The sewing machine is a very common appliance in today’s household. Lightweight, cheap and quick in operation, we are all familiar with the electric sewing machine as we see them today. But there is an alternate class of sewing machines – the non-electric or the treadle powered sewing machine according to the SewingAuthority: Best Sewing Machines For Beginners 2017. You might have seen one on a wooden table, powered by using a foot based pedal. It might seem too old fashioned to use, but has many an advantage over its conventional electric based counterpart. Amused? Read on, for here are the important advantages of using a treadle sewing machine:
- Simple in design – As with most old fashioned products, the non-electric sewing machine is extremely simple in design and use. It takes one a few minutes to understand the operations of the machine, and once understood, it is very easy to use for sewing purposes.
- Easy to control – Besides being extremely easy to understand, the non-electric sewing machine is also better to control compared to an electric one. Since the machine gets powered using a foot pedal, it can be very well controlled and coordinated using your feet in synchronization with your hands sewing the garments.
- High durability – Let’s admit it that vintage materials do last longer! A treadle based sewing machine would normally be an old design (these are hardly manufactured these days). This would imply that its design is quite robust and was built to last for ages. Moreover, unlike an electric machine, it has very few parts (all of which are mechanical and not electric or electronic based) and therefore less susceptible to breakdown and failure.
- No electricity costs – The treadle machine is mechanically powered and therefore consumes no electricity. All the more beneficial if you sew a lot, and can therefore save on a lot of electricity charges round the year.
- It looks vintage good! – Finally, a treadle machine has that antique look that simply adds to the décor of the house.
The non-electric sewing machine thus has a lot of advantages. But the flipsides to the same are high cost compared to the electric one and larger size (it comes with its own table, remember?). However, that said, its durability and savings on electricity make up for the additional cost, especially if you sew a lot. Secondly, the table and size adds to the vintage look. Thus, depending on your taste, if you really find the treadle machine conducive, then go ahead and check your local dealers now!