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Date: 7/20/12 3:34 PM

So, I have yet another BRILLIANT idea :)
I want a modern treadle machine!
I picked up irons and a table...I just need to pick a head!
I put it to you all, does anyone make a good treadle powered head these days?

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Date: 7/20/12 3:49 PM

Janome has been making the 712T for years...popular in the Amish community. I see them on eBay all the time, selling for $249:

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Date: 7/20/12 3:51 PM

I think Janome makes them but you have to buy a separate belt & kit.

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Date: 7/20/12 3:59 PM

Here's a couple of people who've installed the 712T into older cabinets:
Kathie's Kabin: Janome 712T

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Wow, look at this Amish-crafted desk for the 712T. The price is 3x the cost of the machine itself!


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Date: 7/20/12 4:49 PM

That cabinet is beautiful!

I'd like a modern treadle machine, with reverse, and as many utility stitches as possible.

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Date: 7/20/12 5:27 PM

At $768, this beats the price for just the cabinet at Lehman's $1099.

I am related to a cabinet maker and, for the time and effort that goes into making these, the prices are not out of line. You've got drawers and a table top that closes up, some very nice features.

HOWEVER, there are literally millions of treadle cabinets that are in good condition that you can reuse and/or remodel for a modern treadle.

Also, the TreadleOn website has a great web page explaining how to take the treadle mechanism (just the cast iron frame, wheel and foot pedal) and add your own tabletop: TreadleOn Tabletop page. There's also a discussion about the concept of a Universal Top that would allow you to swap out machine heads with a few custom inserts.

Lehman's used to sell a Necchi treadle machine. It was actually a dual-powered machine. It had an electric motor, but you could also run it with a treadle. The fly wheel was made to accept a treadle belt.

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Date: 7/20/12 5:44 PM

Oh wow! I LIKE it!

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Date: 7/20/12 6:36 PM

Basically, any machine with an external belt driven motor can be treadled. I'm not sure if there are many home machines out there now that meet this criteria. Mind you, most industrial machines have outboard motors, but only the smaller sized ones will fit on standard household treadle bases (but if you search carefully, you can get lucky and find an indy treadle base).

Otherwise, besides the Janome cited above, there aren't a lot that can be easily converted. But lots of Japanese machines from the '60s and maybe '70s are belt driven, and lots of those have multiple stitch capability.

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Date: 7/20/12 7:28 PM

The 712 Janome is a good machine, my local dealer has that. Singer also has a dual feed (not on their website) that can be electric or treadle, it has a handwheel that fits a belt. Most of the mennonites/amish have put modern heads in their treadles, at auction it's not them buying the straight stitch treadles for the heads, they're buying them for the bases as they've got a modern head lined up for it.

I did a McGuiyver on a treadle. I had a Brother Riveria that was a free arm so it sits on it's own base. I put a plank on the top of my treadle table, cut some holes for the belt (not neat and pretty either) and put the Brother on the plank and ran a new long belt through it. It was fun for a while but then I put the regular head back in the treadle and sold the Brother.

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Date: 7/21/12 8:40 PM

Did you find something that will make a decent treadle now that you have the irons and table for it?

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