Weapons of Choice

I love sewing machines.

Old sewing machines, new sewing machines. All the sewing machines.

I love sewing with them, I love researching about them and I love buying them.

No machine should be left to rust away to nothing, forgotten in a shed.

I particularly love machines that are interesting and special along the timeline of invention. There is joy in the discovery and in bringing them back to life.

Each one has its own story to tell…here are mine:

   

         

   

More coming soon…

   

I am an amateur vintage sewing machine collector – Please do not ask me to help you value your machine or buy/help you sell it. None of my machines or accessories are for sale and I do not give away or sell my manuals, scanned or otherwise.

7 thoughts on “Weapons of Choice

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  2. Hi Mel,
    What a fantastic collection of sewing machines! I have two vintage Singer sewing machine…a Featherweight 221 (1951), and a 99K (1956 ).
    I must say…I love that Elna Grasshopper that you have…is it a good machine? Do you have a favorite? I also have a Janome PRL 18, Janome 3160QDC, Janome serger…and the CoverPro 1000 CPX….nice machines, but I really love my vintage ones!

    • Thanks Holly 🙂 The Grasshopper is a great little machine. It’s very strong and I love that it looks so different aesthetically to the Singers.

      I think the Grasshopper and Singer 99 are my absolute favourites at the moment, there’s just something about the smaller older machines that grabs me. The bobbin winding on the Singer is just beautiful to watch – I want to make a video of it for a more thorough post about that machine…however I have a 1953 Featherweight on it’s way to me shortly…it might blow them all out of the park. I can’t wait to see it in real life!

      • Congratulations on the Featherweight… I love mine, I cannot stop smiling whenever I use her. I am waiting for my 99K to be serviced, my hubby bought her for me on Dec 22…my birthday! We took her to our Singer dealer that day, he had a few other machines he had to fix before he could look at mine. It is amazing that both my Singer machines were “born ” before me! Sewing machines were so well made back then… They will probably outlive me…lol.

  3. Hi , I’m Robert & I live in Mount Isa Queensland Australia & like you I am smitten with “Old sewing machine disease”. I signed up because after reading about your Singer 15 clone , I decided that you are hilarious & could be fun to share collecting experiences with . When I saw your Elna 1 , I went exactly the same color !!. I suggest that you ignore that cat because they know absolutely nothing about sewing machines despite what they try to tell you !!. I have a dog who is also a “know it all”. One of the reasons why I contacted you is that I may be able to help you out with small parts as I have a large number of old “junk machines” that may have just what you are looking for .

    • Hi Robert, thanks so much for your comment. Harriet is generally a fan on my new purchases, but they must all pass through her QA inspection which generally involves a lot of sniffing 😉 I am having a good amount of luck finding most of the parts I need here in NZ but if there is anything I’m struggling with I will be sure to get in contact. Happy repairing 🙂

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