Hoping to post my sewing projects and connect with sewists… This is me and one of my favorites sewing machines….yes….I am addicted to vintage sewing machines. I enjoy more the cleaning and fixing than the sewing perhaps…. hard not to get drawn by these sturdy machines. I am a geek at heart, enjoy learning how to fix things, and the mechanics of creating something beautiful.
I will never forget the first time I received a sewing machine as a gift when I was twelve years old. It was a Singer made in Brazil, half metal and half plastic, pretty basic. My father bought it for me because he realized I really enjoyed watching my aunties sewing with their old Singer treadle sewing machines. However, I wished my aunties were patient with me to teach me how to sew by taking on small projects. So as I became an adult, I moved on with my life and forgot I even had one or that once I dreamed about sewing.
It was when I married, that I saw my mother-in-law’s Singer 404 sewing machine and it was love at first sight….loved the look and feel… and thought to myself…I gotta have one like that! So I did extensive research on-line and found that the most complete was the Singer 401, so I made a bid on E-bay, and I lost! then I found another bid, but I decided to pay USD 250 plus shipping to buy it. Could not risk it again.
So I started to get to know my machine first. I was going to college, nursing a newborn, and squeezing time to learn all about sewing going through Sewing Pattern Reviews, subscribed to Threads magazine, and hoarding 99 cents or 1 dollar McCalls and Vogue patterns from special offers at Hancok Fabrics or Joann Fabrics Stores.
So I filled two boxes of patterns…and accumulated stashes of fabric…and did not finish one sewing project….shame on me! Life got busier with demanding full-time jobs and I found myself getting too tired to sew…well, this time I made a commitment and sew beautiful pillows to decorate my favorite local coffee shop. Then…I moved to a very tiny but cute upper level duplex and the neighbor who lives below me was trying to downsize her stuff. She saw me hauling my sewing machine and mentioned that she was ready to give away hers that got for one dollar. She really did not have room for it. I felt I hit the Jackpot! It turned out to be one of the cutest, strongest, fastest sewing machines ever. The Singer 185K model. It came with the cabinet in very good shape, and the cushion and the original complete attachments! Yay!!!!
So my collection of vintage sewing machines includes my Singer 185K and Singer 401. How I became into collecting…..I just wanted one strong simple to use sewing machine. Now I thing I have developed an obsession, so I better start this blog and document my sewing projects. In that way, I can show more sewing than hoarding or talking about sewing machines. I better get to work!