Tag Archives: Vintage Sewing Machines

I Just Can’t Help Myself

Do they have self help groups for sewing machine collectors? It started with the Davis Vertical Feed Treadle made in New York. Then the Davis New Victory Treadle made in Dayton Ohio. Then the 1924 Singer hand Crank, then the 1939 Singer 221 Featherweight, Then the 1969 Singer Fashion Mate. Then the 1958 Singer 404 slant needle. Then the 1953 Singer 301A made in Anderson, SC. Then the turquoise Free Westinghouse from the 50’s with Statue of Liberty decals on it. Then the 1953 Singer 15-91 in the cabinet, that I still haven’t refinished yet. Then also from the 50’s the pink and grey Idle Hour made in Japan. The newest addition is a 1961 Singer 503A. Which I obtained from Good Will. It runs great but the needle tension needs some adjustment. I have it on zero but it is still tight.

Singer Model 503A
She’s a beauty.

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I have attachments and oodles of cams.

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I haven’t even told you about the 4 Baby Lock sewing machines I have, not to mention the Nolting Mid-arm! Lord have mercy.

Meet Libby

Meet Libby

This is Libby. I’m a sucker for anything “Statue of Liberty”! She has a statue of Liberty decal on her base and her motor. Libby is a Free-Westinghouse, made in Japan sewing machine from the late 1950’s. She sews a straight & a zigzag stitch. Free doesn’t mean she was free, Mr. Free made sewing machines. She has been thoroughly clean and re-wired and now purrs like a kitten.

Libby’s case arrived a bit smashed. It is made of wood, so I decided to try to mend it (what did I have to loses). I reinforced the broken corner using drywall tape and proceeded to decoupage her. I have never decoupaged anything before, but I think I did ok, and now the case has been reborn.

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Another Davis Vertical Feed

Last week in my blog I talked about cleaning one of my treadle machines. Well, I couldn’t leave the other one dusty. I had not opened either one in over ten years. The first one I discovered is a New Victory by Davis Vertical Feed Sewing Machine Company of Dayton, Ohio. I bought it about 1998 in Occoquan, Virginia. When I opened my other treadle I saw it was also a Davis Vertical Feed. I bought this machine in 1980 in Utica, NY. I think it is just so ironic that they are both made by Davis Sewing Machine Company, originally from Watertown, NY. My next trick will be to actually sew on one of my treadle machines.

Davis Vertical Feed

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My 1924 Singer Model 99 Handcrank

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I’ve been busy getting quilt labels done for customer’s Christmas Quilts. Today I’m feeling nostalgic, just goofing around (I did manage to mop the kitchen floor). I got out my Singer handcrank. I don’t know how they manage to sew with one hand and crank with the other, I’m just not that coordinated! But, she sure runs smooth, a thing of beauty!