Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Craigslist find...

Here's the newest machine to add to my collection.  Not that I really have a collection... maybe this is the start of one.  Yesterday I went to look at a treadle machine that was posted on Craigslist, and it came home with me.  I am looking forward to learning how to use it.  I've been getting it cleaned up & oiled.  The leather belt that goes from the foot treadle to the wheel on the machine is old & brittle, so it will have to be replaced before I can sew with it.  The hand wheel turns freely, and it looks like everything is in order & will hopefuly work after some more cleaning & lubing.
It's a Singer model 15-30 manufactured in 1916, judging by the serial number stamped on the machine.  This style decal is called "Tiffany" decals.  There is a bit of wear on the decals, but not bad.  I think with some TLC, it will really be a nice looking machine.  
It didn't come with a manual or accessories, so I'll be doing some Google searches & see what I can come up with .  
The funny part of this story is yesterday, the same day I bought this machine, we had a power outage.  I was really thinking this was an interesting coincidence, since that is why I wanted to get one- the novelty of being able to sew even when the power was out.  We are having an ice- storm yesterday & today, but thankfully the power is back on for now.  

1 comment:

Caroline in NH said...

Interesting machine! I have 6 or 7 treadles now... LOVE them! I ordered belts last time from Cindy Peters at "Stitches in Time." She has an ebay store, or you can reach her by email at
Cindy Peters, Stitches in Time
914 North High Street, Lake City MN 55041

No affiliation, but I have found her to be a valuable asset in restoring a machine. The machine you have uses regular sewing machine needles, and based on the model, easily-found class 15 bobbins.

There's also an email list accessible from that can be lots of help.

Good luck with the machine! Let me know if I can be of any help!