Is anyone still reading?

Hello friends,  I’m sorry I have been missing for a while.  I went off on a lovely holiday, and since I returned I haven’t been in my sewing room – apart from to hide newly acquired fabrics and patterns in my already overflowing stash.

Sewing Mojo has been in very short supply.  I have a biiiiig pile of mending/alterations to do, which isn’t appealing to me at all.  Instead, I’ve been overtaken by a new pre-occupation …..

A year or two ago, around the time I became interested in sewing again, I bought this dear old lady.  (Ahem. Those with obssessive compulsive tendencies towards housework should probably look away now).

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She graces my entrance hall, usually shouldering a pile of ‘stuff’ that doesn’t really have a home.  She’s just handy to put things down on.

On the inside, this is what she looks like.  A 1916 Singer 66K, dressed in the *Lotus pattern decals unique to Scotland, and made in Kilbowie, Clydebank, at the world’s largest sewing machine factory (now a housing estate).   *In the USA this model came with the Redeye decals, both types are now highly sought after by collectors.

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Faded glamour, I think you’ll agree. Initially she was just intended to be a hall table.  Then she was to become a restoration project.  Unfortunately, I rescued her from an abusive home, and she is badly damaged.  Rust and tarnish abound, but happily most necessary parts are present, and those that aren’t can be found..

After a half hearted attempt, I sadly decided she was beyond redemption, and she would just have to live out her retirement as a hall table, albeit a rather lovely one.  Then I hit on an idea.  *Lightbulb moment*

Why not buy another one, and just swap the machine heads over?  Well, yeah.  Why not?  No-one need ever know …

And so began an avid ebay search.

Fast forward to two weeks ago, when I set off to Runcorn to collect this rather beautiful 1920 Singer 66k hand-crank version.

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Now, you don’t have to be Einstein to see that this one is in near mint condition.  Oh my word!  The delightful lady who sold her to me told me that this was her nan’s machine, bought and kept in the same family from new, through 3 generations.

And she came with accessories – a whole set of original presser feet, and her original bentwood carry case.  Wow!

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My original plan was to cannibalise this machine, harvesting the lovely shiny parts to restore my treadle version.  Obviously, that would be sacrilege, and probably an offence punishable by a gruesome death.

So, armed with valuable info on how to, I’m back to my original plan of restoration of the treadle model.  It’s going to be a project for later this year, when, (woohoo!) I’ll be retiring from paid employment and becoming a lady of leisure.

Now my interest in Vintage machines has been piqued, I’m hankering after a 201K, reputedly the best sewing machine ever built by Singer.  The search goes on.

More soon, and I hope this finds you all well and happy.

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7 Comments on “Is anyone still reading?”

  1. Chris Lucas says:

    I’m still reading LOL. Lost my sewing mojo too and have been focusing on my renewed love of camping or should I say Glamping heehee. We bought ourselves a new camper trailer and haven’t yet had a chance to use her as hubby’s been working heaps and only getting 1 day off every 13. So I’ve been having a little fun exploring our next camping destinations and setting up our camper so she’s all packed and ready to go as soon as we can.

    Your sewing machines are gorgeous and even though your treadle machine is more of a hall stand at the moment she’s definitely a beauty and a project I’m sure you’ll love working on… even if it’s just researching and Googling parts and how to’s… that’s half the fun of it 🙂

    I’m happy to report I’m all well and happy… just not been blogging much as not much to blog about at the moment LOL

  2. Fiona M says:

    Thanks Chris! I saw your piece about the swanky camper, it’s quite the palace eh? You’ll have a fab time.
    I’m more of a 5* kind of girl myself – I like to be within 5 paces of a flushing loo, lol!

    • Chris Lucas says:

      I love my 5* creature comforts too… which we usually do when we go on overseas vacations but then I also love getting out in the bush and back to nature as well. My hubby never in a million years thought I’d ever love camping.. thankfully I have one of those portable flushing loos to use while camping LOL

  3. BeaJay says:

    Still reading and enjoying. Sometimes the mojo stops flowing. Love the new obsession.

  4. helen says:

    Still reading! I have been away for over two weeks with no access to wordpress so I have loads of posts to catch up on. I’d love a treadle table – just for decorative purposes but don’t have anywhere to fit one. I got myself a Singer 99K last year as it was the same model my mum taught me to sew on. (She had crazily got rid of hers). But I’m ashamed to say since picking it up I haven’t taken it out of the box.

    • Fiona M says:

      Thanks Helen. My mum had a 99k too, but I wasn’t allowed to touch it!
      She got rid of it a few years ago, not thinking I would ever be interested in having it (sigh). It was in mint condition too, Never mind, my mother in law has one and promised it to me one day. What I really fancy is a 201K though. They are supposedly superb stitchers.


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