January 23, 2013

Sewing on my Old Treadle Sewing Machine

Sewing on a Treadle Machine 
   Another cold January day;
a perfect time to do some sewing
on my old Singer Sewing Machine.  
This old treadle sewing machine
really takes me back. 
I learned to sew on one just like this.
 I never have any trouble with it,
stitches & tension are always good. 
  Today I made Flour, Sugar, Coffee, Cornmeal, & Tea Sacks. 
   I wanted to use material bigger than a sheet of paper, so, I couldn't print directly onto the material.  I ironed the material, & cut laminating plastic, peeled off the back & adhered to the back side of material, making sure it was flattened down good.  I layed a  sheet of paper on top of material & cut around it with sissors.  My printer is set to print face down, so I placed the material down with the laminating plastic side up.  I printed at least three labels on each piece of material.  It printed great.  I sprayed the labels with Scotchgard Fabric Protector, pealed off the plastic & let material dry.  Then I layed material, print down on my ironing board & ironed on Thermo Web Heat Bond to the back, after it cooled, I pealed off the paper & cut out my labels, then ironed them onto my sacks.  They turnd out pretty good.  Hope you find something you love to do on this cold January day. 
Blessings, Trisha 


  1. I grew up with a wonderful neighbor lady who sewed for the whole community on an old treadle machine...she did it until the late 1980's. She had beautiful work. My Mom-in-law also sews at age 86. She says an old treadle still sews better than any of the new..What a blessing. I never learned to sew well. I can do a little but not much. What a happy warm day you have had..Thanks for the memories. Blessings!

  2. What a fun project for a cold winter day. Love these little towels, they are really the big thing right now.

  3. They did, they turned out wonderful!!


  4. Yes, my Grandmother's was a treadle and my Aunt made my wedding dress on it.