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ThayerRags Fabric Center
Treadle Mending and Repairs

108 W. Grand Ave, Frederick, OK. USA


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Introduction:  I enjoy collecting and using vintage handcrank and treadle sewing machines.  As a matter of fact, I became fascinated with non-electric sewing machines and the work that they could do for me.  When I first started (2013), and was looking for something useful to sew with my machines, the subject of mending denim jeans was the solution.  By doing some of the shop mending on my "hobby" people-powered machines, it was helpful to my wife who was doing mending and alterations of all kinds on her electric shop machines (she has 2 handcranks and a treadle at the shop in case the power goes out).  With my non-electric machines, I could do some of the work for her.  I soon was doing the majority of the jeans mending, and of course, I do most of the heavy duty gear and accessory mending and repairs, although my wife is quite comfortable with using her electric Consew 225 combination-feed walking-foot machine at the shop.  Here are photos of some of my hand crank and treadle mending projects.  (I forgot to take photos on many of my mending projects, so these are just the ones that I remembered to photograph.)

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The machines that I currently use the most for my mending are:

1950s Singer 319W1 Converted to Treadle 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadle 1960s Singer 20U Converted to Treadle 1980s Adler 205-64 Converted to Handcrank 1970s Brother Riviera 1681-M Converted to Treadle/Handcrank
Flatbed Zigzag Jump-foot SS Flatbed Zigzag Jump-foot SS Freearm Zigzag
     
     
June 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 and 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadles
Task: Mend torn denim jeans knee.  (1936 Singer 95-40 electric for bottom hem)
         
June 2018 Machine: 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadle
Task: Replace folding chair back end sleeves.
     
         
         
May 2018 Machine: 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadle
Task: Reattach vehicle cover straps.
     
         
         
April 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Mend denim jeans crotch.
       
         
April 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Insert modesty panels in camo pants.
         
         
March 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Mend denim jeans rear.
         
March 2018 Machine: 1970s Brother Riviera 1681-M Treadle
Task: Darn denim jeans lower leg.
         
March 2018 Machine: 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadle
Task: Replace insulated overall front zipper.
   
         
         
February 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Mend denim jeans lower leg.
 
         
February 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle and 1936 Singer 95-40 Elec.
Task: Mend denim jeans rear.
 
     
February 2018 Machine: 1917 Singer 16-41 and 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadles
Task: Replace denim apron neck strap and repair denim.
     
February 2018 Machine: 1970s Brother Riviera 1681-M Treadle
Task: Mend torn jeans knee.
     
February 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Repair dog quilt.
     
February 2018 Machine: 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadle
Task: Lengthen bib overall straps.
         
     
January 2018 Machine: 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadle
Task: Replace purse handles.
     
     
January 2018 Machine: 1970s Brother Riviera 1681-M Treadle
Task: Mend cotton shirt sleeve.
   
         
January 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Mend denim jeans.
 
         
January 2018 Machine: 1970s Brother Riviera 1681-M Treadle
Task: Mend denim jeans.
   
         
January 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 and 1917 Singer 16-41 Treadles
Task: Mend denim jeans.
         
January 2018 Machine: 1950s Singer 319W1 Treadle
Task: Mend denim and corduroy jeans.
         
     

More Treadle Mending (2017)

More Treadle Mending (2013 to 2016)


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