Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lomtalanítás and a New Acquisition

So, I kind of gave up on taking pics for Self-Stitched-September. It was just taking too much time.. I have still been wearing just stuff I have made myself though. You just have to trust me ;)

Last Friday in the 7th district was lomtalanítás. It is a yearly (twice yearly?) event where everyone throws out all their junk onto the street and you can take anything you want. Aaaaah I wish I had taken pics. I love that there are these huge piles of stuff on the street and it makes the city look like a dump yard. LOVE IT! I was wandering around and I found some old clothes which I want for the fabric. There was one garment which I grabbed just because I really liked the green fabric, I didn't even really look at what it was. Got home, and it is actually a skirt which fits me perfectly! Just a horrible mid calf length... So many things I could do with it... maybe turn it into a dress...

Anyway, I had really been looking forward to lomtalanítás because I wanted to find a table to put my sewing machine on (I have been using my kitchen table which isn't a great solution). I asked David to keep his eyes open for the size/height table I wanted. He was like "actually, I might know something." He had seen an old sewing table in a flat he had just been in. I went and had a look.

It had the sewing machine inside!!!!! Isn't she a beauty. David talked to the owner, and I could buy it!!

I did a little research, this machine was issued beginning 1908 in Wittenberge, Prussia.

 I have no idea if it works. The needle goes up and down fine if I turn the wheel thingy. It needs a belt thing to connect the treadle with the other stuff. No, my sewing machine terminology isn't great...  

I don't even have a clue how to thread this machine!

Even if the machine doesn't work, I am happy just to have this beautiful table.

How can I found out what model this is?                                   


  1. That's very cool! Try here at sandman collectibles to identify your model. It looks like a model 15, but I've also seen pix of Model 115 that look just like yours, e.g., here. If it is a 115, the second link shows how to thread it. I don't know if the 115 was made in Wittenberge; I read somewhere the records were destroyed.

  2. I am so jealous! I've been looking for a treadle forever. My friend Betsy has one that she inherited, and SHE DOES NOT EVEN SEW! Maybe she's not really my friend, since she pointedly ignores the longing puppy-dog eyes that I give the treadle every time I go to her house. Anyway, get some oil and a belt and enjoy.

    I hear you on the photos. I've given up, too.

  3. Congrats! I love my old treadle, too. Maybe you try to find a mechanic who puts the belt on for you and cleans and adjusts the mechanic. I suggest an old-fashioned bycicle mechanic. They often used to be sewing machine mechanics as well. At least here in eastern germany. Mine worked wonders.

  4. Thanks for the advice. I will go looking for a sewing machine mechanic.

    Claudine - she doesn't really sound like a friend hehe :)

  5. Wow! I didn;t know there was such an event going on anywhere in the world! I would have been over the moon!
    I have one of these oldies - inherited it from my grandmother and knew everythig about it, but now I cannot been of any help since I haven;t worked with it for more than 15 years. It is gathering dust and waiting for happier days.

  6. OMG! My grandmother had a Singer just like that and I've lusted after one for years. A gal I know who owns a restaurant has one for decor in her restroom, and I may make her an offer on it. GOOD FOR YOU FOR FINDING IT IN THE STREET! Holy cats!

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