Okay, so I got my treadle going. I was enthused. I had been (online) reading a lot. The treadle was great, but what if I wanted to sew in the kitchen or the lounge?
I now wanted a more portable machine, so I got a vintage tabletop version. I chose electric in case I felt the need for speed. I was waiting for that one to arrive.
More reading, great weather. Hang on! What if I wanted to sit at the table on the lawn at the back and sew (straight stitch) quilt pieces together? A machine that required no electricity. More reading made me yearn for an original hand cranked machine.
Reproduction hand crank mechanisms are available - in varying qualities and prices - but oh! for an original one!
Hang on - you've got a few machines already. That's just stupid. Why would you want more than you have?
Because I can, because I'm allowed. Hang - they cost less than a packet of fags. Because I am now interested in different models and their capabilities.
What if I want to have a garden party and friends come round and we piece things on the lawn, in the good weather making one quilt at a time for one of the group? - and drink rum and beer and have a barbeque (and maybe sew wonky).
You know, the grandkids always want to do whatever it is I am doing. Hand cranks are sooo safe. The kids are the motor. I could give them squares and they could go mad sewing coloured lines over the squares and their Mums and me could make them into blankets/covers/quilts for them. What if they wanted to have a go? Cheap toy, won't bust - rather buy them one of these than cheap, plastic junk that falls to bits when you look at it. Actually getting these IS cheaper than all that plastic junk.
What if me and my girls want to sit about making baby clothes of an afternoon? (They are both at waddle-stage in their pregnancies). We could talk about what nongs our husbands can be and laugh and tell secrets where we know our wee trio will not take umbrage on the others or have any ill feeling toward the men. And eat chocolate.
Hang on - we do already do that - but this way we could make things while we're doing it.
You know, it would be nice to have a machine with a different decal set on it.... I was reading and ....
Dang! If want my own fleet, I should really learn how to restore them - they'd be cheaper that way - and maybe I'd like to gift them. Be a great learning curve. It would be good to see if I could do it. Sounds like a fun challenge. Done! I'll get a bung one to learn on.
For all of the above reasons, I put my finger on the 'Buy Now' button on the auction site and got the first for $25.
Garage/yardsales/thrift shops aren't open at the moment and my car is in the garage.