Thanks to my dear husband, am so excited that he was able to install a new belt on my Singer treadle sewing machine. It was thrilling to finally be able to use the machine that I purchased over 35 years ago from an elderly neighbor when I was a teenager. I had a brief moment of panic when the machine got stuck, but he patiently explained that you have to use the wheel on the machine to get it going again. He started cracking up when I told him how green the sewing will be since I won't have to use electricity, and I can get a little leg workout at the same time! I still need to clean and oil the machine and figure out what kind of needles to use. Thankfully, I still have the owner's manual, cute little oil can and a box full of neato attachments to try out.
My personal challenge during 2010 is to use the treadle to sew some little antique looking quilts from Remembering Adelia by Kathleen Tracy, and eventually the Gone to Texas quilt by Betsy Chutchian. Just love both of these books, and the stories that are included. Anyone else up for a treadle challenge? I would love some company on this adventure!