Singer books, especially if they predate World War 2, are an endless source of fascination for me, and this one is the most intriguing. Projects range from the sublime to the ridiculous and all appear equally impossible.
I have the sixth edition...
...dating from 1931...
...and this gal is on page 3, busy on her Singer 15 treadle. Page 6 shows her looking fearfully modern, using a model 15 that has been fitted with an outboard motor.
Some time ago I bought this cutwork runner in a charity shop. I knew that, in theory, I could make this sort of stuff on the treadle.
The trouble is that I read the instructions in the book and end up baffled. This, supposedly, is for beginners and is Lesson 3.
Once you get to Lesson 5 you are ready to cast out into the void and stitch bars across cutwork. The very notion was all too much.
And then, the other day, while frittering away my time on YouTube, I chanced upon this. Somewhere in Italy Maria Antonia is blazing away on her granny's treadle and showing how it's done. Unlike the cloth, the video is uncut, so she gives you plenty of chat to listen to. My understanding of Italian is pretty rudimentary, but not understanding her fully doesn't really matter because the video is so clear.
One thing I am sure of though is that she doesn't tell you how to prevent your pearls getting snagged on the tension discs.
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