Look what followed me home from Green Bay at Christmas! It is my very first treadle - a Singer model 66 from 1905 in its original case. It was well cared during its 110 years, and works just fine now that Larry has replaced the belt. All I had to do was dust it and clean out the drawers.
This wonderful gift is from my sister's mother-in-law, Ida Mae, and is named after Ida Mae's mother, Marcella. You may remember Marcella, she is the great grandmother holding my niece in the picture for which Larry tatted a new frame. Larry's first tatted commission made a terrific thank you gift for Ida Mae.
Isn't the face plate a beauty? The motif matches the decals. Ida lives next door to my sister, Cindi, and her husband, Dave, so we always visit with her whenever we are in town. I have known Ida Mae for nearly forty years - Dave used to bike over to our house. Cindi and Dave moved into his grandmother's house a few years ago and this came with the property.
Now Cindi is about as likely to ever treadle as she is to go scuba-diving under ice, so it was really just taking up space. We dug it out of their closet last fall when we flew up for a family reunion. They offered it to us (with Ida's permission) and Larry and Dave took it completely apart at Christmas, then we drove it back to Texas.
It is really precious to me. I have fond memories of Dave's Grandma Marcella from the very early 80s, and Ida Mae is a very special lady. I am so glad we get to welcome Marcella the treadle into our home.