Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Someone Else's Stash

Last summer on my 25th birthday, I received one of the most amazing gifts I've ever gotten from Mr. N and his whole family--Grandma V's Singer sewing machine.

At first I thought it was just a sewing table, but hiding inside is the most beautiful machine I've ever seen.

The details are incredible:

I was completely overwhelmed by such an incredibly beautiful, historic, and personal gift. But it got better. Inside the drawers were all kinds of notions neatly packed and stored for use.
Bias tape, bra straps, hooks and eyes, all neatly packaged and organized. Thanks, by the way, for ignoring my big crazy foot and my own disorganized stash on the right.

An old ruler.

Various belt buckles.

Lots of thread, old and new(ish).

I'll never know what Dennison gummed labels are, because this box was filled with small metal parts.

And my favorite item, elastic. Specifically "woven elastic for hose supporters/bras." 29 cents.
It's so cool to have a peek into history, when sewing was a necessity instead of the hobby/lost art it is today. I consider myself a decent seamstress but I'm spoiled by my electric machine. I tried sewing with the foot pedal and, well, it takes more than a little finesse. I know Grandma V could sew circles around me.
Thanks, Mr. N and family, for this incredible gift, and thanks, Grandma V, for passing your stash along to me. I've never met you but I feel like I know you a little bit.


  1. Nice job documenting all the vintage sewing paraphernalia! I hope we never forget how easy our lives are.

  2. Well said, Mr. N. And wow, what a wonderful gift. That metal plate on the sewing arm (?) is incredible. The whole thing looks like it's in such great condition. What a sweet family. Thanks for sharing your treasure with us!

  3. What a gift, Beth! So delighted for you...what a sweet treasure hunt through the drawers...like seeking treasures on the beach! Blessings to you both...see you soon...Betsy+Ed

  4. Such fantastic condition! I have a 1955 Singer my mom-in-law purchased for $5 at a yard sale. I want so badly to try it out, but, alas, I have to find some instructions! I was introduced to the beauty of old machines by a lady who brought some of her collection to our local museum - absolutely amazing. She sews "green," by taking off the motor and putting on a hand crank.
    Good luck learning the rhythm of this beauty!

  5. Please, please update me! We need some pictures of the apt now that the final move in is accomplished. Or pics of a new project? Help me, I need to see a new blog post!! :)