I had my first quilt class in 2001 by a very dear friend and neighbor here in northwestern Wisconsin. She used a treadle sewing machine and I was intrigued with sewing without electricity. For Mother’s Day that year I received my first treadle sewing machine. I so thoroughly enjoyed sewing on it that I promptly sold my electric machine at a yard sale that summer and have never regretted it.
Since then I have gotten into collecting and using these wonderful pieces of history. It is very enjoyable to find one and learn all about when it was made and about the company that made it. Each manufacturer is unique and it is fun to get to know each machine and its quirks.
I find using these “people powered” sewing machines very relaxing and I am in total control of the speed at which it goes – fast or slow. I am able to piece the top and quilt it myself all on my hand cranks/treadles. Its fun and easy.
I also demonstrate each summer at a number of local museum events to educate people about the old sewing machines and encourage them to use them if they have them – be it hidden in a garage or attic.
I have four children, well teens now, and I home schooled each until high school. I have raised milk goats and various other farm animals until my teens went to high school, then we sold all the farm animals. Now we have a number of exotic pets inside. I also enjoy crocheting and knitting, but quilting is my favorite. I love my husband and we strive to live our lives to glorify the LORD Jesus Christ.