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Tutorial: How to Thread A Demorest Treadle Machine (Pictures!)

About two months ago, Tracy asked me to do a tutorial on threading a Demorest Treadle sewing machine.  My apologies for taking so long, Tracy.  Click on any of the pictures to see them larger.  Without further ado, the tutorial:

To thread the machine, you put the spool of thread on the machine.  Then you take the thread and place it under the tension plate.  You may have to loosen the tension screw to do this, or press on the thread releaser.

My finger is on the thread releaser.

The round thing is the tension screw.  It regulates the tension of the top thread.  Make sure it’s not too tight.  Press the thread releaser if you need to pull on the thread.

From here we pull the thread left, under the thread guide (not the thing I called the thread guide previously), and through the hole in the needle bar.

It should look like this now:

Thread guide and needle bar.

Okay, pull the thread down and around as shown in the next picture.  The stationary piece is the thread staple; the moving “hook” is the thread controller.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Next, we hook the thread through the thread guide and thread the needle.  My thread guide is not original, so yours may be different.  place the thread under the presser foot.

Almost done!

Now onto the bobbin.  This is by no means as difficult as it looks.  This assumes you have a threaded bobbin.  Drop the bobbin into the case with the thread sticking out.The bobbin is inside the shuttle.

The bobbin is inside the shuttle.

Pull the thread down and it will automatically slip into place. It helps to keep a finger over the open end of the shuttle while you pull.  You should feel it snap into place.

See where the thread is? It's coming out of the bottom hole.

Place it into the shuttle carrier like this and stick the thread down under the body of the machine.

My shuttle fits a little loosely, but seems to be okay.

Holding the upper thread, turn the hand wheel away from you.  A loop of the lower thread will be pulled up through the hole the needle goes through.  (You can tug on the top thread to aid this process.)  Pull the loop until the cut end of the thread comes out, then put both threads under the presser foot and trailing away from it.

The loop of the bottom thread.

Slide in the front slide plate and you have successfully threaded your sewing machine!

The threaded machine.

I hope this has helped you.  Please do not use any of my pictures without my permission.



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In Memoriam: My Squash Plant

I tore out my Early Golden Crookneck Squash plant today, it was dying of bacterial wilt.  The cucumber beetles caused it.  It’s war!

Massive leaves on my squash plant.

It was perfectly fine one morning, and an hour later it was totally wilted.  😦  I’m going to put beets and lettuce where it used to be.

On a happier note, the chicks are scheduled to arrive Friday.  Expect a post soon, with pictures!

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There’s A Frog In My Throat & He’s No Prince Charming

On Tuesday I woke up with  a sore throat and am now in the stuffy nose stage of the cold.  One upside to this is that I got to watch a bunch of Andy Griffith Show episodes the other day, and I realized that I like the Darling family’s music.  That led to looking up the Dillards (aka the Darling boys) on YouTube.  I found a lot of their music on there.  I particularly liked this one:

Ecclesiastes 3:1  “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

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You Said It!

“Women are like teabags; you never know how strong they are until they’re put in hot water.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

1963 US postage stamp honoring Eleanor Roosevelt

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
-Jane Austen  

Portrait of Jane Austen

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
-Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale (1805)

Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
-Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens in 1852

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
-Mark Twain

Photograph of Mark Twain by Matthew Brady (Feb. 7, 1871)


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Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K13 in G major

My alarm clock is always set to a classical music station, and this morning my rather groggy brain absorbed a lovely sonata by Scarlatti.  On the radio it was played on piano, but it sounds equally well, if not better, on harpsichord.

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples, 1685.  He played for royalty and composed 555 keyboard sonatas.  He also composed many operas, cantatas, symphonias, and church music.  You can read more about Scarlatti here.  There are sources for sheet music at the bottom of the Wikipedia article, and Mutopia has some Scarlatti sheet music as well.

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Synchronize Your Watches!

Daylight Savings begins at midnight!

Hooray.  Be overwhelmed with my joy at the occasion.  Joy as in, “Oh no, less sleep.  How will I cope?!”  Actually, it’s not that big of a problem, just bothersome.  It’s quite nice later on when we get extra sleep.  (To make up for what we missed in March.)

Remember: Spring ahead!

Prague Astronomical Clock Detail by Vera Kratochvil

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Merry Christmas!

Have a great Christmas full of fun, love, and laughter!  (And pie!)

Merry Christmas from me to you!

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