Tips and ideas on how to make the most of what we have....or what others have thrown away.
I tried again for an outside shot of the quilt (it's WILD out there today), with the following result:
Mrs. Waterboy, your quilt is super pretty!
I learned to sew on a Minnesota treadle that had been my great-grandmother's. Mom still has it although it hasn't been used in 50+ years due to not being able to find needles to fit. I used a Singer treadle on loan from a cousin for many years. I now have a National treadle that does not work properly although I think a repair person could adjust/fix it if I had the $'s to have it done. I'm debating between repairing the old machine and replacing it with a new Janome treadle head. Although I am keeping my eyes open hoping to find a Singer round bobbin treadle head which would be my first choice.
One thing I learned early on with treadle machines is not to make a mistake sewing because the stitches are so tight they are the pits to rip out!!!
You are an artist.
Has anyone heard of or know about a Zenith treadle machine? I have one that is in a beautiful refinished cabinet(Mom refinished it)but it's missing the belt for the treadle and even though the machine looks great(I have no idea on what it needs besides a needle) I sew and would love to use it!
There were lots of name brands. What you should be concerned about is the type of bobbin - some are still in use, some are not. There are, typically, vibrating shuttle bobbins, #66 bobbins, and rotating bobbins. There may be some other minor variations in there, but on average, these are the general types. If you've got one of these, with the exception of the V/S bobbins, you can get new. Some older bobbins are available for the V/S types, but they come in all different lengths, so it's more challenging. You could try inquiring over at TreadleOn - http://www.treadleon.net/
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