I've been sitting here enjoying my Saturday morning coffee and I started thinking about my first sewing machine. I borrowed this photo from ebay because it reminds me of my first one. When it quit working back in the early 1990s I tossed it out instead of saving it. I thought I'd never want to see it again but now I wish I'd kept it for nostalgia's sake.
Here's the story of that old vintage Sears Kenmore machine .....................................................
Back in the late 1960s, I was a young married with a two-year-old and very little money to spend on things like sewing machines. I wanted one so very much and one day I saw an ad in the newspaper that Sears had a machine for only $59. I got myself and my little boy cleaned up and we went shopping. Downtown.
The salesman showed me the machine and told me how very wonderfully it sewed, how well-made it was, you know, the sales pitch. I didn't care about anything except that I had enough cash to pay for it and I could take it home with me. It was just about the color of this one above but I can't remember much more about the dials and gadgets. I paid for it and was ready to leave the store and had to carry the thing in my arms as the $59 did NOT include the cover. I got the machine head and the base it set on. That's it. And I was SO happy that I didn't care one bit. Other than it weighed a lot and carrying it to my parking place wasn't so fun. Years later I bought a like new case at a garage sale for $2 and that completed my sewing so perfectly.
That machine was used to make curtains, clothing, crafts, hemming, alterations, and anything else that I could think of that needed sewn. It died on me in 1993 when I was making a poodle skirt to wear to a 1950s party. The machine froze up solid and nothing would make it do anything. The needle wouldn't go up or down, nothing would happen. It was as if it had died.
I went shopping for a new machine and had no idea what I wanted or what I could afford. The machine I bought was a Pfaff Hobbymatic, non-electronic, because it was at the price I was willing to pay. I loved that Pfaff and it sewed like a dream. And it still does and I still love it. Since then, I've added a Bernina and a Viking, plus a few old-time vintage machines to my sewing collection. Can a woman own too many? I guess I'd have to say, "nope."
I'd love for you to tell me about the very first machine you owned. Please share your story!
Gotta' go for now. TTFN.