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Thread: Grandmas sew machine

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    Senior Member omgtimmcgraw's Avatar
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    Grandmas sew machine

    I am cleaning up my sewing room. My husband is letting me put his grandmothers sewing machine on a shelf in my room. I am happy to have it as art in my room. I don't know if it works but I don't think so until I replace belts. My mother in law is brining me her sewing machine that she had when she was a kid which works and is still in box so I could place it next to hher moms. I can't wait to put hers up there. Here is grandmas machine. Wish we still had the table it sat in. Happy to have it either way.
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    What a lovely idea. Wish I had the space to do the same.

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    I have the same machine...a Singer 185K....it's a 3/4 machine....but heavy....sews beautifully. You should give her a tune-up, and put her to work
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    what a great item to have in your sewing room! It will probably make you smile each time you glance up at it. =)
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    Oh, it's beautiful! I just love old machines. Fix it up. I bet it will outsew any new machine.

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    The 185 was the first machine I purchased. A real workhorse - sewed many foam back drapes on that machine. After my girls were born I traded it in for a zig-zag. On Ebay they are selling for more than I paid for machine and cabinet which I think was $79.00 (a lot of money in 1962 or 63).

    Carolyn

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    Think I will look into getting new belts for it if it powers up. Right now it's on a shelf. Might take it to get serviced. Has not been used in yrs. we had it for almost 3yrs. Right when I was learning.

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    A beautiful machine. I think it's the first green one I have seen.
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    Wonderful machine quite the workhorse!

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    I have the same machine. Got it at a yard sale with the cabinet in perfect condition. She sews beautifully. Have fun with her.

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    Family sewing machines are so prescious. I have my mother's and her mother's(my Bigmama) which are Singer 15-0's and I just cannot part with them even though I can't use them all the time. I have my Janome MC 7000 that I bought in the '90's, a FW, an inexpensive Brother I bought at Walmart to use for classes(it is so light and sews great) and my new Brother PX 1500. How do you sew with them all!

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    I see you also have the second most important thing - chocolate. Congrats!

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    That's one of the ones I want to collect but have yet to find. Awesome that you have it and even better that it was owned and used by a family member!
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    I have the same machine and I see yours was also made in Canada. I got mine for $15 and I love it. It sews beautiful straight stitches. I think it's great that you are displaying it.

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    Seeing this little green machine reminded me of...I rented this model from a Singer store for $5.00 to make maternity clothes shortly after getting married. I worked fast and only needed it a month. 1959.
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    Might have to find a manual just looking at it I don't have a clue even how to use except press the pedal.

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    What a treasure - for the both of you. I have my grandmothers 1939 model Singer machine in its original cabinet. Unfortunately, the electrical cord is so brittal I have removed it from the machine. I took it apart and cleaned - everything moved smoothly. With power I think it would work fine. Thanks for reminding me I need to get busy and fix it!

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    Great machine!!!!

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    Yes those old machines are great. I have my mother's old White machine. She bought it in 1958 and treasured it always. Just remembering prices of lots of things in 1962. I bought my first new car then. Just a little over $2,000.00. I think I only made $60.00 a week at the time. Gasoline was less than a quarter per gal.
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    Great idea!
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    A beautiful machine...

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