My family and I spend a lot of time on eBay and Craigslist looking at sewing machines. Big shock, I know! It's what we do, it's our "thing." Another big thing in my family is words. We LOVE words! Whether written or spoken, we enjoy the intricacies and absurdities of words. We particularly enjoy discovering "new" words or creative spellings of familiar words.
Sewing machine ads on Craigslist and eBay have been a gold mine! Who knew there were so many weird and wonderful ways to spell "Treadle"?
For those of you who may not know, a treadle machine is the old-fashioned kind with a foot pedal that turns the wheel to make the machine sew. The word treadle comes from the Old English word 'tredan' which means 'to tread'. OK, that's your vocabulary lesson for the day, now let's have some fun!
Some of the more creative spellings & variations we've seen lately:
That was fun! And now that I've found the perfect 'trundle' machine, I need to find a 'bake-a-light' accessory box and some sewing 'niddles' to complete the set!
Dad is starting a museum of other online oddities. So far his collection includes:
radio alarm saw
Swinger sewing machine (not sure yet if it's a trudel, trundel, or trestle)
Have you spotted any of these rare products online? We'd love to hear about them!
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