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    Any treadle quilters here?

    Good morning! Are there any treadle quilters here? If so, would anyone want to participate in a quilt-along?
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    #2
    That is a very cool cabinet! I've never seen the bottom enclosed like that.

    I have my grandmother's treadle but, I have to admit, I have never used it. I'm pretty certain it could still work, I just am not equipped with the knowledge to make that happen. To be honest, I don't even know if I'm coordinated enough to try to sew with it!!

    This is what mine looks like:

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    Maria
    Alberta, Canada

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      #3
      I have a treadle, but never used. I've got it up for sale as I want the space in the library, where it was more for looks.

      I bought it on a whim and nostalgic, but reality is I love my new faster machines. Sounds like a fun idea. Good luck.
      Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

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        #4
        KerieQuilts, your machine is beautiful! I have 2 treadles. I can't begin to describe what a feeling it is to sew on a treadle. The sound and motion are so soothing. Maria, it's not hard to get one going, even if it's stuck. Just get a new belt (about $6 on Amazon). Instructions for how to install one are on Youtube and where to oil the machine is easily googled. These old machines were built to last.
        Michele
        ~The Commonwealth of Massachusetts~

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          #5
          You might also want to look into a group called Treadleon. They work only with people powered machines. It's free, but you have to request to join. Lots of great info and they do do sew alongs.
          https://groups.io/g/Treadleon
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          • chelea
            chelea commented
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            Yes! I was able to completely refurbish my first treadle cabinet with their help. There are detailed instructions on how to take the whole machine and cabinet apart.

          #6
          I have an older treadle machine, but I never use it. A relative in my first husband's family wanted it kept in the family, so I took it. I used it briefly when I first got it. I learned to sew on a treadler, but it's nothing anything interests me now. Mine has a tablecloth cover on it & a lamp as well as some of my sewing items. It's right next to my sewing table & mach. so the items are handy.

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            #7
            I love the idea of a treadle. I just got my first featherweight by telling my husband I'd like one for my birthday (he couldn't wait until then so I got it this week!) Maybe I should whisper a treadle hint for Christmas, lol.
            Gail, Mid-Michigan

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            • chelea
              chelea commented
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              Haha, once you start collecting vintage machines...they're like potato chips, you can't stop with one.

            #8
            I definitely have the collecting bug - I have several treadles, Singer, White, and National, and I do piece quilts on them. I also like my hand crank machines for paper piecing and small projects. I have done a little quilting on the treadles, just straight line type stitching. I never really mastered free motion on my electric machine, let alone the treadle.

            What kind of quilt along did you have in mind? I might play. Kathleen
            sigpicIf you can't see the mistake from the back of a galloping horse, nobody is going to notice it.

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