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My Singers through the years

Old 04-05-2011, 02:51 PM
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All the posts about Featherweight Singers made me think about my mother's sewing machine that I acquired about 3 years ago when she passed away. I looked in the "black suitcase" and found the book, original oil can ($.53) and original sales receipt. It is a Featherweight. My dad bought it in 1957 -installment plan - $33 down and $17/mo - total of $134. I don't remember my mother using it but I used it a lot in high school during the early '60s to make my clothes and costumes for high school variety shows. I also made my little sister's flower girl dress for my wedding (we are about 17 years apart!).

But before that, I had a little toy Singer that I used to make doll clothes.

My first purchased Singer -a Slant Needle 404 (think these were made in late '50s-early '60s) - bought from an elderly lady in 1970. Her husband made a nice cabinet for it with a drawer and folding sides. Used it about 4-5 years.

My second purchase (about '74) was a Singer Touch & Sew Model 775 with built in decorative stitches and cams. I loved this machine and it was a work horse!! Used it for more than 30 years to make everything from clothes (myself, 2 sons & ex-dh) to drapes to doing upholstery work. In 1997 I made my first quilt - a double wedding ring for my son and his wife. Why didn't someone tell me this was a difficult pattern?? Jeesh! It took me 6 months to sew all those little pieces!!

Then I bought a Janome Memory Craft 9700 with embroidery about 3 years ago. Now I love this machine!

My first Singer
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My mother's portable Featherweight 221
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My first purchased Singer -Slant Needle 404 from late '50s- early '60s
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Touch & Sew Model 775
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:54 PM
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Beautiful machines!!
Is the first one actually a toy??? It looks like an antique. I don't know anything about them (and No, I'm not saying you're an antique lol)
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Is the first one actually a toy??? It looks like an antique.

The first is a toy - hand crank - very time consuming!
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beautiful collection!
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What a beautiful collection and such wonderful memories too :D:D:D
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