10972Re: [hreg] Another step in conservation
- Dec 6, 2011Greetings,
We found the Dallas Craig's list was much cheaper than the Houston one.
Garth & Kim Travis
On 12/6/2011 12:54 PM, evelyn sardina wrote:
> I have been hoping for one but only found some pretty expensive ones.
> Thanks for sharing I need to start looking again. I sewed on one as a child.
> --- On *Tue, 12/6/11, kevin conlin /<kevin@...>/* wrote:
> From: kevin conlin <kevin@...>
> Subject: RE: [hreg] Another step in conservation
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 10:27 AM
> How neat! Thanks for sharing!
> Kevin Conlin
> Heliosolar Design Inc
> PO Box 1938
> Alief, TX 77411
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> *Subject:* [hreg] Another step in conservation
> I got an early Christmas Present this year. A modern Necchi treadle
> machine to go into my antique cabinet. I now sew by human power. I
> thought I would share what I have learned in case there are other
> on the list.
> I originally saw the Necchi in the Lehman's catalog and discovered the
> really expensive part is the cabinet and treadle. So we went to Craig's
> list and looked for a treadle with the cabinet in good condition. I
> bought an 1880s model, New Home Favorite. The treadle machine still
> works and has the original owners manual. The unit had been well cared
> for. But, I do not recommend buying one that old. A early 1900s is a
> better treadle, as they changed the design early in the century.
> Something my Mother forgot to tell me until after I had purchased mine.
> The difference is in how easy it is to go backwards by accident. The
> machines don't like that. The newer cabinets are better.
> My new machine arrived this week. I removed the old machine from the
> cabinet, making a template of what it requires. The old machine is for
> sale. Then, I used cardboard to make a template of what the new machine
> needed. I had to extend the hole by an inch and a half. The new
> machine dropped right in. The cover will fit over it nicely, so when it
> is sitting in the living room, it still looks like a beautiful antique.
> But lift the lid and the new machine is there. It is a joy to sew with.
> Fully adjustable. It will sew the heaviest denim easily, I know as I
> am using it right now to quilt a heavy denim quilt. But I also tested
> it on some light shear. It does like a piece of paper with extremely
> light materials, but most machines do. It is much easier to adjust and
> more versatile that my Singer Decor, which is also for sale now.
> It is fun, doing button holes and fancy stitching, with a treadle. I
> have the best of the old with the best of the new. The feed dogs will
> drop for stitch painting, and it has fancy stitches built in. I can
> monogram towels and stuff with it, as well as sew.
> Best of all, no electricity needed.
> One draw back. Since I don't plug the machine in, it has no sewing
> light. So, at night, I need to turn a light on and aim it at my sewing.
> And, the machine comes with the adapters and parts to use it as an
> electric, if you chose to. Not that I ever will, but it has them.
> While this will take the rest of my life to pay for, by figuring the
> amount of electricity used. It was a good deal for me, since none of my
> existing machines were capable of quilting my quilt. A new machine was
> in my future, so it made sense to go non electric. Total cost of my
> project was around five hundred dollars.
> Bright Blessings,
> Garth & Kim Travis
> www.TheRoseColoredForest.com <http://www.TheRoseColoredForest.com>
> Bedias, Texas
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