Lord help me but I love auctions!
It’s a darn good thing I don’t have a large house because I’d be dragging stuff home every week.
Last Saturday I attended an auction and brought home 2 of the 3 treadle sewing machines below.
I bought the machine on the right and the one in the middle and paid $35 a piece. I was the high bidder on a “buyer’s pick” deal.
The machine on the right is a “New Faultless” treadle sewing machine from the old Chicago John. M. Smyth Company. It’s circa 1906. The cabinet has wonderful twin lion decals on the top cover and on all of the drawers – both front and sides.
The “New Faultless” machine head is in very good condition and uses a standard shuttle and a round bobbin. With a good cleaning and a new belt the old “Iron Lady” will be up and running soon.
The treadle sewing machine in the middle of the above photo is a Singer model 66 from 1924. I bought the machine only for the treadle base and cabinet and is the actual reason I went to the auction.
The machine head is in perfect working order, but the cabinet should be refinished and the center drawer will need some work – but it’s an easy fix.