Singer Treadle Finish!

Hello fine folks. Well I have finished my sewing machine and it is wonderful to use. This will make it a lot easier to sew leather.


I have a fair learning curve to get over. But having both hands to sew is wonderful. I have finished the table and fit the hole to set the machine in.


I used a poly rub for a finish. I like oil finishes because of the ease of application and care.


Come to find out one of my coworkers wants to give me another whole Singer treadle in a few days. The condition is unknown but a full restore could be ahead of me.

I know i killed a few electrons in this but my shop time was very limited. I did not talk a whole lot in the video so if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Another tool saved!

I have an older video showing how to tread a Singer 66-1

Candy the plane is brazed and on my bench. I’m getting there. Thanks for your patience.
Oh, I reached 2000 YouTube viewers and I want to thank each and everyone. I really want to thank Stumpy and his bunch of misfits, even Randy!
Here is another reason I do it, Grand baby Bell

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

12 Responses to Singer Treadle Finish!

  1. Joe Lyddon says:

    My grandmother had one just like that… I used to play with it… I accidentally stuck my finger with the NEEDLE! … Yes, it hurt…

    Great job… That Finish sure looked good…!

  2. JL7 says:

    Good stuff Dave….nice to see you posting some videos again…that means you are getting a little shop time at least….that’s all good. I find the contrast of the iPhone alert a bit startling when working on this old iron, we’ve come a long ways but sometimes you wonder if it was all for the best??

    Wishing the best for you and Betty and the rest of the clan…….keep um coming..

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Jeff!
      Yeah there few and far in between but I want to do more. It will come with time.
      Sometimes I come home and turn the phone off for a week. Try it its great.
      Thank you for the kind words as always.
      Your friend Dave

  3. CFrye says:

    Dave, great video. Mom has a feather weight Singer. Smoothest action on any machine I’ve ever used. The top turned out beautifully. Two handed sewing…look out world, Dave’s on a roll! Don’t fret about the plane. I’d rather see you get Belle’s dresser done than mess with that plane! 🙂

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Candy. owwww a feather weight. Nice!
      This one is the same, smooth!
      Oh the plane is on the bench. That dresser is another big project. When I get started with it it will take weeks. Right now i need small projects.
      Just a little while longer.

  4. DIYaholic says:

    Nice upgrades. Sure to make your sewing time more accurate and efficient.
    Does the treadle provide more power, for the tough materials, like leather???

    • David Bardin says:

      Randy it does provide more power and speed. That makes for a faster project. Now I have to get hand, eye and foot coordination. Yep im in trouble!
      As always good to see you my friend!

  5. Dave,

    Congratulations on all your joyful reporting! We used to have a Singer treadle machine. My dad put a motor on it. He used it when my mom got a new White sewing machine (that was always screwed up) to sew canvas.

    Leg muscles are pretty strong.

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Doc! This thing is unbelievable, i just sewed six layers of denim. Damn! My wife has a newer one and it wont do what i need. I tried and almost broke it. Just think i can sew when the power goes out!

  6. eddieantley says:

    great video Dave,they dont build them this good any longer ,beautiful singer machine ., love that old stove top hat too, ,have good one dave ,hope to see ya at wood stick .

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