Saturday, 19 September 2009

Great grandmother's sewing machine

I recently brought back home my Great-grandmother's sewing machine, that was given me a few years ago. Despite it being about 100 years old the machine still works extremely smoothly. I spent a few hours oiling the parts and working out how to use it. It took a while of tinkering to get a good stitch quality, but I got there in the end.

I like the hands-on quality of stitching with a machine that is hand-powered. I was surprised at how easy it was to manoeuvre the fabric and draw with the machine. I wonder if I could somehow use the machine in my work...


  1. these are the best....i have my grandmother's Singer, bought in Latvia in 1927 and schlepped across war-town Europe [and eventually to Australia] by the diminutive grandmother

    still in regular use and much loved

  2. A perfect machine. They were built to last.

  3. My Great-Grandmother was in service in various big houses, and my Grandma tells me that she used to carry it with her on the train. I can barely lift it to the table! I think our ancestors were made of more solid stuff.



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