Ok, I gave up on my Treadle for now, haha, the one I was trying to get was in bad shape and I didn't have time to make huge repairs.
So, at a yard sale this weekend I got a Brother LS-2020, I call it my *Little baby sewing machine*
(I got it for 35$, they were last sold for $60-$70 at WalMart, and this was truly new, the woman got it for her daughter and she didn't use it except to try it out and didn't know how to sew so she gave up, it is 2 and 1/2 years old, but you could tell, it was new, all the parts, needles, zipper foot, darning plate and everything was still in a little baggie that came with it originally)
It still had the shipping invoice and I looked it up and it has a 25 year limited warranty.
It can do 20 different stitches, buttonholes, sew on buttons, do monograms, quilting, has a free arm for cuffs go in reverse, is lightweight and is super cool!
I called my Gran, she came over and I can now:
Thread the machine, wind the bobbin with thread, correctly insert the bobbin, and make cool stitches.
I love the little zigzag stitches! I am so excited, I can do it!
Before Gran came I was threading the needle, I thought the instruction paper said *thread needle from the back*
I spent 10 minutes threading that thing and wondered how in the world Gran does it!
She came, we were practicing on a piece of fabric, and the thread broke, she was threading the needle and I said "don't you thread it from behind"? (she looked at me like I lost my mind)
I looked at the paper again, it said *thread from FRONT to BACK* oh my! no wonder it broke!
Then I was using the wrong spool holder, I was using the second one that is used when a double needle is being used, while I was trying to fill the bobbin, hehe, it's kind of comical really. I wondered why the thread kept breaking while I was trying to fill it up.
What really surprises me is, how easy it was to thread it and sew a stitch, I thought it was so complicated, I made it worse than it was!
I think I might try to make some tops, after I get some decent thread, all I have are small spools of cruddy thread, I think they must have only 5 feet total, and it's cheapy, I am going to see if Joannes has some clearance stuff in basic colors.
I will need fabric too, oh wow, this opens up a whole new obsession for me. I want to make a quilt too, I know that I am ahead of myself, but I am super excited.
Yay for sewing!!!