I received an email from Peggy just the other day that she had a machine for me and wanted to drive it up from Florida to North Carolina.
HAND DELIVERED?! Oh Boy!
We had conversed by email before ---I had thought my last Florida trip was going to be a driving one, but then when Alabama was added directly on to Florida, it was going to require far more car miles than were desirable and actually more time/cost effective to fly. So fly I did – which meant, I couldn’t bring the machine home.
So when Peggy said they wanted to come up this weekend ---well, first thing I had to do was find a way to break the news to The Hubster. I mean, after all – there were already TWO treadles at the cabin, can I justify a 3rd? Oh yes! Who knows…in the future, I’d love to have a treadle-retreat up here. In the future. At some point….
When the guys unbuckled the cabinet from the back seat of Peggy’s car, I got really excited…oooh!! An older two drawer cabinet! This one is EARLY!
I had expected a hidden fold out machine kind of cabinet, but instead this one is a box top, or coffin top! ((I prefer box top….just sayin’!))
Cabinet in the back of The Hubster’s Pickup!
Machine Head riding in the back seat on the floor!
Look at those decals!
These decals are known as “Lotus” and I have seen very few of them in the “wild” during my years of collecting machines. I bought my first Singer 115 treadle in 1992, and I only became aware that there was such a thing as a Lotus decal within the past few years.
She made it home and was quickly assembled in the living room!
Her serial number dates her to 1910!
Her foot style is known as “back clamping” because they attach from the back side.
Pillar decals and bobbin winder
What I find interesting on this machine is the stitch length knob is a bit off to the right closer to the side of the machine instead of center in the pillar as are my “younger” ((but not by much!)) model 66 machines. My Red Eye is just ONE YEAR newer than this one, and the changes are noticeable! Even the bobbin winder is different.
Center decal in pretty good shape!
Manufactured in Great Britain!
In her new spot overlooking the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the living room windows.
But wait! Wasn’t there already a machine there? Yep! And that machine now is between the twin beds in the upstairs guest room just in case one of my friends has a desire to sleep-treadle!
Makes a great bedside nightstand too!
Since Peggy was so sweet to drive the machine all the way to North Carolina, I am naming this machine after her! I know we will have many happy hours together treadling at the cabin. In just a few weeks it should be nice enough to roll her out onto the upper deck and have some fun spring time stitching. I can’t wait.
Peggy is also quite the accomplished quilter herself! She sews on treadle machines by choice, saving her “modern” machine for when she needs something like a zig zag or an overcast stitch. But if it is straight stitch that is needed, you’ll find her treadling away on one of her favorites ---
We also had a bit of a parking lot trunk show, direct from their trunk! Click the image below if you can’t view the slide show on your mobile device, you’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing
|Peggy's Quilts, NC 2014|
We are heading home from the cabin today. The Hubster has work to do in Willmingon this week, and I've got a quilt to load on the machine and get quilted, and I can't do THAT from up at the cabin. I'm hoping we'll be back this next weekend before I head out for the wilds of Tennessee!
Have a great Sunday, Everyone!