At Thanksgiving Hubby and the kids surprised me with an early birthday present. You might remember awhile ago I was at the thrift store and saw this treadle sewing machine. It was back in August that I saw it. Hubby was with me. You can read about it here.
I didn’t get the machine but thought about it for a LONG time after. I mentioned something to Kelli about it a couple days later when I saw her. Well unknown to me, Kelli called Hubby and then called all the other kids and they decided to go together and buy me the machine. The kids chipped in a normal birthday amount and Hubby paid the rest.
Well on Thanksgiving they knew most of us would be together and they surprised me with it early!
Kayla was an awesome help with it!! She knows more about treadles than I do as she worked at Living History Farm one summer and she has a treadle of her own. The belt wasn’t tight enough so she explained to Hubby how to fix it and the two of them did.
Like most beginners, I spent lots of time going backwards.
Here Kayla is helping by describing the foot motion.
Oh, it stitches wonderfully!!
Kayla was so helpful!!
Kalissa took a video of me trying…. The video is kind of funny!!
Look…I did it!!!
Next up all the kids wanted to try to it out! Kelli was first. Here she is showing off her mess of knots.
Kelli just couldn’t get it to go!! She was so frustrated. We did our best to cheer her on!!
She never did get it!! I’ll get her to try another day…and yes, this is how our family acts when we’re all together!!
Kayla’s husband Spencer did it right away too!!
Kalissa was our photographer through all of this so she was the last to try. She was really priding herself on being able to do this as she’s the non-sewer in the bunch. I think she took it as a personal challenge to get it when Kelli couldn’t ….a little sibling rivalry still happens around here….what can I say??
She did it on the first try!!
I was impressed!
We had a great time. The machine works wonderfully and is in my living room now. It’s a Franklin machine and has a BEAUTIFUL cabinet. It was likely a bit more expensive than we should have paid but I love it!!
…and speaking of surprises…Kayla’s husband Spencer bought her a Featherweight for an anniversary present. It was their 5 year anniversary….time flies! Anyway, the machine didn’t work right. UGH. She ended up bringing it up on Thanksgiving and by comparing her machine to mine, I was able to figure out what was wrong. I told Spencer and he fixed it.
I have LOTS of goals for 2018 but one is to piece a small quilt on this. It won’t be big or complicated but I’m going to do it….even if I don’t get it done until the very end of the year. I have a pretty hefty goal list…four quilts from the String Fling book, a quilt on my treadle and to finish the block of the month quilt. I can do it.
Speaking of goals. I know someone is going to ask about my birthday blocks you all sent me. Kelli is coming home for a sewing weekend and we’re tackling that then. Kelli had wanted to make the top for me but she doesn’t have the improv mojo so we decided to do it together. More on that next week I’m sure.
I adore my machine and am so thankful that I have a great family who is willing to share my interests with me…even if it has to turn into a friendly competition!! On my list of birthday gifts ever, this one rocks…but I did love the dishwasher I got years ago too!! Sometimes practicality isn’t bad either.