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#1 posted 02-04-2017 03:54 PM

You certainly will lose money on the deal. The only question is how much do you want to lose. My wife and I just retired from our yarn and fabric store where we restored antique spinning wheels, looms, sewing machines, etc. We live in an area where many homes are “off the grid” so treadle machines are greatly appreciated. We probably restored a half a dozen treadle machines per year but only for “favored”, long term customers. We saw this activity as a loss leader to keep them coming into the store.

We would decline to tackle the one in your picture. Hard to tell however without seeing the decals on the machine itself (is it a “red eye”, egyptian, etc.) That determines a great deal of its value once fully restored. For 1908 machines, the shuttle mechanism is also more difficult to come by than the later models.

You are also missing a number of parts on the treadle mechanism and a third drawer on the left hand side. Just about the only way to acquire replacement parts is to buy a second machine that you can cannibalize.

If you decide to proceed, let me know. I can at least share the sources I used for parts.

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