was meeting up with a woman who I exercise with on a daily basis,
and on this particular Monday she was unusually quiet and distant.
I asked her if something was wrong. She replied, Oh nothing
at all. Ive been sewing all day and Im feeling content
even better if you have a treadle sewing machine. The hum of a motor
is missing and the rhythm of your foot is like a mantra as you guide
your fabric under the needle. Watching your hands. Watching the
hundreds of them in and out
I was in high school, one hour every day was devoted to sewing.
That means I spent more than 700 hours sewing while at school. I
dont think its that way any more. Probably the kids
walk into a room full of computers instead of sewing machines. It
was great because it was a way to supply oneself with new, exciting
customized clothes on a regular basis.
fabric could be purchased for around 25 cents a yard, it was actually
economical. I spent even more hours browsing fabric stores on weekends.
Since then, Ive met men who sew, but during my school years,
there was never a boy in any of my sewing classes.
the years, Ive become a collector of treadle sewing machines.
If I see a good one in a secondhand store, I cant resist bringing
it home and putting it on layaway for that special someone I know,
who someday will need one. When Lahde left my farm for a small farm
of her own, I gave her one of my machines as a wedding gift. Home
now with little Owen, she stitches and mends, nurtures and tends.
you see a treadle machine for sale, you can check its mileage
by how much decorative Egyptian-style ink is left on the body of
the machine. Ive even purchased a new old-style
treadle from the Lehmans Amish mail order catalog. The cabinet
is plain, simply designed and adequate. However, actual antique
cabinets are prettier and more decorative. The new machine itself
was made in China bearing the usual Egyptian-style decorations.
Lehmans also sells replacement leather belts, etc. on the
Web at www.lehmans.com or by
couple of local women have asked me if I could show them how to
thread their antique Singer treadle sewing machines. Gabe agreed
to draw the details of my machine. I actually think his drawings
are worthy of framing, so weve designed our page layout for
that purpose. Here is an online sample of some of his drawings: Threading the Bobbin and Threading the Machine.
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