My last post was about my efforts to fix up an old Singer 201K treadle sewing machine; Daisy. To test her ability to sew (and make all those little adjustments) I made up a new peg bag for the line.
Daisy sews well…even though the 201 is a straight stitch only machine, the stitch they sew is strong and even (when the tension is right), and they can sew through a single layer of cotton and straight on to leather without any adjustment.
Daisy doing what she was made to do. Making a happy little hum.
A closeup of the top stitch, set on 8 stitches per inch
A closeup of the bottom stitch, set on 8 stitches per inch
This is how I iron when sewing; the old iron is made from really heavy aluminium, it heats up and stays hot.
I iron on a folded blanket on the table.
The finished peg bag, it turned out well, except for some pinches in the corner of the opening (my mistake, not Daisy’s)
Daisy all set up to sew
Daisy, packed away nice and neat
So Daisy the Singer 201K is fixed, adjusted, oiled and polished. Ready to go to her new home, once I print out a manual and whip up a pin cushion.
The advantages of using a treadle machine are many;
uses no electricity (you can sew in a blackout)
the machines are virtually indestructible (I’m sure they would survive a bomb blast)
The stitch is even and strong and the sewing is quiet and easy