Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sewing Museum

I have always been a fan of older sewing items.  It fascinates me to see how advanced sewing has become from when our ancestors were stitching away.  Beth has a linky party going to show your "museum" sewing items this week and I am going to share a few of mine.

In a past post I shared my 301a Singer with you, but I would like to share a few more.  This is an old treadle machine that belonged back in my family.  It is one of two treadles in my colleection.  Both work well, but are not used on a regular basis. 

 
Isn't the coffin cover pretty?


I love the box of attachments that go with it.  It folds out so beautifully.




Next up is my Singer 201.  This is an amazing machine and I love sewing on it.  It has a beautiful cabinet and stool.  It once belonged to my husband's aunt who was a wonderful seamstress.   Don't you love all of the attachments to this one too?  It is amazing how far sewing machines have progressed over the years.  Nowadays, we have buttons that do our hems, zig zag and all else.



My SIL gave me this little sewing machine one Christmas.  It does the most beautiful chain stitching and as the box says, "This is NOT a toy".  I love how it is a "Singer for the girls."   I guess the boys had no interest??????  Hmmmm.




Then I have my twins - the classic Featherweights.  One of them I have had for years and the other was one that my DIL had.  Her father had given it to her to sell at a garage sale.  She asked me if I thought she could get $10 for it.  When I informed her of what she had, she generously gave it to me.  Don't I have great DILs?



I love all of the old notions as well.  Vintage buttons are always wonderful - especially when they can be displayed.  Note also the great old darning ball.  How many of us still darn our holes in our socks?


Please pardon the glare.







The price of sewing notions has changed over the years.  $.39 is a steal for the tracing paper, but what about four spools of white thread for only 88 cents!!!!



This was my grandmother's sewing basket full of wooden spools that was always handy for the grandchildren to play with when they visited.



Less we forget the electric scissors......



Or how about this nifty little tool for your purse????

 
I hope you have enjoyed a few of the "museum" pieces in my collection.  Be sure to pop over to Beth's blog to check out what others are sharing.

30 comments:

beth said...

LOVE all your treasures! Thanks for linking up! ;)

Linda K said...

Gorgeous machines, and look at all those tortuous attachments! I love looking them over, but I'm sure glad I don't have to use them!

Carla said...

What fun items you have! It was fun to see them

Vroomans' Quilts said...

How lovely all your machines are!! Oh, the electric scissors - I laughed so hard as I remember my father thinking he had the perfect X-mas gift for mother with these. Used once and promptly dropped into the trash. And I just adore buttons, wonderful collection.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Oh my goodness! What a treasure trove you have and what memories they have brought back! I remember those "modern" electric scissors and good ole "Dritz" everything! Love all the sewing machines and the stories behind them.........lovely!

Lesley said...

You have a wonderful little museum! Thanks for sharing your collection!

Jill said...

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your sewing museum. Two featherweights! Pure luxury for us quilters!

Quilt Hollow said...

That was fun! I enjoyed the show and share.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What fabulous treasures Mary!!

andsewon said...

I did enjoy your tour Mary! You do have some fun things!

Barb said...

Oh my goodness...love your old timey treasures....I am coveting over here...not a good thing. That tool box is fabulous, itsn't it wonderful how they use to make things to last and look pretty too.

Elaine M said...

What lovely items. Thanks for sharing.

lindsey said...

I love old sewing items too, especially when they get passed on to me from someone who doesn't sew and is happy to find a new home for them!

Maria said...

What an interesting collection of beautiful old sewing machines and accessories..

Michelle said...

Not even the sock knitters darn their socks anymore -- at least that's what I hear. I'm always losing them before I can possibly wear them out. :-)

Candace said...

What a fantastic collection, Mary! My grandmother brought her treadle sewing machine over from Lithuania around 1912. She was a tailer of men's clothing. She tried to teach me to sew on it as a child but her English wasn't that good, so we both got frustrated. I sure would like a featherweight - to get one free is fantastic!
Cheers!

Bouts Choisis said...

That is quite a lovely little museum! I love your vintage machines - I'm quite jealous :-) If only we had more space...

Lynne said...

What a lovely collection of bits and pieces and beautiful old machines. My soon-to-be-80 (she's looking forward to it) MIL still darns socks and I know a few sock knitters much younger than that who darn too! Otherwise they carefully re-knit worn out heels and toes!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Wonderful, I love all of your old machines - thanks for sharing!

Quilter Kathy said...

This is a wonderful collection of treasures...what a fun opportunity to see these collectables!

Nat Palaskas said...

Mary, you are my twin! I love what you love too. I also have two Featherweights! I'm still using mine all the time. Thanks for sharing. You can I can blog about sewing gadgets for years! Hugs Nat

Sandra said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection of antique sewing items. I especially like the Magic Stitcher...because it "pays for itself" and fits into "any purse" just in case one might need to repair a hem on the go. lol!

Michele said...

The all are so nice and I'm sure you treasure them. I'm starting to get the itch to own a Featherweight myself.

Barbara said...

That attachment is quite something. Memories of childhood at my Grandmother's house.

Ivory Spring said...

Mary,

Your grandmother's sewing basket is just precious!!!

em's scrapbag said...

WOW! You have quite a museum. I love all the attachments. The box of them is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Carole said...

WoW! Love them all! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

You have some very cool treasures. I'm most impressed with the hemming tool for the handbag. I remember my school uniform hem coming down at school and I fixed it with sticky tape and staples til I got home for Mum to fix it!

OPQuilt said...

This tour of your museum pieces was a lovely treat!

I have a "toy" Singer machine that was my aunt's, then my mother's and now mine. I wish I had that box, too. Do you have the manual? And where do you get needles for it?

Two featherweights? That's wonderful! I use mine quite a bit, and I also got it for a steal--but not like your deal.

I also enjoyed seeing the treadles, the accessories. A lovely post!

Elizabeth
opquilt.com

Barb said...

You are so lucky to have all of these machines...my mouth is watering as I look at how beautiful they are. Thanks so much for sharing.