Friday, August 23, 2013

Goodwill find

Last weekend I visited a Goodwill - first time ever - with my college bound son.  He needed some kitchen stuff for his apartment.  I thought I'd see if I could find a antique sewing machine.

I did!

I've absolutely no idea if I got a good deal or not.  But my son encouraged me to buy.

Turning the flywheel makes the needle go up and down.
Well, there isn't actually a needle (smile).  Pressure foot also works.

The treadle does its thing.  I just need to attach the belt (or perhaps buy a new one.)

Decals are in reasonably good shape.

There was a box of accessories and an instruction book.   So far I can't find anything like a serial number.  There is a gold plate affixed to it and google tells me that this catalog company was in business from mid 1800s to 1929.

Anyone know anything about this?  I will spend some time cleaning it up and will try to get it working.  I think it will make a great backdrop for a quilt display.

Happy Stitching!


  1. I learned to sew on a machine like that, it was my great grandmothers and had a shuttle not a bobbin. I wish I had it now.

  2. It's beautiful! What a lucky find.

  3. What a cool sewing machine... beautiful cabinet too!

    Freshmen in my HS home ec class had to sew on treadles... it was "interesting" because I operated my mother's electric Singer quite well by then... but it was fun once I got the hang of it.

  4. The only thing I can say about that, is that it is a beauty! Great find!

  5. Wow. Lucky find! Good for you, girl!

  6. What a beautiful find! Is there not a name anywhere on it, that says who made it?

  7. What a beautiful find! Is there not a name on it anywhere, that says who made it?

  8. Beautiful machine. My mother had one similar, same type cabinet, the machine was a Singer, but it said so on the machine. The wood was in pretty bad shape on the top of the machine, and my sister-in-law wanted it so when we broke up my Mom's place, she got it. Not sure if she ever did anything with it. Now that I'm a quilter, I wish I would have kept it. Oh well...............Thanks for the memories of that wonderful machine that I played with for hours on end way back in the good ole' days!!


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