Thursday, January 17, 2019

Repairs and Sewing Machines

One of those weeks; worked hard, got stuff done and didn't finish any projects.

One job was mending. Got out my Featherweight White Singer (love). It couldn't handle the jeans belt loop repairs.

Got out my vintage PFAFF 219-5. Wouldn't work, motor made noise, nothing else happened (and this is my go-to machine!) - haven't done any sewing for at least 5 years.

Finally went to my 'big' storeroom and hauled up my Mom's Black Singer - 1950's era. HEAVY.

It worked. I zig-zagged some patches on to a pair of 30 year old never wear out blue jeans with my heavy duty needle (amazed I even found one in my sewing supplies).  Turned the cam 'dial' to 0 (zero) and straight stitched.

Replaced the bobbin case in 2009 (receipt still in bag with bobbin case).

Learned how to sew and made many clothes on this machine. All my sibs did - and the guys gave it a really tough workout. 

My sister is a master of sewing machines and a master of creating with fabric. 

My big love before computers (1981 was my Computer Heaven intro) was sewing. I took all the sewing classes in high school and when a course number was changed I took that class again too. My sewing teacher helped me make my grad dress (slippery material, lined, side zipper, all sorts of tough little details - who knew!).

So, back to repairing jeans - and a shirt with a pocket problem and t-shirts that needed the 'shirt over shirt look' added.

Skills returned as I used the machine - filling bobbins, needle inserted correctly, correct threading - all remembered. Found what I needed in my sewing drawers, much of it is vintage.

I used that machine so many hundreds of hours since I first started sewing in my pre-teens (remember doll clothes?), through high school projects, repairing, hemming, altering. 

My parents gave me a Kenmore when I graduated. Used it for a great many years. Moved on to a Cortina when the Kenmore needed big repairs (sort of 'traded up') - I remember how thrilled I was to have a working machine again (and I made most of my clothes for a great many years as well as my little son's until he noticed, around grade 4 that I was making - not buying his clothes, made a few neat shirts for my DH too in those years, some vests and Tshirts for my Mom and Dad, things like that).

The poor Cortina met its maker when the grown up son and his friend borrowed my machine to repair jeans and bent the metal rod that holds the presser foot and needle. I did not have positive thoughts about that!

Missed Singers. As you can see I am back at the beginning with Mom's 1950's era Black 306K Singer. Went online to check out the 306K, based on the serial # I am thinking in was a 1954 made machine - a lot of info available.

Nice memory lane visit for me.


Thanks for visiting today.


p.s. - jeans repairs not completed yet and there is another t-shirt to work on as well

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  1. My mom, a home economics teaacher, sent me off to college with a brown 301 like yours and I sewed with it till my late twenties. Sold it when we left Guam as we were overweight for our Navy shipment. Thought my mother would never speak to me again. Finally found one last year and bought it. They are treasures and I named mine Mavis after my mom.

  2. I tried to learn to sew, but just was not my thing. I did not like taking out and redoing. Took home make in school but stuck to cooking, not sewing. However, our mother made all our cloths until we were in high school. We had some pretty feed sack dresses.

  3. Oh, how I loved seeing your machines! Nothing like mending to make things right in the world again! I have one machine - a Bernina and I love it. I brought home our bedspread to launder and repair. I would love to see what you did to the t shirt!
    Ruth Ann has lots of vintage machines and turned an old electric Singer into a tread one so she can sit on her front porch and sew. She is an artist at quilting. I am more of a hacker!

  4. Fascinating post, Joy! I was never that great at sewing but I did a lot of it in my younger years. Your machines are so cool. Love that it was the oldest one that did the trick :)

  5. p.s. I used to sew and embroider leather chokers on that machine. It really is tough.

  6. Hi Joy! Your sewing skills and knowledge is now a lost art, I believe. I have my Mom’s Singer from the early 1950’s...lent it to a friend and it hasn’t worked since! Bummer. I admire your talent! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Good to hear from you. ��

  7. Loved this post since it reminds me how I used to sew all my clothes. Over the years I got so busy that it is impossible to find time for sewing. Then I bought a new machine and made an apron. Brought back some fond memories. Hopefully I can find time for some sewing. Thanks for this post.

  8. The hubs doesn't get why one needs more than one machine! I have light weight, heavy weight and serger. You've reminded me I need to get back to them.

  9. I am still hopeless at sewing yet every year I try to make something, I never learn. Love all your old machines and the stories that go with them.

  10. I love all of your vintage machines! I wish I had kept my mom's machine but I didn't have room for it when she wanted to get rid of it. I still have my 37 year old Montgomery Ward's machine but it finally gave out last spring.
    Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

  11. I love that you had so many options when you needed a sewing machine! I have one and if it broke down, I'd be hooped!! X Chy

  12. I never really got into sewing, but I often wish I had! I'd love to have the skills to create something out of fabric. I am always so impressed by those who can! I can definitely relate to your week, though - got a lot done, but didn't finish anything. I feel like that sums up my life sometimes. Ha! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

  13. Joy,
    Thank you for stopping byWWBH and sharing you post about your vintage Singer machine. I have an old Singer too. They are so beautiful. I haven't used it in a while but it works. I remember taking sewing classes in school. So different today. I enjoyed going down memory lane with you.
    Have a lovely day.

  14. Joy, I feel your pain. I love the old machines! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  15. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and more Link Party. I pinned this! Hope to have you join us again next week.

  16. Joy,
    Love your vintage sewing machine. Please stop by Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop since you are being features.

  17. Wonderful story straight from your heart. Mom's sewing machine is still going that is wonderful. Machines you buy now don't last even 20 years. I love to sew. Have a great week, Kippi #kippiathome

  18. What a fun collection of sewing machines you have!


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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