|White Rotary treadle head my DH bought for me|
|My new White Rotary waiting to get cleaned up|
Lets start at the beginning of my trip. My hubby came with me on this trip. That doesn't happen very often. With him in scouting, and barbershop singing, etc, he is
usually headed one way while I'm usually
|Paul, Mary & Chryssa|
On the drive up, we stopped at a cute deli/grocery store in Wisconsin. As we were eating, my hubby points down to the floor and asks if I'd seen the sewing machine yet. Of course I put my sandwich down and go look. A dirty White Rotary treadle head is sitting there. No price, no base, alone. My hubby says: "if it's for sale for $10 or less, you can have it." Well, that was some challenge. Did I just sit there and finish my sandwich? NO! The owner of the store walked back in the room, and, I asked her if the machine was for sale. "Well, I guess so" she says. I then tell her what my hubby said. She says, "I'll take $10 for it." Yipee! A new (to me) machine. You better bet I cleaned her up the next day.
|Bob & Paul adjusting the feed dogs on my Singer 15|
|Machines being sold|
|More machines being sold|
|Onions during a rare quiet time|
|Paul adjusting a treadle|
|Chryssa threading a treadle that I had cleaned|
|Linda working with machine owners|
After this weekend, I now have three machines that I am in the process of turning into hand cranks. The lovely Singer Spartan that Caryl gave me last month now has a wooden base and a spoked hand wheel. I still need to stain the wooden base. I can still use the motor on the Spartan if I want to. Hand crank number 1 is almost done.
The Singer 66 Red eye that was so dirty and I didn't know if it could come back to life, is now pretty and functioning. I can either treadle her, or, if I want, attach a hand crank and crank her. I still need a base to put her in. Hubby is going to make me one. Hand Crank #2, when I get another hand crank and the base.
The New Home A that I bought back in February had a 'motorectomy' at the TOGA. Paul took the motor off her while I was still bringing machines into the room. He's fast! She is clean and waiting for the adapter so that I can turn her into hand crank #3.
I also took my Singer 15 treadle to get the feed dogs adjusted. Paul showed me what to do and got her fixed up quickly. I even found a small amount of time on Sunday morning to make a few 4 patch blocks on her.
I did find some time on Sunday to look thru a few of the buildings at the museum. I took pictures of some nice, people powered machines and some lovely, vintage quilts. I'll show those on a later post.
Now a challenge to you. If you have a treadle or hand crank sewing machine sitting around your house, USE IT! I've learned the basics for cleaning and oiling these machines, and, I know a group of people who know LOTS more than I'll ever know that can help you. I also know at least one person who sells parts for many of these machines. Singer parts are the easiest to obtain. Parts can also be found for some of the other brands.
|Bob, Anne & Mary working sign-in|
|Paul adjusting one of the many treadles|
|Cindy, our parts person|