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Treadleon Year End Show 2016 - Bags, Totes and The Like


1871 Howe Model A machine with two shopping bags that I made for friends, after the spring bag exchange.


Egg bag made on Singer 15-88, 1949


Bread bag, and shopping bag made on Singer 66 Lotus 1908
Judy Brown in So Cal

One of a pair of bicycle wheel bags (to keep student's room clean).
Not an advanced project, because I am much better at sewing machine mechanics than actual sewing. Made of thin waterproof synthetic fabric.
I couldn't find a pattern, so the design is simple: large circular shape, half the edge opens with a zip, small internal pocket for a quick-release skewer, reinforcing pads to stop the axle from chafing through the fabric, one handle. Sewn entirely on a hand-crank Singer 201K4 of 1939, using polyester thread and a size 12/80 needle. Attachments which were useful: seam guide, edge stitcher, narrow hemmer, and of course the regular presser foot.
Mark Irving in Cambridge UK





Stuff Sacks and tote bag (made for the TO Bag Exchange)
Made on 1914 Singer 66 (Lotus) hand crank
Cheryl Parker in Aurora IL USA

A bag made for the TreadleOn Bag Exchange on the Singer 27 treadle
Denise Kania in St Paul MN USA
I have made several things on my treadle, which is a 50's era Necchi in a Singer treadle stand.

This little cow purse was made from some special cow spot fabric that Rick Engle gave me. He told me to make something for for the River Rat TOGA. I made this little purse, and a couple larger things, which were well received at the raffle. I think he would have liked them. This purse was my favorite.

Cindy Taintor in Apple Valley Minnesota

Snap bags, from the "Deedle & Thread" blog tutorial. Sewn & quilted on my 1950's German tailor's treadle (Baer & Remple Phoenix 249). This treadle does a beautiful zig-zag stitch! I used the zig-zag to stabilize the edges of my bags after quilting , but before sewing the side seams. These finished, handy pouches utilize lengths of strong metal tape measure, inserted with in the top casing, to held these bags securely closed. The contrasting prairie points tabs are use as "handles" to pull open the bag. My hubby had a broken metal tape measure in his shop that I was thrilled to commandeer for this project . As these were gifts for handspinning/shepherdess friends, I chose to use sheep-theme fabrics.
Snap bags, construction in progress, showing the nice zig-zag stitch

More self-closing "snap bags" that re-cycle/ utilize the strong metal tape measure from a worn out tool. The top bag has a loop for conveniently hanging it from my spinning wheel frame, as it contains an important orifice hook that is frequently used when spinning.
Scrapquilter Cheryl Pinkerton

These are the bags I have been making this year. Mostly but not totally on my Davis Vertical Feed.
The bags are for sale and so have to make sure that are done really well and that is the machine I trust.
I love that machine! The bags have wood bottoms and one lady said it would work well as a weapon if the need arose...
Mary Heidebrink in Minnesota

Wilcox and Gibbs hand cranked chain stitch sewing machine and a needle case project. The machine is of unknown age, but possibly 1876 (Note, we dated this to 1877 recently. HH)


Knitting Needle roll up case for double pointed needle sets, long and short made by a Wilcox Gibbs hand cranked chain stitch sewing machine. Pre-quilted and plain cottons with bias tape as materials.

Anne Graham in Los Osos California USA

An iPad shoulder bag for my father in law. Not great colors, but I had the panel and he had just lost his iPad because he had left it on top of the car. Colors make it hard to miss (grin)


An iPad sized purse for my wife. Lots of learning in this bag.


Tote bag for the bag exchange. Not fancy, but sturdy


Tote bag for my favorite niece in law that lives in Pennsylvania. This was my favorite this year. Fussy cut the outside panel which forms the exterior pockets. Kinda looks like a looking out at the beach through windows. Great fun.


All bags made on Singer 78-1 and 31-15 powered by industrial foot treadle. The Singer 78-1 is currently my go to machine. It is a needle feed like the Davis, Spins easily, takes common 29x3 needles (after adjustment), and uses 31-15 bobbins and bobbin case.
Mostly #10 Cotton Duck and some heavy denim. Lots of strip pieced work. I was building the blanks on the 78-1 so that I could get some foot time. Mostly flat felled seams just for practice

Lee Copp