Thursday, October 08, 2009

The find of the century for me

I absolutely love antiques, and over the years I've acquired a few really nice pieces. One that I've wanted since I was 13 has eluded me all these years. When I'd actually find one, I couldn't afford it. That changed yesterday.

My friend Michelle (you can check out her work here at, Breeze and I had our semi-weekly goof-off day and went to a couple of antique/thrift/consignment stores here in town. I walked into one of the rooms of the first store and there it sat. I gasped, looked at the price tag, and thought, "Someday I'll have one." The owner then told us that the merchandise on the floor was 50% off, and my wheels started to turn. When I asked if it was 50% off the original or the marked down price, I'd already decided that I COULD afford it either way. She said it belonged to a friend of hers, so she was sure it would be off the original price. She then walked away, and I continued to look at other things in the room, feeling myself drawn to this beauty. The store owner came back in and said that she had called her friend, and the friend was willing to sell it for 50% off the marked down price. My jaw dropped, and I immediately pulled the tag and told her I'd be buying it and taking it with me. Check it out!

A Singer treadle sewing machine! WITH ALL THE ATTACHMENTS!

When I got home last night, I did some research, looked up the first digit of the serial number, and found out that it was manufactured between 1908-1909. Upon closer inspection, I found that the bobbin is still threaded, but the thread is so old that it breaks if I pull too hard.
I am so excited that I finally got my treadle machine!!


Blogger Lindsay Thirlwell said...

wow I am soooooooo jealous, what an amazing find. do you know if it still works - i bet it does those things were definately made to last x

10/8/09, 6:37 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I need to get a new belt for it, but aside from that, it seems to be in working condition.

10/8/09, 7:43 PM  
Blogger Nesa said...

okay, I am weeping with joy for you here, and also a little sad at the same time. That is identical to the one that I learned to sew on that sat in my grandmother's home for so long. It was the only thing I wanted when she passed away, but unfortunately I didn't get it.

It is a beautiful find, and if all you have to do is replace a belt, you got it for a STEAL!!

10/12/09, 12:50 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Aw, Nes. I'm sorry you didn't get your grandmother's. I have a feeling I'm going to be in the same situation with my grandma's sewing machine.

10/16/09, 6:07 PM  

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