Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Treadling a Singer Fashion Mate 252

I have a soft spot for old black sewing machines and especially treadles but I must admit when I do something other that piecing patchwork, I want more stitch options. I miss a multi-position needle, zigzag stitching, and a reverse button or lever.

Well, I evaluated my fleet for a model I could try out as a treadle. Here she is: Olivia!

Olivia is a pristine Singer Fashion Mate 252. She has all the features I was missing except a few decorative stitches. And, more control because there is a timing belt that runs the hook gears, making the machine a bit stiffer to run but easier to keep the needle position right where I want it.

Olivia fits perfectly in the Singer 66 treadle cabinet. But now I need to figure out what to use for a mail table??

And, now I have found the perfect Fashion Mate. It is a 258. It takes the flat black Singer cams. I would have the decorative stitches I want. Anyone have one they want to put up for adoption? I take good care of sewing machines. ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pedal Powered Sewing Machine

This photo gives new meaning to pedaling a treadle sewing machine:

Check out the photo.

See the photo in its full context at this blog on Jakarta:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Columbia County 4-H Quilting Camp

Our quilting camps are made possible by dedicated family members, WSU extension volunteers, and members of the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival committee. A big thank you to all!!

So you want to hold a quilting camp?
Click here for information about the curriculum.