Thursday, November 6, 2014


One of the things that surprises and delights antique hunters is when you find hidden treasure within an item you find. Sewing machine collectors are no different and I hear the comments about finding all the "goodies" hidden in a cabinet or desk model. Meet my newest, a Singer 15-91:
Singer 15-91
The model 15 has the tell-tale tension mechanism on the faceplate (left) instead of on the front like a 66 or 99 (and many others). The 91 denotes the potted motor on the back so it's gear driven with no belt. This makes it better for heavier duty sewing, among other things. There was masking tape on the bed that has left permanent pitting but it's not too noticeable and the rest of it is fine. She runs great and only needed to have the foot control rewired. I did have to bring her home in a cabinet - sigh - and even though it's it terrible shape it's real wood so another furniture refinishing project. BUT she came with a bench:
Bench seating
That was loaded with the goodies:
Stash #1

Stash #2
Of course, it didn't look all sorted like this when I got it but after cleaning up the sewing machine I tackled it, sorting and organizing. Here's the inventory:
Thread: 1 set of 32 small spools with matching bobbins (style 66)
Zippers: 5 new, 11 used
ribbon or bias tape: 4
elastic hanks: 5
pincushions: 2 homemade
Dritz apron clip
sewing machine belts: 2 stretchy type
yellow safety pins: 1 box
Darner set for making buttonholes or darning: small metal hoop but sewing machine foot is missing
Buttoneer for attaching buttons without sewing (will rip holes in your clothes, though)
scissors: 1 working electric pair, one battery pair with corroded batteries so had to be tossed
Singer buttonhole making set: complete
Singer accessory box like above but empty
Monogramming foot: possibly incomplete
plastic rings: set of 10
Hem facing: 2 new packages
screw drivers: 3
bobbins: 4 class 15
Singer attachments: 7 kinds of feet
Stretch & Sew pattern: boys t-shirt
flyers on fabric care
carbon tracing paper (2 pkgs.) with tracking wheel
apron pattern from 1963 Women's Day magazine
bias tape, rick rack, elastic shoulder straps, drapery weights, buckram,  cotton lace, tailors chalk, bobbin winding tire, brush, blue lead pencil, snaps and hooks on cards

Of course, there were miscellaneous pins and scraps of stuff in the bottom that got cleaned out, but this was some haul! The real treasure is the apron pattern with so many variations: I can't wait to see how I can use this little gem. Tracing paper? I now have 5 packages that I rarely use. It's always nice to have more zippers, especially new, and the other bits and trims will be used in time. It's even possible one day someone else will be digging through my stuff and say "Wow, look at all of this junk! She must have save everything!"

Just about.

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