Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Old sewing machines

Inspired by Bonnie Hunter again, I finally took a closer look at a treadle sewing machine that I bought back in 1980. The original purpose was to find a sewing table for the machine I was using back then. At some point, I bought a new belt for it but never put it on....still haven't :-/ 
But I did find out that it is a Sphinx Singer 127 (or 27) and was made in 1910.

The front needle plate was missing and I found a reproduction that fits perfectly...after a little sanding anyway. I have ordered a manual to see where to oil and will then attach the belt and hopefully learn to treadle!
Another machine I purchased a few years back has been sitting idle as well. I purchased it because it looked like the machine I learned to sew on. My mom had traded ours in for a zig zag in the 60's. I finally learned that this one is a 15-91 and was made in 1948. This one has already been serviced so I just started sewing on her and found that perfect straight stitch that the older Singers seem to provide.

Sandman Collectibles was the site that helped me figure out exactly what models my machines were and the Singer site gave me their manufacturing years in relation to their serial numbers.
On the actual sewing front...I've been making pot holders as requested by some friends and by DH as well.  And today I purchased fabric to sew another baby quilt. Pictures to follow :-)
Today was the day that Google Reader was to be gone.  I still found all the blogs I follow available on Blogger but I noted in my "stats" that I had no page views. So this post is also a test! Anybody still able to read this?!!
I would love to have some comments letting me know if you are :-)
more later, I hope!
 

14 comments:

  1. I read it...but I don't know if I actually "follow" your blog cause I have a link on my side bar. Fun old sewing machines, I hope you get the treadle working, looks like it would be fun to sew on.

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  2. I have a Sphinx Singer 127 like the one you showed. I bought it from a lady that brought it back to the States from England. I had it serviced and it sews. But I don't like the small bobbin. I saw on the Martelli website that Jenome has a modern machine that runs with a treadle instead of electric. I was interested, but the cost was not in my budget right now.

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  3. I read you this morning in Feedly...love your machine...so pretty!

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  4. Well, I can read your post! I"m on BlogLovin as a Reader. I also "read" on my Blogger Dashboard and all is well there too. I never did "read" on Google Reader so its demise didn't worry me too much but I followed everyone else and tagged on BlogLovin just to be sure.
    I love your old sewing machines. I'm sewing on my Singer 201K knee-shifter at the moment participating in Quilting Gallery "Aiming for Accuracy" quilt-along. It's lovely to use the old machines and yes, I agree... they do sew a beautiful and true straight stitch.

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  5. Yes, I am still here! Love your treadle, mine is almost identical!!

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  6. I loved reading about reviving these older model sewing machines. Very interesting! Pot holders sound like a great idea for birthday presents! Who couldn't use more potholders? And quilted potholders are the best!

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  7. I'm here reading! happy Fourth!

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  8. I can still read you! I too love that singer straight stitch...

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  9. I'm reading you on Feedly...coming through loud and clear ;-)
    Love your treadle. We have one purchased in the 80's as a piece of furniture, still in use today as a side table. Someday I will get motivated and see if I can sew a seam with her.

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  10. I used to have some treadle sewing machines but gave them up when we downsized on our last move. Well, except for one. It kept getting in the way, so I finally parted with it also. It was a beauty.

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  11. Looks like I'm not the first one to comment so I hope it works! blessings, marlene

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  12. I am reading your posts. Nice machines. I don't have any old ones.

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  13. You have some really nice old machines....the decals on the first one are in great shape too.
    Lucky Lady!

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