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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How To Thread a New Home Treadle Sewing Machine

Below you will find a picture tutorial for threading a New Home treadle sewing machine.If you've never threaded one before, the parts may look a bit foreign. You can see the names of the parts here. The names for parts shown in the manual will be capitalized.


1. Pass the thread between the Tension Spring and Cap using the slot (Thread Guide) pictured above. Unfortunately, with this type of tension mechanism, tension is not released when the presser foot is raised. As a result, the further you have threaded into the thread path, the harder it will be to pull extra thread. You may find it helpful to loosen the tension a bit using the thumbscrew (Tension Screw) you see above the first few times you thread. Otherwise, just pull extra thread length at the start of threading.

2. Slide the thread under the thread guide (Eyelet Spring) from this end.

3. Pass the thread through this hole in the Needle Bar, and allow the thread to lay in the groove below.

4. Pass the thread behind this loop (Staple on Face Plate). Hold the thread end in one hand, and using a pin or stiletto in the other, pull the thread through the loop, and around the hook shaped take-up lever (Hook of Take-up).


















5. Lay the thread in this groove.

6. And thread the needle left to right. (The needle is inserted into the Needle Clamp flat side to the right). If you loosened the upper tension to start with, readjust it now.

15 comments:

  1. I don't understand how this take up lever works. Could you please show it, either in a video or series of stills?
    thanks!

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  2. Hi k9dancer,

    Do you mean you'd like pictures/video of how it operates? Or how to thread it? Let me know, and I will work on it this week. :~)

    Sarah

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  3. Thank-you ever so much,very helpful.

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  4. Your blog has been so helpful. Grateful I found it. I have a 1892 New Home that looks a lot like yours. We are just trying to get it running for the first time in many years. I have no idea what the acorn shaped nut is for that screws in on top behind the needle bar loop that goes up and down. Do you know what it does? It is in your photo next to item #3.

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    1. Great! I'm glad this information has been helpful. The acorn shaped nut behind the needle bar controls the pressure of the presser foot--loosen the nut for less pressure to be applied to the material you're sewing, tighten it for more pressure.

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  5. Can you give me some suggestions for trying to determine why my New Home bobbin is not connecting with the top thread. It either does not grab it, or it breaks the top thread.

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    1. See below..;; Needle just needs to hang down a bit lower.

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  6. What about the shuttle? I don't know how fill and fit one. I just got this machine and the shuttle fell out..

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  9. Does anyone know where I can get a free manual for the New Home model A treadle machine? It is a shuttle. Thanks so much.

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  10. Hello Sarah. Glad to find your tutorial how to thread top leaf tension for the New Home treadle sewing machine. I have an 1880s Remington No. 5 treadle sewing machine with the same top leaf tension. I started following your blog today, and listed your blog in my favorites. I hope you'll look at my recent post about restoring a Remignton No. 5 that we found in our barn. It looks like your New Home's twin. http://www.1893victorianfarmhouse.blogspot.com is my website.

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