My husband's grandmother's 1922 Singer Red Eye 66-1 treadle has gone to live at DD Aurora's. The MIL and I are thrilled that she wants it. Aurora says it is an art object. I say that she should know how to operate all of the devices in her house. This argument is designed to appeal to the engineer in her. Let you know how that goes...
|cleaned up well, don't you think?|
Naturally I have to have another treadle. Last Easter I bought one with a pretty rough cabinet and a gunked up Singer 127 Sphinx inside. I bought it for the treadle because I already had a Sphinx. Then DD Emily extravagantly admired my Sphinx and its hand crank (she loves the rhythm of the vibrating shuttle). I cleaned the gunky Sphinx and gave it to her for Christmas.
So I had an empty treadle but like I said it was cosmetically rough. It does have drawers, this photo shows it in prep for cleaning.
I watch CraigsList daily, and although there are a lot of truly delusional sellers out there, there are also good machines going for reasonable prices.
Eventually it all came together: a CraigsList posting for a nice looking treadle with a Singer 66 Lotus inside. I've been yearning for a Lotus as an art object. I wouldn't turn down another Red Eye either. They are both beautiful, beautiful machines, but a pain in the neck to treadle, IMHO. You'll see the Lotus later after a good cleaning, and with a hand crank. Maybe that won't turn backwards and break the thread EVERY SINGLE TIME I pause for a moment.
Studio student Heather likes the people powered machines and will be taking the funky treadle home with a Riccar 108 zig-zag machine inside, a post-WWII Japanese vintage beauty.
|Riccar 108, near-mint all metal powerhouse|
|Singer 115 after about 20 hours of cleaning and polishing|
In other studio news, it's amazing how much can get done while baby is sleeping.
Raven checked out a Singer 185, but prefers the 99.
Her second project is a teddy bear. She tried out the incredibly cute tiny clothes pins that I found in the office supplies section at Walmart. Much less intimidating than sharp pins and they worked out well.
She finished sewing the bear and took it home to stuff it.
Is 5 months too young to start sewing lessons, do you think? He really wants to get his hands on this machine.