you have everything you "need" and life becomes about experiences. Treadle sewing has always been a dream of mine (well more of a doomsday fantasy) but let's not go there! I found this treadle base on craigslist with a machine dating back over 100 years. The Necchi BU head was a freebie and has cracked peeling paint but sews smooth as silk. After removing the Singer head the Necchi dropped right into the cabinet with only having to drill the holes on the machine slightly larger. I removed the middle drawer that prevented me from getting my long legs under the table. I also opted to more recently take off the fold out table top as the kids always lean on it and that won't last long that way. I usually have it set up so the kids can play with it, but when I'm in the mood it's my go to machine for sewing. I was a little disappointed to find that treadle sewing is very slow. At least on a table like this.