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Machine Nickname:

"Cope"

CD's 1943 Singer 29K70 Leather Patching Machine
1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70
1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70 1943 Singer 29K70
     
1943 Singer 29K70 Serial # ED241268      
 
This machine is actually not a full-blooded 29K70, even though the tag says so.  Sometime during its life, the Needle Bar Driving Lever (top arm) has been replaced with an early version of the lever, probably from a 29-4, that does not have the adjustable Check Lever feature.  I can't adjust the Check Lever, but otherwise, it sews just fine.

I also ran into a problem with the holes in the top of the treadle base being too small for the correct size bolt to mount the head on the stand.  I drilled the holes out in 1/64" increments, going up 3 sizes.  The stand drilled fine and the problem was solved.

         
         

Ref: 072

   

Machine Nickname:

"Patcher"

CD's 1944 Singer 29K70 Leather Patching Machine
1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70
1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70 1944 Singer 29K70
1944 Singer 29K70 Serial # ED249550      
We have this machine at our shop for use in our mending services.
         
         

Ref: 076

   

Machine Nickname:

 

Singer 1939 Model 31-15
1939 Singer 31-15 1939 Singer 31-15 1939 Singer 31-15 1939 Singer 31-15 1939 Singer 31-15
1939 Singer 31-15 Motor 1939 Singer 31-15 Motor
1939 Singer 31-15 Serial # AF243618      
         
         

Ref: 079

   

Machine Nickname:

 

Singer 1951 31-15 Centennial (in rehab)
1951 Singer 31-15 Centennial 1951 Singer 31-15 Centennial 1951 Singer 31-15 Centennial 1951 Singer 31-15 Centennial 1951 Singer 31-15 Centennial
1951 Singer 31-15 Serial # AK443567    
1951 Singer 31-15 Centennial
Centennial Model Singer 31-15 Handcrank Singer 31-15 Handcrank 31-15 Hand wheel comparison
       
I have changed the balance wheel on this machine, from the small to the large wheel when I came up with an extra large one.  The machine can be easily swapped in and out of the treadle of my other 31-15, and they'll both have the same size wheel.  I mounted a steering wheel spinner (necker, suicide) knob on it to use it as a hand-operated machine as well.
       
         

Ref: 156

   

Machine Nickname:

"Arizona"

Singer 1936 Model 96-40
1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40
1936 Singer 96-40 Serial # AE120698 Before rehab    
1936 Singer 96-40 Machine156_08.jpg (51401 bytes) Machine156_09.jpg (45022 bytes) Machine156_10.jpg (75856 bytes) Machine156_11.jpg (39099 bytes)
  Original Industrial Motor     Original Stand Top
1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40
In Singer Convertible Stand with newer replacement top. Domestic "Piggy-back" motor attached for testing.   Juki Darning Foot  In MUTTIN 
1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40 1936 Singer 96-40
Roller Foot 12264 Needle Plate 5709 Feeddog 5708 Thread Guide Clearance 1 Thread Guide Clearance 2

We set this combination of foot-needle plate-feeddog up to test it for straight-line quilting of cotton fabrics.  The experiment was a failure.  The hook wouldn't catch the loop of thread from the needle.  We believe that the roller was too far from the needle to hold the fabric down as needed.  Although the wheel position is adjustable towards and away from the needle by turning the screw on the foot, the lower thread guide on the needlebar prevented us from setting the wheel any closer.  The roller foot may be good for laminated materials that are stiff, but the stitch failed to make on thin garment leather as well.

