How do you feel about your sewing machine? I am in love with mine. I love my sewing machine for several reasons and very few of them have to do with the actual functions of the machine. There are so many awesome sewing machines and sergers on the market and I would pick my machine time and time again. My vintage sewing machine is special to me because of the many things it represents.
Why I Love My Vintage Sewing Machine
My vintage sewing machine reminds me of my husband’s love.
Browsing through a thrift store, I happened upon my machine. To be honest at first glance I looked at it and walked on. It was in a puke green cabinet with chipped paint. The machine is brown and as a new sewer I wanted something white and pretty. My husband though, saw its’ potential. We got my machine for just $25.
My husband then spent the following 2 weeks stripping off years and layers of paint off of the cabinet. The design of the cabinet has lots of grooves which made the process take longer. Under the green paint was white paint and then tan paint. Under all that paint was wood, real wood. I picked out a stain and new hardware and my cabinet is now absolutely gorgeous!
Vintage Sewing Machines have a History.
Those who are lucky enough to have received a handed down machine from family have stories to tell. Since my machine is a thrift store find, the real history is unknown to me so I make mine up. When I am sewing away on my machine creating curtains, blankets, pillows, and dresses I think about what the person who had the machine before might have made. Who were they sewing for? What amazing creations were made from this machine I am just starting to develop my skills?
Last week I went to the Fort Christmas Historical Park here in Florida and I saw so many vintage sewing machines in the replicated pioneer homes, it made my head spin. So many stories, so much history!
Vintage Sewing Machines Last Longer.
Today’s regular sewing machines are usually made from plastic parts and they break like crazy. My vintage sewing machine, like others made in the past, are created mostly from metal. When my husband was taking the machine out of the cabinet after we bought it so we can load it into our car, he dropped the machine and it went skipping down the parking lot a little bit. You know what? The machine only suffered a small scratch and nothing was damaged.
When I took my machine in to get serviced (you should do that about once a year if you sew often) the technician said my machine is in tip top shape and if I take care of it, it should last a very long time.
If you are looking for a vintage machine of your own try your local thrift stores, antique shops, and look on Ebay. My sewing machine needs the foot replaced and I am getting the part off of Ebay since I can’t just go to Sears to get replacement parts.
So, do you have a vintage sewing machine? What do you love about your machine?