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Posted on Singer sewing machine treadle conundrum

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 04:24 PM

First off, form what I can see, that machine looks to be in rough shape.

My wife is a avid collector/restorer of treadle machines. I am just beginning to get into some of the cabinets that need repair. I would say cleaned up first (Howard Restor A Finish is amazing stuff followed by Howard Feed N Wax). You may be surprised what can be lived with as far as the finish. You have already restored one so you kind of know what you getting into.

Other repairs such as drawers aren’t difficult. Repairs to the lifting mechanism can be a bit tricky if the parts are missing. Veneer repairs can be time consuming.

If major portions of veneer are loose that is easily fixed. In fact, on one I just did, I just reheated and to my complete surprise >100 yr old glue actually rebonded. (We’ll wait an see on this one)

Bottom line: They have to want THAT cabinet because they could be into >$200 in repair charges. There are other out there in much better shape they could buy.

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