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10972Re: [hreg] Another step in conservation

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  • Garth & Kim Travis
    Dec 6, 2011
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      We found the Dallas Craig's list was much cheaper than the Houston one.

      Bright Blessings,
      Garth & Kim Travis
      Bedias, Texas

      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: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 10:27 AM
      > How neat! Thanks for sharing!
      > Kevin Conlin
      > Heliosolar Design Inc
      > PO Box 1938
      > Alief, TX 77411
      > 281-202-9629
      > kevin@...
      > *From:*hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
      > Of *Garth & Kim Travis
      > *Sent:* Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:41 AM
      > *To:* hreg@yahoogroups.com
      > *Subject:* [hreg] Another step in conservation
      > Greetings,
      > 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
      > sewers
      > 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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