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					Kristyn Sanborn
9-17-08
Gidgets and Gadgets




       The gadget/gadget is the treadle, or foot pedal, of an antique Singer sewing

machine. This particular sewing machine belonged to my maternal great-great-great-

grandmother and was made in the mid to late 1800’s. A wooden control rod attaches the

treadle to a large spinning wheel which, in turn, is connected to the main part of the

sewing machine (with the needle, bobbin, etc) by a suede or leather rope. The treadle is

pumped by the foot; bringing motion/energy to the sewing machine.



Questions
 What is this made out of?

   What do you think I could use this for?

   Do you think this is used now or is it from the past? Why?

   Does this move?

   Does it need energy to work?

   Could this help make something work?

   What could be the role of the wooden rod?

   Is this a part of something else? What could it be connected to?

   What about the ends? Do they look like they may be attached to something? What

    could be used to attach this to something else?

				
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