Thursday, January 22, 2015

Domestic Treadle

     Shortly before Christmas, I heard from a friend who was closing her antique and collectible shop.  She had an old treadle machine she had been using for display.  She said she wanted to give it to me, as she knew that I liked vintage machines and would try to get it going again.  I really had to talk myself into it, because of the space issue.  Treadles take quite a bit of room and I have one working treadle.  How many does a person need?  But here's some pictures, you'll see why I caved and brought it home.

The last patent date is 1876.  It is a "Domestic", which was absorbed into the White Sewing Machine Company in the early 1900's.  The following pictures are of things discovered inside.  It was a treasure trove.
This was in the drawer.  It is a card called a spool zoo.  You could cut out the hippo and glue to each end of a wooden spool to make a toy hippo.  The copyright date is 1931.  Apparently, you could collect several different animals.  
     Here is a picture of other things in the drawers, they were stuffed.
Here's the pretty treadle irons
The top has "Domestic" stenciled on the front.
I ordered a belt for it, but haven't put it on yet, but it's been oiled well and is moving freely.  Adjusting that leaf tension will probably be a challenge.  I need to do a little research on it.  Anyone out there with some experience with them is welcome to advise me.

     I've been obsessed with finishing the Grand Illusion mystery quilt.  I finally finished all 25 blocks today, so can start putting it together.  25 blocks doesn't sound like so many until you realize that each block contains 52 pieces. 
 I still have sashing, cornerstones, a solid border and a pieced border to do before it is done, but can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  The good news is that I was making units for the Split Nine Patch as leaders and enders while sewing GI blocks.  Eventually I'll get back to that.  
I just need to 
Keep on Stichin'


  1. Lovely machine. No wonder you couldn't resist.

  2. It's fun to find treasures. I love that Hippo card! Lovely machine -- I can see why you had to have it.

  3. Hi Judy,

    My name is Mrs. D from Wisconsin. So glad you posted photos of your 1880s Domestic Treadle on your blog. I've been looking for parts to restore my 1880s Remington No.5 Top Tension Guide. Your photos helped me to see what the complete tension looks like. I'm not sure where we are going to find the flat metal plate to restore our machine. If I may trouble you, could you send me a photo of metal plate, and place ruler close by so I can get an idea of what we may have to have machined in a shop? Thank you so much. and


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