In honor of the upcoming Central New York TOGA, I have decided to sew only on treadles. Except for the serger.
I started out today sewing on the 15-91 and when I finished that project, I headed upstairs to get the 201-3 out of its treadle stand and move it out to the sewing loft.
I am used to hauling stuff all by myself. Steven had been called to an emergency and I figured I could just do it.
The stand is not heavy. It is the one that I refurbished last year. It has no drawers so it is relatvely light. Getting the machine out was no problem I have a coil spring installed on this machine. But it didnt really pop right out. I had to take the hand wheel off. The belt is 1/4 inch diameter. I think it is too thick. I must check to see if there is a smaller diameter coil spring.
Once I got the machine out I wheeled it to the top of the stairs. I inched it down each step, one at a time but it is an awkward thing. The pitman rod popped off of the foot pedal. But it didn't break. That was when I thought to myself
"What is a 60 year old woman doing moving a 100 year old treadle stand down a set of stairs?"
I got it down without breaking the pitman and I wheeled it out to the bottom of the sewing loft stairs.
There it sat until Steven got home from his call. Wilson watched over it.
Treadling is not too hard. It takes practice and I know I don't have a good, easy rhythm. But once I tightened the cone bearings and the pitman rod so that it wasn't so clunky, I found it easier to treadle with a consistent "stroke" . The noise of the coil spring belt is not unpleasant. When I finish a seam and stop there is a noise that sounds almost bird like. Chirpy.