Looking to "Go Green? or "Get off the grid?" Treadle sewing machines are the ultimate in renewable energy. Like a bicycle, you pedal it yourself.
Singer treadle machines are a dime a dozen. The problem is that nearly all of them are straight-stitch only. So if you need treadle AND zigzag you don't have many options.
The 328 Style-o-Matic is the answer.
Heavy duty power, zigzag and decorative stitch capability and treadle ready. Replace the motor belt with a treadle belt and install in a treadle cabinet... Voila! The ultimate green sewing machine.
The 328 was manufactured from 1963-1965 at Singer's Scotland (328K) and Canada (328J) factories, which means they not difficult to find.
The 328 is belt-driven which requires regular adjusting for optimum performance. When properly adjusted it compares favorably to its gear-driven counterparts. All of the 328's I've tested sew lightweight leather, heavy denim, duck canvas, marine vinyl and upholstery with ease.
If you need an all-around household machine with treadly capability, look no further than the 328 Style-o-Matic.
The 328 uses Class 66 bobbin and low shank attachments.
OldSewinGear is the collaborative effort of retired repairman Gary and daughter Barbara. We love old sewing gear and enjoy sharing what we've learned in our vintage sewing machine adventures. We are located in Roseburg, Oregon.