Saturday, March 7, 2009

My Grandmother's Sewing Machine

When cleaning out my Dad's house in preparation for selling the house so he could move closer to my family, we found my grandmother's old Singer sewing machine. I have always wanted to have one of these old black machines and was thrilled when my Dad said I should take it home with me. I showed it to my friend, Jacqui, who collects antique sewing machines. Her husband fixes up old machines and makes them work again. Jacqui said it was in beautiful condition. I told her I would love to have a treadle cabinet for it. Last week, she e-mailed me to let me know that she had a cabinet I might like for my machine. My husband and I went over to look at it on Friday night and it was exactly what I wanted for my Grandmother's machine. Jacqui's husband showed my husband how it fits into the cabinet. He removed the motor and demonstrated how the belt goes on the machine from the wheel below the table top. We brought the cabinet home today and my husband put the machine into it for me. The machine sits proudly in my dining room where someday, I hope to use it for some quilting projects. I will have Jacqui's husband overhaul it before I do any sewing. My grandmother died in 1985 and I do not remember ever seeing her sew with this machine so it has probably not been used for a long time.

1 comment:

  1. Nice machine Gail :-). It is in fantastic condition! Sometime this summer we'll have to get together and sew a quilt on it using an antique pattern and reproduction fabrics. That would be fun! I'll bring my handcrank along :-).