My treadles are all Singer. One aunt had a hand crank but I don't know what happened to it. My grands like to use them as they are less scary than the electrics. Lots of doll clothes LOL.
I have also discovered that the treadles are easier on my arthritic hands, the cranks probably would be too. Better control for slower reflexes -gittin' old & gimpy ain't for the fainthearted!
Oh my, I just saw those posted prices and just about fainted! Around here old treadles are going for between 60-100/150 complete and working on Craigslist! Several family members have snapped them up lately
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Last edited by sandsuncritters; 12/03/12 at 01:00 PM.
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You can convert many machines to hand cranks and there are many machines that will go back and forth to motors and treadles. You can find old Singers for $10 at garage sales and treadles many people give away to a good home. You just have to be looking and be patient. There are also a lot of people who see them and think they are worth big bucks because they are old and antique looking. (They aren't, especially the Singers, because Singer made bazillions of them. But that is also the great thing about them, because there is a ton of info and parts out there for them.) There are also some more modern machines (1960s) that have punch out for treadle cords.
That is a gorgeous machine Angie!
I bought a beautiful 1939 Singer treadle this year for my birthday. Got a fantastic deal at $60. I've been watching for one and they have either been not in good condition or over $100. So I was really excited. I'll be making my first ever quilt with it this winter. I figured it will do very well on the denim that I plan to use (hubby's old jeans).
The fact is you can hand crank any sewing machine. Just turn the hand wheel. It is not like motorized machines won't work without electricity, they will work manually also. The hand cranks just make it easier.
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Beautiful machine! Sigh...sewing machines and I don't get along. I can knit, crochet, embroider, & sew by hand, but when it comes to sewing machines, forget it! They just don't like me. I end up beating on them. Then I sew by hand.
ok not to be a party pooper....I am still drooling over the machine but this came thru on the TO list yesterday.....Now no one there has tried the Janome so it may be fine, but someone has tried 2 other "new" treadle/handcranks that have come out and was really disappointed in them. Quality was nowhere near the originals.
Scroll down to the review by Amandabab...... Janome Hand Crank Sewing Machine
But I'm thinking (after wiping my chin :-) ) that you can get a really nice original handcrank for that price and not have to worry.