I actually love sewing on this machine much more than I’ve ever done with any electrical machine I ever tried. True, it only sews straight seams, but I can work around that problem. It comes with the instruction manual, several types of presser foots (including ruffler, binder and tucker) that I have to learn, and even a one year repair guarantee slip, dated 1 September 1936, that I suppose was included when it was bought – family history claims it came into the family around that time.
Sewing on a treadle is a bit different from sewing on an electrical machine, but I find that in some ways – like speed - I have more control with the treadle, and the other things, like coordinating the turning of the balance wheel with starting to treadle, are soon learned. I’ve started sewing a patchwork quilt for the new baby, and I sat at the machine for much longer than I would have had the patience for with an electrical machine. The breaking of my old Husqvarna, which I never really got along with, might have been a blessing in disguise.
Oh, she is really pretty! And what a treasure to own in the family for so long. I sew on a 1916 Singer treadle, that I bought from a friend of my sister. I prefer her (I call her Merryl) to any other machine except perhaps one (a 1960s-70s Dürkopp industrial named Tillie, which is great, too, but not better). The feeling is so much nicer than on a modern machine, especially the sound! I just can't stand the plastic sound of todays home sewing machines. Though I sometimes think treadling is a bit slow, it gives you more control and I have no fear of sewing in my fingers.ReplyDelete
Couldn't agree more about the sound - one reason I dislike modern sewing machines. This one has a lovely sound.ReplyDelete
oh my god, it's singer! this is the first machine that I used back then when I learn how to sew. it's a beautiful piece of art, now my gramma keeps it on her room :DReplyDelete
What a lovely sewing machine and how nice of your family to gift it to you! I hope you have countless hours of fun with it!ReplyDelete
I'm hoping someday perhaps to use an old machine. I don't really like using sewing machines; they annoy me for some reason, and nobody understands why I prefer (except for how long it takes) to sew by hand. I like the idea of not needing electricity, as well, since that saves on having cords hanging out all over a room. Maybe I should venture to try one from Craigslist... but I'm not sure if I would risk that it wouldn't work or would need repair I couldn't get for it.ReplyDelete