Monday, July 21, 2014

Michigan TOGA!

TOGA (Treadle On Gathering & Academy)

Another TOGA!  I've wanted to attend the Michigan TOGA for a few years now, and this year, I finally got to attend.  Another weekend of vintage sewing machine overload.

Here are some of Sharon's (the hostess) machines.

1866-67 Wheeler & Wilson #4

working child's treadle

some of Sharon's vintage iron collection

1910 Minnesota C treadle (this one is in the bathroom)

1915 Singer 66 'Lotus' treadle

approx. 1865 Florence treadle (love the foot pedal)

1958 Singer 185J

Wilcox & Gibbs chainstitch treadle


American #7 treadle

1872 Elias Howe model #7 treadle

oops, can't read my notes on this one

lovely hand crank machine

Singer treadle

Singer 301A LBOW in a cabinet

oops, another fiddlebase that I can't read my notes on

1917 Singer 66 treadle
 Next are some display cases in her sewing room.

toy machines and other sewing collectables

thimble shelf #1

thimble shelf #2
Here are more machines in her basement.
1876 Domestic high arm treadle

1880-1900 Climax Vibrating Shuttle made by New Home
Here are more of her machines in her sewing room and basement.

table full of lovely machines, including toy machines

some of her collection of sewing items

some of the toy machines

Betsy Ross toy machine

1872 Grover and Baker #8

Davis treadle

1852? Wheeler & Wilson #5 treadle

1876 Wheeler & Wilson #8

1882-1892 Wheeler & Wilson #9

1904 Singer 27

1885-1906 Household fiddle base treadle

more machines on the table in her sewing room

 Most of the next set of pictures show machines that were for sale, in the garage.

1920's Brunswick treadle

large table full of machines for sale

some of Sandra's parts for sale

more machines for sale

Ruby treadle for sale

Singer 15 treadle for sale

1901 Singer 127 for sale

White treadle for sale

another White treadle for sale

still another White treadle for sale

cute fiddlebase for sale

Singer 9W for sale
 Now for some of the TOGA attenders.

Sandra, Tina & Shar

Esther, Beth & Roberta

Tom & Jan

Tina, Beth & Sue

Esther, Shar, Mary Beth, Tom & Jan, ? & Sandra

Sharon, our hostess
Here is the raffle table.
raffle table full of goodies
No TOGA would be complete without exchange blocks.  Here are the people who participated, and the block they made.



Carol (our other hostess)

Sharon, our hostess

On Sunday morning, those that were still in town met back at Sharon's for breakfast.
Carol, Sharon & me

Carol, Sandra, Sharon and Sue

I'll save my 'goodies' I got on this trip for another post, since there are already so many pictures in this post.

AND, I was a good girl at BOTH TOGA's.  I didn't bring home a machine from either TOGA, but I did get the tension fixed on 2 of my machines.  Thanks ladies for all the help! 


  1. Wow! just, wow. Another person with even more sewing machines than me! Guess I had better get a move on. A working child's treadle and a chainstitching treadle are high on my most-wanted list. So glad you got to go!

  2. Oh my, are you sure you got a photo of every machine? The thimble rack reminds me of the printers boxes my owls are roosting in.

  3. Those old machines had so much style, I love how beautiful they are.

  4. wow what a collection. So the show was in this woman's house? I'm not familiar with TOGA so have no idea. Looks like a wonderful time and you met some nice quilters/collectors that have the same machine loves as you do!

  5. Oh what a fun place! i hoppedd over from Terri's blog--I just bought a Singer 301A and am re-discovering how different a straight stich only machine can be. Looks like a fun group of gals..hugs, Julierose

  6. I want to come this year... I have to find out the details! Looks like so much fun!


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