So over the weekend I had some spare time and I decided to clean up my grandmothers old sewing machine. As I removed the (copious) amounts of dust the machine had gathered I noticed a patent date on the front, Sept '87. At first I was thinking, "The machines not that young!" followed immediately by "Oh man, this machine was built in 1887!! It's that old?!" I have the original manual that came with the machine, all of the presser feet attachment (rufflers, fellers, gatherers, zip feet etc) and the bobbin holder...just no bobbins! I made a post on my FB page in which my dad posted he remembered HIS great grandma sewing on this machine which means there is a very VERY good chance that this machine has never been owned by another family; it has always been in mine. The belt is in great condition and the machine runs beautifully, especially after I oiled it! Anyway, does anyone have any tips or tricks for using a treadle? I am not a new sewer; I've been doing it for years. A treadle though is a whole new (old?) way of sewing that I'm not used to. Also, does anyone have any sources as to where I can get the bobbins? I found some online but they were $4 each! Oh and here is a picture of my baby. I plan on restoring the wood finish and repainting the cast iron legs with black enamel to protect them.