Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Michigan TOGA

If you are looking for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop post, it is here

Saturday was the Michigan TOGA (Treadle On Gathering & Academy).   This is the 4th time I've been able to attend.  What a great group!  This gathering has been held at Sharon's home for the past 10 years.  What a great collection Sharon has.  You can see more of it on this post, from 2014.  There are more posts from 2015 and 2016, too. 

I took a few pictures of some of Sharon's stuff.  I loved these little sewing britches.

If you can't read the picture, is says 'Put your thimble in my pocket,  Put your needle in my leg.  Put your thread inside my rompers, And hang me on a peg.'

Of course, there were some sewing machines.....
hand cranks

Wheeler & Wilson #8

another Wheeler & Wilson model

Wheeler & Wilson #9


Sharon has lots of toy machines.  This one is new to her collection.
Singer toy machine in box

early Wheeler & Wilson

Willcox & Gibbs

Singer 12, I think

Singer 66 with Lotus decals

There were many machines set up in the garage, and all of them were for sale.

table full of machines

another Singer
little New Home

This is the machine that I wish I could have come home with, but, I just don't have the room for it.  It is a Howe treadle.
Howe treadle

I forgot to take pictures of our UGLY fabric projects (sorry), but, I did get the blocks that were exchanged.  We only had a few ladies who exchanged blocks this time.  Sorry, I didn't take a picture of myself.



There were others there, too.

There were several husbands there, too.

We decided to take some pictures before everyone else left.  Some had already gone before this. 

It was a fun TOGA! 


  1. Those machines are amazing, I really like the ones that curve have that curve, they look like they have plenty of sewing room.

  2. I always enjoy seeing the machines. Thanks for posting - it looks like you had fun. ~Jeanne

  3. What a collection of machines....just amazing finds.

  4. I saw a Wheeler and Wilson at an antique mall this weekend, but I passed on it. They are such great looking little machines.

  5. You were definitely in your element amongst these fun machines!
    Climax-hahaha what a name for a machine! Thanks for sharing the pix.

  6. Looks like a blast! So sorry I couldn't get there this year. What a fabulous collection of treasures!

  7. Wow, that looks like a great time, with all those wonderful machines to see!

  8. *Wonderful pictures!*
    I really enjoyed being at the TOGA a few years ago!
    Sharon was SO gracious and welcoming!!!
    I was hoping to make it this year... Perhaps next year. (Where ever it's held?...Perhaps I could give Carol a ride?... I'm in Saginaw.)
    Pat T.

  9. I've always wanted to go to the one in Nashville each summer, haven't made it yet. It's a really big group. Looks like if I want another machine, I should come to Sharon's! I have one Singer handcrank. =) I really want a working treadle, but one hasn't come my way yet. Sharon must devote a large room to her machines! Thanks for sharing those pics.

  10. I'm so glad those machines are being cared for and loved! I learned how to sew on a treadle when I was about 8. I used to make doll clothes and do stay stitching for my mom, who made almost all our dresses.

  11. Very cool group elsie michigan here.My mom has a few oldies but she's in the UP OF

  12. WOW! Thanks for the museum tour of vintage sewing machines!

  13. WOW... you are TO person, so am I. I've been to TOGAs in NC, TN, and FL, each one is so much fun. The folks are wonderful. Thank for the photos of dreamy machines. I have two of my treadles at local quilt shops so that i can use them for classes and doing demos during the Atlanta Shop Hop... I've been spreading the word on the delights of a people powered machine. Thank you for the Christmas ideas. I'm enjoying this hop even though I'm doing it days later.

  14. How fun. So many beautiful machines. Glad you had a great time.

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  16. How great to see these old machines!

  17. Glad you liked them. I can't reply to you personally, since you are a no-reply blogger, and I don't do Google+


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