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A friend of mine called me Thursday night.  A very dear friend of her's...a sewer...had died this past month and would I please come over and rescue her sewing machines.  I love vintage sewing machines and went over yesterday.  I came home with a White VS treadle sewing machine (which came from the previous owner's great grandmother) and what I think is a Japanese clone of a Singer 99...it has beautiful decals but is obviously a newer machines.  It is called an "Imperial" sewing machine and (to my surprise) is also a vibrating shuttle machine.

I really like the looks and feel of the treadle, but there is very little information that I can find on the threading of the machine.  If there is anyone here who can point me in the direction of any, I would certainly appreciate it.  The machine turns freely (a surprise to me as the previous owner hadn't sewn in about 10 years) and has a good belt on it.  I suspect that once I get past my ignorance, it will be a great machine.  It even has 4 bobbins...well, maybe 5 but one looks a little different than the other 4 so I am not sure.  It may go to the other machine).  I have also never used a VS machine...so help there would also be great!

Thanks in advance.

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Comment by Amy | Columbus, OH on October 3, 2013 at 9:41am

How dreamy - I wish I had my grandmother's treadle.  I'm very happy for you and I hope that you find what you need to use her to the fullest.  Enjoy!

Comment by Donna Sykes on September 29, 2013 at 8:35pm

I am glad the machines got passed on to someone who appreciates them. Hope you can find the answers to your questions.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on September 29, 2013 at 7:45pm

What treasures!  At 10 years old my Mom taught me to sew on a treadle machine.  The machine is long gone but I was fortunate to have rescued the six drawers from the cabinet.  I had one drawer made into a shadow box with some of Mom's sewing accessories.

Comment by Janet E Turner on September 29, 2013 at 1:35pm

How wonderful for you.  ismacs.net/home may be of help

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 29, 2013 at 11:01am

Try these links for treadle information:



Hope you find the information you are looking for!

Comment by Pam/NY on September 29, 2013 at 8:51am

What a great gift...I would like to know, that my machines would go to anyone, that really cares about sewing and will appreciate them...they found an excellent home. Have fun getting to know them!

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