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Uploaded on Jun 18, 2010
My grandmother taught me to use her treadle sewing machine in 1954 in her adobe house in El Paso, Texas. Years later I lived with her for almost a year, she then owned two treadle sewing machines, and we treadled together. Over the years I owned many electric machines but my first treadle, purchased at a swap meet in 1973, became my old dependable that would sew through heavy canvas when the electrics would not. In 1993, after a turn of events I decided I no longer wanted electric machines and gave away or sold them. By 1999 I decided I had to have a second treadle, like grandmother had, but I couldn't stop at 2 or 3 or 4, they are like potato chips, can't stop. The iron beauties are dependable once they are cleaned and oiled. Treadle sewing machines have a junkyard reputation because they were neglected and are often jammed with lint, thread and dried oils. My book is available on my website. www.treadlelady.com