Sunday, May 23, 2010


I went to a few garage sales yesterday morning, picking up a few little items but nothing really special...a couple of books, some Disney Princess things for Ashlynn, some wooden puzzles for the kids.  Then yesterday afternoon, about 3:00, I was on my way home from running a few errands and decided to take a different way home since there was a long line at the red light.  I came across a garage sale sign, and decided on a whim to swing by and see if they were still open.  They were.

Being that late in the day, I didn't expect to find a lot, and sure enough, there were "slim pickins".  I asked the woman if she happened to have any fabric, and no, she did not.  We talked, and she mentioned she didn't sew, but she did do crafts.  I told her I liked to quilt, but wasn't into sewing clothes.  One thing led to another, and she mentioned she had her grandmother's sewing machine in the house, just hadn't wanted to drag it out because it was so heavy.  I asked if it was a Singer, and yes, it was.  A treadle machine, and she said it still works.  $35.  She led me into the house to look at it, and even with my sunglasses on in a dark room, I told her I'd take it.

I've not seen a base like this one before.  They're metal legs, and by the looks of it, I'd say they're original.  In checking the serial number on the Singer website, the machine was manufactured in 1936.

I'll clean it up and see if I can work it, just for grins.  But if I'm doing this one, I have another that I've got to pay attention to.  John and Bonnie brought me Mom's old Singer when they moved out here a few years ago, and it's on my list to re-finish that cabinet and get it in the house.   That machine has special meaning, since it's the one I learned to sew on.  I have a feeling that both of these projects will move to the top of my list after I return from my vacation in June.

And with summer coming on, I won't be watching the grandkids on a regular basis.  Elise has been Monday-Friday, and Rhett and Ashlynn on Mondays.   I have a feeling though that I'll still see them pretty often.  ;)

That's it for now. 


Sherry said...

LUCKY YOU!!! Great find.

Karen Joy said...

If you want ideas and help with fixing the machines up, check out She has all sorts of old machines, and links to other sites.

Congrats on the treadle, especially at such a great price.

Sherry said...

I just remembered. There's also a quiche recipe in the Friends cookbook.

Liz said...

You were wearing sunglasses in the dark room? Or just your transition lenses didnt transition back yet? :)

elsie123 said...

I had my sunglasses on because it was bright outside, and had left my glasses in the car.