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Kathy Robinson

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Date: 1/28/13 12:49 PM

I recently acquired a #6 Singer treadle cabinet; I was interested in it for the furniture aspect, only. But, it included a machine, so, of course, I had to figure it out. The machine is a 66 (# assigned April, 1911). It has been rebuilt by Bega's, and, as a result, has no badge or original decals. The decals that are present are those identified on treadle on as "scrolled flowers", (http://www.treadleon.net/oldtreadleonia/university/museum/decals/decals.html) but they have no color. Although rebuilt, it has not been electrified. Of course, I am now more fascinated by the machine than by the cabinet. It has a very ornate face plate and back plate (circular). I hold no illusions about value, but wonder if it wouldn't be "fun" to make it look like a red-eye, if that was what it was. Thoughts?






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Date: 1/28/13 12:51 PM

Kathy, I can't see your pictures, but it sounds like a very lovely machine that you might want to restore? :)

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Date: 1/28/13 3:22 PM

I FINALLY got the pictures to work. I consider myself very computer competent, and I have a PhD, but uploading these Flickr links almost did me in.

The red eye I refer to looks like this:



I'm not sure how likely it is that mine was a "red eye," but I think the odds are good.

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Date: 1/29/13 7:01 AM

Nice looking cabinet and machine! I briefly considered getting a red eye and replacing the 127 with the shuttle into my 5 drawer oak treadle cabinet but felt guilty about separating my machine and cabinet which were together from their beginning(I am such a wimp). I think the red eyes are really pretty and use the common round bobbin system I like. I do have an electrified 66 in a small cabinet and like it very much to sew on. I have been learning to sew on the treadle this week-lots of people offered suggestions to help me so you may want to read on that thread here. My treadle head originally had some issues with the tension and needed a new spring and some TLC so all my early efforts to make it into something other than a lamp table were useless.It had been sitting in the old home where it came new for years and 20+ years in mine unused. When I got it there was not internet or you tube videos to help with the shuttle bobbin use which you won't face and my machine needed a couple of small repairs to make a stitch (probably why it stopped being used and replaced with an electric model).Thankfully there is a lot more interest in these old machines now than there was and I found a retired singer fellow in driving distance to take care of the minor issues and it now makes a beautiful stitch. Good luck with the new old machine. I think even the plain black heads are beautiful and I sort of like the "patina" of wear that means someone before me loved and used the machine as I am somewhat of a do no harm when it comes to bringing back an antique.

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Date: 1/29/13 9:57 PM

I have a "red eye" which I almost sold for a song until someone told me not to part with it. I am so glad I kept it! I think the real advantage is the bobbin. The "bullet"one is difficult to manage and doesn't hold much thread!

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Date: 1/30/13 7:07 AM

I have liked sewing on the electric 66 here. I really like that except for the vibrating shuttle in the treadle and the featherweight,all my vintage machines share the class 66 bobbin which is really handy. I ordered 10 vintage bullet bobbins for the old machine. I can't give up on it yet as it makes a very nice stitch and was repaired and serviced. I didn't have any issues with filling and inserting the bobbin. I would have really preferred it to have been the other type of bobbin system. I don't know if dh will lose it if I don't stop wagging home vintage machines. I am pushing the button here. Lol!

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Date: 1/30/13 8:09 AM

A lot of people do match machine heads to different cabinets as often it is easier to find the head than a nice cabinet. That said, I did feel a little guilty about swapping out my red eye for a lotus, but I was drawn to the lotus. A friend told me her dad had a cabinet, and that he wanted the red eye. When I delivered it, low and behold his cabinet already had a machine... I don't think he checked. I did leave the red eye with him as his was a shuttle type and those are trickier for the uninitiated (IMO).

I do think about the orphaned machine from time to time..

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Date: 1/30/13 4:30 PM

Love the lotus decals a lot also. For some silly reason I feel obligated to the vs machine with the sphinx decals since I "saved" it at a local estate sale way back when people thought they should all become lamp tables or go to the landfill. It is sort of cool to see the reactions to the old bobbin system and the treadle. At this point I am just happy it is fixed and I know how to sew on it. I really love the vintage machines -such beauties and such a perfect straight stitch.

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