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Thread: Treadle Sewing Machine

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    Junior Member Wings's Avatar
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    Hi K3n - I hope this works!
    This one of my machines, a 1947 Bebarfald Bluebird, produced in Australia where I live, the machine itself is a Vickers. These were sold as a writing and sewing desk and were considered very topline furniture pieces of their time here. Note the Bluebird of Happiness on the machine. The advertising blurb was a blast, it went something like this, the wife would be happy sewing at home and the husband would be happy because his wife was kept busy and hence the bluebirds to signify that they were both happy. "Queenie" is one of forty machines I have but she is my best piecer for quilting outdoing the modern machines in my collection. Pic is when I first brough her home, she is much prettier now :)

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    Beautiful machine and cabinet. Where do you keep them all?

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    I have a 1904 Singer treadle. I hadn't even thought about using it for quilting. I'll have to try it!!!

    Beautiful cabinet on your machine. Thx for sharing.

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    Hi Pzazz and Gayle - glad you liked her. I keep them in hallways, under beds, in cupboards, in lounge etc. Make sure you oil that 1904 - they love it. Check out NEELDLEBAR on Google, lots of help there. These old ladies never break down. I have seven treadles plus hand cranks and all sorts. Addicted. They do quilt too and can free motion quilt as well.

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    sorry - spelt wrong - it is NEEDLEBAR on Google.

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    What a cool machine!!

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    That machine is beautiful. Will have to tell DH your number of machines. I'm running out of room, and I have 8 plus 2 sergers. Love
    them all.
    Mary Ellen

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    She beautiful! You really have a collection :)

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    I love treadles. My mother had one years ago and gave it away AARRGH! My husband has been saying I need a new machine (I have a 20yr old Singer and a Pinnock (made in SA)). He's been looking at the mid range embroidery machines and can't understand why I want a treadle...thanks for sharing the pics and the cute story...you are one fortunate quilter!

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    I have a treadle, a feather weight, an elna, a singer, a (brother with a new joy quilting table that i would love to sell), a (melco embroidery machine would love to sell) a serger and a HQ16 (long arm). Also have 2 handi-quilters that I would love to sell.
    WOW, are we spoiled or what.


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