Let's get one thing straight...I did not just hack into and chop up a vintage treadle just for the fun of it. This was not a decision I made lightly. I did do my research, get repair quotes and looked into having it restored. I totally respect the integrity of a vintage anything! I collect vintage! I love my 1932 Singer Featherweight that does work! I, in no way, encourage anyone to tear apart a working treadle or one that can be repaired and used!!!
Not that I hold any responsibility to any one for my choice, I will state that the inside of the machine itself was so rusted out that you couldn't even PUT IN replacement parts. Believe me, if I could have gotten this machine up and running I would have because I would have LOVED to learn how to use my grandmother's treadle! To put my hands where hers had been, to have been able to make that connection with her!
And, even though it would never sew again, it held a lot of sentimental value to my family. So, I thought and thought and decided to do what we did. I am now able to share a physical piece of my family history with other members of my family. And these items will continue to be passed down thru the family in a useful way.
The whole purpose of my post was just to show how to use a machine that could not be returned to working condition. How to still save it and it's memories. That's what the whole post was about---preserving memories the best way I could