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Date: 6/22/10 10:21 AM

I had to take my BLCS in to the dealer/repair guy y'day (BLCS owners watch out for getting a little piece of thread caught in the needle bar).

So, I'm walking around, killing time ...

He's got a very pretty Elgin treadle for sale in the cabinet. It's all cleaned up and shiny, he's serviced it, it has the original receipt and manual and I think every single foot/attachment ever made. Seriously, I didn't count but I'd estimate 12-15. It takes regular needles, has a shuttle bobbin and about 6 of the bobbin spools to go with it. He showed me how the bobbin winds. He said it is totally ready to sew and makes a beautiful straight stitch. He also said he'd teach me how to use it. I'm going back t'row to test it out since I didn't have time y'day.

This is a no-negotiation dealer. His price is $350. I know that is on the high end of what people pay for treadles. However, keep in mind that I'm not a fix-it-upper person and this is a very pretty machine in a nice cabinet. Since I'd probably drop $200 on a travel machine without blinking, it's not a great stretch to get to $350 for a treadle with cabinet. That said, I don't need to spend $350 (or anything) on a piece of furniture that will just sit there. So I only want to buy this if I'll actually use it.

Enthusiastic treadle owners - please pipe in and tell me how I really will love using it ...

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Date: 6/22/10 10:24 AM

I've never used one but my first question was "how many calories does it burn?"

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Date: 6/22/10 3:54 PM

I wish I knew!!!

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Date: 6/22/10 4:20 PM

I'm enjoying my treadle so far, it's really a different feel.
You are more involved with the whole process rather than just pushing a button:)

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Date: 6/22/10 5:46 PM

Price is something you have to decide for yourself but if it was me, and this is a machine in great condition then I'd do it. Just having the all the accessories and shuttle would be good enough for me. If it is a rare model then it's good to have it all as you might have a hard time locating those things later. The servicing and cleaning can take hours days or weeks so you've been saved that process. If you "feel the love" then get it. If not, then pass.

About treadling.... I am a huge fan. There is something very cool about just the act of sewing that you do not get with any other machine. I like that you can place the machine anywhere as no electric outlet is needed. I move mine right into the middle of the living room when no one is home so I can watch movies and sew. The thing I miss with them is the light - get yourself a small light to add or place nearby. You can amaze your friends and children if your parties get slow.

I don't treadle all the time but when the sewing project is something that requires only strait stitch (like a purse or piecework) is all that's needed or there is an exceptional quiet in out house such as a snowy day then it's one of life's simple joys.


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Date: 6/22/10 6:05 PM

I learned to sew on a White Treadle machine. It was a great straight sewer. Like Yarndiva said, you can move it any place it will fit. I hope I don't ever get a thread caught BL Elegante.

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Date: 6/22/10 7:38 PM

Your Singer is so pretty ....

I think I'm feeling the love! I think as long as it sews when I check it out t'row, it'll come home

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Date: 6/22/10 8:07 PM

Wow!
That machine is so cute!!

I just did a new dress using my treadle for all the striaght seams and my 201 for the riffles/curved stuff :)

It feels nice to use a machine that's over 100 yearsw old.

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Date: 6/23/10 10:20 PM

I got it!!

I'm now the happy owner of a treadle sewing machine.

I played with it at the store for about an hour and really enjoyed it. DH and I just got it into the house now (past 10pm) so I won't be playing with it tonight. However, I did open the atchs box - lots of cool stuff in there to learn about.

DH expresses polite interest in the sewing machine but as a woodworker is completely captivated by the cabinet. He's fascinated by the drawer construction. So we're both happy!!

JEF

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Date: 6/23/10 10:59 PM

Yeah! Pictures please......!

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