I happily learned how to use the New Home Treadle sewing machine this week. After the impulse buy at our monthly flea market/antique sale, my husband challenged me to create the next quilt on this machine – that way it won’t be so much of a dust collector – AND, I can justify the purchase by creating things!
Fortunately, there is a good deal of information on the internet about how to set up and operate treadle sewing machines. I even found a source in the UK that has parts and accessories for this specific machine. What a lucky find for me. I ordered up another boat shuttle and some bobbins and I am waiting for them to arrive via post from England. If anyone out there knows of a source for New Home supplies or accessories, please let me know.
As you can see, the stitching is just fine. I decided to create a star block from my scrap pile. I found the pattern for this block online. It is apparently an old pattern called Blackford’s Beauty.
The scraps were from a charity baby quilt I made several years ago and I have ALMOST enough for 4 complete squares. I will need to run out and try to match for a couple of pieces and for the backing.
The finished block is larger than the pattern directions. I trimmed up the finished block and will just match the next blocks to this one for size. I am using the presser foot as a guide for the seam allowance and it is clearly less that 1/4 inch. I’m not too worried about the seams getting loose though, the stitching is very accurate and the stitches are very close together. I wonder if this quilt will last as long as the machine has so far? What do you think?
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