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Date: 3/19/12 8:09 PM

A friend has a small medical charity in West Africa and is looking into getting treadle sewing machines for some of the people who have had surgery so that they can have their own small businesses once they've recovered. Neither of us know much about treadle machines - what's available, what's good, what will hold up under possibly less than ideal conditions and hard use, etc. Electricity in the areas served is very unreliable so treadles are the best bet.

I've looked at treadleon.net and have some of that information for him.

Anyone have any experience with this type of thing? Thanks!

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Date: 3/19/12 8:38 PM

Singers.
Doesn't matter too much which model, the only difference is the features.
But they'll be less fussy and more reliable than pretty much anything else you can get.
And they're easy to get parts for.

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Date: 3/19/12 9:35 PM

One thing to consider is how heavy treadles are to ship. Hand cranks are another option, too, though they are also fairly heavy.
Good luck with the project. I know the individuals will be thrilled to get the machines.

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Date: 3/19/12 10:33 PM

Quote: GothDom
Singers.

To this I'll add Japanese class 15s. They are totally compatible with Singer parts and cabinets, are of similar or better quality, and are very common and cheap.

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Date: 3/20/12 8:14 AM

I second the Singers, especially models with round bobbins and standard needle sizes.

I just bought a treadle stand on Ebay, thought I asked all the right questions, only to receive it in two boxes without one bit of padding -- and that after paying a great deal for shipping. So I had a broken treadle on my hands. You can't pad a dismantled treadle too much.

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Date: 3/20/12 1:51 PM

I read the story on CNN about the slavery in Mauritania and they showed a place where women can go and learn to a trade, so they have a way to earn a living after escaping. They had all hand crank Singer 15 or clones.

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Date: 3/20/12 3:44 PM

Thanks everyone for the quick responses.

Of course I've got another question.

Are these new machines or old or both? I've used a hand-cranked machine and found the "steering" difficult for things like armholes but it's an option too, especially if medical problems make treadling difficult.




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Date: 3/20/12 4:31 PM

Usually they are old, although they do have new replicas and you can buy a hand crank kit to convert an electric to people powered. As long as the clutch and wheel are on the outside of it and can accept it, they should be convertible.

One of the Amish women in my neck of the woods converted a modern machine to a treadle. Her husband made the table and pedal, but she has a very high end machine. On the same token, another woman I am acquainted with has a machine as old as mine is, and she and I trade parts for them (mine is a treadle and hers is a hand crank). Usage gets better with practice, and many that have to use them for work do what they did back in the day: have their kid crank it for them.

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Date: 3/20/12 4:34 PM

There would be treadle machines available in Africa. It would probably be a better use of the charity's money to buy a new one locally than to buy an old one and ship across the ocean.

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Date: 3/20/12 11:29 PM

A good person to talk to about this is Nancy who posts on here. I think she might be NancyWin? It might be easier to contact her via her blog. Encue Creations She has made several trips to Africa to teach local women to sew and has obtained machines for them. I think she would be a great source of info.

Penny

eta: She has multiple posts on her blog about her experiences. And the last time she posted was on this topic.
-- Edited on 3/20/12 11:31 PM --

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