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    My boyfriend loves old cars and attends car shows on a regular basis during the summer. I'll go with him to keep him company but it's not my thing. Laughing one day, I said that I widh I could quilt while he looked around the show. That led to my buying a hand-crank sewing machine late last summer that is very much like my grandmother's (which my mother threw away years ago!!!!). Can't wait to go to a show with machine, portable table, and chair! Should be quite the conversation piece!

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    I was given my grandmother's treadle machine. I learned to sew on that machine when I was a child. The cabinet is big, it's very heavy and I don't like dark furniture. I gave it to my daughter who likes antique furnishings. Unless I'm projected back to the time before electricity I have no use for a treadle.

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    My love affair with treadles began when I inherited my MIL's. It is just a plain hard working Singer born in 1935 with a plain mahogany cabinet. I imagine her excitement and thrill with a brand new machine! She made all the kids clothes on it and DH has fond memories of watching her sew (and getting his finger stuck in the treadle). Then I found a Red Eye in an oak cabinet which I am refinishing. I absolutely love sitting and sewing on my MIL's. I feel as if I am sharing something with so many women who have gone before have experienced. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when treadling on a flannel quilt in the dead of winter.
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    I have my grandmother's that works great still (it's from the 1930's--a Singer). I've been looking at it lately and thinking about piecing some blocks on it, as she did. The next time a hurricane blows our power out, I hope I remember to open up the treadle machine.

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    One thing I do remember, do not stop the treadle by putting your foot underneath the peddle! LOL
    Having lived for over a year with no electricity I can tell you it's not at all cozy and quiet living the simple life. The nostalgia wears mighty thin in a few weeks. When we did get power, it was solar. Solar power is not that reliable or great. Even the water heater was solar. I hated it. Sold the 'homestead' and moved to the city!

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    for years I would tell quilters of the wonderful machine I inherited from my great grandmother. I went on the web site to get the year of this Singer Treadle- 1880-1885. I was so excited I went to my Dad and told him the year, he was looking at me strangly and said "what are you talking about?; My grandmother didn't sew, it was my GRANDFATHER - he was a shoemaker in Brooklyn NY, he used the machine to sew the free motion fancy swirls on the leather shoes worn by wealthy men on 5th ave in New York City" - I was totally shocked! He made 12 pairs of shoes a year and raised 10 children on what he made. Teresa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    You sound like my hubby! ;) :)

    It's the nostalgic feeling behind using a machine that our grandmothers and great grandmothers used...wanting to experience a simplier time of our history...

    I love using the treadle...
    Plus they are so cool looking..They weren't just a sewing machine but a piece of furniture. Like the antique radios and televisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    One thing I do remember, do not stop the treadle by putting your foot underneath the peddle! LOL
    No that is a bad thing to do! I treadle barefoot so I know how it feels to get your foot under the peddle by accident. :oops:

    Having lived for over a year with no electricity I can tell you it's not at all cozy and quiet living the simple life. The nostalgia wears mighty thin in a few weeks. When we did get power, it was solar. Solar power is not that reliable or great. Even the water heater was solar. I hated it. Sold the 'homestead' and moved to the city!
    The solar panels I bought came off of an office building that was torn down in Chicago and just one should be enough to run a house but I have 5 of them and only paid a grand a pop for them. The contractor that I picked them up from said they listed for over 15 to 20K each brand new. I even have all of the battery racks and the inverters that came out of the same building. The panels are around 8'x25' each, so they aren't the residential type by far. But I am going to power my home (a little over 4200sqft) and a shop I am going to build.

    I should not have any issues with the power (I will even have 240v3 phase) but like I said earlier there is that guy Murphy that his laws will bite you if he ever gets the chance! :lol: :lol:

    Billy

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    I sewed doll clothes for my 8" Muffie doll on my grandmothers treadle machine (I think it was a White). I wish I had it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    because electrical power is not an absolute guarantee.
    is there a guarantee for foot power? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I have heard rumors it produces buns of steel.
    and callouses. you should have seen my grandma's feet. and she didn't have buns of steel. that's just a rumour. :lol:

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    I owuld love to have a treddle machine. I love antiques, not that I have any but I do so love them. Unfortuately it looks like I may never have one.

