Apr 23

My Singer treadle machine

2016-10-24T21:19:32+00:00 April 23rd, 2008|

So, my Mom inherited her mom’s treadle machine and wanted it out of the house, and I was more than happy to take it off her hands 🙂 Looking up the serial number etc. reveals that it was made in 1948 in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

It came with a lovely cabinet–on this one museum website it is called “Singer Drawing-room cabinet No. 21”. I couldn’t find another one like it in my brief search on the internet; most cabinets seem to have the open cast-iron legs. Maybe it is just that mine isn’t as old as a lot of the other ones I found? Apparently the model it is (15-88) was the last purely treadle model they made, although this one has room to add a motor if I ever wanted to. I wish I could tell what kind of wood it was made of. I am kind of useless at differentiating wood varieties.

I really like the cabinet, even if it is not in perfect shape. I didn’t show it in the photo, but the top is pretty scratched. I am going to try to use some kind of polish/scratch remover-type thing on it. I don’t really want to refinish it. The little drawers are so cute!


It also came with the manual, the key to lock the cabinet, and all these crazy feet/accessories. I don’t believe I have a ruffler foot! I am curious to see if it would attach to my newer machines. There is also a binding foot that looks interesting. I have never seen anything like it.

Also stuffed in the cabinet is this huge attachment to do buttonholes and all these cast buttonhole templates. I have no idea how this would work…

Anyway, I am happy. I will likely eventually get it running again. The wheel and stuff turns just fine, but the treadle belt is snapped. The machine also has not been used since the ’60’s, so surely needs a good cleaning and oiling before I attempt to use it. Will be fun to try a little later when I have more time.