Monday, September 6, 2010

Treadle Sewing Machine

A few weeks ago, we went out on a day trip to a saskatoon farm to go berry picking.   We picked up my mother in law and we were parked by a house that was undergoing renovations.  Dumped in the yard in a pile of debris I saw the remains of a Singer treadle sewing machine.  I commented on how sad it was to see the remants of what was once a beatiful machine.   My mother in law then asked me if I wanted a Singer Treadle Sewing Machine.  She then makes a phone call to her sister, and a few hours later I become the proud owner of my first treadle sewing machine.   It originally belonged to my husband's grandmother.

I still have a lot to learn about the workings of a treadle machine, but I've began to do a bit of research.  With the help of the Singer Serial Number webpage I was able to find out that this machine was manufacture in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada in 1948. 

I'm so happy to take this lovely machine out of storage and give it a home.


  1. You'll love it. There's lots of info online about
    cleaning and maintaining one. You can order a new
    belt for it. I saw a woman on a quilting show that had two on her outdoor screened porch and she
    used them for piecing quilts. It was so quiet and peaceful!! Made me get mine and put it on my porch. Since then I've purchased a couple more when they've been at my church yard sale. Just feels right letting them come live where they are loved.

  2. Thanks for your comment on my blog - I have a burgundy sash I think will be lovely with my dress. After the positive comments,I'm feeling much better about it ...

    Fun to figure out a treadle machine! Good luck!

  3. Lucky you! My treadle resides in the living room, with a quilt above, on the wall. I love seeing it every day.