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Thread: My Grandmother's Treadle Machine unearthed from the garage!

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    My Grandmother's Treadle Machine unearthed from the garage!

    Here is another story of my Grammy's treadle. My Gram only had one sewing machine and that was a treadle. It sat in front of her window in her bedroom.. she would sew on that thing all day and night... She wouldn't use anything else. When the quilt tops were done, she would set up the stands in her room... and quilt til it was done. When my Gram past away in November of 1985 my Aunt told me to take the treadle after the funeral was done and everyone left the house... I stuffed her in my car and home I went, She sat in my parents basement and then when I moved out she followed me to the garage and sat there all these years. Just yesterday I took her out and she sits in my dinning room.. she needs TLC.... started to clean her up... But you know what? she still sews!! OMG! Here are pictures of what she looks like right now............. My family came from Germany and she is a "C" serial number and with my family from Prussia it makes the history of her even better. My Gram's name was Dorothy Winnefred Weigand and she was known as " Tootsie " from the Town of Weatherly Pa.... So let me introduce you to " Toots "...
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    Beautiful girl! Love the family history Get on that girl and get to quilting
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    you know what!??? I am going to make a quilt with her!
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    She's a beauty! The mechanics of these old machines are basic enough that usually a little oil and a new belt will get her running.

    I have my grandmother's treadle dated 1919, the year she married.
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    Great machine, and I love the story. Just clean it up, do a little touchup to the cabinet, and get going on her. You'll love the treadling...it's so soothing.

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    Beautiful machine, and lovely story too. If only she could talk!
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    OMG! if she could talk, it would be very interesting coming out of that house! Oh Lord! maybe some things are better silent!
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    Beautiful machine, and lovely story too. If only she could talk!
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    That's a lovely machine. It's wonderful when a machine can stay in the family and be appreciated. Time to add some memories of you sewing on it.

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    Gosh Shirley another beauty! I ♥ Red Eyes, they are stunning when cleaned up and polished. You will love having her up and running. Happy Memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    Here is another story of my Grammy's treadle. My Gram only had one sewing machine and that was a treadle. It sat in front of her window in her bedroom.. she would sew on that thing all day and night... She wouldn't use anything else. When the quilt tops were done, she would set up the stands in her room... and quilt til it was done. When my Gram past away in November of 1985 my Aunt told me to take the treadle after the funeral was done and everyone left the house... I stuffed her in my car and home I went, She sat in my parents basement and then when I moved out she followed me to the garage and sat there all these years. Just yesterday I took her out and she sits in my dinning room.. she needs TLC.... started to clean her up... But you know what? she still sews!! OMG! Here are pictures of what she looks like right now............. My family came from Germany and she is a "C" serial number and with my family from Prussia it makes the history of her even better. My Gram's name was Dorothy Winnefred Weigand and she was known as " Tootsie " from the Town of Weatherly Pa.... So let me introduce you to " Toots "...
    I am sew happy for you I always like to hear stories like that.You sure are truely blessed.

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    I had my great grandmother's treadle. I have already given it to my daughter. It's a red-eye too. I just love treadles.

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    She's a treasure! I'm am so glad you're going to use your treadle. Your Grandma would be so pleased to see you using it.

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    That's a wonderful story. Love the machine. Toots is a beaut.

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    She just needs alot of TLC. LOVE old machines and childrens machines! The more the merrier.
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    I love the story and the machine! Toots is a real beauty.
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    Love them both. J J

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    Oh how nice. I wish I had my GM's treadle but she got rid of it all by herself when she got a new one. I love your story and wondered where you had gone. I haven't seen any of your messages lately.
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    She is so beautiful, I have one that looks just like Her. I just don't have the cabinet. Love Her as your Grand Mother did and She will be good to you. She will be around for a long time to come.
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    How lucky you are to have your grandmother's treadle machine. My BIL hauled grandma's treadle machine (the one I first learned to sew on) to the dump when he was helping to clean out her garage after she died. He thought it was just "junk". Needless to say, BIL was not on my favorites list. He was at the top of another list however. LOL. I was really upset with him. Years later, my hubby found a machine just like it and bought it for me for Valentines Day. That was the beginning of my antique sewing machine collection. I just love the old machines.

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    ohhhh, how pretty toots is, i can't believe she sat in the garage all this time, but glad to hear she still works. have fun.
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    She's Beautiful!!!!!

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    your machine is beautiful..so well cared for by your grandmother. i bet it was her "prized" possession. love "toots" and use her well!

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    My Grandmother's Treadle Machine unearthed from the garage!

    My heart stood still and I gasped when I saw the picture you posted of "Toots". I am in awe of this beauty and so jealous! Have fun with her.

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    She's a beut!
    Love the history.
    My Grams and Grandpa were from Prussia also! When they were just toddlers, their folks migrated here to good old USA. They settled in Seward County Nebraska. Grams had a treadle that was a beauty too. I would give up almost anything I have to have that machine back. It too is the only machine she owned and she made oodles of quilts on it in her bedroom where the machine had a place of honor. As you can see, I also called her Grams. What a coincidence.
    I am so happy for you that you have all those wonderful memories to cherish. Grams would want you to make a quilt or two I'm sure Enjoy her.

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    Oh, she is just beautiful! I love the detail on the old treadles.

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