Kickin’ It Up Old School – Vintage Treadle Sewing Machines

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Kickin’ It Up Old School – Vintage Treadle Sewing Machines

lilsuburbanhomestead vintage treadlesewingmachines

I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday! I don’t know about you but I love the look of vintage and or antique treadle sewing machines I love the concept of them the fact that you need no electricity to run them and truth be told they are easier than an electric machine to manage. Some are more difficult to thread but we will talk about that in a minute. Recently on our show at Around The Cabin we had The Viking do a demonstration of our treadle sewing machines which went over very well and there was a lot of interest! He answered questions and showed off the features on both machines. The Singer and The New Home sewing machines both have the original attachment box and all of the attachments that come with them and I don’t even know what to do with all of them yet but I plan to research and figure it out.

the viking demonstrates both treadle sewing machines lilsuburbanhomestead

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We are fortunate to not have just one but we have two treadle sewing machines and I often use them as side tables or hallway tables when they are not in use I love the look of them. Truth be told that is part of what makes them extremely special and valuable to own. One of them is our front entry table where we place our mail and other important items on the way in and out of the house that is the Singer machine. The other is in the dining room and it houses beverages like wine and glasses when we have guests. They have a nice look about them and they are functional when not in use as a sewing machine and they are beautiful and functional when they are in use as a sewing machine. They are sustainable they have no drain on your power just your pedal power 😉 One is an antique Singer Treadle Sewing Machine from 1905 and the other is a vintage New Home Treadle Sewing Machine dated we know for sure before 1927.


My daughter taught herself how to sew on a treadle sewing machine to give you an example of how easy they are but truth be told I never got on one until recently when after the show on Around The Cabin I asked my husband to teach me real quick and I could not believe how much easier it is than an electric machine you have a lot more control on a treadle sewing machine however you do have to get a rhythm with your foot power and that takes time and experience. My daughter has always been able to teach herself just about anything and this was no exception. It did take me a while to get the groove of pulling the wheel towards me and pumping my foot at the same time. The hardest part is to thread the Singer bobbin or shuttle it is not nearly as easy as the newer machines and for this reason I don’t think for me these will ever replace a newer sewing machine however I do plan on making some Christmas presents this coming year on these machines I think it will be fun for folks to know I made their pot holders on it for sure! I might even try a few other simple projects that I have been meaning to get to. I have an apron I have been wanting to sew up along with a quilt project so you never know what’s next on my creative project horizon!


This is the time of year The Viking and I love to go look for vintage treasures and bargains and start to work on home improvement projects! May the March Madness continue!

I wish you all a beautiful week….Until next time!



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