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In my exhausting search to find a treadle powered production machine, I stumbled across a very dingy industrial Singer 31-15 still in the original treadle stand, and in need of tender loving care. I purchased it, drove 10 hours round trip to pick it up, and fell in love with the idea of sewing everything on this machine. I tried to think of what it must have looked like factory new, and I knew that a restoration job was in my future.
On my way home I decided to get rid of all of my industrial sewing
equipment, and replace it with period machines with treadle power.
My husband thought I was certifiable, but for me to be able to
create period garments in an authentic period sewing room was
just too much to resist, and I was determined to make my dream
come true. It took several years, and thousands of
miles to complete my sewing room, but we are up
and working only on treadle power.
Every costume or garment that we make is constructed using authentic Victorian, and Edwardian sewing equipment. My entire sewing room is treadle powered, with the exception* of my electric steam generator iron.
We have these machines in our sewing room;
Merrow overlock A-3DW-1
Singer 24 Pleater
Singer 27-2 or VS2/27
Singer 27-3 or VS2/27
Johnson Ruffling Machine
Jones Family CS Hand Crank
In total we have over 24 machines to sew on.
*We have a modern computerized embroidery machine, that we can use for extensive embroidery designs.
I have treadle powered overlock machine, a Merrow A-3DW. This machine was adapted to work on a treadle stand, and does an outstanding job.