TreadleTreasures

Civil War Clothing

Middleburg, Pennsylvania On Etsy since 2010

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TreadleTreasures

Civil War Clothing

Middleburg, Pennsylvania | 4,156 Sales

Announcement    I teamed up with the Adamstown public library to do a live presentation of Granny's Panties and other Unmentionables. If you missed it you can still check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/adamstownarealibrary/videos/3069115266469102

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Last updated on Jul 15, 2020

I teamed up with the Adamstown public library to do a live presentation of Granny's Panties and other Unmentionables. If you missed it you can still check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/adamstownarealibrary/videos/3069115266469102

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Heather Hibbs

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About TreadleTreasures

Sales 4,156
On Etsy since 2010

The evolution of Treadle Treasures

If you had told me 15 years ago that I would be making reproduction Civil War era clothing and shipping it around the world I would have laughed hysterically. I never planned this! However, over time, God opened doors and I walked through them. Now, here I am... sewing away and loving every moment of it.

Treadle sewing machines became an addiction for me. Once I used one I was hooked. Now most of my work is done on them. But one machine just wasn't enough. After all, some projects require more than one color thread so I really needed another machine. That was the excuse anyway. As I type my collection includes a dozen treadles and two hand crank machines. Sometimes I really wish I collected something smaller and lighter!

I started out making craft items and selling them at local craft/antique shows. As things progressed I found that my Civil War reproductions were my most popular items. My corsets especially gained in popularity. I try to listen to my clients and work with them to fill the needs that other sutlers are leaving open.

I also found that I really like selling over the internet vs. setting up at shows. I have climate control, a solid roof over my head and I can sleep in my bed every night! Yep, I'm soft.

The orders continued to come in and I got busier and busier. I decided I needed some help, and some more help and some more help. I now have about five people who help me out in various ways. All of them are just looking for a little extra cash and no one wants a true job. They all love the freedom and flexibility of the work and I am very grateful for their help!

As my kids went through school the teachers asked me to come in and speak. I loved it! So did the kids. I had one little girl thank me for teaching her about "the way back then people"! You gotta love that. Then word got out and I started speaking for other organizations. It's a great way to pass on our heritage.

I don't know where Treadle Treasures will be in another 15 years. I don't even try to guess. I'm going to keep on following where the Lord leads and I'm sure I'll have a great time doing it!

Thanks for your support, interest and patronage. Without you none of this would have been possible.

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  • Heather at New Berlin, PA

    Owner

    I enjoy sewing but I also love doing living history. I've teamed up with many local schools, home school groups, museums and societies and give presentations or demonstrate sewing. My antique treadles have a lot of miles on them as we travel about.

  • Marilyn

    Assistant

    Marilyn is a member of the old order Mennonite community. Her family runs a dairy operation but now that her children are grown she has some extra time to make trousers, aprons and whatever comes up.

  • Sara

    Assistant

    Sara is a stay at home mom of two. Her creativity and passion show in all that she makes. She does a lot of the paletots and jackets or whatever else I need at the time. She is also the official Monkees shirt seamstress.

  • Martha

    Assistant

    Martha is also from the Mennonite community. She enjoys gardening and will sometimes bring her mother to see my flowers. She makes a variety of items but likes the shirts best.

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