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What Was This Sewing Machine Used For?

The sewing machine shown below was recently discovered in one the old mills in New York Mills, NY. It was brought to the November NY Mills Historical Society. We are trying to figure out what it was used for. There are no markings whatsoever on this machine. It was lovingly cleaned by one of the historical society members.

New York Mills, NY has had textile mills from the early 1800’s till until 1956. They manufactured muslin, wool, corduroy and during the war years Jungle Cloth.

The sewing machine is about the size of a Singer 221 Featherweight. Does anyone know who made it and what it was used for?

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My Sewing Machine Obsession

Sewing Machine Obsession
I went to my Bee last night and my friend Faye asked is I wanted an old sewing machine (well, YEAH). She wasn’t sure what it was. We went up stairs and opened the case. I saw right away that it was a Singer. Not only a Singer, but a 1955 Singer Model 99K. I sewed on that model for over 20 years before succumbing to computerized sewing. Research says it was made in Clydebank, Scotland, but the machine shows Made in Canada. I brought her home last night, and this morning I oiled and cleaned her, got her all adjusted. She sews beautifully!

I know I’m repeating myself, but below is the rest of my Vintage Sewing Machine Obsession:

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1924 Singer Hand-crank
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1939 Singer 221 Featherweight
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1953 Singer 301a Slant Needle. This machine reminds of a locomotive.
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1953 Singer 15-91. This machine has really beautiful stitches, perhaps because the tension is on the front plate and offers a straight line from the thread spool to the needle.
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1958 Singer 404 Slant Needle
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1961 Singer 503a. I need to play with this machine, it has many cams for decorative stitches.
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1969 Singer 237 Fashion Mate. I learned to sew on a machine like this in high school.
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Davis New Victory Treadle
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Davis Vertical Feed Treadle
Free Westinghouse Sewiwng Machine
Free Westinghouse class 15. I bought this because it has Statue of Liberty decals on it! I call her Libby.

Below is my Idle Hour, another class 15. I absolutely love the colors of this machine. This is the heaviest machine I own, sews great. It reminds me of Vintage Buick!
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Myrtle May & Me

I decided to take Myrtle May out for a run. Myrtle May is my Singer 301A, hey that rhymes! She had been cleaned and tuned up and she now purred like a kitten. Not bad for a gal that is 60 years old. You see, Myrtle May & I are both turning 60, we were both born in 1953.

I ventured into sewing room number 2 where I park some of my sewing machines and set up Myrtle May and my Babylock Serger. I had 3 shirts that had been cut out since last summer and this was a good day to give Myrtle May a workout and git em done!

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I have been wearing the same shirt for 10 years. It started out with long sleeves and a collar. First the long sleeves went, then the collar. You see, I am a Flasher – Hot Flasher that is is. I love cotton shirts.

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This is a gift from my Aunt Judy for my birthday. My two dachshunds don’t know what to think about them!
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