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

  10 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…

    • Jackie Wagner
      June 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Why has the school system prevented our children from self reliance? My grandmother was a school cook so in the summer she would let me visit her. She helped me learn to sew which I have kept up for the past 50 years. My 5 year old grand daughter wants to learn to sew and crochet. She loves to help Poppy to cook. I don’t understand how we have decided that we must depend on others and have lost our sense of accomplishment.

      • Katherine Grossman
        June 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

        Jackie our public schools are only a reflection of our society. When society changes – schools will too 😉

  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!

  6. April 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Deals can be found on Craigslist too (although not that good!). I got a 1891 Singer vibrating shuttle, with the most beautiful decals ever for $50. And I picked up a second Singer treadle, sphinx decals, for $89 locally. I had a treadle many years ago, and it is so nice to have one or two again!

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