    Kyia

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    because electrical power is not an absolute guarantee.
    is there a guarantee for foot power? :lol:
    As long as I own the whips and chains (and padlocks) you BETCHYA! LOL

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    Funny thing is I am selling off all of my vintage emachines so all I will have is treadle operated machines. I have only one left and I am really torn about if a want to sell it or not. The 1963 Pearl Iris Kenmore that is 1 of less than 4000.

    I might by another electric machine but it will only be so I can flip it and buy another treadle. Right now I have a house full of them along with my studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I have heard rumors it produces buns of steel.
    That's it...I am definitely stepping up my search!! Saw three in an antique emporium last week....not working...pretty rough condition and over a thousand Aus. dollars each. They are hard to get at a good price here on the west coast. I have wanted one for years, so am looking for the "right" one at a reasonable price.

    Just love the idea of using treadle power to produce quilts...somehow they just seem to belong together. They also look so fantastic....and just think the stories they could tell....

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    try looking at goodwill. you have to pay shipping, but there are always great deals on treadles.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/

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    Try EBay - I have seen some beauties for sale over in your state - You should be able to pick one up for around $200 - I have eight treadles and most cost me around $180 on average. Couple were over $300 however they had stunning cabinets. I aquired all of mine from eBay and am very happy with them. :)

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    I would love to have a WORKING treadle. I learned to sew on them in junior high. lol...we had to learn on the treadles,,then we could move to electrics. My feet swell when i sit and sew for a long time,,,the treadle would help circulation. This is funny, my friend told me that at one time it was said women shouldnt use treadle machines as...are you ready for this???.....

    It could get the sexually excited! ROFL

    However, maybe fabric/quilt stores would work.

    Margie

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    try looking at goodwill. you have to pay shipping, but there are always great deals on treadles.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/
    I buy a lot of machines on this site and they will almost always never ship anything that has a cabinet or treadle. They will ship the machines but nothing any bigger that a bread box essentially.


    What I do is usually the certain area will have several treadles or machines and I will bid on all of them and afterwards I will drive to do a local pickup with my trailer in tow. And I try my best to keep the drive to under 10 hours one way but that somehow never works. :oops: :lol:

    But you can usually get some really nice deals on machines there.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    try looking at goodwill. you have to pay shipping, but there are always great deals on treadles.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/
    I buy a lot of machines on this site and they will almost always never ship anything that has a cabinet or treadle. They will ship the machines but nothing any bigger that a bread box essentially.


    What I do is usually the certain area will have several treadles or machines and I will bid on all of them and afterwards I will drive to do a local pickup with my trailer in tow. And I try my best to keep the drive to under 10 hours one way but that somehow never works. :oops: :lol:

    But you can usually get some really nice deals on machines there.

    Billy
    I HAD to look ... silly girl! The two of you are going to be held accountable for teaching me these things! LOL had never considered that such a thing existed ... maybe someday I will actually avail myself of the prospects I saw in just five or six minutes looking around ... what a deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    I know ... you have to do what you have to do! LOL

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    I agree. As long as you have foot power and if you have a hand crank machine, you can continue to sew and quilt. There are many attachments to be had to enhance the beauty of your stitches as well. I own a Treadle and a Handcrank. I'll be ready when we are without power.

    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    because electrical power is not an absolute guarantee.

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    Thanks for the info about goodwill. I found a little featherweight I am going to tell my friend about. She has been looking in our area, and not found any reasonably priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I agree. As long as you have foot power and if you have a hand crank machine, you can continue to sew and quilt. There are many attachments to be had to enhance the beauty of your stitches as well. I own a Treadle and a Handcrank. I'll be ready when we are without power.

    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    because electrical power is not an absolute guarantee.
    OK, here comes a really dumb question. I've always wondered..... how can you use a hand crank and guide your fabric with one hand. I use two hands -- right hand on the fabric below the presser foot and left hand at the side or behind the presser foot. Am I weird or what?

    :oops:

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