I threaded up my new Vintage Singer (with the help of this tutorial on You Tube) just to see if she would actually sew. She’s still dirty, a bit smelly, and still has the same needle in as when she was last used. Unfortunately I’ve no idea when this was. I did remove the fluff from around the feed dogs, but apart from that she’s as she was when I brought her home.
I used a bobbin that was already wound and also brushed the dust off an old spool of thread. I was stunned to find she sewed beatifully! I wish I’d have chosen some plain fabric so I could show off the stitches, but I didn’t expect this on my first go!
Here’s a close up:
I had googled ‘how to treadle’ and found this which was really funny (well, I thought it was, and if you’ve tried to treadle you might too!):
Treadling is a very advanced and intricate procedure, when done properly…. here is a good, basic set of treadling instructions:
1. Place sewing machine on floor… it is best if back of machine is to the wall and front towards open space.
2. Place chair in front of machine.
3. Sit in chair and place feet on treadle (right one slightly ahead of left one)
4. Start hand wheel by turning with hand
5. Wiggle feet
6. Observe what happens… if it doesn’t look right, wiggle feet differently.
7. Curse, rethread needle where thread broke, start hand wheel in opposite direction and try again
8. Try it with one foot
9. Get a kid to work the pedal while you sew :o)
(click any where on the text to be taken to the site)
Then I looked up popular names in 1938, and in the top 5 was Betty. When I was expecting Harrison (my 12 year old) I was sure I was having a girl and my bump was Betsy all the way through my pregnancy. So as Betty is close enough to this name, I’ve decided to name my 15K 1938 Singer Betsy, as I think it’s the only girl I’ll ever have!