Sunday, 16 November 2008

singer

I've been looking for a sewing machine for ages. Not a fancy one that does a million different embroidery stitches, but a simple, heavy, sturdy one, one that's made well, and will last...


I must have been talking about my search to my Grandma; about how all I could find were plastic ones for loads of money. And a few weeks ago, look what she gave me...


The sewing machine she received for her 18th birthday. This machine is over 50 years old and still going strong, it's still got the original bulb in the light, all the original bits and pieces in the little green singer cardboard box, including this scary looking contraption...


She used this machine to sew clothes for herself, for my mum and her brothers when they were little, countless things I'm sure. It sews beautifully; slightly slow, because when it was bought, it went too fast, so my Granddad altered it. It feels steady to sew, it's such a pleasure to use.

I'll treasure it.

9 comments:

Dana and Daisy said...

what a lovely gift! I'm sure you'll treasure it and think of your grandmother every time you use it!

Gina said...

How wonderful. Such a beautiful machine. (I think the scarey contraption makes ruffles!)

Ali said...

How wonderful - I have an old old machine too and live in fear of it giving up the ghost and having to get to grips with something new-fangled and electronic.

Do I sound like a granny?

amisha said...

how beautiful, sarah. i can imagine how lovely it is to sew with that machine that has seen so much history and so much love.
xo

Anna said...

what a beautiful gift! the contraption may (just may..) be a binding attachment.

Iris @ Pied Crow Press said...

Oh, it's stunning! What an amazing gift. Your grandmother sounds like a smart old gal - she must be, to save such a beautiful machine for so long.
I can't wait to see what you'll make! :)

acornmoon said...

How lovely, I am sure you will treasure this very practical gift.

LornaSmithStudio said...

Hi...I was given a sewing machine for my birthday about 3 years ago. It wasn't new but it's not as old (or as lovely) as your sewing machine but I have no idea how to use it! I've tried several times without much success....the last time I used it I managed to bend and break the only needle I had. I thought it was rather clever of me :O)
I hope you have many years of please with your sewing machine...it looks wonderful.
Gorgeous photo of the sky by the way.
Lorna X

Jessica said...

those are the best kind of gifts - it looks beautiful!