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The Little Sewing Machine That Could

I mentioned in my last post that I bought a Singer 99k with a hand crank for my daughter. She is still too little to reach the pedal of a treadle sewing machine and is scared of electric machines, so

Posted in Vintage Sewing Machines

Treadling a Singer 201-2 and Stuff

I’ve had another flare up of VSMAD (Vintage Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder). I thought I had it under control, but apparently not. This disorder cannot be cured, but does occasionally go into remission. I’ve acquired two new machines in the

Posted in Treadle Sewing Machines, Vintage Sewing Machines

Chainstitching on a Touch & Sew

While I was researching my Singer 401A sewing machine, I discovered that there are vintage sewing machines made in the 1960’s and 1970’s that will sew a single thread chainstitch with the right attachments. I immediately decided I had to

Posted in Sewing, Vintage Sewing Machines

Treadle-izing My Singer 328K

I’ve been looking for a vintage all-metal zig-zag sewing machine to keep in a treadle base ever since I was confronted with my Singer 252’s limited life expectancy. This search led me to the Singer 328K. My requirements for a

Posted in Treadle Sewing Machines, Vintage Sewing Machines

A Treadle and a Quilt

After my recent sewing area re-arrangement to accommodate my new Singer 401A, my antique Singer 127 treadle sewing machine is now accessible instead of being buried behind my main sewing machine. I haven’t sewn much on this machine, since the

Posted in Sewing, Vintage Sewing Machines

A Surprise Singer 401A

My husband went to the feed store to buy chicken feed, and when he got home he showed me a couple of little things he picked up at a thrift store on the way back. Then he said, “Come out

Posted in Sewing, Vintage Sewing Machines

The Jeans That Killed My Sewing Machine

I had said before that you don’t need an industrial sewing machine to sew jeans. Well, that is only true up to a point. My Singer Fashion Mate 252 did fine on 12 ounce denim and just barely made it through

Posted in Sewing, Vintage Sewing Machines

Zig-zag Treadle Sewing Machine

I learned to sew on my mother’s treadle sewing machine when I was about seven years old. I thought our neighbor’s electric zig-zag sewing machine was super cool, so as a teenager I saved up my babysitting earnings and bought

Posted in Sewing, Treadle Sewing Machines, Vintage Sewing Machines
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