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Home for Vintage Sewing Machines!
(Or...Old machines never die,
they just go to Quiltville!)
What is this Quiltmaker to
do when a lonely and unloved vintage machine is
cast aside in favor of a modern computerized
wonder-model? I adopt them! I love
them, each and everyone!
seems the more "modern" machines advance to become
computer driven and pre-programmed, producing
die-cut perfection in their abilities, the more I
feel that real skill is taken from the Quiltmaker,
and atrributed rather to the machine, instead of
the person driving it!
The fancier the machines get, and the more
expensive their add-ons and abilities, the more I
want to run to my vintage friends, leaving the
wonder-machines to those who want to live in the
modern world. I'm more of a piecer, than an
embellisher, so all I really need is a super
straight stitch, along with the occassional zig
zag for when I actually NEED to sew on a button by
machine, or perhaps join scraps of batting
together to make a piece that is big enough for
whatever quilt I am getting ready to quilt!
There is NOTHING like sewing on a vintage machine.
Nothing in the world can connect you to
Quiltmakers Past than feeling the hum of their
machines beneath your fingertips as the fabric
pieces feed through.
These are the machines in my household! I hope you
enjoy them as much as I do! Click on each
thumbnail to see the full size pic. Click
the highlighted name to view any associated blog
post to learn more about each machine and how they
came to abide with me.
Bertha (From Boise!)
Singer 221K Featherweight, 1945
Serial # AG545758
Singer 221K Featherweight, 1964
Serial # EV970152
Hot Rod Magenta 221K Featherweight
This machine demolished by baggage
a flight from San Francisco to Oregon.
Singer 221K Featherweight, 1957
Before & After!
Singer 221K Featherweight, 1948
Painted by Gerald!
~Electric Full Sized Vintage Machines~
1950s Singer 301A and Card Table
Found in Pennsylvania
(shown here sewing in my hotel room!)
1950s Atlas in Strawberry Milkshake Pink!
Singer 15-91, 1942
Serial # AG370158
(Named after my GrandmotherThis was her
Singer 99K, 1927
Serial # AB804064
Singer 24, 1946
The Singer 24 is a chain stitch machine!
Serial # 88291, Japan, 1950's?
(clone of singer 15-91)
I love this blue color, and the little bit
of decal on the bed.
Who wouldn't want to sew on a blue machine
Singer 404, 1958
Singer 401A, 1957
Singer 328K, 1953
(found her and her converted treadle cabinet
at the Salvation Army)
Singer 185J, 1954
Spartan 192k by Singer, 1958
Bell Micro: Real, not a toy! 1954
(posed in front of 185J Judy to show actual
Singer 301A, short bed 1951
Serial # NA289792
Poor Ugly Betty was a gift from friend
who discovered her at a flea market after
spent all winter outdoors under a tarp! She
Singer 99, 1941
This one has the "godzilla" finish and was
found in her decal
adorned cabinet at a second hand store in
She came with bobbins, needles, thread, and
button holer attachment box. RUNS GREAT!
She is now living in my guestroom.
Singer 301A, long bed, 1951
Serial # NA156809
Edie is a tan long bed, found at the
Quilter's Unlimited show in
Chantilly, VA where I was teaching June
2009. She just HAD
to come join my menagerie!
128 Black-side, 1940s
Found in Pennsylvania
1950's Morse sewing machine, made by Toyota
Marilyn is an early zig-zag -- revolutionary
because she didn't
require the use of cams! Love that
paint color on her -- it's
She's a pink 1950's Singer 15 clone,
also made in Japan! She sews like a dream!
This is the Grey Wizard!Also known as "Joe
He's also a 1950's Japanese import
Just like Barbie! Found at a yard sale for
Necchi Supernova Ultra, 1958
Serial Number # 35-0281438
Found in an antique mall in Virginia for a
1950s Kenmore, Made in Japan
Found in antique mall in Mooresville, NC!
1950's Brother, made in Japan
Singer 500a, The Rocketeer! 1963
Serial Number # NO544107
Pink Necchi Supernova Ultra Mark 2
1967 Wizard Citation made by Brother in
Salvation Army find -- $35.00
1950's Japanese Import class 15
Birthday gift: $22.50!
1930's Eatonia, a badged "National"
Lady Eaton (of Canada's Eaton's department
was named Flora.
and Toy Machines~
My friend Lucy started my toy collection!
The first 3 shown were gifts from her, along
with two mini quilts!
The third machine, a Regina, is shown with a
mini quilt that I made myself.
Nick Name: Thelma
" Made in USSR"
No age idea on this one?
Nick Name: Louise
(Also known as Red Russian!)
Nick Name: Regina
Shown here with her box
and the mini quilt I made.
Singer 40-D, 1950's
Nick Name: Little Brownie
Little Singer Touch & Sew, 1970's
I always wanted one of these when I was
I didn't get one then,but I have one now!
Nick Name: Marsha Brady
Found in Virgina, unknown manufacturer
battery operated, says Japan on the bottom
Nick Name: Japan Blue
Little Gateway NP-1 (1940)
Found in Altoona, PA
Nick Name: Rosie
Singer Sew Handy, 1950s
This little cutie was adopted at an
in Augusta, Georgia while shopping with my
friend Siobhan. The box is even in great
I DO sew on my vintage machines,but
this isn't the end of the list!
~Modern Computerized Machines~
Links for Vintage Machine Collectors~
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!!
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