Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A new (Old) Sewing Machine

I bought myself a new sewing machine over the weekend. A nearby yard sale advertised an industrial Singer for sale, so I had to go check it out.
I had read up a little on different industrial machines and knew that one good thing about them is that you can always find parts, even for the older models.

This is a Singer zig zag machine, although it also does a straight stitch. Its about 25-30 years old. The woman I bought it from used it mainly for home decorating projects... drapes, slipcovers, etc. She was also an avid quilter. It came with the manual, a bunch of bobbins, and several foot attachments including a ruffler, all purpose, zipper, and feet for making 2 different size rolled hems. There are a couple others too, but I forget what they're for.
This machine is FAST even through several layers of heavy fabric and maneuvers beautifully around corners (ha, sounds like a sports car). I haven't had a chance to play around with it much, yet as its been a pretty crazy week (more details on that later), but I'm excited to try out the satin stitch for applique.



I still have one blank wall in the bedroom I'd like to get filled, but then I'll be back with pictures of the finished room.
Have a great week everyone and happy sewing!

18 comments:

goldenbird said...

That sewing machine looks like it is in perfect condition. Hard to believe it is 25-30 years old. Have fun!

Katherine said...

She's a beauty! Industrial machines are amazing, aren't they? Real workhorses. I find that I'm impatient with the speed of my domestic machine after I've spent time using my husband's industrial. I wish his wasn't just a straight stitch. You're going to have fun with your new machine.

Anonymous said...

Your going to love, love, love that machine! It's a beauty!
I have a very old Singer sewing machine that's 50-55 years old. I use it for my quilting. It is in a cabinet and weighs a ton. When I take it in to be cleaned, the repairman says you can't beat those old machines. They are way better than what they make now.
You are so lucky you found that one - I am green with envy!!!

Kay in Kansas

KaHolly said...

You just can't beat some of those old machines! That was quite a find.

Into Vintage said...

Your description makes it sound just like a snazzy vintage sports car! I'd love to hear more about how it sews once you've had some time to play with it.

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Jealous. Yes.

Bessie handmade vintage and retro fabric bags said...

I love my old singer too - not as modern as yours. It is a treadle and now I just admire it!

Valerie said...

I love my vintage machines-I own three Singers (1946, 1950, 1961) and they beat the pants off modern machines any day!
Congrats on finding this beauty-you are going to love using it!

Pink Daisys Blog Spot said...

OMG that is Awesome! Keep me posted.. I keep going back and forth about getting one and finding one.. so if it works, let me know if you find another one.. I can't wait to see what you do with it!.
Mechelle

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Kathy said...

Congrats! What a find! Can't wait to hear more about how it sews.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, what a neat machine! It looks great. I have an old 1950's Singer that needs some repairs that was my great grandmother's machine. I love old machines and vintage supplies. Enjoy your new find.

Melody said...

See what you did! I couldn't have finished them without you.
Thanks again soooo much!

Melody said...

I thought I had commented on this last post, but I guess I didn't. I don't know what's wrong with me...I am just...uhg. Can't seem to get into the swing since the last craft show.
I love your new machine. You lucky girl.

Zondra Art said...

beautiful machine, I lake it!
Very nice and interesting blog!

Big kisses from Croatia.
Zondra Art

KitschKrafts said...

Great find! I'm sure you will have lots of fun with this one.

PeregrineBlue said...

WHAT FABULOUS SELECTIONS FOR THE VINTAGE ALPHABET AT ETSY COTTAGE STYLE. I ALSO COLLECT TINS, HAVE A SINGER (ALTHOUGH NOT LIKE THIS ONE, AND HAVE TONS AND TONS OF VINTAGE PAPER. WE ARE ALL SO ALIKE US COTTAGE LADIES.

cottonfieldfarm said...

Goodness gracious what lovely old tins! You have a wonderful collection and a beautiful blog! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower. Would love a visit to the farm and a follow back! See you soon!
Regina