Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Why Vintage Sewing Machines?

My mom sewed.  My Nana sewed.  I took sewing in Home Ec classes in school. Every department store and Five & Dime store had a fabric department.  During those years sturdy, well-built, easy to use sewing machines were the norm for home seamstresses.  These machines were used for making everything from jeans, draperies, wedding dresses and bathing suits.

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Time has passed, life has changed.  Fabric stores have closed, sewing machine companies were sold.  Most towns now only have a chain store for fabric, or a small selection of quilting cotton in a craft store. Sewing machines are either cheap plastic wonders from a big box store, or expensive computerized marvels.

All of those sturdy machines end up at garage sales and thrift stores - mostly being sold by folks who don't know how to sew.  Often for a low cost and some oil and elbow grease you can end up with a great workhorse sewing machine.  I can't rescue all of the machines out there, but I have brought home a few. I keep telling my sewing machine stories over and over in forums and when I meet folks, so I decided to start this blog and share some of my rescues with you.

I don't want to reinvent the wheel when it comes to resources out there, so here is a classic blog post on how to buy a vintage machine:


And a few more thoughts from this blogger:


And because buying vintage sewing machines can quickly rise to the level of having a little bit of a problem, here is some good advice on moderation:


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