Tucker McBride

Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Sew a Good Seam

Did you ever reach up to make a basket in the driveway and split the seam under your arm? That's happened to all of us. 

Tucker's Gramma mended and made clothes for her children and grandchildren when they were little. Her sewing machine was a treadle. She taught Tucker to mend a seam and sew on a button by hand sewing. 

I describe how a treadle machine works in the book I'm writing, Tucker McBride's Perfect Day.

It's not electric. The power to make the machine sew comes when you pump the treadle, located at the bottom, with your feet. The needle goes up and down, connecting the upper thread with the second thread in the bobbin under the needle.

When I was very young, my mother had a treadle machine. As an elementary school child, I'd sit on an old kitchen chair in front of the machine, check the bobbin to make sure it was wound with thread, put a spool of thread on the spindle at the top of the machine, and guide the thread through the ins and outs of the machine. Mother's treadle machine was the same one on which my great-grandmother sewed my grandma's baby clothes. 

Your family may not have a sewing machine. That's okay. You can still repair a small tear or rip in a seam. All you need is a needle and thread. For a video on how to put in a hem, sew on a button, sew a seam, and other types of hand sewing, here is a link. Copy and paste it into your search engine.


Long, it's it? Be careful. You might prick your finger with the needle. Little pricks are part of living a full life. If a tiny prick is all it takes for you to walk around with your skin shinning through your torn seam, then you will walk around hanging out for all the world to see for the rest of your life. 

I was so excited when I took a little gold satin dress I had in it, but I did. And that was okay. I enjoyed making it. You can have fun too. 

Be a designer or at least a tailor who repairs a garment. Enjoy life by jumping in and taking care of yourself. You can do it.


Copyright 2021 Doris Gaines Rapp

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