I Bought Another Sewing Machine

October 24, 2010 at 11:56 am 42 comments

I think this brings the total to TEN: 5 Berninas, 1 Pfaff, a Featherweight, another antique Singer in a cute wooden box, and now TWO treadles. 

Yup, I bought another TREADLE. This treadle might work but even if it did, my legs are too long to sew on it anyway.  With my extra long legs, by time I position my feet on the treadle, my rear is in the other room.

Alas, it needed a good home and I’m an idiot. My other non-working treadle lives in the bathroom. Long story. Crowded bathroom.

This machine is gorgeous! After a little TLC, which it won’t get sitting out in the garage, I can almost hear it humming along.

The machine lifts itself out of the cabinet when you open the lid. Smart machine.

 Understand that if I already have a sewing machines in the bathroom, I am pretty much out of extra space already. I’m caught between a rock and an 85-pound, cob-webbed, just beginning-to-rust sewing machine.

It wasn’t my fault. The dog made me do it.

Yes, the dog. Not my dog. The previous owner’s dog. The dog’s name is Poochini and he sings. Well his “mother” sings and he barks in time to the music. If the treats are good. I was so impressed with the dog, I had to buy the sewing machine. I’m sure you understand the logic. Enjoy little Poochini while I move some furniture around and make room for my new treasure.

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  • 1. Joan  |  October 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    You know, Ami, Madison is going to get jealous when he hears you’ve been hanging out with “other” dogs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he learns to sing, too!

    p.s.—I think your new machine is a wonderful find and would have probably bought it even if the dog didn’t sing!

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  • 2. Nora J  |  October 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    This is a cute video. Is this dog a Cavachon?
    My dog, Sweetee Pi, looks just like this dog. Wonder if I could teach Sweetee to sing.

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  • 3. Maggie Szafranski  |  October 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The treadle machine is great, and Poochini is amazing!

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  • 4. Marcia Middents  |  October 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Love the dog!!! Beautiful cabinet on the treadle. What kind is it? I couldn’t quite make out the name. I want a treadle, too (my sister and I used to play with our Mom’s when we were little), but my bathrooms are too crowded.

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    • 5. Judy  |  October 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Marcia – if you double click you get a larger view. The machine says Excelsior

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  • 6. Mrs. Goodneedle  |  October 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I would have bought whatever she was selling too, cute Pooch!! Alas, Poochini is her sales pitch.

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  • 7. Judy O'Dannel  |  October 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Some people rescue animals, others rescue sewing machines. I understand both!!

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  • 8. Cheri  |  October 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Oh what a picture flashed through my mind when I read about your body position if treadling. ROFL! Great find. I can’t resist these either. Someone asked me if I had a sewing machine at home and all I could do was laugh. Congrats on your find!

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  • 9. Elaine Adair  |  October 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Oh my — toooo cute doggie sinng!

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  • 10. Nancy Eckert  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I once got up to 7 machines but had 4 that I had bought off ebay that were identical. It helped at home – my husband just thought I kept moving the one around the house. Had him fooled for two years.

    BRILLIANT!

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  • 11. oleqwilter  |  October 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    great machine cabinet. And I certainly understand sewing machine rescue. Hmmm havent’ thought about storing in the bathroom……………

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  • 12. Sandy  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Very cute dog and nice singing. I kind of pictured the dog sitting at the sewing machine though! That would have been even better!

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  • 13. Kitty  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Great find Ami. Love the treadles. I recently bought a 1915 Singer “redeye” treadle. I smile every time I walk past it. I am always on the lookout for machines, especially Featherweights. The pooch was pretty cool too.

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  • 14. Deb Sims  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I have room for it! It’s gorgeous. My sister has my grandmother’s treadle machine and I feel left out!

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  • 15. Kathleen B. Barden  |  October 25, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I use my friend’s grandmother’s (I’m “storing” it until her kids come to their senses) treddle machine as an end table in my 4 season sunporch. It has a collection of my antique sewing notions on top. Just the right height for blowing the dust off when I need to clean.

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  • 16. llynnda  |  October 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Your story reminded me of my Mother-in-law who was German speaking and she would always say she was going “on the television” or “going on the radio” when she really wanted to say she was going to turn on the radio or television. She would even say she was “going on the door”, when she wanted to open the door. Her sewing related funny was when she asked why I was not wearing a “pimple”. She never could say “thimble”.

