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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Picking up a treadle tomorrow ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Picking up a treadle tomorrow
Can I take it apart?
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Date: 9/7/12 11:26 PM

I know I've asked this question before but the treadle never materialized. Tomorrow morning I get to see one listed on CL. They say that it works and from the pics the cabinet looks to be in good condition. Is there anything specific I should look for?
And what can be taken apart on the treadle? I will be moving it in an SUV.

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Date: 9/7/12 11:42 PM

Take some needles, thread and fabric and test drive. If it can't sew because parts are missing, it's good to know earlier rather than later. It can also strengthen your bargaining position.

When moving a treadle, the head should ALWAYS be removed. Leave the hinges attached to the woodwork, and loosen the grub screws that hold the hinge pins in the machine (Singer machines). Some other brands have a clip on the front edge that holds the head to the cabinet. Once you release that clip, the head should slide off the pins.

The safest way to transport the base is upside down. Secure the drawers so the don't slide out and dump their contents all over your vehicle (shrink wrap is good for this - avoid tape directly on wooden or painted surfaces).
Good luck!

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Date: 9/8/12 0:09 AM

Yes, it can be taken apart. I do NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT recommend turning the table upside down before removing the drawers no matter how you secure them. The drawers are not typically sealed enough to prevent the 50+ years of pins and needles inside from falling out anyway. And the drawers are easy peasy to remove. Just take them out before hand and be done with it.

Definitely remove the head. If you remove the head from the pins either remove the grub screws entirely (and put them in a plastic zip lock style bag--bring a couple so you can sort out anything in the drawers for easier sorting when you get home). OTHERWISE, once the head is removed, retighten the screws back into the hinge area and remember to loosen them before you try to replace the head But secure them somehow--they are a pain to find when lost.

Empty the contents of the drawers into a zip lock bag (or several if you prefer to sort out notions and thread from attachments and bobbins). Close the bags and put them back in the drawers. You can stack them and put them in the car--I usually put them on the floor in front of the back seat--they can't fall if they're already on the lowest level.

Turn the cabinet upside down and you can unscrew the wooden cabinet from the treadle irons. If your car is big enough to transport without this step, so much the better, but if not, this is an easy step--there are only four screws attaching the cabinet to the irons. if there are metal hooks stabilizing the drawers to the irons, just remove one of the screws holding the hooks, loosen the other and rotate the hook away from the irons. put the cabinet screws and hook screws into the baggie with the grub screws.

If you're separating the irons from the cabinet, transport the irons either on its back (with the fly wheel to the right when you stand at the foot of them) or on its side (with the fly wheel down). pack folded blankets or towels between the irons and anything else in the space.

If you have a small car, put the irons in the back seat, and the cabinet in the trunk (it should fit--I've transported two treadles in just this way in a Saturn SL sedan and in a Chevy Cavalier, so one shouldn't be a problem). Just make sure that the irons are buckled in so they don't come at you in a sudden stop.

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Date: 9/8/12 1:42 AM

I will strongly suggest you pass on this treadle if any parts are missing. Unless it's a Singer, in which case you have a chance of finding a parts donor somewhere.

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Date: 9/8/12 2:12 AM

Hmmm well this is the treadle, there are a few things about it that are suspicious. It looks to be in excellent condition (wonder if it's a repro).
They listed it as a Singer but it's a de luxe precision.

de luxe treadle

The base looks to be in good condition, so we'll see once I get out there. Thank you everyone for your suggestions, have my zip lock bags, screwdriver and blankets at the ready.

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Date: 9/8/12 2:16 AM

It is pretty!! Congrats!! Will be looking forward to tomorrow's update!!

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Date: 9/8/12 3:38 AM

congratulations!! I have been eyeballing old treadles in my area lately, but haven't found any in great shape for a reasonable price. I'm sure you will enjoy it!!

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Date: 9/8/12 5:19 AM

It's likely in such good condition because it's post World War II manufactured. HOWEVER, if the price is good, I'd take it. Why? Because it's one of those Precision De Luxe machines, you can find parts EVERYWHERE--every bit as easily as with Singers, and the table is likely a Singer table. And even if it's not, a Singer will fit in it; that's one of the things about those Japanese machines--they made them compatible with Singer tables (and often times, Singer parts).

So if you ever find a Singer head you'd prefer, you won't have the slightest problem in swapping them out.

Also, if you see this before you go, bring a pair needle nose pliers with you, too. You can open the belt staple and that will make it easier to disassemble it.

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Date: 9/8/12 7:49 AM

Oh it is sure a beauty from the picture............ Can't wait to hear if you got her or not.

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Date: 9/8/12 8:15 AM

That is a beauty. I would have to be tossing out one here if I saw that one. Let us know all about it.

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