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Treadleon Year End Show 2016 - Miscellaneous Things


Two-metre tall (6 feet 6 inches, for you Over There) "Sanjo Rokkakku" kite in ripstop nylon and fibreglass "Yo Sumo" - I found the sumo wrestler cut out from a few years ago; had to make a big kite to put him on. Pieced, appliqued, and finished entirely on my 1928 Singer 15-30 treadle

I also had a nice article in the British Popular Patchwork magazine about working on old machines, with a plug on the cover...

Helen Howes in Norfolk UK and all over the internet..

Sewing Chair (recovered) - fabric quilted on Post WWII Japanese treadle (Victor)





2 sewing machine mats and matching pin cushion thread catchers
Both stitched and quilted on 1927 Singer 15 hand crank


Travel Trays, made on 1927 Singer 15 hand crank

Cheryl Parker in Aurora IL USA

These are stuffed cats that I made with my Necchi in a treadle.
I free motion embroidered their faces before assembling them.
The cats were sold at a fundraiser event for my son's high school robotics team. Every cat in the basket was adopted that day. There were no stray cats.


This is the machine and table that I've been using most this past year.
I made a few items for this little doll: a blanket, diaper bag, anorak and mukluks, sleeper and hat, and an undershirt and diaper. All very tiny pieces. The doll and her things fit into that crocheted doll bed, then with the sides turned up it becomes a purse with a drawstring handle.


This is a copy of my own doll bed purse from childhood. I made it for my nephew's daughter because she had so much fun playing with my old set. Her doll needed the anorak and mukluks because she lives in Alaska.

Cindy Taintor in Apple Valley Minnesota

My one practical item! A wall hanger to hold the cams for my newly (ish) acquired Singer the pockets are stitched using the cam that is in them so I know what the stitch looks like BEFORE I start sewing with it!

Robin in Seattle

Mark's Singer 201K4 resting after patching up the end of a seam on a cotton canvas tent. This needed only a few stitches, and it was much more efficient to bring the sewing machine to the goods than to bring the goods indoors to it. The hand-crank is far easier to move outdoors than any treadle, and less trouble to power than it would have been to unwind a very long electric tail.

Mark Irving in Cambridge UK
The Saga of the McMahan Christmas Stockings.






Over thirty years ago, my mother-in-law presented us with nice (although store bought) knitted, unlined Christmas stockings. Over the years, they became stretched and worn to the point we were becoming afraid of using them. When my mother-in-law passed away, my oldest daughter suggested we replace them before we totally destroyed them. I knew the replacements would have to be special, since tradition is very important to us and we were all still grieving from Martha's passing. So I purchased a pattern and selected fabric that reminded me of each of us. That was 2012 and I only managed to finish stockings for my husband, two daughters, and myself. The son-in-laws used the stockings I purchased the year they joined our family. In 2013, I completed stockings for two new granddaughters and my Mom. In 2014, I was dealing with Mom's health issues (she moved in with us in early 2015) and baby showers for two new grandchildren due in early 2015, so no new stockings were completed, although I did start working on the son-in-laws stockings at TOGA that year. Toward the end of 2015, Mom was bouncing between hospitals and rehab centers, so the new grandchildren ended up using their Moms old knitted stockings. My Mom passed away in mid February and I had my own health issues to deal with, but in October I started back on the stockings. To this point, all the machine work had been done on my 1915 Singer 15 handcrank. However, it picked this time to be cantankerous and after trying unsuccessfully to figure out why, I decided to quit crying (was not in the best emotional state) and get out the Babylock Ellure gifted to me by my best friend. The ball team stockings for the son-in-laws were started on the handcrank but completed on the Babylock. The stockings for the last two grandchildren and the ones for both our dads were done completely on the Babylock. I plan to redo the cuff on my grandson's stocking, as it did not come out as I had envisioned. I also plan to embellish all the granddaughters stockings, since they are now old enough to not chew and choke on them. And several of them have basting stitches that need to be removed. But all thirteen stockings were useable this year and just did fit onto the mantle. Mom's stocking hung in the center. My Dad joined us for the first time (my parents divorced when I was in the fourth grade and my stepmom passed away a couple of years ago). After the first stocking, I did alter the pattern construction to eliminate any raw edges in the lining that had to be covered, but am happy with the overall size. My husband said there is a whole lot of love hanging on our mantle. Hopefully, these stockings will last many years and will be as special as the ones they replaced.

Melinda McMahan in Denton NC

Two wool felt pin cushions from church craft bazaar kits supplied with all materials including ground walnut shells filling. Sewn on my Singer 66-1 treadle called 'Betsy'.

Sharon Wyper