Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The “Columbian” Treadle – Chicago Sewing Machine Co.

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You know what happens when you have too many machines?  You think you’ve told everyone about them all, when you really haven’t!
I got this treadle right before I went on vacation.  It’s called The Columbian and was made by the Chicago Sewing Machine Company.
I found trade literature from the Smithsonian website, which I'd seen before but never got further than I have tonight.  The former name of the company was Tryber & Sweetland Manufacturing Company, 1879-1882.  So I searched on that name which lead me to the SewMuse website:
http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/american%20sewing%20machine%20manufacturers.htm
Tryber and Sweetland became the Chicago Sewing Machine Company in 1875 and then were incorporated from 1882-1902.  They made 11 machine models (if you count the numbered models separately):
No’s 1 – 5, 7, 11
Chicago Low Arm Singer
Imperial High Arm
The Columbian
The Peerless
I still haven't found a manual, reference to any parts, or any other photos of similar machines.  If I can’t find an original part I’ll need to get something machined to fit over the shuttle in order to use it.
If any of these machines sound familiar to anyone, and you know of any resources, I'd appreciate that info.

2 comments:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Have you tried the Treadle On group? They are great at helping when they can. Just google them, and join. Quick, easy and free.

Connie (CJ) Griffin said...

Cheryl, thank you for the suggestion. Yes, I sent out an email to the list. One person responded, as he has a machine just like this, but no parts. I'll keep working on it, though!

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