Look what Mickael got me for my birthday! (Turning 40 this weekend - not nearly as scary as turning 30 for some reason.) I had been wanting a treadle machine for a while now and he told me to find one and he'd get it for me. So I started watching Craig's List. And I watched, and I laughed (no, your nasty, old treadle with the charming family of mice living in it is not in good shape for it's age and it's certainly not worth what you're asking for it). I laughed some more. Craig's List is probably the easiest place to find an old treadle machine, but apparently it's also a great place for the delusional to sell things too. I'd been doing my research and knew what was a reasonable price for a treadle machine, and I knew which models I was interested in. So I watched, laughed and waited.
Last night, I looked again. (I had already peeked at lunchtime and didn't see this listed). I saw her and I knew she would be worth checking on. It was a Singer 66-1 Red Eye, she has the 7 drawer cabinet (there's a wide but shallow center drawer with no knob that needs a new bracket on one side), and it looked from the pictures that she was being kept in a house (which would be easier to clean up than one that was "Barn Fresh"). I called and we were able to go out and see her last night. We were met by two very nice ladies and an older German Shepherd who stood waist high to me, and was a complete gentleman. The machine had been the seller's husband's grandmother's machine and she (the seller) didn't sew, but was using it as a table. I took a look at it and even though the treadle belt isn't on it (it's in one of the drawers, but they can still be purchased as well), it seems to be intact, move smoothly and well. There is only one bobbin, but Singer 66 bobbins are easy to find and she takes modern needles.
I will be cleaning her up and oiling her and getting her ready to sew again over the next little while and I thought I'd drag you, the blog along with me. She's not really dirty since she's been in a house, but the machine part could use some TLC, and it's a great way to get to know her. Max and Logan have already welcomed her to the family.
You want to know the best part though? I checked the serial number to find out her age and apparently she was manufactured on March 27, 1923. She just turned 90 years old! The fact that our birthdays are 50 years and a handful of days apart seems like she was meant to be mine!