I got two new industrial treadles, but I am only keeping one of them because my friend, Chrystal, really wants one also, so I'll sell one of them to her. The only thing is trying to decide which one to keep! LOL The main reason I wanted one was to do my free motion quilting on, so I'll need to test them out on my niece's quilt, it really needs to get quilted - the top has been done since like February or March! LOL
Here is a better picture of the 5-31, it has a serial number of G4064667,the serial number range is listed on the ISMACS site as a 31 class, being issued May 15 1915 in an allotment of 5000 machines
A 31-15 is commonly called the "Tailors Machine", It sure does sew great for being 100 years old!
The threading is different on it too. I believe I did it right by threading through all three holes.
I want you to see the size difference on the treadles. The one on the left is my Franklin. The throat size on it is four inches by eight inches, the throat size on the 31-15 is 4 1/2 inches by ten inches. Not to mention how much bigger the whole head is. A lot of times people trying to sell a regular treadle will say "industrial" strength. That is like calling my Mazda 5 a semi truck! My car is pretty small in comparison (it is a micro mini van) and can not come near to the same horsepower as a semi. It is the same with these machines. Industrial machines were made for factory work. The wheels are also bigger which makes them go faster. With that said, my Franklin could out sew any modern day plastic machine out there. I sewed my nephew's denim quilt with four layers of denim in some places on my Franklin Treadle and my Singer Redeye 66 hand crank.
Here it is by my Redhead 66.
I forgot to take a picture of it, but both of the industrials have tables in the back that will flip up to give you more room to sew.
If anyone has anymore information on these machines please share!
I bought the industrials from Pat, whose quilts I have been sharing with ya'll. She also sent home a cabinet for a Singer 12, now I either need to get the head to go with it or sell the cabinet. LOL It is tiny!
This seam guide came with my machine, but when I tried to tighten the screw, it did not hold firmly. I'm wondering if it is because the plate is not laying flat?
I decided to use my painter's tape instead.