I am really not sure why I haven't joined the Vintage club before,as I have been here over a year!! I must admit to being somewhat obsessed (actually totally obsessed), with finding a Featherweight.. so much so that I didn't think about posting one of my most beloved treasures!!!
Soooo I decided today was the day to showcase my beloved Gram's 1924 Singer Treadle machine that was given to me by my mother in the late 1990's.... bless her heart!!! It's a Model 66 set in her original cabinet. My Gram bought her 2nd hand in about 1926 or 27 as close as my mom can remember. I know she looks pretty rough as cleaning wasn't one of the things Grandma worried about, she was too busy sewing!! The cabinet has some light stains where Gram would set her hot cup of coffee, but those are memories for me! This machine means sooooo much to me because every time I look at it I see my beloved grandmother sitting there sewing away, happy as can be! Today,"Mary" named after my gram, proudly sits in my sewing room! Grandma made her entire wardrobe every year on this treadle. She made everything from Lingerie to Leisure Suits and everything in between!! She didn't need or want any other machine her entire life!! She was a whiz at sewing and an incredible Seamstress! Nothing ever stopped her from creating the most beautiful clothing and all without fancy stitches!! She loved her machine so much, and I am so deeply appreciative that I have it now and love it just as much!!
My uncle put a light and motor on it in the 70's or so, Gram didn't want any of it, but he insisted. The first thing I did when I got her was have my hubby take off that darned ol' motor and light. I am positive I heard a sigh of happiness from my Gram from up in heaven! lol
I am interested in getting the machine cleaned up as much as possible. I know there are tutorials here on how to accomplish that. I have done quite a bit of research on my precious little treadle and have printed out everything, I plan to make a little book of information on it.
As you can see from the photos I have the original manual and quite a few different feet for her and tons of bobbins. I even have an oil can which isn't shown.
If you look at my Avatar you will see that one of my kitties (R.I.P) loved sitting right in the middle of the machine... as my grandmother hated cats.. I am sure she was looking down very disapprovingly!! lol..
I hope you enjoy the pics!