Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My Sewing Museum

I acquired this machine because I felt sorry for it. It was being put by the curb by the mother of a friend who was downsizing.

I asked where she got it and she told me a neighbor was downsizing and she brought it in from the curb. It had been sitting in her shed for a while.

In my house it is the stand for my printer. At least it's a step up from the shed.

 I tried to get a picture of the name of the machine but light was not good and the name was very scratched up.  It looks like it could say Wheeler and Wilson.
I don't know what the top looks like as it is covered with contact paper.

This is the prettiest of the drawers.  It contained what appears to be a ripped up manual.

 The following pictures are what was in the remaing drawers. Love the price of the zipper and needles.

I  will be downsizing in the next year and I hope to find it a home so I too don't have  to leave it by the curb hoping for the best.

This is my feather weight.  It was my moms and before that we believe it was my aunts, the original owner.

When my step dad tripped over it in the basement several  years ago it was beginning to get moldy and he felt it would be much happier with me.   It currently lives in my kitchen for when I want to sew down stairs.

A couple of years ago I was telling my cousin ( a non sewer) that when she tripped over her moms feather weight, be aware that they have become valuable so not to just toss it and if no one in her family wanted it I'd buy it from her.   She looked at me like I had a couple of heads since she believed that her mom had given it to my mom.  I like that version the best. When I sew on it it's like having a family event.

Beth, over at Love Laugh Quilt had this idea to have a linky party to share our sewing museum pieces.  Stop in and see the amazing pieces of nostalgia.


  1. Wow, real treasures. I hope someone helps you out with the rescue machine...maybe someone who will have it repaired.

    I love your featherweight... some family events can be quite interesting ;)

  2. lovely post.........sad that the first sewing machine has had problems finding a home........it is a beautiful machine........

  3. Beautiful. We had one of those once, it belonged to my grandma. It was stolen years later, and I can only hope it had such a lucky fate as to end up in a house like yours. :)

  4. Lovely machines that are lucky to find your home.

  5. I'm glad these sweet machines have found a home with you!
    I wish we could say to all the non-sewists, "Send me your tired old machines, your poor old notions!"

  6. Are the older machines beautiful? That drawer is spectacular. Wasn't Singer Wheeler and Wilson originally? I thought I heard that somewhere.

  7. Thank you for rescuing the treadle from curbside. The antique wood drawers are beautiful.

  8. Great machines. I have a Singer 9W, I think. It was a W&W that Singer rebadged when they acquired them. W&W were ahead of their time. They had the first full rotary bobbin. Mine is a dream to sew on.

  9. What a wonderful treasure rescue! Love both of these machines!

  10. I had (note "had") a vintage machine similar to your curb find. Happily, I sold it through craigslist before our big move. I still have my Featherweight, though it doesn't have the history that yours does. I bought mine at an estate sale, and likely paid way too much for it! It's fun to see your museum-suitable pieces.

  11. I hear these are super fun machines to own. Have 6 friends who tell me so... some day... Karin E.

  12. If you look on the singer website with the unit number of the machine it will tell you the year it was made. We have a similar treadle, (family heirloom) and a featherweight. After it is repaired, make sure to do an annual "check up". You know lubricate and dust it a bit, plus do a few stitches (even if it is on scraps) to keep the old gal in good working order. :-) Have fun!


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