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Modern treadle sewing machines

17 years ago

I was noodling about on the Allbrand page just to see what fun stuff there was in sewing these days when I discovered that both Singer and Janome make a treadle machine. Janome specifically says that they make theirs for the Amish community. Well, where I live we have several times lost power for days at a time in bad weather, and I have thought that it might be handy to have a sewing machine that did not depend on power. Whether I'll do anything about it or not, I don't know, but I thought I'd ask about these machines. Does anyone know anything about the quality of them? I rather like the idea of the Janome one because it looked like a modern machine. The Singer one looked like a reproduction. That may mean that they got the design just right the first time, but it also might mean that they didn't really expect anyone to use it, and were just appealing to nostalgia. The Janome one looks like they really mean it to be used, not just admired.

Any ideas? Experience? Thoughts?


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