Sunday, October 24, 2010

More About My Vintage Singer


After reading the comments regarding the vintage Singer sewing machine, I decided to do a follow-up post. In the front of the sewing machine there is a serial number engraved into a metal plate. Forgive the blurry picture, the number is AA703882

I checked Singer sewing site to find out when the sewing machine was built. I though it was 1929, but after reading Claire's comment I decided to check the site again and realized that it was built in 1924.

Claire was kind enough to post a website that provides instructions regarding how to service a vintage Singer.

Michelle commented about the cost of cleaning and refurbishing the sewing machine and how much I am going to enjoy sewing on the machine.

I knew that if I searched the Internet or send a S.O.S that someone in blog world would have provided me with the information on how I could clean and refurbish the machine myself.
I bought the machine on E-Bay and when it arrived it was filthy and smelled musty. I did not have the time, energy or interest once the sewing machine arrived. My first reaction was to put throw it into the garbage. I contacted the seller and he was kind enough to call me. I learned a little about the history of the machine and I found out that the seller was an elderly person who was supplementing his income . He was kind and was willing to do whatever he could to make me happy with my purchase.

After my conversation with the seller I decided to get the sewing machine professionally taken care of. I checked several places and found out that it would be expensive.

I am happy with the machine, however this was a learning experience and trust me I would not buy another vintage Singer. Well maybe... Anyway I am going to visit the website that Claire provided, just in case another vintage machine falls in my lap or there is one on E-Bay of Craig's list the hypnotize me and make me buy it. Next time I will be doing the work myself...

Oh, the knit bag is finished, The "fashionista" Sheila inspired me to finished knitting the bag and its done. I nedd to purchase handles, add lining and done. More later....

Saturday, October 23, 2010

1929 Vintage Singer

Hello
I my last post I shared that I did a lot of sewing related shopping this year. In July I bought this vintage Singer on E-Bay for $90.00 including shipping and handling. The owner told me that it belonged to his grandmother and it was stored in an Attic for a few years. It came with a metal bar that you push against and that was how the machine sewed. I got it professionally service and added an electric foot pedal. I spent approximately $400.00 This machine will last another hundred years. In this area to buy a similar vintage sewing machine that was refurbished could cost approximately $400-$500. If I ever buy another vintage sewing machine, it will be for display only, because it is an expense to get cleaned up and service.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hello

Not much sewing around here. I caught the flu in the middle of August and it progressed to Asthma. Add the demands of work and life into the equation and you can imagine the rest.

I have not sewn a stitch, however,I am knitting a small bag. There is a small yarn store next my allergist's office. Last spring a knitted bag was displayed in the shop's window; it was knitted with a black cotton yarn and a lime green funky yarn. I am using the same black cotton yarn with a funky black yarn. Now I am looking for a beautiful handle, it's almost done, I need one more ball of funky yarn and done.

I've spent my time visiting blog land and enjoying it. I have a lot to share. I bought lots of fabrics this year, books, a 1929 table top sewing machine and I visited Seattle.

After reading Carolyn's blog regarding her stash, I have to confess that my stash is 3-4 or even 5 times bigger than Carolyn. My pattern stash is probably around 2000 (conservative number).
What I am going to do about this, it is time to purge. When and how more about this later...

I will post more about the above mentioned later.........

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