They are getting hard to find so I was glad to get one in pretty good condition.
She's a very basic 1926 Model 66, but I'm a basic sort of seamstress so I think we'll get along well.
In this photo she is still very dirty and without a few necessary parts like a belt and spool pin, but she's clean now and new parts have been installed. I really wanted to have a machine that doesn't require electricity. This one fits the bill beautifully. I'm still learning to treadle efficiently, but I'm really enjoying the learning.
This is our turnip greens bed and much fuller and nearly large enough to pick now. Love them greens. One of our favorite meals consists of turnip greens and country ham on biscuits. Can't wait.
Yesterday Goodman and I took a 2-hour road trip to Muddy Pond, Tenn. I wanted to get a jar of fresh sorghum, and a family there makes it the old-fashioned way which is fun to watch. I took pictures with my cell phone, but they are not good. I'm posting this youtube video from Tennessee Crossroads so you can get a good tour of our destination.
enjoyed that video and that family tradition! neat!ReplyDelete
i knew they were called osage oranges, but here in texas, folks usually call those trees bois d'arcs (or bodarks).
congrats on the treadle singer! she's a beauty! she's older than the one my mother used, i think. :)
Thank you, Theresa! I'm glad you liked the video. Nifty French sounding name for the osage oranges in Texas, but then Texas always does everything grander than most places. :)Delete
If this comment ends up as a duplicate-erase one:) Jealous of your 2 electricity free machines! Both are on my wish list. I have a featherweight that needs a bobbin case to trade:) Thanks for your comments on my blog-been outta town and just catching up. I get no computer work done while gone to Seattle. My laptop is down as well-those are all my excuses:) have a blessed week-Love that treadle!ReplyDelete
Thank you Elaine! I wouldn't think you'd get any work done while visiting those cutie pie grandgirls. I hope you had a great time. If I had a featherweight I'd trade you, but they are way out there in price around here unless you happen on one that the owner has no clue what it is. I'm still hoping....Delete
Very nice ! I have never seen such a fruit.ReplyDelete
Thank you! People don't eat them, but I hear squirrels love them.Delete
awesome-I love sorghum have not seen it made though, we can get local here too-love thatReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Kathy. I think the folks in the video had been part of a group of Mennonites that broke up several years ago. It was neat to watch the sorghum making in progress.Delete
I absolutely can't believe the luck you have in finding those antique sewing machines. It's astounding! Of course, you know what you are looking at when you find it. I wouldn't have a clue.ReplyDelete
Your greens are making me green with envy.
Have a great week,
Hi Kay! We did a lot of looking before finding this cabinet. It has some stains, but the wood is in great shape. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Glad you found that great old Singer treadle machine! Love the poster!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I love that poster, too. Thanks for stopping by. :)Delete
This was so interesting, my friend! I loved the video and now I want to take a trip to Muddy Pond :) I have never had sorghum syrup. . .I don't think I have even heard of it before now.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Toni :) Your post was a delight! Hugs to you!
Hi Stephanie! I just love the old-time ways of doing things so this little outing was pure joy. Thanks so much for stopping by.Delete
Does coffee ground change the colour of the flower? I didn't know that! I'm afraid I'm too much of a city girl. Your pink hydrangea is beautiful enough to make you forget about purple ones. ;-)ReplyDelete
First time seeing that fruit too. Is it edible or just used as insect repellant? So curious!
Coffee grounds will change the color of hydrangea flowers, but without a way to test it, it is difficult to know exactly how much to use - a guessing game for me. This year I had pink, purple and blue flowers on different hydrangea plants but all the same type of hydrangea plant. The Osage Orange fruit is like glue on the inside with seeds. People don't eat them, but squirrels do if they can't find anything else. They are not palatable to most animals. When these short trunk trees were used as hedges/fences sometimes a cow would try to eat the fruit and choke to death so when barbed wire became available it was used for fencing instead of the trees. Thanks for stopping by. :)Delete
I found the You tube so interesting. I had no idea what sorghum was. We don't have that here "across the pond"ReplyDelete
Your treadle machine is a great find. I have one but it has not been used since the 1970's. I shall not part with it.
Cally, I'm glad you enjoyed the video. The treadle machines are beautiful and nostalgic aren't they; I'm glad you're holding on to yours as you never know when it might come in handy.Delete
Your hydrangea is beautiful! And... I have never heard of sorghum syrup! I am going to have to show my hubby this video (he will enjoy the old fashioned ways of this family also) as the local farmers will sometimes ask him to bale it once it has been shredded up... Never thought to drink it :) Thanks for sharing that!ReplyDelete
Thank you, JES. Sorghum is a cousin to molasses and sweet as can be. I use it in cooking and on biscuits, yum. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyDelete
Your treadle machine is beautiful! That would be so fun to learn!ReplyDelete
Loved your posting about the treadle Singer sewing machine. My mama used to have one like this. I also like the sorghum posting. Granddaddy used to raise cane and make sorghum. It was so good on hot, buttered biscuits. I also love turnip greens.ReplyDelete
Very pretty hydrangea--reminds me of one between our house and our neighbor's when I was a child in Portland, OR. Also, your new sewing machine is a beauty! What a find!ReplyDelete
I remember seeing an osage orange for the first time....I thought it was deformed somehow. lolReplyDelete
and treadles....I learned to sew on them!!
yours is in super condition by the looks of your photos!!
My goodness you eat well! The turnip greens and country ham on biscuits sounds amazing! We have osage orange balls here, too and drivers like to run over them if they are in the road. I made a centerpiece of them on year, but little bugs crawled and flew out :-/ Your little doilies are so pretty in the next post! I can't sit still long enough to do that kind of work! I esp like the gold one on the Black singer finish. You are so crafty!ReplyDelete
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Love your machines!ReplyDelete
My grandmother-in-law has one. It was great to try.
I've only heard those things called hedge balls. Guess I learn something new everyday. :)
Oh and they are supposed to keep spiders at bay, but I don't think it worked for my friend. We nearly had a spider stomp that year. :)ReplyDelete
Nice machine. I hope you enjoy using it. Around here those are called hedge apples or horse apples. I like photographing them. Turnip greens, collards, and kale are the best fall food!ReplyDelete