    I miss her.

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  • 17. Cheryl Moncrief  |  October 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

    My Schnauzer, Schultzie, “sang” along with Poochini, when he heard him on my iPad! Very cute!
    The machine looks similar to mine, which I can’t use till I have it repaired. Aren’t they great? Mine is my entry hall table.

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  • 18. Polly  |  October 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Love your new treadle. I have 7 of them, three in the living room alone where they make great lamp tables when not being use to sew things. I belong to an on line group of 1000 plus who have treadles or hand crank machines, called Treadleon. This is a great resource if you need help with these machines. Yours looks like a New Home machine, badged to sell in a department store, perhaps.
    Polly

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  • 19. Irene  |  October 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Okay, Ami,

    THAT dog barking in perfect rhythm to THAT song made my day. Thanks so much.

    Love the machine. I have one that my mother used as a treadle until she got electricity, at which point she had it electrified. It’s a beauty, and I love it because it was hers.

    Irene in MI

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  • 20. Kathie  |  October 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

    My grandmother had a machine just like this one. She made my confirmation dress for me on it many years ago. Your picture brings back fond memoriies.

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  • 21. Phyllis  |  October 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    What a beautiful machine! I have my great-grandmother’s New Home treadle machine. When we lived in Texas shortly after getting married in the early ’80’s, we found a man who restored antique machines and had him work on mine. I made my first quilt on it. The leather belt needs replacing, but as far as I know it still works. It’s currently retired and resting in our dining room. Congrats on your new baby!

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  • 22. Barb  |  October 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Love the dog and the machine. I have three or four in the basement that I rescued or they just begged me to take them home. Some need some work, I will check into the treadle group. I have not yet gotten to the place that I can actually sew on them but it will happen. My grandmother made bunches of doll dresses on her treadle and I have always been facinated with them.

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  • 23. Marti Johnson  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I know how addictive (and space-taking) those machines are! I think I currently 8 or 9 treadles scattered throughout the house, plus about 10 hand cranks, three old electrics, a featherweight, and two modern specialty machines that seldom get used. The treadles especially are wonderful for quiltmaking, combining with perfect straight stitching, and ease of use. I also have long legs (34″) but manage on some treadles better than others just because the table is higher. It takes some looking to find one, but they are there, and you’d be amazed at how fast a quilt top goes together! Also, the handcranks are excellent for paper-piecing. And finally, for all the machine quilters out there, users swear by the treadles for that … I’m personally a hand-quilter, but I sure hear from the other kinds who love them for that. Enjoy!

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  • 24. Maria Olshin  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Ami, you appear to have a beautiful VB-TT (vibrating, top tension) machine made by the National Sewing Machine Company, which was acquired by New Home in the early 1950s, before going out of business. The company made machines for sale by department stores such as Macy’s and many others, and they were marked with the stores’ names. These are known as “badged” machines, and Damascus Annie is the widely recognized authority on these Nationals. (Damascus was the name used by Montgomery Ward for their sewing machines.)

    For more information, you might have a look at Damascus Annie’s Nationals at
    http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie in the National Sewing Machines folder.

    I have a set of treadle irons just like yours, and am hoping to restore another National to functionality with them. Good luck with your new beauty.

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    • 25. Ami Simms  |  October 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Most days I feel like my top tension is vibrating, so having a machine with those same characteristics means the treadle and I are cosmic souls. You have opened a whole to world to me. Who knew there were “treadle nuts” out there. (And I mean that sincerely, and with great admiration!) I have found new friends. Thank you for your wonderful comment. I shall now refer to the “foot things” as “treadle irons.” At least I assume that’s what they are. Lead on!
      ~Ami :)

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      • 26. Maria Olshin  |  October 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

        Ami, I forgot to mention that many treadlers with long legs have lengths of 2×4 or larger stock drilled to match the mounting holes of the irons. They are inserted between the irons and the top, raising the top and allowing for another 1-1/2″ of legroom.

        Interesting that when treadle machines were introduced, they were considered masculine devices, and not suitable for women to operate.

