Saturday, 17 July 2010
My New Little Sewing Machine
I was walking to work the other day and I thought I would pop a Charity shop and see if they still had the vintage dress. Of course they didn't. My rule should be 'If you Like It - Buy It' because other people will.
Anyway I saw something interesting in the window. It was a teeny sewing machine.
The lovely shop lady got it for me and I had a play. But it didn't have a bobbin and I know from previous experience of having a Singer with a shuttle bobbin that these things are hard to replace. So I said I would think about it. And so I wrote the manufacturer's name in my notebook and off I went to work.
That evening I did look online and found out that it did not have a bobbin as it never had one. It only did chain stitch and thus was bobbinless.
The next day was Saturday and I have my daughter home and knew that the walk was too long for her little legs and the bus service to that place appalling. So I went round my mum's, abandoned my daughter, and walked to the shop. Oh yes I phoned first and reserved it.
And there the dear little thing was! I popped it into a carrier and went home (having collected daughter and had a cup of tea at my mum's).
I worked out how to thread it eventually, it needs adjusting but works well.
I am happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok so I now own 4 sewing machines - from 1915, 1968, 1996 and now this one from the 1950s.
There is a bit missing from this story about my asking my sister's advice but since she was not much help apart from saying 'buy it or I will'..I will miss her part out.
The sewing machine is made by Grain in the 1950s, and made in the UK.
And I found this lovely site Sewing Machine Collector. Here are some photos from the site. And here is a wonderful report about a Toy Test carried out on machines in the 1950s.
I have been told to add, by my very demanding daughter, that Mary took the first photo.