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Thread: My treadle conversion

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    Junior Member Fixedgearhead's Avatar
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    Here are some pictures why I have had the most fun I have had sewing. I converted a Bernina Mechanical sewing machine to Treadle power. That is right, Just like the local Amish do, here in Ohio. The cabinet is Cherry, and the Top is Maple, and the mechanical stuff, is made by some Mennonite folks in Pennsylvania. It slows down the process, but is very rewarding and anyway I am not in any hurry. It suits my style.
    I hope you enjoy them.
    John

    The Treadle conversion seen in place with all of the bells and whistles in attendance
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    OH !! How wonderful!!

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    Awesome.
    Im from Ohio too.
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    Verry nice set up.

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    OMG, I love it! A wise invention! :-D :-D :-D

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    That is so FUN !!!

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    That is really cute.

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    Clever! :thumbup:

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    Very cool. I just found out that Janome currently offers a treadle model. You have to supply your own base.

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    I looked into them but they are not quite as nice as the Bernina 1008 mechanical. I have been using Bernina for a long time, so I had a preference before I bought. My Bernina dealer is an Old Order Mennonite couple who live out in the country on a farm and deal to the local Plain Community. (Amish and Old Order Mennonite) who don't have electricity in their houses, and so need to have a treadle and the combination of a modern machine with all the stitches, far outstrips the old singer treadles, Not that those are bad, I learned to sew on one, but those automatic buttonholes are much easier to get a nice product that a straight stitch machine. But if you had familiarity with Janome, that would be a good choice, as most of your feet would work with that machine. Hope this helps you.
    John

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