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My grandmother taught me to treadle in her little adobe house in El Paso, Texas. She had a Singer treadle sewing machine with a long bobbin and mysterious Egyptian decals. With scraps I made a shoe box full of doll clothes for my chubby baby doll. Those were the pre-Barbie doll days, before the wasp waistline, long legs and cleavage.

Years later grandmother owned two treadle sewing machines and we treadled together all summer. She was a true treadle lady and refused family offers to buy her an electric machine, she liked her foot powered treadles.

A few years after she died I bought my first treadle because it brought back warm memories. From 1990 to 1993 my treadle was in storage when I lived in Holland. When I returned to California and my feet finally hit the treadle all the memories of my grandmother came flooding back. The gentle rocking of the…

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  • Born on August 15
  • Joined July 22, 2009

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My grandmother taught me to treadle in her little adobe house in El Paso, Texas. She had a Singer treadle sewing machine with a long bobbin and mysterious Egyptian decals. With scraps I made a shoe box full of doll clothes for my chubby baby doll. Those were the pre-Barbie doll days, before the wasp waistline, long legs and cleavage.

Years later grandmother owned two treadle sewing machines and we treadled together all summer. She was a true treadle lady and refused family offers to buy her an electric machine, she liked her foot powered treadles.

A few years after she died I bought my first treadle because it brought back warm memories. From 1990 to 1993 my treadle was in storage when I lived in Holland. When I returned to California and my feet finally hit the treadle all the memories of my grandmother came flooding back. The gentle rocking of the treadle and tick tick sound was soothing. It was then I decided I never needed to use an electric machine again.

Soon I wanted a second treadle machine and didn’t realize they are like potato chips, you can’t stop. At last count twenty-one gorgeous iron ladies and gents share our home, or maybe they have taken over. They are nicknamed and I do believe I hear them partying at night.

My hubby, a Dutchman and artist, started calling the entry of our home Treadle Boulevard. The wall behind our sofa has a row of treadles, he called that Treadle Alley and the breakfast nook with four treadles became Treadle Plaza. He painted street signs for me that are reminiscent of signs in Paris.

I was a guest on HGTV's Simply Quilts show #923 with three treadle machines and host Alex Anderson when it was on the air and I've been featured in several quilt magazines since then.

Watch videos on my YouTube channel. TreadleLady

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