I didn't know anything about antique sewing machines and didn't know anyone who does. So, I kind of felt like I was at a dead end. Luckily there is a site that was able to help me out. Treadle On is a site dedicated to antique sewing machines and everything you could ever want to know about certain models, how to clean them, how to identify them and they even have a forum to check for your specific questions.You should definitely check them out! LOADS of information on the site and I don't think I read a single thing that didn't help me.
The Cleaning Your Machine Page was exactly what I needed to start my process of servicing the treadle. I read through the instructions about a gazillion times then got my hands dirty.
|First time out of the cabinet!|
Basically, you take her apart and scrub her down with Liquid Wrench until she works. :)
|Underbelly! The mechanism is so interesting|
|Thread jams, dust bunnies and lint balls, oh my!|
|This is what she looks like without the head below!|
|Naked and dirty :(|
|All oiled up and ready to go!|
|This is the back of the machine|
|Versus the front of the machine|
|This was the first wipe of the inside.|
Words cannot describe...
|This is the inside of the cabinet after I had first wiped about a fourth|
of the inside.
Dust is "...human and animal hairs, paper fiber, components of soil, skin cells, pollen, clothing fibers, food particles and smaller amounts of many other materials..." (emphasis added by me)So, basically I was wiping, inhaling, scrubbing and dispersing in the air, decades and decades of skin cells, fibers, whatever else and had it all over me. Bleeeeehhhhhhhhhh. I am so glad that part is over with!
|A belt with the infamous Staple.|
|A clean and serviced treadle! Hooray me!|
I also want to give a quick shout out to the people at TreadleOn because without them, I would not have been able to do this! Thanks for all your time spent putting such great information online for people like me to use! The information was invaluable and I learned so very much! Thanks again!!!!!