Originally Posted by amward
I actually learnt to sew on a treadle machine, I think my mother had inherited it from her mother. Sewed lots of clothes on it until the big day when a new electric machine came into the house. At least you can still use a treadle when the power goes out, as long as there's daylight to see.
Yep, I've got three treadle machines of various vintages, and a couple of hand crank machines. You can actually buy new hand crank machines, but the quality is better on the old ones. My one concession to electric machines is the Singer Featherweight. I've collected a few of those through the years. They are an absolute joy to use.