I don’t think of my current interest in buying vintage sewing machines as an addiction. More like rescuing these old beauties! It all started after joining Face Books Vintage Sewing Machine group this fall. Then came the garage sale ad that said, “Antique sewing machine” with the added plus that the sale was just down the road from us.
That’s where I met Eliza, my Singer model 66 Red Eye. She was born on Sept 29, 1914. She looks great for being over 100 years old. Sews really well, too.
Her decals are still bright and fully intact.
And she looks great in our redone kitchen when she’s not in use.
But I dream of putting her into a treadle base and removing the add-on motor so ….. I just couldn’t pass up the Singer model 15K treadle at the next garage sale now could I? She’s an RAF model, made in Scotland in 1947 just after WWII, honoring the Royal Air Force. I love the history behind these machines.
You can tells she’s been used a whole lot more and a whole lot rougher than the Red Eye but she was made to be a work-horse. The cabinet is the very basic treadle cabinet with only one drawer but it will work for my sewing jobs.
So is the end in sight? Yes, it really is. In fact, I hope my last purchase will be the last one. I found a Singer model 221 Featherweight at a ‘junk’ store in Whitesboro after visiting my favorite quilt shop. It didn’t have any attachments or manuals but since I do basic straight stitch most of the time, this will work out just fine!
Isn’t she a cutie?! Not bad for a 1957 model, huh?
I really do not have any desire to collect anything, even these antique beauties but I will rescue as needed. The FB VSM term is “catch and release.” That’s fishing I can do!