3 Treadle Sewing Machines At Auction

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.

3 Treadle Sewing Machines At Auction

3 Treadle Sewing Machines At Auction

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.

Twin Lions on Top Cover Of A New Fautless Treadle Sewing Machine

Twin Lions on Top Cover Of A New Faultless Treadle Sewing Machine

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.

Singer Treadle Cabinet In Need Of Repair

Singer Treadle Cabinet In Need Of Repair

  7 comments for “3 Treadle Sewing Machines At Auction

  1. mdoe37
    June 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I gotta get one of these! $35? A steal!!

    Of course, it is a steal. I honestly don’t know of any women off the top of my head that even sew — hand or machine — let alone use a treadle. Their loss! Its sad that we’ve bred those skills out of our kids.

    • Methane Creator
      June 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Used to the schools taught sewing and home economics. Now they teach single parenting and how to live on govt subsidies…. My young Dau in law can cook great meals as long as the directions are on the back of the microwave box…

  2. Ronnie Gunn Tucker
    June 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    My grandmother sewed beautiful dresses for me and my sister in the 50’s on a treadle. It was a lovely thing to be in the room to hear the machine and watch her work. I would love to find one in good condition at this price. You are so lucky!

    • KMG
      June 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Auctions are where the deals are :-)

  3. Glenda
    June 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    What wonderful sewing machines. I have high hopes of purchasing a treadle as soon as I can find one out here in the West.

    I love all your posts. I found your website the end of last year, so have missed so many of your sewing posts, unfortunately. I appreciate seeing your sewing projects and your great tips. I, too, love to sew, but mostly have made quilts. Now, at my advanced age :), I want to start sewing my own clothes. The junk they call clothes these days isn’t worth even a fraction of the price tag.

  4. Karen
    June 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Those are lovely! I absolutely love my Singer treadle machine from 1948. I just made some summer dresses (fully lined). We had a short power outage this week due to a storm and I just used my solar light and kept right on sewing.

  5. LindaG
    June 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Wow. Congratulations! My grandmother had a Singer. Wish I had it now.
    Happy Sunday to you!

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