A treadle [from OE tredan = to tread] is a part of a machine which is operated by the foot to produce reciprocating or rotary motion in a machine such as a weaving loom (reciprocating) or grinder (rotary). Treadles can also be used to power water pumps (treadle pump)
Many of the early sewing machines were operated by a treadle mechanism linked to the machine by a leather belt.
US Patent Issued to Treadwell on Feb. 8 for "Methods of Applying Treadle Stimulus" (North Carolina Inventor)
Feb 14, 2011; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- United States Patent no. 7,883,451, issued on Feb. 8, was assigned to Treadwell Corp. (Wilmington, N....
Publication No. WO/2010/088307 Published on Aug. 5, Assigned to Kinetic Energy for Weather Responsive Treadle Locking Means (American Inventor)
Aug 05, 2010; GENEVA, Aug. 10 -- Eugene J. Kennedy, the U. S., has developed weather responsive treadle locking means for power...