An antique treadle machine was always something I thought I could never afford, so kind of forgot about it. Until I came across one in a "flukey" kind of way that I could buy for $40...are you kidding me?!?
Still I didn't think I should get it, until my friend insisted: "You are buying that machine and I'm taking you today to get it"! Gotta love friends who know exactly what to do to help you reach your dreams...and she's not even a quilter!
So I bought it and here it is in my dining room...isn't it gorgeous?!?
The sellers were an elderly couple, 84 years old, who couldn't remember anything about when they bought it or where they found it. They tried to figure it out in an adorable discussion, prompting each other's memories and piecing together memory fragments, and concluded that they must have bought it at an antique mall "many" years ago. The husband was a shoemaker and he knew how to run the machine fairly well, except he couldn't remember how the bobbin worked.
I have been researching obsessively on the internet to learn as much as possible about my new/old machine and I think it is a Sphinx Egyptian Singer Model 127. In the Singer literature this machine is called "the woman's faithful friend the world over"...LOL!
According to this website, all "L models" were made in 1901. Doesn't she look great for being 111 years old?!
The outer wood cabinet needs some work (don't we all?!?) but the five drawers are in good shape and just look at the pretty wood work on the side of the drawers.
The decals are in pristine condition and I can't stop studying them! Look at the details around the side of the needle...so pretty. I'm thinking that there haven't been very many quilt blocks sliding across this plate...until it met me!
This is the decal on the bottom of the harp area...a sphinx in great condition.
Unfortunately I think that maybe means that this machine was not used very often, so I sure hope it is still in good enough condition to run smoothly. I look forward to sharing my adventures with getting my new/old machine working and learning this new skill of treadling!
Thanks to Bonnie Hunter for re-sparking my interest in this dormant dream of mine with her quilt cam showing her own treadle machine. And check out the new/old treadle Bonnie was gifted this past weekend....what a beauty!
Sometimes we forget that dreams can come true and I will be eternally grateful for this reminder every time I look at my new/old sewing machine!