Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Antique & Vintage Singer Sewing Machines...................... are SEW NICE!!

It is hard to imagine that something from 
over a hundred years ago can still be  so efficient
(and  according to me magnificent)!

And I have the great fortune to own two Singer treadle machines
and also an electric Singer Featherweight

This is my favorite treadle machine and 
with proper maintenance she runs like a dream!
Her name is "Ol' Meg"
She is used most often and quite regularly!

I just love all the ornate details and character 

This sewing box belonged to my Grandma's
older sister and came over from Germany with Mommy
it sure goes well with the old fashioned theme


This is the other Singer machine that was a gift
from a friend that wanted it out of her garage.. 

 Her name is "Ruby" and
She works real well but is waiting to go live with
my daughter one day.

(if you look close along the top are pin gashes
 that are from material wrapped around and used as a pincushion)

She has a round bobbin and 
different shank attachments

her decals are just beautiful and her wood is
so lovely and ornate 



This is my Singer Featherweight..

I received her as my own when I turned sixteen

Her name is "Sweetie" and she 
was originally a gift to my Mom when she 
came to America, from my Great Grandmother,
bought brand new

Mommy never used it for she preferred her 
Pfaff treadle machine that she had brought 
over from Germany

I always loved this machine and found it's 
appearance superior to the newer "modern"
 "flowery mod-fab" machines that were out in the sixties!
Many of my girlfriends liked to tease me about this 
"Old Fashioned" sewing machine, but I didn't care I LOVED her!!

I personally think that antique and vintage
 Singers are superior machines !!

This is another beauty; a powerful 
Vintage Singer 99-31 machine
 that is going to my dear friend


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My treadle is always ready and waiting to 
sew anything that I want in a hurry

This is a band tension lever and the
leather band can be shortened
if is get slouchy 

She is very easy to thread and set up too!

  Ol' Meg has a "bullet" Bobbin

(here are three types of bobbins and cases for various machines) 


Where the bobbin is wound 

(an example of a different type of bullet bobbin and case)

The difference between Ruby and Meg's bobbins

A Singer hand crank pinker gets big jobs done fast!

There are many amazing attachments that are interchangeable 
with the same "shank" type in which I am able to do with the 
treadle and Featherweight it is great fun to find them in
thrift stores and yard sales and such, and learn how to use them!

Here are the ones that are for treadles
over a hundred years old

When collecting, one must be aware of the shank type 

Walking foot used for quilting

a more modern Vintage Button holer (best used with the Featherweight)
Zigzagger and cams


The feed dogs must be covered when 
using a bottonholer attachment

(This is an early bottonholer)

It attaches to the shank after the foot is removed

 It also fun to collect Singer vintage 
notions and gadgets  

 A Singer threader

Botton hole scissors
Chalk markers and a lock

Singer Craft guide

 Crimping irons

 Mama Mousiekin is a Master 
Couturier Seamstress and Tailor
 and enjoys using her beautiful machines!!

Here are some learning videos ENJOY:


 Helpful books

Product Details        Product Details

Mildred Mousiekin has and LOVES her three machines too!

and one treadle will belong to her daughter one day too!

Hope you ENJOYED!!
 Many BLESSINGS Linnie

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  1. Dear Linnie, your machines are just magnificent. I have a antique Household Sewing Machine that was given to me by my dear sister. Her mother-in-law used to have an antique shop and it came from there. I need to do some research and get new belts for it. I have an old Kenmore machine that my husband gave when we first married. It is a wonderful machine. The new one that we have gave to our daughter just doesn't compare to the old machines. Your Singers are just beautiful! ♥

  2. Bonjour,

    C'est une belle passion que celle de ces merveilleuses machines à coudre !
    Je possède une Singer électrique !
    Merci pour cet article.
    Gros bisous ❀

  3. Oh Linnie....

    OK, I believe I've told you that I had my grandmother's was GORGEOUS...but I had to leave it behind when I moved from L.A. to Boston, almost 30 years ago. BUT, as I look at your wonderful treasures here, do you know that the SMELL of the motor and the OIL that my mum used to keep things running comes to me at this moment?I can remember the smell of that old motor running, I truly can.

