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.
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?