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Posted on Singer sewing machine treadle conundrum

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#1 posted 02-04-2017 04:22 AM

Wow! A trip down memory lane for me. My mother had an almost identical table when I was a kid over sixty years ago. It fell into disrepair when I was very young, and was probably tossed shortly thereafter. It is amazing how your mind’s eye can recall small details like the metal frame and the treadle and especially the unique shape of the drawer fronts. I can still recall the pulleys and the round rubber belt that ran on them. Thanks for posting this, it brought back many memories.

I agree that the piece you show would need almost an entire rebuild and it would be a labor of love. Given enough time and money (and your prior experience, of course) it could happen, but my guess is that your estimate is way, way low. The wood on the piece you show in the pictures looks like little more than a template for making a clone, especially if the top is not original. You can reproduce the wooden portion of the table, but would it then be a keepsake?

Your mention of the treadle parts being a challenge for you is a concern. Is there something missing or broken? That might be a tougher challenge than the woodworking. If you can get all the parts required to attach the treadle to the machine (I am supposing that there actually is a sewing machine to go with the table) then you should be able to complete the woodworking to make this look and serve like new again. Will it still be a keepsake? I doubt it. Some of the original parts are already gone. Can you do it for $300? I sincerely doubt it, even in materials alone.

At any rate, it would be an interesting challenge. If you decide to take it on, let us know how it turned out.

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