Friday, May 16, 2008

Singer Sewing Machine 1951

I stopped by a garage sale today and found a little dream come true. It isn't a featherweight or a treadle machine like my great grandma had, but it is a vintage Singer Sewing machine, and it works great! It was made in 1951. I have not discovered how much this machine is really worth, but I'm thankful to the lady who charged my only $30!

My son brought me two squares of fabric and had me sew him a pillow to see if the machine could do anything. He didn't believe that anything this old could work. What he doesn't know is that there are many Singer machines that are much older that still work. I imagine that many of you actually sewed on a machine just like this when you were a girl.
There is a little emblem on the front of the machine that says this is an anniversary edition: "A Century of Sewing Service 1851 - 1951." It also says it was made in Canada.

Some day I would like to sew a dress on a treadle machine, even if I never get to own one. I would enjoy that connection to the past. It seemed like such a wonderful invention. I really like things that don't require electricity.

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Gumbo Lily said...

What a wonderful Find!
I grew up with a girl whose mother owned this very type of Singer. It looks very close to it. It was likely an old 1950's model too, and I'll bet my school chum still owns it.

What fun to begin to sew with it!

Pamela said...

my SIL had Grams old sewing machine (older than that one)
Then she sold it at an auction.
SIL is having early stage dementia -- so she is doing bizarre things.

bobbie said...

Congratulations on a very good buy. I don't know how much it is worth either, but I know it must be far more than $30. I used to sew all my own clothes on my mother's old Singer

Shady Gardener said...

I have a brother that is an auctioneer. Several years ago, I asked him to watch for a treadle sewing machine in good condition. At that time, at least, he saw them often. I do now have one... in its cabinet. However, the belt was not in working order. My dad tried to replace it, but it isn't tight enough. I really need to have it worked on. I agree that it would be fun to use!! :-) And, I'm sure I sewed on a similar machine as I was growing up!

La Tea Dah said...

You got a great buy! Awesome! I went to our local quilt show at the convention center this spring and they had a 'museum' of Singer Sewing Machines with a write up about the history of each. It was so interesting!

I've been dreaming of a little Featherweight --- and would love to find one for a 'good price'. Ebay has lots of them --- but for a pretty penny. I did buy a beautiful Singer treadle machine a few years back. It came complete with a pretty cabinet. I would love to take it to the cabin (no electricity there) and set it up so I could sew on quilt blocks when I'm there --- that sounds so relaxing to me!

Happy sewing to you!


Theresa said...

What a beautiful machine! The painting/markings are very much like my Mom's 1962 Featherweight which I learned to sew on and now possess. How neat that it can do free motion. I didn't know older machines could do that.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Yep, that looks like the machine I learned to sew on in my mom's room as a little girl.

I have an old Singer downstairs that my aunt gave me a few years ago but I can't even figure out how to thread it. I am going to look up some of your links to see if I can find some info.

Thanks for the great post and photos.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Aleta said...

What a great little machine, and a steal for $30!! You really lucked out. And when the power goes out, you'll still be stitching!