Antique Treadle Sewing Machine

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Very cool, and it works, but I have no idea who made it. The cabinet seems to be (possibly) White, as the handles match all of those I have seen in pictures of old white cabinets. However! The only maker I’ve read about which use a chain/pulley to support the machine when opening and closing the leaf is Raymond, another Canadian manufacurer. A mystery, to be sure.

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It’s clearly marked ‘Albion’ but my searches have turned up exactly nothing, save a reference for a machine named the same, made in the UK, which looked completely different than this. Albion is in quotes, making me think it was the name rather than the manufacturer.

The light is electric and was added on, by the looks of it.

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The cast iron treadle and legs are plain and seem to match up with some I’ve seen made by White. There is no name that I can find, anywhere!

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The top is in beautiful shape πŸ™‚

Another fabulous find, from the local flea market!

If anyone knows anything more about this, where it came from, who made it, Anything!, I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment πŸ™‚

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13 thoughts on “Antique Treadle Sewing Machine

  1. I have a treadle base that uses the chain – thank you for the information! Also if you haven’t been yet go to Treadleon.net. They have a very friendly group there πŸ™‚ and may be able to help.

  2. I was looking up info on Raymond sewing machines and came across your site. Your machine seems to be most closest to mine, which is a late 1800’s Raymond. Raymond Manufacturing was bought by White after that.
    For some reason though, it looks like the original cast iron base might have been replaced. (Mine has “Raymond” in the base.
    Just thought I’d share.

    Nice piece of furnature though. Nice find!

  3. I have a RAYMOND treadle machine manufactured in Guelph Ontario Canada in 1902. Looks very similar to the pics posted here. Has every attachment you can imagine, like it automatically can fold and sew hems as you feed the material into the special hem foot, it automatically gathers material as you feed into the special foot to gather material to make pleats in curtains etc. The original owners manual is still with it the name of the original owner from Picton Ontario. This machine works like a charm. In really wonderful shape cabinet and machine. The manual actually warns the owner against letting a representative of any other sewing machine company from touching, or servicing the machine as they will damage it and tell you it is no good and not worth fixing….guess they meant Singer reps. Like a previous post my machine has RAYMOND cast into the cast iron base on both sides and the connecting rod from treadle is made of hardwood.

  4. I have the exact same machine w/ the same floral motif, but the label is “Loeser No. 3.” It is made by the Davis Co (as mentioned above) and dates from ca 1885. Loeser & Co was a dept store in Brooklyn, and like many, contracted sewing machines with their name on it. You can find info on Davis here, http://www.ismacs.net/davis/home.html (I’m still searching on how to date the serial #s).

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