**Notice** I love vintage machines, but am not an expert. I can't help you with repair, parts or dating or giving you an estimate on the value of your machine. I can not answer emails asking what your machine is worth or how old it is. Please check the links at the bottom of the page for other sites that can help you.
What is this Quiltmaker to do when a lonely and unloved vintage machine is cast aside in favor of a modern computerized wonder-model? I adopt them! I love them, each and everyone!
It seems the more "modern" machines advance to become computer driven and pre-programmed, producing die-cut perfection in their abilities, the more I feel that real skill is taken from the Quiltmaker, and atrributed rather to the machine, instead of the person driving it!
The fancier the machines get, and the more expensive their add-ons and abilities, the more I want to run to my vintage friends, leaving the wonder-machines to those who want to live in the modern world. I'm more of a piecer, than an embellisher, so all I really need is a super straight stitch, along with the occassional zig zag for when I actually NEED to sew on a button by machine, or perhaps join scraps of batting together to make a piece that is big enough for whatever quilt I am getting ready to quilt!
There is NOTHING like sewing on a vintage machine. Nothing in the world can connect you to Quiltmakers Past than feeling the hum of their machines beneath your fingertips as the fabric pieces feed through.
These are the machines in my household! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Click on each thumbnail to see the full size pic. Click the highlighted name to view any associated blog post to learn more about each machine and how they came to abide with me.
~Great Links for Vintage Machine Collectors~
Antiques of a Mechanical Nature
Sewing Machines at Ruby Lane
Sewing Machine Collector
Sewing machine Parts.net
Dating charts for Singer Machines
ID Your Singer Model
Bob Campbell's Guild to Toy Sewing Machines
Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog
Care and Maintenance of Treadle Base
Machine Conversion and Tubing Belt
Cleaning and Refurbishing of Singer Machines ((66 & 99))
Info on VS, 127, 128 Singers
Trade Literature from the Smithsonian --fascinating!
Singer 66 tension assembly repair
Cleaning Vintage Machines - McKenna Linn
Packing a machine head (no case) for shipping