When Singer treadle sewing machines were introduced to the public, they became an instant hit. For the first time ever, women were able to use a sewing machine in the comfort of their own home. These vintage machines are still being used today. Some people collect Singer treadle sewing machines, including the popular Singer Sphinx. This machine was created around 1891. Newer models were released in 1905.
The Singer Sphinx sewing machine doesn’t use electricity. It is operated by a large rubber belt that extends from the large foot pedal to the balance wheel. This old model is table mounted and has sturdy metal construction. The fact that it will only do a straight stitch could be a disadvantage for some sewers. However, it does the best and neatest straight stitch you could ask for. You can even sew through denim and other heavy fabrics easily. Singer Sphinx features adjustable stitch length and width, drop-in bobbin, and adjustable presser foot pressure.
Many people have been collecting Singer Sphinx machines for some years. Their main interest has been in the rarity of model, collectability, value, and visual condition. In the past few years increasingly more sewers were interested in putting these old machines into regular service and using them on a constant basis. Singer Sphinx enjoys tremendous popularity among collectors and sewers alike due to its beautiful “sphinx” pattern. Most treadle machines available on the market could be fully operational with a new belt and oiling.
Singer Sphinx machines are over 90 years old and still working, which indicates their increased durability and solid construction. These popular machines have never faded away completely. Many models are still used in small professional work rooms, as well as in private sewing rooms. Some designers only use treadle and crank operated sewing machines to create earth friendly clothing and accessories. The Singer Sphinx has been a reliable, dependable sewing machine from the very beginning. These are fascinating old machines that can handle a wide range of fabrics.
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on an original manual, you will learn how to wind the bobbin and thread the needle. Accomplishing these tasks without the guidance of a manual can be difficult for beginners. Despite its simplicity, the Singer Sphinx represents a real challenge for new sewers. Once you understand how this machine works, you will be able to use it regularly.