PM »

So for my birthday I was given the a Singer treadle machine!  It was great-great grandmother Daisy's.  She had been sitting in a storage shed for years enduring unspeakable horrors (like cold winters and bugs and mice Sad) but will have a great home now! I looked up the serial number on the Singer website and she was made in Elizabeth, NJ in 1921 and she's a model 66.  Now to the pictures, then to the questions.

(Hopefully I can replace these with better pictures tomorrow.  My camera is crap when the sun starts to go down!)






Bad pic but I love the title Cheesy






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Alright, so when I was lifting her up I broke the treadle cable. *cry*  It's right below what looks to be an original staple.  Could I just restaple it?  What's the best method to clean this thing up? She's not bad but she needs some work. She's just sort of lumpy and bumpy. Not really rusty per se but there's something going on.   Also, would I be a terrible person if I sanded and restained her cabinet?  That's also a little lumpy and weird.  Those are my questions for now but I'm sure I'll be back with more (especially about those feet!)

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009 04:35:57 PM »

you can buy a rubber one at joanne fabrics in the nations just ask the sales help.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009 04:41:49 PM »

ahhhh!!! I believe that is a red eye machine! what class of 66 is it?
 I have a singer 66-16( 20 years newer than yours) with the same filigree detail and yea i died when i saw it too!( snapped mine up at an estate auction for TEN BUCKS!)

That stand is lovely though! I dont know much about preserving or refinishing actual valuable furniture so i cant help you there. I just wanted to comment on your machine!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009 05:24:50 PM »

Ahhh a beaut isn't she!  Mine is one year older.  You can buy replacement cable for it no problem.  My mom has the exact machine, treadle also, she bought her replacement parts at her local machine shop. 

PS, I'm lusting over all the feet that came with yours, none came with mine.   Cry
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009 06:00:40 PM »

you can buy a rubber one at joanne fabrics in the nations just ask the sales help.

Dang! I was *just* there but didn't think it would be worthwhile to look for one there.

ahhhh!!! I believe that is a red eye machine! what class of 66 is it?
 I have a singer 66-16( 20 years newer than yours) with the same filigree detail and yea i died when i saw it too!( snapped mine up at an estate auction for TEN BUCKS!)

That stand is lovely though! I dont know much about preserving or refinishing actual valuable furniture so i cant help you there. I just wanted to comment on your machine!

I'm not sure of the class, is there some way for me to find out?  Thanks for the love! Smiley

Ahhh a beaut isn't she!  Mine is one year older.  You can buy replacement cable for it no problem.  My mom has the exact machine, treadle also, she bought her replacement parts at her local machine shop. 

PS, I'm lusting over all the feet that came with yours, none came with mine.   Cry

yea! Even the boy was cooing over her earlier! Smiley  I think I'm going to try to fix this belt first but will definitely be going to find a replacement if that doesn't work on the first try Cheesy  The feet are amazing, right?! This is one of the few times that I'm thankful for the family's packrat tendencies!



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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009 06:09:45 PM »

This here is the page i used to find out what mine is:


http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Sandman-Collectibles/Singer-Identification-Template.html


And if you were curious about what my machien looks like you can check my blog and click estate auctions label
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009 07:23:13 PM »

She's gorgeous! Looks a lot like the one my Grama has in her spare room. I snapped the belt on it when I was little. I took it to our local shoe repair store. He took out the staple, cut just a tiny bit off and re stapled it with a heavy duty staple or piece of wire. It works like a charm  now. He also told me that most shoe repair shops can order those belts if need be so I'd try to find out if you have one in your area. As far as refinishing it I wouldn't. Just give it a nice coat of dark Old English Oil and see what happens.
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She is beautiful. I thought my DH scored the machine of a lifetime when he got a 1928 Singer Treadle for free.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2009 04:05:29 AM »

Treadle on website
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2009 06:17:12 AM »

What a beauty!
The machine is so gorgeous I didn't even notice the accompanying wood! (but I'd start with some Old English scratch cover before attempting anything more, as mentioned above)
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