Canning Peaches | Plastic Treadle Sewing Machine Belt
I am taking a quick break from all of the sticky slime that is canning peaches to tell you about my great trip that I took with Mom yesterday. The sticky peaches are relevant…
We headed south to check out the Bent n’ Dent grocery store to find that it was closed! Thursday is sometimes errand day for the Amish. Luckily the general store was open so we could stock up on high quality stainless steel kitchen ware. Mom was also able to purchase diaper pins for layettes at only $.65 per dozen.
Our favorite find was belts for our treadle sewing machines. When we asked the lady gave us the leather belts that we are familiar with. Then, she said “Wait… are you actually going to use these?” Of course we planned on it! She then gave us long plastic tubing and stuck a tiny metal attachment in one end. She said the plastic was so much nicer because it could be cut with a scissor. She said if the belt got a little loose after awhile we could just trim it and stick the metal into the tube again. We are excited to try her suggestion! She also said we can use the same needles as for our electric machines and gave us some pointers on tension.
The treadle machine experimenting will have to wait until the peaches are canned! On our way out of the general store we saw a sign that said a shipment of peaches would be in at someone’s farm. The general store owner gave us directions and we were able to purchase three large crates of peaches for $16 each which equaled about $.60 per pound. We signed up for peaches and blueberries and will be expecting a post card at this time next year.
It is fun to have a “last hurrah” before school starts on Monday. Mom doesn’t believe me, but I truly enjoy canning!