I was asked for photos of my zigzag machine in a treadle. Here they are:
This machine is a Necchi BU manufactured in Italy in 1951 or 52. I did have to enlarge the mounting holes with a 9/32" drill bit--took less than a minute. The footprint of the machine was exactly the same as most Singers, so I was able to use the belt plate to the right of the machine that came on the Singer.
(By the way, I don't use the threads shown on the machine. I'm using the thread on the thread stand behind the machine, and the spools are just there to guide the thread. The spool pin doily under the left spool is actually a window shade pull from the mid 20th century. And the beautiful little spoon handle is attached to a real spoon one of my dear friends gave me that has a commercial doily, polyester stuffing, and a beautiful piece of fabric creating a wonderful pin cushion.)
Yes, this machine has been well loved and well used throughout its decades of existence.
This is my favorite machine. No, wait, all my others are my favorites too. How could I possible choose just one?! It would be like limiting myself to a single musical note--not pretty at all and much more boring!
Happy quiltmaking....and knitting,