Vintage and Classic

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I teased you a bit at the end of my last post with a side shot of this gorgeous vintage machine’s front plate.

I absolutely cannot stop staring at this beauty. I have to hide her away in her case just so I can get something done during the day, because I could look at her for hours.

Can you blame me with that shiny black enamel and the chrome scroll plates?! I can’t believe I finally own this machine.

Most mornings, I curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and either knitting or the iPad. I don’t check my email or do anything productive (I make no sense until about 9:00 AM). No, instead I peruse Craigslist and look for things that I could hoard. Who doesn’t want to spend their morning thinking of ways that they can hide a large amount of vintage sewing notions and machines from their husband?

I saw this machine online a few months ago, and debated whether or not I should contact the seller. I didn’t really need it. I have my Bernina, which I love, love, love, and I had a back-up machine (my first little Kenmore). A few weeks ago though, I gave my Kenmore to Jessica, who was sewing on a new Brother that was driving her crazy. I couldn’t let her risk being arrested for chucking her machine out the window, so I gave her my spare.

When this machine popped back up on Craigslist soon after, I knew I needed to have it to replace my back-up machine. It’s also just so damn pretty! Nevermind that it weighs as much as a 5th grader. I know she’ll chug right through thick denim and leather like it’s nothing.

For those of you who don’t have much experience with vintage sewing machines, this is a Singer 201-2, commonly known as a “Dressmaker”. I’m not going to post all the specifics of the machine here, as there is a great blog post on this machine at the Sew-Classic Blog you can read. From looking up the serial number on the Singer website, I found out she was made in 1941.

The woman I bought the machine from absolutely loved this machine, and she was really sad to see it go. I had to promise it was going to a good home, and that it would be well-loved and used. She had it completely tuned up and also rewired, which is wonderful. It’s been in storage for a while so it needs oiled again, and I’m going to have Tony the Tiger over at Modern Domestic give me a lesson on taking this machine apart and really cleaning it out.

I’ve got to find a good, prominent place to display her when I’m not using her too. I need to be able to see this machine at all times! I should probably name her too… something old-fashioned…. any ideas?

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  • http://www.jaggedrose.se/ Jennie

    Tabitha! Sounds like a pretty vintage name to me :) I think my mum has an old singer hidden in the garage, it’s attached to a lovely old table.

    • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

      Tabitha– I like it! I was also thinking along the lines of Myrtle or Ruby.

      Ooo- you should go see what machine your Mom has hidden away. Maybe it’s an old gem as well!

      • http://www.jaggedrose.se/ Jennie

        I promise next time I visit her, I’ll take a photo of it, just for you :)

      • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

        Oh yes, please do! :) I’m interested to see what she has.

  • http://twitter.com/Sunfeet22 Jessica Caldwell

    Here’s a list of the most popular girls names from the 1940s: http://www.thinkbabynames.com/popular/0/us/1940-1949 if you want to name her based on her age ;) Ruby is pretty too.

    Either way, she’s in a good home!

    • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

      What a good idea! I like Shirley the Singer…. or Rita or Charlotte. Charlotte the Singer…. I could get used to that. Thanks, Jessica! ;)

  • Utahprincipal801

    My dear mother would be 100 this year. My sister-in-law has her Singer in the modified treadle sewing cabinet that was converted to electricity before I was born. I learned to sew on it, and it still has the most beautiful stitch. Such treasures, these little machines! It is so lucky to have you!

    • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

      That’s wonderful that her machine is still being used. It breaks my heart to see these amazing machines as decoration and not put to good use. I almost cried when I saw one set out in someone’s garden once! I am so glad to have her here with me.

  • Lori

    Alvina!

    • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

      I thought about that! :) Isn’t her middle name Sophia? Sophia the Singer?

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