You know how, in the olden days, people used to sew on those sewing machines where you pumped a petal to get the machine going? They’re called treadle sewing machines. Did you know they’re still around and you can buy one new!? You can! In fact my mom just bought one, being the sewing nut she is. She didn’t want to be stuck in an emergency situation (such as a power outage) without a sewing machine.
Here’s my mom’s machine. It’s a Janome, so if you wanted to get one… Janome makes a good treadle machine. My mom also recommends Janome if you want an electric machine.
They cut the opening and made it bigger, and drilled bigger holes into the lovely antique cabinet. *cringe*. My mom said that, as far as she knows, you can’t buy a new treadle cabinet. This seems a little strange, you can buy a new machine… but not a new cabinet? Perhaps she didn’t look hard enough. So please, before you go drilling holes into an antique, see if there’s a new one!
How does the treadle work? splendidly! I even tested it out myself. It wasn’t hard at all to pump the pedal and didn’t require much concentration. It’s really not much different from pressing the pedal on an electric machine.
You might have noticed, in the top picture, the original old sewing machine sitting on the floor. Here’s a close up of that.