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Thread: Dear woman, I thank you for the pride you had in your machine

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    Penny and I returned late yesterday afternoon from picking up our Red Eye, circa 1910 at the Goodwill in Nashville. Too tired to unload her from our little Toyota Yaris on return, we left her safely locked up inside. This morning in the cool of the dawn air, I just had to go sneak a look at her again. Lying on her back in the Yaris, I could scan her lines more thoroughly. Opening the drawers of an antique anything is like being on a treasure hunt, and this moment was no different.
    Lifting up on one drawer, I felt extra weight I hadn't expected, and gently reached in to find a foil wrapped half box, and a handkerchief held together with a safety pin. I carefully opened the foil wrapped little package and was thrilled to find Ms. Ruby's accessories AND her original owner's manual! The kerchief was carefully undone, revealing an assortment of bobbins, keys and screwdrivers. One screwdriver was finely made steel, knurled, and had an end that unscrews to reveal yet another tinier screwdriver inside. As a tool and die maker, I know the work that it takes to create something of this precision.
    Who were you dear lady? I will never know your name or anything about your life. That saddens me, but I can still honor your memory by admiring and caring for the machine you obviously cared so much about yourself. You and your work will not be forgotten, and your beautiful machine, on which I like to think you labored so carefully to create items of fabric magic will hold a place of special remembrance in our home. May our use of your machine (she will always be yours Dear Lady) bind together our generations. Thank you again, whoever you were. Don

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    What a nice thing to write! Congrats on finding her/your Red Eye. It must have been meant for you.

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    Brought tears to my eyes, thinking about this lady sewing garments, quilts and other treasures for her family. Probably many rips repaired.

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    Wasn't this a nice thing to do. I would like to think that sometime down the road someone will feel this way about my old treadle machines. Thanks, Don.

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    What a touching story. The part about the hankerchief got me. I could just picture it.

    I own two more modern machines that were owned by women I did not know but I know their daughters and it is an honor to have their machines and care for them.

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    I'm glad she found a good home.

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    thanks for sharing that was lovely. blessings ogama

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    what a lovely note

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    What an eloquent story. Yes, these older machines have their own stories. It sounds like this machine will be treasured by its new owners.

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    Great story. If the machine could talk, what stories it could tell. All the precious garments/quilts made by it and the owner.

    Thanks for sharing. Made me appreciate things a bit more this morning.

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    A beautiful ode to Dear Lady. Thank you for sharing.

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    awesome...I just love when I find things like this....I too appreciate those who were before us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    what a lovely note
    ditto!
    dar

    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Very well-written! Lovely thoughts-

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    :) Don, your Penny is a lucky woman, and we on the QB are lucky that she shares your wonderful personality and style with us! ;)

    You have a way with words, M'friend, and I love what you've written...have felt that way more than once myself about an old machine!

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    I read this to DH and we both had tears! What a loving tribute to a woman who probably loved that machine and made many wonderful things for her family. Glad you got it because you'll treasure it.

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    Tears, thank you for writing that, I feel that way when I look at the one I got from MIL.

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    A wonderful tribute! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    May someone like you find the well loved things we leave behind.

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    How preciously she treated the machine. What a great machine to find.

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    Aw, I love this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :) Don, your Penny is a lucky woman, and we on the QB are lucky that she shares your wonderful personality and style with us! ;)

    You have a way with words, M'friend, and I love what you've written...have felt that way more than once myself about an old machine!
    Ditto

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    That was such a nice writing to read. I can only hope that someone will one day love my machines as much as I do. I'm so glad you found the Lady's machine. I'm sure you will give it the same loving care that she did.

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    What a wonerful sentiment, Don!! We can see how much you and your DW care for this machine.

    When I get my vintage machines, I like to think about the women who have sewed on them. I wonder where they sewed, for whom, and how long they and the machine worked together. Some of my machines bear battle scars from being not well cared for, and I wonder why someone would scratch words into the paint like that, or why it was left to collect rust. I like to think that these machines were meant to be mine, because I will restore them to the best of my ability, and use each one as it was intended. I love my machines, beat up or pristine, and I secretly honor the memory of the women who sewed on them.

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    I too think about the stories my vintage machines could tell. I even enjoy the scratches and scrapes, because they are part of the history. I don't even want to have them repainted.

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