Off the grid, my free Pfaff isn’t much use. I used to use a treadle machine at the museum, but where does one find a good old foot-powered machine without paying the hefty price for a new one sent over from the States? A lot of the machines have been converted to decorative objects. The last one I saw for sale was $75 and in poor shape, with foot, belt and parts of the cabinet veneer missing!

Perhaps I need to sit down with the computer and do a search on the free classfieds, but doesn’t that seem a bit of a dichotomy…using hi speed internet on a digital computer to look for a people powered machine?

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