Friday, February 18, 2011
My “Other” Sewing Machines
When I posted the other day about the sewing machines I used through the years I neglected to talk about my two antique machines. I purchased the larger Singer on an auction because it reminded me of the one I learned to sew on, plus it sold really cheap. It is the same model as my mother’s but it is a newer version.It is a straight stitch only machine that is gear driven not belt driven.
This larger machine is a 15-91 and was manufactured 1951 in a factory called Elizabethport in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Isn’t it amazing I can pinpoint the year and the other information about my machines? This website helped to id the machines and this one helped to find the manufacture date. On this second web page I am not quite sure about the headings “Quantity Allotted, Date Allotted, and Year Allotted” and what they mean.
I purchased this machine in the wooden cabinet and that too looks similar to the one Mom had. When I got the machine home I cleaned it up and oiled it then I sewed on it. It still has a very nice straight stitch. I used it a little and then put it back down into the cabinet and have not run it again and have it setting as a table near my front door. I am thinking I need to get it out and make a project on it.
I just need to get this one out and sew something on it too. The problem is I love my 730 Bernina and want to use it all the time…what a dilemma!
I love the decals on both of these machines. The Featherweight has almost no wear on it so don’t think it was stitched on much and the 15-91 has most of it’s decals too. I think it is interesting that on the 15-91 machine the wear it does have is around the top of the harp and I wonder if the past owner had a pin cushion around it there. I have seen photos of these old machines with a pin cushion in the very spot where the decal is wearing off.
Don’t you wonder about who the women were that owned these older machines? Did they quilt or sew clothing? Maybe they had the machine but didn’t like sewing so maybe that is why there is no or little wear on the decals. It is just too bad the machines can’t talk to us and tell us their stories. What will our newer machines say about us? Will they be around years later like these machines are or will they be like all the computers we have and be junked out after a few years because the electronics and computer parts are not replaceable?