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.

10 comments:

Jeanette [Maisy] House said...

oh i'm so pleased you got it and it was still there waiting for you! it's super cute and just a lovely thing to own - yay! :))

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

ooh it's great! i love it when you go back and the item is still there - like it was meant to be yours!

annpan said...

That has to be your new avatar pic. It's fab :) well done Mary.

I am of course very jealous of your mini machine :D

MitziMakes said...

That is gorgeously cute!! what a great find! :)

Vonnie said...

What a lovely piece :)

toady said...

I've been looking at old machines on Ebay but have so far resisted!
Don't know for how long though.

Quercus Silver said...

Make something! make something! It's fab.

Craft Matters said...

That looks like a brilliant little machine - very cute. And it's a fantastic photo too - Mary clearly has talent. BTW, spotted on your profile that your fave films include I Know Where I'm Going and A Canterbury Tale AND you like Georgette Heyer. You clearly have excellent taste...

Apryl said...

wow what a fab little machine! It most definitly was meant to be yours *ignores the bit about you calling them to hold it for you* .. so cute!

louise35flower said...

what a gorgeous machine, lucky you!