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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 21 2019 :  6:31:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had at one time well over 2 dozen sewing (mostly vintage) machines...
I sold a few several years ago,, but I still have 17,, including 2 embroidery machines, 1 Serger and the rest...

I was bummed when my feather weight 'hiccupped,, I dropped it off at the Shop for repairs and picked it up today.. and it sews like a dream again...

In the mean time I decided to play with a couple of my other machines...

404A

403A
I also have a 306W in a carry case...but I forgot to take a photo.

I thought you'd enjoy seeing this one,, it is by the National Sewing company,, made especially for Montgomery Wards.. it is what was called a 3/4 machine. A tad larger then a Feather weight and a tad small then a regular machine,, but let me tell you,, it is heavy!

I have several in their cases and 2 more in Consoles out in the barn.
One of these days I will get around to photographing them all, including my grandma's 1908 White foot treadle machine ..
I use to have a sewing studio and was able to display them all along with 3 vtg ironing boards and my antique Iron collection..
Wish I had kept everything, but when you move outta state you have to be practical! Bummer!

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

935 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
935 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  10:38:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These are beautiful machines for sure---I always admire vintage sewing machines at the flea market, but I only have room for one. I would have loved to have seen your sewing studio. I have a few antique irons too---glad to know someone else likes them.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  1:37:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HG56.. at one point, I had over 2 dozen antique/vintage Irons and Mixers and sewing machines not to mention those lucite grape clusters that were so popular back in the 1960's..
I won't even mention the wood handled kitchen utencils...

I had to par down my collection.. but I kept my favorite ones...
oh, did I mention my tin bread boxes and cake tins?
Yep, I have a addiction!!! Lol!

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com


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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5286 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5286 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  5:47:46 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I still have 24 sewing machines, most of them antiques. My favorites are my 2 Featherweights, 2 Singer 301, 1 Singer 401, Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch treadle, and the Janome I inherited from my cousin.

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Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  6:48:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Linda,, how do you like your Janome???

I have been looking (again) at Bernina, Pfaff and even the Baby Lock machines... but every time I look at the price tag,, I have a a wee heart attack! lol!



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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  6:51:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have more machines,, 2 in cabinets out in the barn and several in the garage and in my closet... one of which is a hand rotary machine... I should pull them all out and take photos.. but not tonight,, gonna watch some more Downton Abby...



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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  6:52:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love my Bernina; It's my only "modern" sewing machine. It was pricey but on sale so I took the plunge. I've had it six or seven trouble-free years. My newest machine before this Bernina was a 1970 model. Still have it.

Judith

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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5286 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5286 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2019 :  7:05:10 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I killed my Pfaff - it would cost more to fix than to buy a new one so it just sits. I like the Janome; it is the newest machine I have. I haven't used all the bells and whistles it has, but it is easy to use. It does a LOT of stitches, and I like the buttonholer attachment.

I have a sears in a cabinet, the 401 in a cabinet, and the tables for the 301 and the featherweight (the featherweight table was my mother's).

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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atkinst2
True Blue Farmgirl

575 Posts

Theresa
Canal Winchester OH
USA
575 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2019 :  07:35:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice to know that I'm not the only one that loves sewing machines. I currently only have four. My Bernina (my dh got it for me for Christmas about 5 years ago) My Singer Futura that I have had since 1976, My 1953 Featherweight and my Minnesota treadle sewing machine (just because you never know when the electric is out and you just have to sew something).

There is never a road so long that there isn't a curve in it.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2019 :  12:28:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am looking for a machine that has a super easy to use, button hole maker.. my last Brother was super easy to make button holes,, then I got a Singer,, oh my stars! what a pain in the bhootay, so I got rid of it.!
I go back and forth from my feather weight to my Brother CS6000i
I mostly use my Brother for fancy trim stitching, like I use on my pillow case trims.




>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2019 :  3:17:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The easiest and best-looking buttonholes are made with the old buttonhole attachment for singer low shank sewing machines. I believe they were also made for the slant needle models like the 500. If you have any Singer model 15, 28, 66, 99, 201, 221 (featherweight), it will work. It will also work on any other manufacturer that has a low shank machine.
Absolutely the easiest and most bestest way to make buttonholes. They can be found on eBay for a reasonable price.

Judith

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atkinst2
True Blue Farmgirl

575 Posts

Theresa
Canal Winchester OH
USA
575 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2019 :  12:36:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, I still use my Singer Futura for my buttonholes. Easiest buttonholer that I have ever used.

There is never a road so long that there isn't a curve in it.
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4422 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4422 Posts

Posted - Oct 27 2019 :  4:39:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, those photos of that first machine look similar to the one I inherited from my Mom, a 1957 Singer in a table with two side drawers for notions. It still works well and does all sorts of stitches. I remember my Mom was so pleased with it because of the variety of stitches she could make as trims. I just use the basic functions and I love that I have it and happy that it seems to keep plugging along for me. My little sewing area is actually part of a tiny laundry room. If I had more space, I have always wanted a little Singer Treadle machine like my Grandma sewed on.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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Nancy Gartenman
True Blue Farmgirl

8496 Posts

Nancy
West Seneca New York
USA
8496 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  05:13:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW, kAT!! I only have one, I must be doing something wrong. Of course I have to remember I can't sew like you, I probably don't even need one. Where do you keep them all? Oh I forgot I have an old 1900 singer treadle. Its in my back entry way, it was Richard's Grandmothers. Happy sewing!
Nancy Jo

NANCY JO
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  1:36:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
NancyJo
I have my granny's White treadle machine.
I actually sewed a little sun outfit for my daughter40 years ago)... and I can honestly say... thank goodness tor electricity! Lol!
I had to remember to stop pedling before I needed to because it would run a few more stitches if I didn't ... lol!

