Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Treadles: One, Two, Three.

Treadle machines, one, two, three.  This is what my front porch looks like this morning.  The third treadle is in a wooden coffin case, behind the azalea bush.

Treadle number one is a Burdick, made for Sears and Roebuck.  These machines were only produced for a few years, between 1899 and 1901.  Pretty decals.  The cabinet is made beautifully.  The treadle mechanism has one piece of broken wood that needs to be replaced.  Otherwise this machine appears to be in working order, but obviously needs restoration.

Treadle number two is a Singer.  From my limited research yesterday, I'm not exactly sure what model this one is.  I looked up the serial number and found it was manufactured in 1910.  It says it's an 85, and only 100 were made on that particular day.  I couldn't find any information on a Singer 85.  It looks like an older model 15 to me.  This one is in bad shape.  Currently frozen.  The treadle mechanism works well and the cabinet is in beautiful condition, although someone has painted it a dark brown.

Treadle number three is a Wheeler and Wilson, #9.  This is the oldest of the three machines, made in the 1800's.  It's not pretty, but seems to be in working order.  The cabinet has beautiful details.  The treadle for this machine actually has a brake - cool! 

The coffin cover.  Unfortunately someone did a terrible paint job on the cabinet and cover.  

I found lots of interesting goodies stashed away in the drawers.  An old raisin box full of antique buttons, many old spools of thread, bobbins, machine accessories and feet, antique needle books, a small can of oil, and a few mysterious items.

This partially sewn garment was stuffed into the fourth drawer.  It appears to be the bodice to a girl's dress.  I'm not sure if I should keep it or toss it.  It's interesting from an historical sewing viewpoint, and has no evidence of mice or moth damage, but it is a bit yellowed.

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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