         
         
Ref: 076C    

Machine Nickname:

"Combo Stand"
Singer Industrial "Convertible" Stand - for either foot or electric operation
Singer Industrial Convertible Treadle Singer Industrial Convertible Treadle Singer Industrial Convertible Treadle Singer Industrial Convertible Treadle Singer Industrial Convertible Treadle
Singer Stand     Mfg Date: 1940s 
Singer Industrial Motor S94161-R Singer Industrial Motor S94161-R Singer Industrial Motor S94161-R
Singer Motor #S94161-R   Coupling Nut Coupling Nut
This stand originally came to us outfitted with a Singer 31-15 machine.  It has a 16" flywheel, and a 2-piece pitman rod that is designed to use a coupling nut to quickly change from foot power to electric power and back as needed.  This one was missing the coupling nut, and is shown with a piece of rubber tubing in place of the missing coupling nut in some of the photos. 
May 2016 UPDATE:  I've located a coupling nut and have installed it as shown in the last two photos. (It wasn't easy to find!  A friend of mine bought a treadle plate with one on it that she couldn't use.)  Locknuts (or jam nuts) on top and bottom allow for a bit of pitman rod length adjustment, but not much.  With the coupling nut now in place, the only item that I am missing is the upper portion of the pitman rod that operates the clutch motor.  That may even be more difficult to find, so for the time being, I will use it as a foot-powered treadle and not mount the motor.
         
Singer 95-40 Treadle Singer 95-40 Treadle Singer 20U Treadle Singer 20U Treadle Singer 20U Treadle
Since the original table top is not usable (without a lot of work), I originally substituted a newer top that fit both the Singer 31-15 and 96-40 machines.  But, then I decided to substitute an older "butcher-block" wood table top that will accommodate the smaller foot print of other classes of Singer industrial machines, specifically, the 95-40 and the Japanese 20U that have a foot print of 7" x 15.75".  The top that I have mounted on the stand now is probably not a Singer top, but has the same overall dimensions, and I just like the looks of it.  I have highlighted the Singer name on the treadle frame with gold paint, and  I am finally able to use this treadle stand.  Treadling of these two machines is a little stiff, but manageable.  I blame the small handwheels, new belt (that will stretch), and the added machinery of the 20U zigzag mechanism for the stiffness in their operation.  The 9-spoke wheel on the 20U is from a Singer 66.  I use it because I like the larger wheel for starting, stopping, and finger cranking the machine on a treadle.  The stock disc wheel treadles about as easily.  And although I put a 2-piece belt on this stand to accommodate multiple machines, it turns out that both the 95-40 and the 20U take the same belt length, so I can swap machines without changing the short length of belting.  The knee lift lever as set for the 95 doesn't align properly for the 20U, but doesn't interfere with the 20U.  The lifting finger could quickly be reset in the position to lift the 20U presser bar if needed.
         
         
         

Ref: 407C

   

Machine Nickname:

"MUTTIN"

CD's Singer Industrial MUTTIN Stand.
Singer Industrial Treadle Singer Industrial Treadle Singer Industrial Treadle Singer Industrial Treadle
This treadle stand had no machine in it when acquired, so we're not sure what machine it was set up for previously.  It has a 16" treadle wheel, but doesn't have the 2-piece pitman rod like our combination stand has.  It was in bad shape when we got it, so the top and extension has been removed as well as the drip pan and knee lift mechanism, but the irons are still in good condition. 
Singer Industrial Treadle Singer Industrial Treadle Singer Industrial Treadle Singer Industrial Treadle
We scraped off the rust and old paint and repainted irons and knee lift.  While doing so, we found two breaks in one cast iron leg end, just under where the top mounts to the legs.  We believe that a solid top will prevent any additional damage, so we're leaving them as-is for now.
Singer Industrial MUTT Singer Industrial MUTT Singer Industrial MUTT Singer Industrial MUTT Singer Industrial MUTT
The term MUTTIN comes from "Multi-Use Traveling Treadle - INdustrial".  We plan to transport this unit to remote venues and sewing locations.

