This is what I learned to sew with when I was about 10. First my mother started me on hand stitching doll clothes when I was about 7, then later gave me a treadle machine which she brought down from the attic. It was the sturdiest and most fun machine to work with. I made a lot of doll cothes and early teen clothes on the treadle, later had an expensive computerized machine (Husqavarna), my own sewing business making clothes for an expensive boutique and doing alterations for a dry cleaning company and private sewing and alterations through my own home business. I'd like to go back to a treadle and wonder if there are any women out there who use one still and enjoy it.