This is the treadle head that I brought home from Belmont, NC just over a week ago!
It came up to Quilt Villa in the van along with Lori and Randy, and today I finally had a chance to take a good close look and see what was what with her.
$45.00 could mean I ended up with nothing but a parts machine, and she did have some good parts on her ---
But it also could mean that with a bit of loving care and some cleaning and oiling that I’d have a lovely addition to my treadle fleet.
First things first…she had some masking tape stuck to her bed to mark a dress making seam allowance, a generous 5/8” by the looks of it. While the tape came away, the residue did not and I need to get some goo-gone or something gentle to remove the years old sticky without damaging what is left of the finish.
Looks like someone was sewing with red thread at some point! There was a lot of yucky in here. And also in here:
Time for cleaning!
Her face plate is rust spotted. I’ve also got some metal polish at home that may help with that, but it wasn’t up here at the cabin, and being a 25 minute ride from the nearest small town means that “clean is better than perfect.”
when all points had received a perfunctory cleaning and oiling I went to go try her out in the cabinet that holds my 66 with the Lotus decals. I didn’t want to have to un-staple the leather belt, and because both of these machines are model 66, they will take the same length of belt.
Ready to roll!
I released the belt off of the Lotus, placed this one in the cabinet and lifted the belt back in place all without un-stapling. Perfect fit!
Stitching front side!
It sounds crazy, but I test sew with two different values of thread. Light on the top and dark on the bottom so I can see as well as feel when the tension is balanced. Wonder of wonders – I didn’t even have to adjust the tension! She sewed beautifully from the get-go!
Black thread on the back!
And here she sits, machine with a view!
No name for her yet. Maybe I’ve run OUT of names, or I just haven’t been inspired yet. I look forward to getting to know this girl a lot better. I’m looking forward to some spring sewing out on that front porch as the weather warms. For now…I can just look at the view through the windows.
I’m headed home from Quilt Villa in the morning. It’s time to get back to the land of the living!
Feet up and stitching with Downton Abbey tonight – no Super Bowl for me!