We mounted a "multi-purpose" abbreviated top on these irons, to facilitate several types of Singer industrial machines, and perhaps also include a "treadle grinder" on which to operate a wire wheel for cleaning rusty sewing machine parts.  Other uses for treadle power with this stand are also in the works. 
While handling the treadle during assembly, we noticed how handy it was to lay the stand flat on its top.  It also seemed like it may be the way we will want to transport the stand in a vehicle, to help protect the cast iron legs.  Lying the stand on the flywheel end makes transport by handtruck a snap too, (as long as the top remained a clear flat surface), so we decided to keep the top surface clear of any mounted tools like the bobbin winder, thread tower, and head support knob.  The head support knob has been sanded down to allow easy removal, the single-cone thread stand is not attached to the table surface, and I came up with hand crank bobbin winder that mounts quickly on a small piece of wood that can be pivoted under the top for storage.  Servicing the 31-15 head and outfitting it with a small roller foot with matching needle plate and feed dog was the last step.  Our MUTTIN is ready to go to work.
Here is the first project for the MUTTIN.  The machine in it is still the Singer 31-15 outfitted with a Singer Roller Foot, size 20 needle, and using Tex90 Sunguard thread.  The project is construction a box-shaped 33"x19"x15" fitted cover out of a piece of vinyl from a 12'x24' recycled billboard.  The painted sign message will be turned inside when complete, and the unpainted black "back" of the vinyl will show.  I did all of the treadling while bare-footed, to see what that was like, and it went just fine, except for stubbing my toe on a leg while moving around the end.  Cast iron doesn't have much "give" to it....
         

Ref: 583T

   

Machine Nickname:

 

Singer Industrial Treadle Stand (Basic)
   
This common Singer industrial treadle stand  came to me with an electric household machine mounted in it of all things.  Luckily, no permanent modifications had been made to the table, only a couple of pieces of an old leather western belt had been trapped in place with the drip pan to hold the right end of the small machine up in the cutout.  The treadle is in fairly good shape as-is, including end and back extensions, but will need some minor TLC.  Plans are to use this stand to power a darning machine for FMC (Free Motion Quilting) and any other darning that may be needed.  One photo shows the leather belting "supports" that have been removed, and a couple of photos show a Singer 96-40 taking a test-drive in it.  Notice that the 96-40 has a darning foot, blank needle plate, and no feeddogs.  This unit is still in rehab.
         

Ref: 547T

   

Machine Nickname:

"FrankenTreadle"

Singer Industrial Treadle Stand (Cobbled Together)
This common Singer industrial treadle stand  came to me with no motor nor treadle moving parts.  I believe that it was originally sent out as a treadle stand, because the cone bearing for the flywheel was present, and the top is drilled for a flywheel belt as well as a clutch motor belt.  It was probably stripped of it's manual mechanisms and operated in later years as an electric power stand. At one time, it doubled as a spray painting surface.  That's white and black overspray on the table surface.  It had no machine head in it, but it's a similar type top construction-wise to a 1939 treadle that I have, so I'm guessing that it's a 1939 vintage.  I have replaced the missing foot plate with one of the same type that was originally on it, but I set it up with a household-type 12 inch flywheel and pitman rod.  That is why I nicknamed this one "FrankenTreadle".  It's alive, but it doesn't have the correct parts.  The pitman rod is too short, although it will operate if the stand is elevated on 1x4 runners.  I ended up lengthening the pitman rod by cutting and splicing in a second rod.  This unit is now back in service as a treadle.  The last photo shows a comparison of the 12 inch flywheel and a normal 16 inch flywheel for this stand.
         

Ref: 200

   

Machine Nickname:

"Hemi" 

Singer 1936 Model 95-40
         
1939 Singer 95-40 Serial # AE206858 Singer 95-40 Handcrank    Singer 95-40 Treadle 
This little industrial Singer machine has been hanging around with us for a few years unused.  I finally decided to make it a backup machine for hemming denim jeans, since it would slide into our Singer 20U industrial power stand nicely, should the 20U have problems.  The motor shown on it in the first photo has been removed and red-tagged for non-use (too many sparks, and too much smoke).  I experimented with using a steering wheel spinner knob on it for hand operation, and that worked fine, and it worked well in my convertible treadle stand.  It now resides in what was our home Singer 20U power stand, and will be dedicated to jeans hemming with Tex80 cotton thread and a sizes 18 needle.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
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