We have been looking at stationary bikes for me to exercise on. I made a comment once that I'd noticed that using Grandma's Treadle sewing machine was a leg workout....soooo we moved the treadle from the entry to the living room and put a chair in front of it.
Getting ready to post this I called my Mother to get any information she may have about it. This machine was around her whole childhood. Since I don't think Grandma bought the machine when she was 12 we're pretty sure she bought it used.
Grandma made ALL of my Mother's clothing on it. Mother had store bought socks. ALL of her underwear, dresses, etc, and coats were homemade. Her underclothing all had little bits of embroidery, on everything. Polly also worked full time, had a huge garden, canned their food and took care of a sick husband.
Mother started dusting it when she was very young, probably 3. Grandma told her that her little hands could get in and dust it much better than her bigger hands. Mom dusted it until she left home. (Then I'm sure she dusted it when she visited; I know she dusted it when she came to my house.)