Small pleasures...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dan's mom & dad got back from Quebec this week bearing gifts from Grandma's house. I got bags full of beautiful linens with crocheted lace trims, embroidery, and other fine finishing. Dan received a beautiful old type writer to ad to his collection. We also received some beautiful milk glass, but my favourite thing is this:


A near mint-conditon hand-crank Singer sewing "toy" machine. Crank or treadle sewing machines like these are nearly indistructable - my grandmother had a treadle sewing machine that she kept outdoors that worked!

I was so excited to thread this beauty. It took a generous oiling and some adjusting, but I got it to stitch.

This machine has no bobbin. It creates a beautiful chain stitch... that will unravel completely if you don't tie off the ends! I found some really interesting information about this sewing machine here... I am pretty certain it is a Singer Model 20.



I also received a two lovely thimbles, one with purple enamel flowers on it. I love these small mementos, and the sewing machine is my prized possession.


5 comments:

  1. How fortunate you are to get such a wonderful gift! Does it use only a single thread? It's is very interesting.
    If you can find the serial number on it, you can email it to talktous@singerco.com and they will let you know where and on what date it was manufactured.

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  2. how amazing! i always see little machines like this at antique stores and have always wanted one. what a wonderful gift :)

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  3. such a neat little toy! I think I would have loved one even as a child.
    I like the old sound to it too.

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  4. What a nice machine! It reminds me of the sewing machines, my grandmother used to buy me when I was a child :)

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  5. Just received one - do you know how to tighten the wheel - seems a bit loose

    Thanks so much

    angelic1111@comcast.net

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