My Sewing Machines

I own 20+ sewing machines!

My Everyday machine is a Juki TL2010Q:


She is very simple and designed with quilting in mind, for $900 she came with a walking foot, 1/4" guide foot and a darning foot. I like that it can hold large spools and cones and it came with a fairly large extension table which you can see in the background of the pic. It is a straight stitch only machine, but I have other machines I can use for zig zag, decorative stitches and buttonholes, but I rarely use those functions.

Before I found my LOVE of the JUKI this was my favorite modern machine a Brother Quilting and Sewing machine that cost me $200 in late 2012 at Walmart, I still love this machine, it is light, easy to use and has plenty of functionality for a cheap machine:

This little workhorse is a wonderful machine!!! I still take it to classes if I need to do quilting in the class, it is lightweight and easy to use.
I also have cheap model Brother embroidery machine I have never used. I wish there were more hours in the day!!

Some of my Vintage Collection



Yet to be photographed nicely are my Grey Singer 328 and my Brown Singer 306!

I got this Singer 185J at the Salvation Army for about $60 in 2015:



This Singer 319w was a Craigslist purchase in late October 2014. Green Singers are my Kryptonite and she is a portable machine in a box, so I take her to classes and retreats:



My friend Patty gave me this 401a when I was helping her clean out her garage for a garage sale:

So I named her Patty
This Elna is a great portable machine, it was $20 the power cord needed replacing, which my husband has done, then it would run but was noisy, a $25 part will fix that when we get around to it.



My best bargain vintage sewing machine by far has been this 1974 Bernina that cost me $1.06 after tax at a Goodwill 99c sale day in August 2014



This little bargain was $10 at Goodwill in July 2014


My June 2014 acquisition was $50 in a thrift store it is a 1955 Singer model 15 in a wood cabinet:


A May 2014 acquisition that excited me beyond belief was this $40 Singer Rocketeer made in 1961, I had wanted one for ages because of the retro mid century modern styling:


And this Singer 301 had been on my want list for a while as it's a great lightweight machine to take to classes. These are often referred to as the big brother or sister of the featherweight. Hubby needs to give her some TLC but she goes:



I named this little darling Opal, because her coloring reminds me of opal gemstones, she was $75 and I have pieced a quilt with her, she sews like a dream.

purchased March 2014 $75


Ava the Singer 185 J, she needed some rewiring which cost $20 but was only $14.99 at Goodwill in February 2014


My favorite bargain of 2014 is likely to be this February find; Maisy a 1918 Singer 99k for $70 complete with the bentwood box. It needs rewiring if I'm ever to use it, but I just like her for decoration:


Her box needed a light touch up with Howard's restore a finish but it came up very well after only 10 mins work


She has the gorgeous scroll work end plate!


My 1948 Featherweight named Molly


She has the striped end plate


I bought her for $350 in an antique mall on S Broadway in Denver on December 23rd 2013


Darling hubby oiled her and got her sewing beautifully. I did however have an issue with a very strong mildew smell in the box, after a lot of research online I decided to try cleaning it inside with Clorox spray then using the hot lamp approach to killing the bacteria that was causing the smell, whenever I was in the sewing room I turned on this halogen desk lamp and stuck it in the box, I did this for a week for up to 8 hours per day. The mildew smell is gone!! The box still has the normal aged/antique kind of smell but that isn't offensive to my nostrils!! So if you have a mildewy  box try this, but beware it is a fire hazard so be close by with a fire extinguisher or fire blanket and be aware of the potential dangers. Had it been summer I would have tried another approach which is to put it in a hot car all day with the lid open, that also cooks the bacteria and kills it, however I bought this on December 23 the beginning of a very cold Denver winter, so I had to use the lamp. But anything that heats up the box for 8 to 10 hrs should do the trick, even sitting it outside in the hot sun, if you are in a hot climate.

Black shoe polish also improves the appearance of the box!!


My 1956 Singer 201 Mavis:


I purchased her fully serviced and rewired off eBay on December 22nd 2013 then bought the bentwood box off eBay separately 10 days later to match her, so all up she cost me about $500 but she was worth it, she sews beautifully and is a great backup machine when my new Pfaff is in for repairs (frequently!) I polished the box with Parker & Bailey Lemon Oil Polish which works beautifully but I don't use it on the Singer logo part of the box.



Daisy my Elgin knee operated cabinet model sewing machine, she was $38.50 in an antique store in the Rocky Mountains somewhere in September 2013, when we were out sightseeing for the day:

She needed her timber touched up with a little Howards restore a finish but that is an easy 10 minute quick fix.


My 3 toy machines all purchased during 2013:


This Pfaff was about $69 but it even came with it's own case which you can see behind it on the shelf!

I haven't named the toy machines

And my Treadle named Illinois purchased from an antique mall in castle Rock CO for $200 in mid 2013:



I also found this vintage wooden sewing box at a thrift store for about $10 - $15 in 2013:


7 comments:

  1. You've got some really nice machines. You treadle is just lovely!

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  2. Hey I like this section on your blog!! Ava continues to be my favorite though. I just wrote down: Sewing Machines...for a Tuesday Archive theme. :)

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    1. SURPRISE!!! Marianne I couldn't resist highlighting your vintage collection for our Tuesday Archives Vintage Sewing Machines theme at Tuesday Archives. I invite you and your readers to stop by and check out our linky this week! (http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2015/10/tuesday-archives-84-vintage-sewing.html)

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  3. Wow, great range of machines

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  4. Wow! Great collection of machines... I enjoyed seeing them (hopped over from Val's)

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE your 503 Rocketeer! The love of my life! I FINALLY found one just last week. Awesome shape, one owner, in the cabinet with knee control...purrrrrrrs like a kitten. I love Her! And for thirty bucks!!! Oh my! Your machines are awesome to view. Tina is my only vintage machine, but I can see how this could become a hobby! I mean, she sews a straighter line than any machine I have ever used. Tension is tight all the time....linked you, I love love love Juki (the industrial 8700 is awesome and the price can't be neat either!), but there is something very special about all those vintage machines!

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