Guys, it happened – I bought a vintage machine! This is my 5th sewing machine (one I got when I turned 18, one I bought in Japan, serger and coverstitch). It’s the first that isn’t remotely justifiable, though – which i think means I officially collect sewing machines!
I just happened to log onto Kijiji and do my usual “sewing”search – and *blam*, there she was, posted just a few hours before for $45. Can you believe I didn’t snap it up right away? Thank goodness my husband told me to buy it, even though it’s unpractical. It’s beautiful, and that’s enough!
It’s a little bit rusty and the leather cord that drives it has snapped… but it was threaded from the previous owner (an elderly woman who used to sew professionally in a mill in Yorkshire before moving to Canada), so I figure it must be in working condition.
Thanks to plenty of help from sewists on Instagram, I’ve had fun investigating the machine’s history. Did you know you can email Singer with the serial number of any Singer sewing machine, and they’ll tell you when it was made? I thought this one was from the 20’s or 30’s, based on the manual that came with it, but nope –
It was made on June 23, 1913!!!
So basically, it could have been the cool new toy at Downton Abbey in Season 1. (Yes, there are better ways to measure history, but it turns out that the big news on June 23, 1913 was a chemical spill, so that’s less fun!)
It came with a whole bunch of accessories and feet – one day I’ll figure out what they all do!
In the mean time, I’m just going to enjoy the sense of history and continuity, and how damned pretty it is!
Do you own any vintage machines? Would you if you could?