Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vintage Singer

Recently I posted about the restored Singer treadle machine at Wolston House and I got curious about the one I have in my sewing room. When I bought it originally, I intended to have it fixed to use, but over the years it became more of a decorator item and has ended up being used as a table for my modern Pfaff.

So I dusted it off and investigated the serial number. Apparently it was made in 1941 which surprised me , as I thought manufacture of sewing machines may have halted during the war. This particular site doesn't give corresponding Model numbers but I think it could be a 201. Does anyone know? As you can see it needs some TLC, so I may have send it off to the hospital!
PS Just did some more Internet searching and found this website which says that the model is a 201K. This site matches serial numbers with model numbers and date of manufacture.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blogtoberfest 2012

Joining again this year in the the hope that committing to more blogging = having to have more to blog about = having to do more stuff to blog about = more crafting. Impeccable logic wouldn't you say? Let's see how it pans out. Last year I did blog every day in October... just can't remember whether there was more crafting.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sew beautiful

At Wolston House we are always getting people wanting to donate things to the house. Although some of the things are not appropriate or acceptable, occasionally we get offered beautiful items like this treadle sewing machine.

When it came it wasn't in working order and was also a bit on the shabby side. One of our volunteers had recently had her mother's treadle restored and gave us the name of the restorer. This is the result and I'm pleased to say that the lovely gentleman didn't charge us a cent. Some people are very generous aren't they!

Apparently this model was made in the early 1920s and I'm hoping to use it to demonstrate to our visitors (particularly the school children) how our mothers and grandmothers made things for their families and their homes. Shouldn't be too hard as I learned to sew on a very similar machine. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday treasures

In this day and age people may think it strange that a child's first watch was a very big deal. They are now so cheap and almost disposable. When I finished Primary school (in those days it was Grade 8) my parents bought me my first watch. It came from Wallace Bishop's (before it was a franchise) and was dainty and delicate in marcasite.
It disappeared some time in the 70s when I was living in Melbourne and I mourned its loss.

Many years later my daughter gave me this one she found at Cash Converters. It's not exactly the same, but it is dainty and delicate. It doesn't work but I don't care. I treasure it because my daughter took the time to find it and give me a reminder of something special.
Don't forget to pop over to Melody's and see who else is sharing today.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday treasures

Since I have now finished my stint of full-time work (seven weeks!!!) today I am treasuring TIME!

 Time to relax.. time to read.. time to meet my daughter for coffee... time to plan some crafting.. (and time to do some spring cleaning but, shhh.. we won't speak of that!). Ahhh.. bliss!
Don't forget to pop over to Melody's to see who else is sharing today.