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Thread: Old Treadle Sewing Machines

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    Super Member BrendaY's Avatar
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    I've inherited a wonderful old treadle machine, and wonder if there are any folks out there who do quilting on them now? I first learned to sew on a treadle when I was a child.... many long years ago!

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    I had one...lost to ex-husband. it was from his side and I was gifted it with the proviso that I only kept it if I kept him... I bought myself one in an antique store that is gorgeous but rarely use...it is in a place of honor in my house.

    Laurie

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    I haven't tried quilting on it, but pieced an entire quilt top and a vintage apron. Much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    I've inherited a wonderful old treadle machine, and wonder if there are any folks out there who do quilting on them now? I first learned to sew on a treadle when I was a child.... many long years ago!
    I have three treadles and quilt with them daily. I lways piece with my grandma's redeye singer 66-1. Glenn

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    Please go to the vintage sewing machine shop in the virtual section and you can learn a lot about old treadle machines. Glenn

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    I have one in a treadle but have several treadle heads. I originally had a Red Eye but replaced the head with a more modern 201. I am still learning to treadle and have not made a quilt on it yet. The Red Eye head is just sitting for display right now in my studio.

    Here it is set up with the Red Eye in it.
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    I do a high percentage of my sewing on a Singer treadle. I ONLY piece on a treadle. I like to sew really slow when I'm piecing, and a treadle gives me great control over the speed.

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    I did my very first quilt on a treadle in 1982 . I still have the quilt and the Singer (call me a pack rat)

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    That's what I'll try when I get a chance again. I like to make little doll size quilts from vintage or repro fabrics. A wonderful friend just gave me tons of wonderful early scraps and I just want to get right to it... BUT I just acquired a really big antique doll and Kewpie collection to sell for a friend, so that'll keep me busy for the next few months.. Meanwhile, my heart yearns to get going on another little quilt..

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    Glenn, is that virtual place somewhere on this quilting board? I can't find it... or do I need to google for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    Glenn, is that virtual place somewhere on this quilting board? I can't find it... or do I need to google for it?
    It is in the board. Go to main and scroll down to all users and you will find it. glenn

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    Here's the link:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm

    I bought a treadle last year, I fully intend quilting on it after I restore it (this year's resolution). I love vintage, and use my 1950's Pinnock every day.

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    I love my treadle and would not trade it for anything! I love the rhythm and the quietness of it so peaceful. I love to think about what my great great grandmother would have stitched or quilted.

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    I have four machines in treadles that I use to make quilts. Two machines are mainly use for piecing; they have been used for straight stitch quilting. Another machine is for binding work and another for FM quilting. Each has their special forte. I could use just one machine to make a quilt, and I have done that.

    Clean that lady up and start using her. Start out by piecing your top, then straight stitch quilt on a diagonal. You can mark off with masking tape the distance for lines. These machines love to work and are easy to work with.

    Have fun!

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    Funny, I don't remember that my Grandmother Wilson ever used a sewing machine. She was always rocking and crocheting, or canning, or cooking for a bunch of folks. She assigned a corner of her garden to me for raising vegetables, and there was a plum tree by the fence that I'd climb up in and eat plums in season. Memories......of bygone times.

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