Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fond Memories

 

A few days ago, I became the proud owner of this little beauty.

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She belonged to my Grandmother. (My Dad’s Mom) It has been in storage since my Nan passed away a few years ago.  She has all of her original attachments, and runs like a dream. I had no idea that these machines came with so many different feet. I honestly thought it came with one foot for everything.

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Yes, that is the original manual! As far as I can tell, these machines were made between 1910 and 1920.

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The detail is absolutely amazing. A true work of art. She looks a little dull right now, but once I clean and polish her, she’ll look almost like new!

I can remember my Nan,  sewing busily away,  creating lovely clothes for my cousin and I.  She used this machine all her life, never investing in an electric model. She made clothing for all the kids in the family, did household sewing and sewed for others, to help with her family income, all on this machine. Now I can sew on this machine, all the while thinking of my wonderful Grandmother. But, I have to be honest. I don’t think my leg muscles are strong enough to treadle for too long!  I’m grateful for my shiny new Babylock, ready and waiting whenever I need her!

Anne

4 comments:

  1. Oh wow! That's a beautiful machine. With so many great memories. Cherish it always. :)

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  2. A beautiful piece of history. This machine will last forever if cared for. Thank you for sharing it. It's magnificent!

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  3. Wow, what a beauty! And how wonderful it was passed on to such an appreciative recipient! I can see many more lovely memories being sewn on this for many more years...

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  4. That is an absolute beauty. There is one in my family that I'm hoping someday (in the DISTANT future) will get handed down to me.

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