A friend and I were talking the other night and she told me she had two featherweights. I told her that I don't have one but I do have a treadle. REALLY!?! she exclaimed. Well, yes, it's been sitting in my living room for about 20 years, and it was in my mom's house for at least that long. I don't actually know where it came from and I've never even opened it up. WHAT!?! she was shocked. I had a treadle and had never bothered to open it up!?! I was so ashamed.
So I lifted the lid to find...40 years worth of dust, and a dead spider. Ewww.
After fiddling with it a bit, I got it upright.
I wiped it off with a paper towel and took a closer look.
After doing a little online search, I think it was made in 1907.
And I think it is a model 27. It has the sphinx decal and a bobbin winder.
And I was stunned...
It actually works! There is still thread in the bobbin!
The belt seems to be in okay shape, and the parts all move.
It is still filthy, but I am doing more research before I attempt any serious cleaning.
It is missing the spool pin, but I ordered one online last night.
I'm not sure what else is missing at this point.
But she is very pretty, and I think she'll be gorgeous once she's cleaned up.
Now I'm wondering why I waited 20 years to take a peek at her!
Any suggestions for cleaning/ restoration would be very welcome.
Enjoy every stitch!