This machine is a riddle, a mystery, an enigma, and I would love it if someone has any information they can provide about it.
|Arlington treadle machine|
It's my Dad's treadle machine that he can't recall now as to whether it was his Mom's or his Grandma's. I wrote a little about it last summer, and you can read that here. It's in a beautiful oak cabinet which needs a little bit of TLC, mostly on the top, and a good polish or oil rub. The machine inside is an Arlington. I have searched and searched and searched and cannot find anything of significance to help me learn who the manufacturer was or any other related history.
I was in the local quilt shop here in the wet land - ok, well right now it isn't very wet and in fact it's warming up nicely and will be that way for quite a few days before we see any more of that wet stuff, and while looking around, noticed there are a LOT of antique machines of all types both in and out of cabinets all around the quilt store, but none are Arlingtons. I asked the man whom I was directed to as the one who acquired them all and was the resident 'expert'. I showed him the pictures I'd taken - the same ones I'm posting here, but he knew nothing about it. He offered to make something up for me though - good sense of humor, I much preferred his honesty though.
|There is a serial number, but this and the patent number on the above rod are the only other information on the machine.|
|This is the shuttle loaded with a bobbin, in place. In looking around the web I saw this is called a vibrating shuttle.|
|These are three of the four bobbins. How old is that thread? Some of it had unrolled and become tangled and I had a tough time breaking it with my hands.|
|Yes, some cleaning would be in order here as well as the whole machine. This is where the bobbins get wound.|
|Nothing of significance here.|
|No decoration on the end plate, but it's free of rust and wear and tear.|
|The decals are all in great shape and it really doesn't look like it saw a tremendous amount of use.|
|After a VERY short test-drive, stitches were even and straight, but the tension appears to be off slightly. It probably hasn't been used in 30 - 50 years! and the belt broke.|
|And a close-up of the decal on the top.|
The fate of this machine is still a little up in the air. As this is my Dad's, technically my STEP-Dad's, one brother prefers that its ownership remain on that side of the family. I can understand that, but at the same time, it IS my Dad's to do with as he pleases. He has said I could have it, and even told me to take it south with me back in March, but I'm not sure the ensuing family strife would be worth it, so my brother and I have discussed it and he would be ok with me taking it as long as I promise to put in my will that should he die before me, that it then go to his son. I could do that.