    Then there's Mama Mousekin and her collection! Well, Tea Rat is impressed; he has a little sewing machine too upon which he sews Rattus's waistcoats - Tea Rat himself has nothing to do with clothing, as you know, but will whip up a vest or jacket for his colleague! tteeeeeee

    Thank you sweet Linnie for your generous share down memory lane. MUCH LOVE! Anita

  4. Dearest Linnie ~ this speaks to my heart and makes it sing! {Singer?}

    I have a collection of seven, mostly new {sadly} machines, including my trusty workhorse Frister and Rossman, my very first machine in the early '70's. I long for a treadle, or hand turned, machine. The closest I've come so far is that a few weeks ago I was given one of the Singer electric machines that looks much like the 99~31 you showed us. Like Martha Ellen, I must do more research!
    ~~~Deb in Wales

  5. Oh Linnie I love Singers, I have two.
    The one I use most is the one with the knee switch, she is slow & steady which I like. I put a photo of her on my last post. I find myself talking to her as she goes a little slow & say come on old girl.
    What a lovely post & beautiful photo's.
    Fondly Michelle

  6. Loved reading this! My husband looked in, too. I know how much my mother enjoyed sewing on her treadle Singer machine. It's at the family cottage where there is no electricty. The beauty of these machines is not only in their lines and decals, but in the simplicity of their design. Thanks so much for a fascinating post!

  7. Singers are the best of the best. I love the winged sphinx on the first machine. This is what makes antique machines so darn special, they are literally covered in fabulous designs and artwork. I've sewn all my critters on my Red Eye Singer, it's not a treadle like yours; mines electric, 1922 and has become by favorite machine. The attachments you have are such a wonderful addition.You may never use most of them, but they are beautiful little gadgets in and of themselves. I hadn't a clue as to how to load my bullet bobbin on my small handcranked Singer till I watched a few you- tube vids. Thank goodness for those.

  8. Linnie,
    You have got Singer machine heaven going on here--I could spend a day sewing up some goodness in your sewing room!

  9. True works of art. On another note,I have a question...Did you create your sweet Ms. Mousiekin? I was just wondering :) Love you sister
    Bless you

  10. I agree. These old machines are of art, really. Ol' Meg and Ruby are beauties! I have my grandmother's old White Vibrating Shuttle machine. When her estate went to auction, it was the one thing my mother, who learned to sew on that machine, really wanted to keep in the family. You have inspired me to oil her up and get busy!

  11. My dearest Linnie...what joy to see such beauties :0) As you know, I have a treadle, which I sew least I did until now :0( but I will again. A 99 and a Featherweight! To me they are the best machines ever invented!

    Thank you so much for sharing your treasures with me this day...



  12. And we thought today's complicated technology was new. All those gadgets must have taken a while to figure out how to use (no YouTube videos then!). Your machines and their cabinets are beautiful! Loved Mousekin's, too. :-)

  13. Sweetest friend and sister, THANK YOU for coming to visit me and my latest audacious exploits! teeheee....ya know, I am 100% Tea Rat; I am bold, brass, whimsical, hopeful, creative and of course, a connaisseur of tea. So keep updated to see where I'm at with this self-published thing!

    Wishing you a most magnificent day in the light of JESUS! Anita

  14. Dear Linnie,
    Where oh where did my comment go?
    When you put this wonderful post up I left a note.. Oh well, this is just GREAT! I love the old singers... And the designs on the machines are so beautiful.. One day I would love to find one. I can't believe all the attachments you have...
    Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet note for Juliet! You are such a dear.

  15. Linnie! Not to worry. I would come back again and again till it worked...
    Hey, I did the same thing with the birds music today... Stayed in the background.
    Happy you enjoyed

  16. What fun. I have my grandmother's treadle, as well as a couple others:) I am so very glad to read that you name your machines as well. They really do sew a happier stitch that way.

  17. Your sewing machines are just beautiful!! My mother has a machine just like your "Ol' Meg" with the little folding wooden box. She was so thrilled to have found it when I was a little girl. I always enjoyed looking at the little box and attachments. The sewing machine cover for your featherweight Singer is adorable!

    May you have a blessed day!

  18. I loved this. I didn't realize the old machines had so many attachments. I couple of years ago my husband bought an old treadle for me for $20. It's missing a belt though, and I don't know how to fix it. Maybe someday I'll get it all figured out because I really want to sew with it.

  19. Linnie! Thank you so much! I am so happy you enjoyed Mea... Give Cosmo a kiss for me
    Sending you a hug.

  20. One thing is for sure, they made such beautiful machines back then! I would love to own one of these! I also didn't realize they had so many attachments! Lovely descriptive photos. Thank you for sharing your collection with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Linne! I was so glad to see you there ;) Happy sewing to you!

  21. Linne, Hope you got my thankyou note in the mail. I love that book!

  22. This is where you run your thread through the mechanisms (where your manual tells you) winding up at the eye of the needle.

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