Friday, April 4, 2014

My first quilt on a treadle machine!

I bought a Franklin treadle machine at an auction years ago, and it has just been hanging out at my house waiting for a new belt, some oil and some TLC.  I brought it into the shop on Wednesday, and on Thursday, one of my instructors said, "Hey, want me to get that going for you?"

Well, YEAH!!

She reconnected the existing belt, showed me where to oil it, how the vibrating shuttle operates, and got me going.  I also have a 1929 Singer treadle here that she got going, too.  AWESOME!!!

Here I am playing with it yesterday:

Then, today, I put it up in my display window and started making a scrap quilt with it.  Genius!  I get to sew with wonderful natural light, PLUS I can see all the comings and goings on Main Street.  And you should have seen the people stopping to watch on the sidewalk (and then coming in to ask questions and shop)!  This is going to be FUN, FUN, FUN!  It is so mesmerizing to use, and the stitch is beautiful!  I'm telling myself that it also counts as exercise.  :)

9 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

You look like you are enjoying. Ingenious to put it in the window.

Julie Fukuda said...

That was a stroke of genius! I love treadle machines as that was what I learned on and they are so easy to control. The window is the perfect place, an object of curiosity for some and nostalgia for others.

Wacky Woman said...

Very cool!

joe tulips said...

I learned on Grandma's old treadle too! Don't have one right now, but always think it would be handy if the power goes out! I know I would be stopping if I saw you in the window sewing on a treadle!

Caz said...

That looks great,,,often thought it would be nice to own one,,,, got no room for it though!!

beth said...

Looks like you're having loads of fun! GREAT idea to put it in the window. ;)

Shay said...

I love old sewing machines especially treadles. You'll have everyone in town wanting to sew soon!

Jennifer Gail said...

You go girl! Got me a 127 singer treadle but uh I aint figured it all out yet.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've sewn blocks on my treadles, but, last night I finally QUILTED a baby quilt on a treadle. It was so much fun. I love to chat with people as I stitch on treadles and hand cranks at demo's. Everyone has a story, and it's fun to hear all of them. Have fun with your Franklin.