A Tint of Nostalgia...

This week's progress: I have three more blocks done. And beside piecing, I had so much fun hunting for a vintage Singer sewing machine. And I've gotten some luck! Here it is: my first vintage sewing machine treasure: A Singer 15-90, made in Canada in 1948.

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 But look at her! Besides her ostensibly antiquated design, who can tell her age!

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 She is hefty, sturdy and solid. She is made with iron! Yet she looks graceful and elegant. I want to name her Alcmene, mother of Heracles.

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 She is just magnificent! By the way, she is still running and makes beautiful straight stitches. I tried yesterday and was just so surprised! I got it from a lady in Ajax. She said the machine belonged to her grandma, and nobody else had used it for ages! The lady's father is already 84 years old, so I guess the machine might have been idle for about 30 years...

But since I have never used a vintage sewing machine and not very sure about how to oil the mechanical parts, I will bring her to a sewing centre and have an expert perform a thorough body check for her, and clean her parts before engaging her with my daily sewing activities.

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The bentwood case that came together with the machine is stunning, too!

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 Also, I was given a box of attachments and accessories. I have only a limited selection of presser feet for my Pfaff 2027, so these fancy feet are so exotic to me!

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Look how fancy they are!

When I went to pick it up, I didn't know the difference between 15-90 and 15-91, and mistakenly thought it was a 15-91model because the seller printed a 15-91 user manual for her machine! It was only after I came home and did a more thorough study about vintage Singer that I found 15-90 is different from 15-91. The former is less appealing because they are belt-driven, whereas 15-91, as well as the famous 201 model, is gear-driven. Beside this, I have no complain about the price I paid for her. My husband said: if she doesn't work, she can alternatively be a piece of antique for display.

Well, I guess she is still to "young" to be a piece of antique.