can you believe it? …..another machine

About a month ago I looked at a Wheeler and Wilson Treadle machine at a local antique mall……it was $110 and I thought it was a great deal but I ended up buying a Singer 201-2 and a Montgomery Ward in a cabinet. Neither worked but  I worked on them and they work great now and both together only cost 50 dollars.     Yesterday Bonnie Hunter , who is here in Lansing with the Capital City Quilt Guild, posted a picture of that treadle machine on Facebook.  Some of the people from the guild had taken her to the antique mall and she saw the machine.   Last night I told her I almost bought it a month ago and she told me it was on sale for 55 dollars…….I went and bought it today 🙂


It was missing 2 drawers….I found one that fit at the mall……I’ll find another some day.     The Wheeler and Wilson D9 was launched in 1887 and was destined to become the company’s most successful domestic. Driven by an efficient rotary hook, there is a tightness to the engineering that makes for very smooth operation.

In 1905, the Wheeler and Wilson Co. was taken over by Singer. The D9 was well-established in the market and Singer wasn’t going to turn down sales, so production was switched to Singers Elizabethport factory, the center of Singer’s domestic production. The company re-branded the machine as the Singer 9W1. With its square arm pillar and W&W styling, the 9W had never looked quite at home in Singer’s catalog and by the 1920s, once the Singer 101 rotary had established itself, the 9W7 was phased out.

It threads from right to left and uses a 127×1 (9W1) needle which are no longer made so I will be looking for some old stock needles for this machine.    The bobbins are also odd sized and I only have the one that came with the machine so I will be on the lookout for those as well.

An unusual feature of the thread path on this is the tiny pulley on the face plate that forms a secondary tension device.  That feature was later used on cloned (and licensed) versions and  became common on several of Singer’s Bridgeport industrials.


It sews beautifully (after a good cleaning and oiling) and the treadle base is great.     I do plan to use it when I get a few extra needles and bobbins.     For now I took the head out and put in a Singer 127 (I had to do a little modification of the base, but the old machine will still fit back in when I am ready)

I started another machine quilting project with it.


I had planned to do a different quilt but when I looked at the thread I bought I realized that It just didn’t go well with he fabric so I started this one instead.

I got the backing fabric for my rose applique quilt today and I will be basting that soon for hand quilting……more on that soon

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This and That

I got the finish coat of shellac on the cabinet and put new pulls on the drawers.


There are 4 vintage machines in the base …. they have motors but I will be able to use them on the treadle.  The drawers are for extra belts, tools, etc.

I have been doing the hand embroidery for this top.


This is an old picture so I am further along than this… is getting close to being done.     I am thinking now about what backing fabric to use and what hand quilting design will be best to go with the fabric and the design…it is not going to be a simple pattern 😉

It is raining today…all the snow is gone…..Teddy keeps looking at me and asking me to make it stop.


He decided not to have an after dinner walk…..will see how long he can hold out

I decided to try out the new treadle base on one of my old , but not too great, quilt tops.    This spool top is from the 70’s/80’s The tan fabric is a poly blend and pretty thick.   The piecing is really poorly done…..and it really isn’t flat …It was not worth taking apart and remaking but it still will be a cute quilt to hang in the studio.


I tried quilting on the singer in the new cabinet…..It needs some adjusting….it keeps skipping stitches…..So I switched back to the Free Treadle

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Then I put the Montgomery Ward machine in the new cabinet and did some on that, then an old Dressmaker, then a Singer 66, and then back to the Free. They all work fine…..but I have the Free adjusted just right for tension and for the free motion foot …..I need to work on the other machines more to get them set just right for free motion.

I have almost 1/2 of it finished.


I am planning the next “real” quilt.     I am going to quilt this top.


I have the fabric for the backing (purple) and 4 different colors of thread ( purple, green, orange, rust)    I have to decide on the pattern and do a bunch of marking and buy batting…..probable wool for this one.

I got the Teddy quilt started.   I have the drawing done


60″ wide about 48″ long……next step is to paint it….then I might add a border….then I can quilt it.

Happy Quilting



Trip to the Antique Mall

I sold a few quilts in the last few days.  Most of the money will go to bills, which never seem to take a month off, but I had to buy something fun too.    I went to a local Antique Mall today to look for a sewing machine cabinet.    I have a Singer 66 that I would like to put in a cabinet to make it more usable.

I had hoped to find a treadle base for it but the only one I found was too expensive and had a Wheeler and Wilson machine in it…..which I might need to reconsider but another time.

I did find this.


It was 22 dollars.     It looks pretty rough doesn’t it?

here it is opened up.


I spent the day cleaning it up……I’ll put a new finish on it tomorrow and show you how it looks.

There was a machine in it.


It is not in great shape.   I might be able to fix it up …it needs a major cleaning oiling and rewiring.    But it is sort of cool looking.   I will give it a try but even if it doesn’t work I have the cabinet.

A little further down the aisle I saw this.


It is a Singer 201 made in 1955.    It is missing its power cord and foot pedal and the paint isn’t great but the 201 is a great machine.
The Singer Class 201 Sewing Machine features a low shank and a rotary hook. It uses Class 66 Bobbins and 15×1 needles.The electric gear-drive motor mounted on the back of these machines are typically referred to as “potted” motors.  The Singer 201 is considered by many collectors to be the best sewing machine Singer ever made.   It was 29 dollars.   I hope to have it cleaned up and running soon and it will go in the new cabinet. I looks like it has a bandage on it.    It was quite common for people to pin a piece of fabric around the machine to use a a place to hold pins.    Old machines often are very scratched up in that area from pins.   I have not take it off yet to see if this one has been scratched up.

I have been working on hand quilting .

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I didn’t get a chance to do the marking a baptist fan demo but I will have that for next time.

This quilt is so hard to quilt!    My hands get so tires that I had to take several breaks.    I decided to do some more treadle quilting between hand quilting.

I got this top a few years ago.


It was probably made in the 60’s -70’s.     It isn’t the most special quilt top in the worls but I thought it would be a good one to continue to practice on.

I’m using red cotton thread.  I can definitely see why some quilters like to use invisible thread! The red contrasted with the yellow really show my mistakes.


I am doing this one without marking….so it is a challenge for me to make them all look alike but again it is good practice.


I am continue having tension problems which causes the bobbin thread to break, It is a long  bobbin in a shuttle shuttle28

I think I have it set correctly now.   I will have to do a few more feathers and see if the thread breaks.

I changes out a few of the hanging quilts.

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And now I am back to hand quilting for the night.   And Teddy is happy….he like it best when I sit still so he doesn’t have to follow me around the house.


Happy Quilting