There comes a time when.....

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.

8 comments :: There comes a time when.....

  1. It's gorgeous. Brings back memories--when I was a kid, there was a table just like this one with the original Singer in it stored in the font room at my church!

  2. I had one as well. Got on Craigslist for next to nothing. Used for a while and then gave to a friend. They are wonderful!

  3. I have that EXACT machine and it's my favorite!!! It was gifted on me when some friends retired and moved out of state. She's a workhorse and I love her!

  4. I got a Singer 66 a couple of months ago. Just like my mother had years ago and what I learned to sew on. I haven't sewn on it yet as I have just finished exams and catching up on home things but next week out.
    I also bought it so my son (8) could have a go too. I love that men sew!

  5. Brian,
    It's great to see you posting again. I've learned a lot from your blog. I even sought out and bought a Kenmore machine based on your comments and videos about yours. It's been a great addition to my work room. I look forward to your future posts and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.


  6. Machine envy here.....wish I had one too.

  7. Love it, but I'd love to know the difference between treadle sewing and regular sewing. Maybe a post for us who don't know?
    Glad to see a new post! love your blog:)

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