Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Sewing Machines > Treadle machine recommendationsy? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Treadle machine recommendationsy?
West African medical charity
m/m

m/m  Friend of PR
Intermediate
NJ USA
Member since 4/4/05
Posts: 370
Login to reply to this post

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!

GothDom
star
GothDom  Friend of PR
Advanced
OR
Member since 3/24/10
Posts: 1947
Login to reply to this post

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.

------
http://www.acdc-vintage.com
This one, that one, and a bunch of other ones!
(though the herd is getting more streamlined)

Karlyn M.
Karlyn M.  Friend of PR
Intermediate
MO USA
Member since 12/8/02
Posts: 317
Login to reply to this post

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.

Jennifer Hill
star
Jennifer Hill
Advanced
AB CANADA
Member since 4/11/02
Posts: 1507
Login to reply to this post

In reply to GothDom <<


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.

Jennifer in Calgary
Invisigal
Invisigal
Intermediate
Member since 11/7/09
Posts: 624
Login to reply to this post

In reply to m/m <<


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.

justgail

justgail
Intermediate
IA USA
Member since 1/19/06
Posts: 696
Login to reply to this post

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.

m/m

m/m  Friend of PR
Intermediate
NJ USA
Member since 4/4/05
Posts: 370
Login to reply to this post

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.




Member since 12/31/69
Login to reply to this post

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.

Vireya
Vireya
Intermediate
AUSTRALIA
Member since 12/10/05
Posts: 893
Login to reply to this post

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.

Penny B
Penny B
Intermediate
IN USA
Member since 4/24/02
Posts: 48
Login to reply to this post

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 --

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Machines >> Treadle machine recommendationsy?

Merchants on PR
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Sewing Basics
Fee: $14.99
(Regular $14.99)
Sewing Basics

Online Sewing Classes
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger

Simplicity 3881
photo
Review by colourbynu... on 5/11/09
Read Review

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Digital Pattern (Size 5-12)
Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Digital Pattern (Size 5-12)

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Blank Slate Coastal Cargoes Digital Pattern
Blank Slate Coastal Cargoes Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 3503
photo
Review by Ejegmama on 8/25/11
Read Review

Sewing Workshop Icon Shirt
Sewing Workshop Icon Shirt

Details
Price: $22.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Jamie Christina Palooza Apron Pattern (JC309PA)
Jamie Christina Palooza Apron Pattern (JC309PA)

Details
Price: $14.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 1478 Pattern ( Size 7-8-10-12-14 )
Simplicity 1478 Pattern ( Size 7-8-10-12-14 )

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Butterick 5181 Pattern ( Size 16-18-20-22-24 )
Butterick 5181 Pattern ( Size 16-18-20-22-24 )

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN