Sunday, March 30, 2014

Excruciatingly Frustrating To Have a New Crafty Toy and Not Have Time To Play!

My inner crafting geek has been set loose to roam freely.
Or it would be if I could find the time to do things!
Why must work and chores and all the rest of it be so time consuming? lol
My husband took full part in this one.

I've always wanted to try sewing on a treadle and getting Momma Linda up and running got me to thinking about it. I love the whole idea of a people powered machine. I love the idea of making a quilt on one. I love the whole machine quilting thing and I'm determined to learn to do it.
But I never dreamed I could have a treadle, or at least not without ages of saving and having to drive goodness knows where to get one. And even then, I was pretty sure if I found one it would be in bad shape and need tons of work. Not so! Or should I say not sew?
Behold my new baby.

(Ignore the duct taped wall. Don't ask. lol)
Fully serviced and running smoothly. The White sewing machine is obviously not original to the Singer treadle, it was made in the the 70's to be either a treadle or a motor driven machine and this is the treadle version. I suppose one of those cool looking antique sewing machine heads would have been nice but this one was not only reasonable it has a zigzag, essential for machine applique.

But boo, I've had very little time to play with it. Learning to treadle takes time, and leg muscles, neither of which I apparently have! But it is soooo much fun!

She came home with me on Tuesday and got played with a little bit. I went to work and next day woke up so dizzy I couldn't even walk around for hours. This is not unheard of for me. It is a sinus thing and happens a couple of times a year. But this was a bad one. By evening I was able to sit in a chair and yay, go to work. lol. Figures.
Thursday was similar, but I played a little anyway. Same with Friday, when I got off of work at 2 in the morning the first thing I did was play with it again.

On the stitching front I have only stitched on the blue and white 1 time for no more than 30 to 45 minutes. Shame :(  Yes, there were other times I chose to do other things, but between short time and in truth, missing a confetti filled project I've put it off and found other things to do.
I've laundry all day today but will hopefully fit time for a bit of treadle practice and a bit of stitching both in between hanging out clothes.

Until next time
Happy stitching my friends.


Monique said...

Yip treadling is not easy to learn. I had to learn to treadle on a spinning wheel and it wasn't easy. But now, no matter how long I take in between spinning, I find it's like riding a bike. Once learned you don't forget.

Anonymous said...

I love it! It sounds like a fine adventure. Now I'm wondering if I should have a go at our old one. Needs a belt and fixing up though.


Mama Dog said...

I'm having fun trying, though some other life events have taken a bit of my time this week. Stick, lots of fun and full of plans.

Julie said...

A lovely new toy to play with, have fun.
hope you are feeling much better,

Mama Dog said...

Thank you Julie.