DD and I went out shopping at the local thrift stores and ran across this little homeless machine. It looks like it was well loved and could us a new family. She needs a good clean and polish. The belt is cracking and old. The cabinet needs some refeshing. But she runs and looks great for her age. The serial number says it was born on Dec 16, 1941. Model 66-16.
I am hoping to see pictures of everybody else's vintage machines. I think they are works of art.
Posted 2011-06-10 10:32 PM (#60777 - in reply to #60776) Subject: Re: Vintage Sewing Machine
Location: Hagersville, Ontario, Canada
OMG it looks exactly like my grandmothers sewing machine.....I learned to sew on it.... I have all the attachments for it. BUT I don't have the machine anymore my mother sold it on me.....a nasty streak she had at the time. Sigh & tears.
It sewed beautifully. Congrats Tiffaney. I have been on the lookout for one for over 30 yrs now.
Posted 2011-06-13 8:18 AM (#60868 - in reply to #60776) Subject: RE: Vintage Sewing Machine
Location: Far Northern California
Maybe I'll actually remember to take pictures today
Your welcome Tiffaney. I *think* that is where I bought my belt. And I love it, it's not the original leathery type. It's a plastic-y type but has a great way to hook together, so if it stretches you can easily take it apart, snip a piece off and put it right back together again.
Posted 2011-06-13 2:02 PM (#60879 - in reply to #60776) Subject: Re: Vintage Sewing Machine
I went and took a look at my grandmother's machine. It is not as vintage as yours, but according to the chart you directed me to, mine was born on February 24, 1955.
It may not be as old as your, but I think I can still call mine vintage. Will try to post pictures later.
Posted 2011-06-14 8:19 AM (#60890 - in reply to #60776) Subject: RE: Vintage Sewing Machine
Looks exactly like the machine I learned to sew on as a child. I began pestering my mother so much to let me sew at about 5 or 6, that to keep me busy, she began drawing shapes in typing paper. First squares or triangles or circles. Then later more advanced designs, sprialing circles or spiraling squares, even Greek keys. She put in a dull needle and told me my hands could never touch the design, meaning I had to keep them at the edges of the paper. As I mastered each design, keeping all my needle punches right on the line, I moved on the next. Eventually, about a ream of paper later, I could sew in a straight line, pivot, stitch a curved seam, & start and stop on little short seams. I had learned machine safety: how to control the fabric while keeping my hands away from the needle, and I had learned how to control the speed of the machine. The rest, they say, is history.
Posted 2011-06-17 1:02 PM (#60955 - in reply to #60940) Subject: Re: Vintage Sewing Machine
Location: Golden Shores, Arizona
Dorian!!! Those are gorgeous--I'm sooooo jealous. I spent $250 for my featherweight, only to get it home and find out it didn't work--took another $200 to get it running (now sews like a dream!). It was born on my 5th birthday (29 Jan 1956). I'm still looking for a treadle--some day...
Posted 2011-06-17 11:43 PM (#60965 - in reply to #60776) Subject: Re: Vintage Sewing Machine
I have one in my garage-- come and get it!!!
Wayne bought it for me at a garage sale for like $25... was always going to refinish it, but never got around to it (someone had covered the cabinet with contact paper-- and not real pretty stuff either!!)
I don't have room for all my machines as it is (both of my grandmothers' machines are at my mom's house)
If you came and took it, we probably would never know that it wasn't there!! (too much STUFF in hubby's garage)