Meet My Babies!
While I love my modern machines (one Phaff & one Janome) I have to say I am looking at my collection of vintage machines more and more, I know how well they sew and how sturdy they are, not to mention how beautiful they are and I think it is time to get them working again. I learned to sew on a treadle and love how they work, I often think that sometimes you have more control with a treadle, but perhaps that's just me, at the very least you get some exercise!
So here is a little look at my collection of vintage machines, I don't know much about dating machines but I am starting to research them as I go. I have already started restoring them, Just the basics like new belts on the treadles and taking apart the bobbin casings and cleaning them etc, but I intend to do more as I learn more about these gorgeous creatures!
The best thing though is that each one has a story which sadly I don't know but I wish I did. The Free is the one that fascinates me the most & the only one I know the story for. This machine was gifted to me by an elderly friend of my father. My Father had befriended Frank while on a job painting his house. As Frank was a widower, quite elderly and partially blind Dad took it on himself to look after Frank a bit and check in on him weekly etc. I would often go with Dad to see him and he'd often tell me about his late wife and show me her belongings which included the Free. I was enchanted by it, I was somewhere between 8 - 13, I already knew how to sew and to me this machine was the most magical thing I had ever seen! So for many years I had a sort of strange love affair of sorts with this machine.
Frank decided that he could no longer keep up his house and that it was time to move into a care facility however before he did this he gave the machine to my Dad to give to me. I was overwhelmed that he had given me this special gift (I have a vague recollection that it may have actually been his wedding present to his late wife) I was about 14 and I was terrified of touching it, it was just so special to me. I continued to adore it from afar for that year before I finally felt brave enough to try it. it worked perfectly, I almost felt like no time had passed between the time Franks wife had last used it! To this day it holds a special place in my home and heart!
If you believe in fate in any way how's this... At a time when Singer machines were so popular in this country and were even being made here how did this American machine end up in a shop on Perkins Street Newcastle? The Domestic Machinery Company, 9 Perkins street to be precise and from what I can gather from my research 9 Perkins street would potentially have been where the DJ's car park now stands and as InVintaged has now moved into the Emporium (ground floor of DJ's) the Free has come home!
If you want to know more about Sewing machine history or want to find out about that little old machine you have hidden away that your aunt left you I suggest you check out this link, this gentleman's site is brilliant, so much information & it has made me re look at my 2 singers in a different light!