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Treadle sewing machine

slem2 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

First of all let me say that this is my first post in Threads. I usually hang around in the Fine woodworking section. I recently bought a 1918 treadle operated Singer sewing machine for my wife [she loves antiques]at an antique mall and am trying to get it in operating order. All I have left to do to it is replace the rubber tire that operates the bobbin winder. Has anyone replaced this item on their machine? If so what did you use? I am thinking a rubber tire off of a modle car might be stretched over the rim after removing what’s left of the old one might work. Looking for ideas.            Thanks BT


  1. rjf | | #1

    Singers from the early 60's also used a "tire" for the bobbin winder and I was able to replace mine about 5 years ago in a local sewing machine repair shop.    rjf

    1. slem2 | | #2

      Did they do the work for you or did you just buy the part and put it on yourself?     BT

      1. rjf | | #3

        I just put it on but it was right there in front of me so it wasn't a big deal.     rjf

        1. slem2 | | #4

          Thank you very much for your input. I did not know replacements could still be available for the old machines. I replaced the belt and oiled all of the moving parts and it sews as well as my wife's Janome that is just a few years old. I ordered a "tire" for the bobbin wheel this morning. Do you know if new foot atachments fit these old machines?       BT

          1. SewTruTerry | | #5

            There are few feet around that will fit that old Singer but one of the first things that you have to do is determine what type of shank you have. By that I mean the part that the needle goes into. Then it should be pretty easy to order different feet for the machine.  Also something that you may not be aware of is that you must use Singer needles in the machine.  All other needles are a hair short or too long and will not form stitches properly.  Also remember to keep it oiled.  A 3-in-1 oil is the type usually recomended. Singers, especially the older ones like you have are great work horses if kept properly oiled and the right type of needle is used.    Good luck.

          2. slem2 | | #6

            This one seemed to have not been oiled for a long while because it worked so much better after oiling and just operating it for  a while. It doesn't seem to have any parts worn enough to need replaced other than the belt and tire which had just dry rotted and cracked apart.  I didn't know needles made a difference either. Thanks.      BT

          3. SewTruTerry | | #7

            No problem. I have 2 older Singer machines one is a Featherweight which is one of the first portable electric machines made that had been in a flooded basement and I rescued it from the trash pile and let it dry out and oiled it up and plugged it in and a way she roared.  The other machine is one that I bought at a garage sale for $35 that I tried out and it skipped stitches but I thought the cabinet was beautiful and took it home oiled it and changed the needle and of course she purred as well. You should not have too much trouble getting parts for the treadle as I believe they are still being made today as there is still a big market in the Amish communities.

          4. carolfresia | | #9

            FYI, eBay is a good place to look for accessories for older machines. Buttonhole attachments and so forth...


          5. slem2 | | #10

            Thanks all. Haven't been on EBAY for a while. I'll have to take a look.   BT

          6. rjf | | #8

            When I read message 7(? I think), it reminded me to tell you that some Singers are slant-needle machines.  I think from the eary '60's and on.  That will affect any attachments and also the needles as message 7 told you.  Maybe with spring on the way and tag sales sprouting, you can find some of the things you want.  A fun attachment is a ruffler, even if it doesn't get used much.  There's a warm spot in my heart for Singer's....when they work, they really work.       rjf

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