So, I’ve introduced you to Gertrude about 2 years ago. You can read that post here.
Well since I purchased her for the insane deal of $10, she’s been my go to gal. My conventional white brother machine broke, and so that forced me to rely on Gert more and more. I developed quite a love for her, those beautiful straight stitches, her ability to go through heavy duty fabric with ease, and her simplicity. At the time I had heard that vintage machines could handle heavy duty fabrics, and I was having issues with my brother machine skipping stitches on the wallet I was making. So how could I go wrong for $10??? Guys, if you are ever offered a vintage machine and it works, BUY IT. You won’t regret it.
She truly is the best sewing machine that I own.
I did finally fix my conventional plastic brother machine because she too has her specialities. Specifically in zigzag stitches and button holes.
So, my first addition to the family since Gert is Nancy. Nancy is a vintage toy singer 20 sew handy sewing machine. Made around 1950, she’s my teeny gal. When I saw her in my facebook buy and sell page, I had to have her. Her paint is atrocious, but its oxidized and peeled and I can fix that.
So, the base is peeling pretty badly, but, she has all her parts and clamp and I’m up for a new project.
My project is to take her apart and refinish her. I’ve already taken her apart, and I’m just waiting on warmer weather so I can strip the paint off, and sand and repaint her. I’m thinking a light aqua blue. I thought about doing the traditional black, but why do boring black when you can jazz her up and have fun with it? She’s mine, and I hope that the kids can sew with her. I’m more about her being useful that being a “collectable”. She’s collectable to me and I love her, even if her paint isn’t original.
So, anyways, on to my newest addition, Helen! She’s a Singer 127 with sphinx decals
Ever since I bought Gert, I wanted a treadle machine. I was pretty intimidated by the vibrating shuttle that they use because its sharp, and very different than my 201-3. Its funny how when you start talking to people about your love of vintage machines. People who have used them swear by them. So reliable, so well made, they’ll never fail you or die. Its true though. I can swear by them. This lady was made in 1910. She’s over 100 years old. It seriously blows my mind how a machine so complex was engineered like this. Tony is very fascinated by it.
A friend of ours had her in the garage. Her mom was downsizing and this girl had to go. She needs some work. I will try and deep clean her and re oil her. I hope to refinish the cabinet, but its not my priority. It was a good thing I had sold a bunch of things on facebook, because those earnings bought her, and it was very hard for me to justify purchasing ANOTHER sewing machine to Tony. He rolls his eyes when he sees me stalking facebook for these beauties. Its a weird obsessions right now.
Since these suckers are so heavy, she’s just hung out upstairs in my living room, and the goal was to put her downstairs, but perhaps if I refinish her cabinet, she can stay upstairs. The cabinets are very neat looking, and the iron legs are super cool. Wouldn’t it be nice to display some of my obsession upstairs? And so it begins….
My obsessions will slowly take over the house.
I mean, this is the 5th machine I’ve collected and hung on to. I’ve got a weakness.
Anyways, this is my sewing area of the basement. I share the toy room with the kids.
There’s Gert, sitting pretty.
My cutting table, and I store my serger and brother sewing machines there.
Never mind the piles of fabric. I’m working on finishing up a net for Lucas this summer. Notice, the nerf bullets on my bin of projects on the right? I find those darn things everywhere.
Helen (if she ends up down here, will go to the left of the butterfly pictures against the wall)
Nancy is upstairs in a cardboard box in pieces awaiting refinishing.