TreadleTreasures

Civil War Clothing

Pennsylvania, United States · 1688 Sales

TreadleTreasures

Civil War Clothing

Pennsylvania, United States 1688 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Treadle Treasures. I strive for historical accuracy, fair prices and personal attention to every client. I'm a big fan of the Golden Rule and try my best to live by it. For more information, visit my website: Treadle-Treasures.com

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Welcome to Treadle Treasures. I strive for historical accuracy, fair prices and personal attention to every client. I'm a big fan of the Golden Rule and try my best to live by it. For more information, visit my website: Treadle-Treasures.com

Heather Hibbs

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Heather Hibbs

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About

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.

  • Shari

    Assistant

    Shari is a piano teacher and is dedicated to working in her church. She cuts out almost all of the corsets for me and helps with the corded petticoats.

  • Jenn

    Assistant

    Jenn is officially retired but isn't one to sit still! She enjoys sewing and makes all of my shirts and the chemises with lace for me.

  • Erma

    Assistant

    Erma is part of the Amish community. She lives with two sisters and they are currently caring for an elderly woman from their faith. She and her sisters have taught me how to make different types of rugs. She makes the chemises and pantaloons.

  • 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.

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