Today, I got on this kick of trying to figure out how to convert my basic electric sewing machine into something that I could use off-grid. As I began looking into this subject, I was immediately confronted with my first question… what is a treadle, anyway?
For those like me, who know very little about sewing machines, a treadle (said like tred-dle, not tree-dle), is the foot pedal that was used with old fashioned non-electric sewing machines, as shown in the picture above.
After lots of reading online, I’ve found that it is possible to convert some sewing machines from electric to non-electric with several fairly easy modifications that one could do him or her self. I’m wondering if the one I have could possibly be one that is modifiable. I don’t think I can know unless I get inside my machine and check out all of the mechanisms within.
If you are interested in converting your sewing machine from electric to non-electric with use of a treadle or hand crank, here are the best articles I could find on the subject. If you know of better instructions, please do tell!
Now, if only I could find a good treadle…
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.