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  2:14:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Way back when my daughter needed a confirmation dress and I had put it of until the day before the event. I woke up that morning ready to do some serious sewing and a big storm hit and we were without power. I dusted off the treadle, oiled it up, and the dress was made in time. Since then I have done a lot of sewing on people powered machines. I love them. No fancy stitches but most my sewing is just straight sewing so I don't miss all the bells and whistles. I have about a dozen or so quilts that were pieced on hand crank or treadle machines.

Judith

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  4:15:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yup -- just a few...


Plus about a dozen treadles scattered throughout the house.

Judith

7932
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  4:31:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dug through the drawers of the machine in the house,, and found a bunch of Button Hole makers,, from Singer, Geist, and White to Magic.. brands.. good stars.. I need to re-organize my sewing parafanlia..
Oh and I found a 'new' (NIB) old/vtg belt for my treadle machine..

Today I decided to play with my 403A..

I forgot how wonderful it sews...

I only have 1 Cam, to make the ZigZag stitch.. that I can find.. lol!





>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com


Edited by - katmom on Oct 28 2019 8:27:52 PM
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  4:34:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith... You WIN! lolol!

My hubby says I have a addiction problem,, I just showed him your collection.. he said You have me beat all to heck! lol!

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2450 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2450 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  8:48:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Obviously I get the message. You can't ever have too many sewing machines. lol I have a Viking Designer 1 and a Viking #1 +. One I use at home and the other I use for classes. I had my grandmother's 1890 Singer treadle but to gave it to April. I learned on one and Love the bells and whistles now. Your collections look awesome!

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2019 :  8:55:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, unfortunately my husband is an enabler. He keeps bringing home more machines even tho I told him I quit collecting 10 years ago. But I can't really complain -- he brought home three featherweights.

Judith

7932
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2019 :  09:26:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bonnie,, how sweet of you to give your 1890 Treadle machine to April...

Judith,,, that man of yours is a Keeper! lol!

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12793 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2019 :  1:04:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a little apron I made yesterday on this machine..

I luv having a flat surface to work on. and no vibration or bouncing with this machine.

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4382 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4382 Posts

Posted - Oct 31 2019 :  07:09:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At last count, I have over 35 vintage sewing machines. I should really take an inventory. This is counting the ones I sew on, treadles, “toy machines” and the ones that are “shelf sitters” - too far gone or missing parts but with cool graphics, etc. I have them spread out through the house. Several were given to me. After the two articles I wrote on collecting vintage sewing machines on the Suburban Farmgirl Blog, and the one I wrote in MaryJanesFarm magazine, several times machines were just “dropped off”. I would come home and the VSM fairy would have been here with one on my porch. Some I still do not know who the elf was. The last one given to me was by a friend who was moving. He and I graduated from the Master Gardener program together. It had been his grandmother’s machine, a treadle. He and his wife could not fit it anywhere in their new home, and they felt it was too far to take. The kids didn’t want it, so they asked me to take it. It is the prettiest cabinet I have ever seen, in perfect condition. The treadle part looks great. I still need to work on the machine, but we had no more room really for a cabinet! So...it now sits closed and on top is my daughter’s pet snake aquarium!

I guess I should take an inventory. I was working on an index of them...with their models, bobbin type, serial numbers. I will get back to it once winter settles in. My favorite machines to sew on are still my featherweights and the 485J. My favorite to look at is the one that does sew beautifully (but I hurt my back moving it once) that is a White from the early 60’s in turquoise. I love the color and it is the model my dad bought my mom when they were newlyweds and she taught me to sew on.


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Nicole
Farmgirl Sister #1155
Suburban Farmgirl Blogger
Chapter Leader, CT Simpler Life Sisters
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4382 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4382 Posts

Posted - Oct 31 2019 :  07:10:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, oh my goodness girlie, you are my long lost TWIN!! LOL!

Farmgirl Hugs,
Nicole
Farmgirl Sister #1155
Suburban Farmgirl Blogger
Chapter Leader, CT Simpler Life Sisters
Farmgirl of the Month, Jan. 2013

Suburban Farmgirl Blog
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4422 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4422 Posts

Posted - Oct 31 2019 :  11:07:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Judith, what a glorious museum of vintage machines you have in your sewing room!! Do you use a few of them for fun or do you have a favorite that works best for you? I just have my Mom's machine, but I really would love to find a treadle one because my Grandma had one and I remember watching her sew on it and found it so intriguing. These days, I really just need simple and a treadle would be nice to learn how to use.

Nicole, do you have a favorite machine? What do you use the most when you wish to sew stuff like repairs or simple stuff?

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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