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From: beaglesews
Date: 09-09-2005, 02:37 PM (1 of 4)
My neighbor & I were at the antique shops today & saw a Minnesota A machine in a Singer treadle parlor cabinet. It was $175 with 60% off. We thought it looked really nice, but I did research on the Minnesota brand & found out it was made by Sears. I've never owned or saw a treadle machine work, so I don't know what to look for. I went back & bought it... $70 + tax. It was too good a deal to pass.... I really like that parlor cabinet! Anyhow, the machine says Minnesota A with the date of August, 1920 on it. There are a few accesories with it, but I'm not sure if they go to this machine or maybe another one. The lady said it is broke. It looks like the belt for the treadle is broke. Does anyone know anything about this machine, cabinet, or if it can be repaired??? THANKS!!!!!!!!!! :bg:
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Member since: 12-16-2004
Total posts: 25
From: plrlegal
Date: 09-09-2005, 05:20 PM (2 of 4)
beaglesews: First of all, do a google search to see what you come up and second, if the band on the treadle wheel is broken, you can purchase those rawhide bands at a Singer Store. I have my deceased mil's 70+ year old Singer treadle and dh had to replace the rawhide band on the treadle wheel and the little rubber ring on the bobbin winder. Otherwise, after some cleaning and oiling, it works like a charm and stitches the most gorgeous long basting stitch I've ever seen.

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Total posts: 318
From: paroper
Date: 09-09-2005, 05:53 PM (3 of 4)
Vermont Country Store has a conversion kit to make a current mechanical sewing machine into a treadle. You can also purchase a brand new Amish made treadle cabinet there. I wonder if their little kits would work on that? Might just be an option, although I bet those belts, as Patsy says are easy to get.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: cjzimm
Date: 09-13-2005, 10:24 PM (4 of 4)
If you do not have a machine dealer close, there are several people selling the treadle parts on ebay. I've found that unless the machine is froze up and rusted the band is usually the only thing missing. Does your wheel move freely? Is the bobbin and case in tact? Also try Treadlers Village on the net. This lady is in WV and I found parts for my old Priscella. She's great on information too. I use my old treadle for leather and upholstery work. Aren't the cabinets beautiful! Love that old wood. cj
User: cjzimm
Member since: 09-13-2005
Total posts: 9
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