My Free No. 5 treadle had been sitting in my grandmother's house
tucked back in the attic dormer area for who knows how many
years. We brought it home about 33 years ago when we were
first married and furnishing our apartment. It's probably around
100 years old and in very good shape.
While my husband is awaiting the next construction job to begin
I asked him if he would get it ready for sewing for me. It's right
up his alley, if he can't tinker with the tractor, he may as well play around
with the treadle. He downloaded the instruction manual and started to work.
He started vacuuming and dusting.
There were old needles in the belly of the machine
that had to be cleaned out.
He oiled all the areas that need oil.
He has it running pretty smoothly so now I need
to read the manual and start to practice. My
blogger friend, Missy, uses treadles for her quilting
in addition to all sorts of other machines. I know
I'll be asking her a question or two from time to time.
We have all the original parts for this, except spare needles
which I will need to find. So between studying for my
ham radio technician's license, work, gardening and this, I will
have plenty to keep me busy!