April 11, 2012

Vintage Singer - o buddy! :)

I went down to Havre de Grace, MD with a couple friends last weekend and while antiquing (is that a verb? haha) I found this great vintage Singer! It is a bit worn and not functional because the cord has been cut, but I am really enjoying having it as a decoration in my home.

This was such a great find - it was originally $75 and was marked down to $35 and came with the wooden top case. The case is a little beat up too, but I can still see the "Singer" embossing on the front which is cool. I will try to take better pictures of the 2 together - we just have no room in our apartment to display them together right now!

I kind of love the fact that the decals are worn and it definitely looks like it has had a lot of use - it was well-loved and I am happy to give it a home for retirement :)

I did send some pictures and questions to a guy that has a blog about repairing vintage Singers so who knows - maybe she can come out of retirement yet! If not tho, she will be loved by me just as much as if she was functional.

Do you have a vintage Singer from family or that you've found somewhere? I think they are so cool :)


stephmabry said...

My husband's grandmother has not one but FOUR really old Singers. I'm fairly sure they all work, either because they worked hen she acquired them or because she repaired them. She says that she buys them whenever she sees one for sale in good shape and a good price! I'm the only me in the family interested in sewing so I'm pretty sure they'll end up at our house one day. Such a cool find!

Diane Bohn said...

That is so sweet! And what a great deal! :) Love it! I hope you can get it to work! How awesome would that be?!

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

This is the machine I sewed on at home. To adjust the stitch length you turn a knob on the front and say to yourself "The longer she stands, she shorter she grows." No reverse, you just tugged the fabric to give it a little back stitch. I still have the machine, but in college I had to put a new foot control on it. The original (I found a similar one in an antique shop) was heavy metal and shape like a foot. Very cool.
Enjoy your machine!

Kendra from missknittas studio said...

I only sew on vintage Singers :) They have a great straight stitch, and are so easy to maintain on your own. I hope you're able to find someone nearby who can help restore yours, or there are also lots of resources out there to do it yourself! Enjoy!

Deborah said...

I have my grandmother's treadle machine that she bought new in 1923. It is now retired in my living room although my uncle had it refurbished and it works like new.

Mary said...

Love your machine!

I have several vintage Singers and one has a very cool story. I was looking for a treadle. My soon to be DIL knew this. She went to her dad and asked for her grandmother's treadle to give to me. It is a 1910 Singer 9W. It is Singer's firt rotary hook bobbin. They simply rebadged the Wheeler and Wilson 9 as their own when they bought them.

This past Christmas I made my DIL part of her Christmas on her grandmother's treadle. I call her Agnes after my DIL's grandmother.

I have some posts about her and other machines on my blog. Please check us out!

Dora, the Quilter said...

She came with a "tail" so she wasn't really, really old--just old.
Yes, she can be cleaned up. And, she can be treadled--and, for me,at least, the treadled machines are a lot more fun than the ones with tails. I hope you enjoy her!