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  • 27. Nancy Nelson  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I learned to sew on a treadle machine similar to your new one. I secretly did so when the adults were not home. Did not want to break the machine. I went on to bigger and fancier machines with the first automatic Singer and finally a Bernina. Would love one of the newer fancy ones but do not do much sewing these days. I have no idea where my Grandmothers treadle is. Maybe it is in your bathroom. Nancy

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  • 28. Ellen  |  October 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I bought a treadle this weekend too!!!! It’s now in the shop getting a new belt and a tune up – I do intend to sew on it – as least I think I do!!!

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  • 29. Janie Todd  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    What a good girl ! Doesn’t it make you feel really special to know
    you’ve provided a home for a sewing machine? There’s no such
    thing as too many…..about that long-legs issue….I suffer from the
    same malady….people get in my vehicle (driver’s seat) and think
    they’re in the car parked behind them ! Poor things really struggle.
    Love you, Ms. Ami, and YOUR special puppy, too….just keep
    shopping………..j

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  • 30. Judy C in NC  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Ami, it is okay that you can justify that new machine any way you can – when I played the singing dog, my two dogs went beserk as they could not find the dog making all the noise. Too funny and thanks for the laugh. Judy C in NC

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  • 31. Carol  |  November 2, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Check out treadleon.net.

    People who actually use treadle machines.

    Lots of info about fixing them up. Also somewhere on there is info about how to use for long legs

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  • 32. sierra  |  November 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Ami:
    Get that machine and give it to me ,it won’t fit in my bathroom ,but I have a sewing room it will love LOL.
    I always wanted one ,I learned in school one one.
    I only have 3 machines,I have one that is old it is called
    an admiral which I never heard of but it works and I
    don’t want it to become unthreaded.
    I also have an old Singer that my friends aunt gave me
    and she is 90.
    Love your newsletter I have never made a quilt for your
    organization and someday I will,I love charity work
    I belond to an organization called Conker cancer .org
    we make pillowcases for nchildren with cancer.
    Sierra

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  • 33. Cyn  |  November 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I love my treadle!

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  • 34. Margaret Dacko  |  November 5, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    You need to listen to Betty Hutton’s song while sewing on your new machine.

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  • 35. Bunny St. Clair  |  November 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I have the treadle machine that my Mom taught me to sew on. I remember when I got into highschool Home Ec I thought those electrice machines were going to eat me a live.

    I would love to see how you use your bathroom treadle. I love decorating with unusual furniture. But hubby would need me to have a good reason to put it in the bathroom ???

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  • 36. Chris T  |  January 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Ami, I have the same treadle base as the one in your Oct 24 2010 post (the cabinet is different though). It belonged to my wife’s grandmother and has a National Columbian vibrating shuttle machine mounted on it. I have two questions that I hope you can help me with: (1) is there any sort of bearing where the pitman arm connects to the foot plate (can’t quite see in the photo you posted)? (2) did you ever find out how old it is? Thanks!

    ~Chris, I have no idea what a pitman arm is or if it has any bearing on, well, anything. But for $20 you can have the whole shooting’ match. It’s been in the garage since the day I bought it. What was I thinking!?

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  • 37. Chris T  |  February 2, 2012 at 12:43 am

    :-) I may regret this, but sounds like a good deal (if I can work out how to collect it… what part of the world do you live in?). I’ll send you a friend request on facebook so you that you have my contact details.
    Chris

    Flint, Michigan

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  • 38. Chris T  |  February 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Ah, Michigan, so I won’t be just popping over Sunday afternoon to pick it up (I’m in Houston, TX). Looks like UPS would charge $85, even if you put it in a box and took it to them, so I’m afraid it will have to continue gracing your garage. Is there any chance you would be kind enough to post a couple of closeup photos of each end of the rod that connects the foot plate and the wheel (that’s where the bearings might be)? I would be most grateful!
    Chris

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  • 39. jayne tate  |  September 19, 2014 at 1:45 am

    your machine is a beauty…i recently bought a treadle and the companys name ends in —–eff…any ideas what company could have made this sewing machine ?

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  • 41. Kim  |  January 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Your Excelsior treadle machine looks very similar to one I picked up other than the design on the decals.
    Any idea on where I can find out more about this particular machine? I’d love to get it working.
    Thanks!
    Kim

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