The Joy of Sewing

Judy EllenStarred Page By Judy Ellen, 6th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This article is about the passion I have for sewing especially on my Mom's 150 years old Treadle sewing machine.

When it all started

I started making my own clothes when I was a teenager, and, continued on into adult hood. The year my sister died, and, three years after my mother died in 2010, my Dad and brother brought me Mom’s 150 year old Treadle Sewing machine which is a family heirloom. In fact, it used to belong to my Grandmother and she used it to sew clothes for my Mom and her sisters.

I felt so honored on that Thanksgiving when my Dad and brother brought me Mom’s Treadle Sewing machine that I started using it right away. The first thing I did was to make my Dad and brother each a pair of pajamas to thank them for delivering it to me and getting it set up.

I so enjoy the rocking motion of the foot peddle when I am sewing on this 150 year old machine. It is very relaxing and I feel like I am somewhat beating the system not having to use electricity.

From that point I became obsessed with sewing

Just the thought that this was the machine my Mom sewed on when she was young makes me very nostalgic whenever I use it. I can’t help but think of her and my aunt’s playing in the yard as children while my grandmother made them clothes.

The first thing I made for my baby granddaughter was a pink dress! I enjoyed this labor of love and with every stitch I thought of our beautiful now 3 year old granddaughter wearing clothes made by her grandmother. I wish I would have taken pictures of everything I made for her but I only have two pictures.

My busiest Holiday Season

Due to my obsession with using this Treadle Sewing machine, 2010 was the busiest Holiday Season of my life. After I made my Dad and brother their pajamas, I started on Christmas decorations. I ended up making all my Christmas tree decorations from scratch that year. I also made dresses for my baby grand daughter that Christmas. The next year I started making skirts and blouses for my teenage granddaughters which they were absolutely tickled to receive!! For a person like I who does not have much money to give my loved ones, my sewing projects let me experience the absolute "Joy of Giving" even though we are poor!!

My daughter in law honored me with a request

My daughter in law who is also my husband’s daughter requested that I make a Princess birthday dress for my granddaughter. It was an honor that she asked me because she was a little miffed that I married the father of the bride. Yes, we are officially red necks now!!! You see my son is her husband, and, her Dad and I met at their wedding. Anyway, her asking me to make the official birthday dress was like she finally accepted me.

Through the years

Yes, through years I have sewn many items from curtains to clothing, to clown outfits. I also make many of my own clothes. There have been a few lean years in the past when all I had to give was a homemade article of clothing. My family has always been very gracious in their appreciation of such articles. Although I do love my old fashioned treadle machine, I still go back to my old electric machine when I need to use the zig zag function.


Christmas Decorations, Joy Of Giving, Joy Of Sewing, My Obsession, Nostalgia, Sewing Crafts, Sewing For Family, Sewing Machine, Treadle Sewing Machine

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I love writing poetry, songs articles on Christianity, health, anything pertaining to families! I love writing reviews on my favorite TV programs such as Discovery, Animal planet and Dr. Phil.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th May 2012 (#)

A labor of love for the dearest in your family for them to remember with lots of affection. A hundred-fifty year old heirloom sewing machine handed down generations and used with loving care! It is much better than buying off the shelf from a super market. You are indeed multi-talented Judy. Thanks for the share - siva

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author avatar ghazala zafar
7th May 2012 (#)

Very well written and very well stitched :)

I too used to stitch dresses but now the shortage of time doesn't allow me to continue...Any how, a good and super creative hobby!!

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author avatar sylvia13
7th May 2012 (#)

Oh wow! Your old-fashioned sewing machine is exactly like my grandmothers! Many happy memories, although I did not get to use it that often!

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author avatar shallimarRose
7th May 2012 (#)

love this post judy I am also a bit of a seamstress and began sewing at about eleven . for a while i was making and selling childrens clothing.. i also do bridal accessories and crochet for sale.. This is beautifly done.. Love the old machine.. xoxo

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
8th May 2012 (#)

It is interesting to know that you still use that 150 year old sewing machine.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th May 2012 (#)

My wife has got the passion for sewing, I found it boring and the constant sound of the machine sometimes make you feel awful too, isn't it?
But your writing is fine to read and nice to share. Thank you Judy.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
11th May 2012 (#)

I love the sound of the sewing machine especially the treadle machine!! LOL

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author avatar Buzz
8th May 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing, Judy, and congratulations on the well-deserved star!

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author avatar Teila
29th May 2012 (#)

My husband just bought one, the last time that I sewed anything I was in high school. I don't even think I remember how to use one. ") Fun read!!!

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