Wednesday, 6 March 2013

1936 Singer 201K Treadle


Here is the latest machine, a beautiful Singer 201K treadle manufactured in 1936.

I had a devil of a job trying to get decent pictures today - poor light, reflections, etc. etc., but I'm sure you get the general idea...



The only job I have left to do is to get a new treadle belt.  The old belt on it is a bit stretched and keeps slipping.



The easiest way to spot a 201 is to look at the spool pin.  There should be a long, round-ended metal plate beneath the spool pin, which has holes in for oiling.



The needlebar comes down from inside a steel tube.




The needle has to be threaded from right to left, and the needle is set into the needle clamp with the flat side to the left.



And here is a nice loving arty shot of the needle reflected in the plate underneath.

It is time I concentrated on my sewing.

12 comments:

  1. They just don't come any better than that. A real find. You are so lucky to get one in such good condition. Forget the goo in the lower oil hole, because I am sure that it will be spotless. You will have many happy years with that one. Duncan x Now back to the 15. you had your fix.

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    1. It's a corker, isn't it, definitely a goo-free zone.

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  2. Oh what a beauty she is, sooo clean and shiny.
    Baukje X

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    1. Hello Baukje,

      It is in fantastic shape for its age. I have the previous owner (or owners) to thank for taking such good care of it.

      Love,
      Muv

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  3. Hello Muv

    Beautiful 201K! Thank you for posting the pics. I love your arty shot. Would you be considering a belt fitting video tutorial for all us eager learners out here by any chance?

    Best wishes
    G
    x

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    1. Hello Gavin,

      I might just see if I can get away with shortening it a fraction...

      Love,
      Muv

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  4. Where do you get these lovely looking machines from - I despair mine will ever clean up and shine!

    Anne

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    1. Anne,

      Don't despair! Some machines are just too old or weary to shine. That doesn't mean they lack character, and if they sew well, who really cares?

      Love,
      Muv

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    2. After thorough cleaning some use a renaissance wax on them, it can bring the shine back. Some have applied a layer of clear shellac varnish, which is suppose to be the same as Singer used. With a bit of research of how to do it, there might be hope for worn machines.

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  5. Lovely--I keep hoping I'll stumble upon a 201k treadle myself! Have fun!

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  6. I have exactly the same sewing machine! I bought it a few weeks ago after reading about on the web. It works and sews fine, unfortunately is is missing the spool pins. Do you know if there are replacements for them? I found two on ebay, but they just don't go in the holes.

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    1. Hello Silverarrow,

      You need Helen Howes:-
      http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk/threadguides.html#spoolpins

      Love, Muv

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