The New York City suburbs, where I live, experienced an unexpectedly heavy early snowfall last Saturday. Since the trees here have not yet lost their leaves for the winter, the heavy wet snow accummulated on the leaves. The larger trees could not handle the weight of the snow, causing either whole trees or massive limbs from the trees to crash to the earth, taking power lines and bits of people’s homes with them. On Saturday evening, the cracking of tree limbs sounded like fireworks. I was quite lucky. My house was without power for about 2 days. Many, many people did not get power back until yesterday or today.
While we were sitting in our cold, dark house, feeling sorry for ourselves, I mentioned to my husband that it might be nice to have a treadle machine so at least I would be able to sew while we are without power. My husband is always up for a purchasing challenge. If I had asked him to buy, say, milk, I might still not have any. But since it was something esoteric that I wanted, today, less than a week after I wished for one, a treadle machine arrived in my driveway. It was dirty, but it appears to be in perfect working order. It only needed a new belt, the acquisition of which my husband considered a trivial task.
It sews beautifully. I am so tickled with the bobbin winder that I took a video of it. I am glad that I have this blog, since almost no one the I know IRL could possibly share my enthusiasm for a bobbin winder, the way at least some of you can. I was holding the video camera while I was treadling, so the camera work is a bit wobbly.
I love my new treadle!