I'm sure that some of you already sew with non-electric machines, and to you all this is old news, because some people sew entirely with antique treadles. I just want to share this with those who haven't considered or explored non-electric machines yet. The antique treadle machines are good, you can get them pretty cheap, and you could just about run over them with a tank and not damage them too much. When properly adjusted they make beautiful stitching. I have 2 treadle machine-heads and also a hand-cranked model. After using my antique Singer treadle machine-head for a few projects, I really wanted a machine that would do a little more. I found out that Janome makes a non-electric "modern" machine intended for the Amish and other off-grid folks. I had an older electric Janome, which was a good machine, so I decided to try their treadle version. The Janome is not the heavy, almost indestructible antique machine-head; it's made of plastic like most modern machines. Unlike the older treadles, however, it has adjustable stitch-length, zig-zags, and goes backwards. It has a button-hole feature as well. I must say the button-hole feature has not impressed me very much, but it DOES make them and I may just need to play with this more. You mount this Janome on an antique stand, which you can pick up for about $25 in most areas, or you can buy a new treadle stand. The table is a bit of a problem. If you have an antique table on your stand, you may have to do a bit of retro-fitting to get the machine to sit correctly so that the leather drive-cord lines up. You can also buy a new table that fits this machine, which is what we did. It's not very good quality, but (other than the drawers, which were worthless), it's useable. Remember: as with all non-electric machines, you'll need some source of light, like a window or some type of lamp. Too bad they can't rig a little generator on the treadle that also powers a tiny light-bulb! (Maybe some handy person out there could work on that!) I've sewn several dresses for our little girl on the treadle-Janome now, and I think it does a decent job for the hobby seamstress and you may want to look into it.