Non-Electric

Insect Screen On An Aladdin Mantle Lamp

Bug Screen On An Aladdin Mantle Lamp

Pictured above is an older style insect or bug screen on the chimney of an Aladdin mantle lamp. Mantles on Aladdin lamps are extremely fragile and expensive, and believe it or not a lamp mantle can break from the weight of a big bug. Lamp mantles are made of a very fine, light weight knitted…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

Singer Model 66 Treadle Sewing Machine

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

How To Use A Butane Clothes Iron

Butane Clothes Iron

I’m an avid home sewer and sometimes quilter. I use an iron and a sewing machine almost daily. Most days I use an electric iron and an electric sewing machine. But some days (during the heat of the summer) I prefer my treadle sewing machine and a cordless butane iron. Many people are familiar with…

Advice About Oil Lamps

Early Morning

Granny, The oil lamps in the background of your pictures are beautiful! Do you have any advice on what to look for in an oil lamp? Aladdin? Thanks, Christine Why thank you Christine! As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 kinds. Mantle lamps, flat or round wick lamps, floating wick…