Granny in a Bonnet

Wonderful day at the museum. Weather was perfect and visitors were great. I got binding put on several items using my 1880’s Domestic sewing machine. One of favorite weekends of the year.


50th Anniversary of Pioneer Village Museum!

This evening I’ll be packing up the car for my yearly visit to the Pioneer Village Museum Heritage Days weekend in Barron, Wisconsin. This year is the 50th anniversary of the museum. If you’re in the area, join me. It is a wonderful place and this weekend there will be many demonstrations and living history to enjoy. Check out the website at

Another Summer Demo

I’m looking forward to the upcoming Moon Lake Threshing Bee on August 20 & 21st. It’s very enjoyable demonstrating how to use a treadle sewing machine for those who attend and make their way to our building. The threshing Bee is a great place to experience a bit of history in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.

More Info about the Moon Lake Threshing Bee

Off To Pioneer Village Museum!

This weekend I have the exciting privilege to be demonstrating my treadles and hand cranks at a local museum for their Heritage Days festival! I have done this each year for about a decade and it is a lot of fun. If you are in the area and would like to attend here is the website: Pioneer Village Museum for information. They will have all sorts of “living history” folks there doing the crafts and things from the old pioneer days of Wisconsin. They have over 20 buildings and many of them are old originals that have been moved onto the property. So much history to experience! If you can visit you won’t regret it 🙂

Demonstrating at the museum 2013

Demonstrating at the museum 2013

You Don’t Have to be Mechanically Inclined.

Today I was finally squeezing in some time for working on my scrappy hexagon block quilt. I opened a machine I hadn’t used in awhile, my Domestic ~ boy she really sews like a dream.


As I was sewing the strips together my pitman fell off! If you don’t know what a pitman is on a treadle, it’s the rod that connects the foot pedal to the large flywheel underneath the machine. No pitman, no sewing.


There was 1 nut on the floor but to my surprise both nuts were missing. The top part of the pittman wasn’t going to fall off because the “skirt catcher” (fancy metal semicircular part that kept ladies skirts from becoming caught in the wheel) was in the way, but there was a lot of play in it. I took the bolt to my husband’s work area.
Unfortunately the old bolts have a different threading pattern and do not work with new nuts. Sitting there on his bench was a black plastic wire nut that fit perfectly.  Upon trying it on the top part of the pitman, it was too long to fit in the space. I didnt want to use it at the bottom because that part takes a lot of torque when treadling. I got the bright idea to cut it in half, partly with the hacksaw and partly wih snips, and…whalla, it works.
Feeling accomplished and now back to sewing 😀