Originally Posted by 2TallWv
Im leaning tword the treadle model for a few reasons. I like its mechanics and it looks to be the better kept of the three. Yet alot older.
a treadle machine is bomb proof. But they have a couple of downsides. They can be a pain to keep the treadle belt properly tensioned. But that's just a technical point.
My biggest concern is that many treadles have become unservicable due to the lack of replacement needles and bobbin shuttles/reels. If you can find the parts and don't mind the fiddle factor they are great machines. My wife use3d one professionally for years.
Be aware... they lack a reverse stitch so you would have to emply an easy work around. If you get the treadle let us know and we can help with the work around. It's easy peasy.