When we talk about the best sewing machines in 2017, we tend to think regarding the modern marvels. However, what we tend to overlook are the vintage sewing machines, which have been available for decades now. When it comes to vintage machines, the very first and the best machine that I have personally used and loved is the treadle sewing machine.
Speaking specifically about the treadle powered machine, let me give a quick introduction to what and how a treadle powered machine works.
What is a Treadle Sewing Machine?
The treadle sewing machine is probably one of those machines which have been passed down to generations. The first machine that i ever worked on, courtesy my mother, was the Singer treadle machine which dates back to the year 1913. Treadle operated machines are 100% human powered, in which the machine operates after the foot pushes down on the treadle. The force causes movement, which spins a large wheel on the treadle frame, which is connected by a thin leather belt to a smaller driving wheels on the sewing machine itself. A treadle machine is fitted in cabinets that are specially designed for such machines. The cabinets are as readily available as the machine itself.
What Makes Treadle Machines so Special?
Now that you know what a treadle sewing machine is, I am sure that you are thinking why buy an antique machine when such modern, fancy machines exist. Well the answer is simple. These machines are not just old but their age relates to the fact that they have survived decades of usage. So there comes the lifespan and durability factor.
Secondly, these machines are designed to give defined results and slower stitching, so those sewers who are still perfecting their sewing skills, this kind of machine is highly recommended.
Thirdly, modern machines and treadle powered machines do the same thing, which is stitching. In fact, Modern machines are built on the framework of treadle powered machines. In case of sewing machines, old is still gold.
Moreover, when modern sewers ask me what’s the best sewing machine or which machine is the easiest to operate while giving the best results, I tend to refer them the treadle sewing machine.
Some other defining features of a treadle machine include:
- They are reliable and human powered
- Gives you the best of stitching results
- Zero sound, you will really enjoy these machines because of their “silent” nature
- Can stitch through almost anything, just be sure to replace the needles afterwards
- Smooth, rhythmical stitching
- Can customize your stitches by adjusting the dials accordingly
- Robust, long-lasting and not at all finicky
- will probably be used by your future generation as well
Since, this is a vintage category machine, they are not that easily available. Most of the machines that exist are either being passed down generation or are not genuine. So where to get the most authentic treadle sewing machine in 2016?
Now many sewing machine retailers do offer you treadle powered sewing machines, but then again, the authenticity is highly doubted. But over the time, I have seen several models of them, but the best treadle sewing machine of 2017 with the most positive customer reviews is Janome 712T.
Janome 712T – Best Treadle Powered Sewing Machine
This is the most authentic treadle sewing machine in the market. With all the features of a typical treadle sewing machines. Janome 712T offers a range of extra features as well. Just like a typical treadle machine, it is human powered and involves a treadle whilst it is fitted in a specially designed cabinet. With a aluminum die-cast case, the machine is strong and well made. Other features include :
- 10 kinds of utility stitches, which can be selected through the dial
- 4-step buttonhole
- Push and pull bobbin winder
- Flat-Bed along with the cabinet design
- Maximum stitch length of 4mm and width of 5mm
- Full rotary top loading system for bobbin loading
- High presser foot lift, for stitching multiple layers of fabric
- Eco- friendly
- A Rich 25+ years warranty (Although older treadle machines never came with a warranty)
- A sewing machine manual for users
Now this is a treadle powered machine, which combines the classic features of the typical treadle machine and the modern machine. With this machine you do not only get variety of stitch patterns, out of which you can select your favorite one, this machine allows you to make precise, beautiful stitches. It is very easy to thread and load bobbin on this kind of machine. Solid, well-made and creates a great stitch.
The cabinet part. Not most sewers are comfortable with the treadle sewing machine cabinet fitting. Many sewers have complained that the machine does not fit well in the typical cabinets. Plus, since the machine is highly manual powered, the bobbin winding process is slower.
Those individuals who are interested in buying a treadle machine, Janome 712T is the best model out there. Not only is it durable and stitches beautifully, it comes with a variety of build-in stitch patterns, which is not at all a common thing as far as treadle machines are concerned. The whole stitching process turns out easy and very silent, with the help of this machine. It has a good warranty life and not only this, in case you want to replace a part, the treadle sewing machine parts are readily available. So this machine is a perfect mixture of both the vintage and the modern world.
And in case you feel over-whelmed by the cabinet and the look of this machine, keep calm, because there are many machines out there. One for everyone.