Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy Treadling

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Clint finding parts for the 1899 pheasant decal Singer treadle sewing machine in the original tiger oak table which a kind lady passed along to us. She can remember seeing her great grandmother and her grandmother using it. She said they made most of their household linens and clothing with it. Her mother sewed a lot too, but she herself never enjoyed it. It has sat around unused for a long while, and she wanted to see it used again. Clint is going to get it running for my birthday. After Clint replaces the missing bobbin, I will use it to sew with my children, and Lord willing, my future grandchildren.

Treadle machines are safer for small children to learn to sew on than the electric machines. There are about four stitches per pedal push. You can also convert other tools and equipment to work with the treadle. I like them for the history, durability, quiet operation, and because the pedal motion is relaxing. (We have another pheasant decal treadle sewing machine and cabinet with a 1927 treadle machine. Clint is planning to restore or part them out.)