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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sharing Some Of My Sewing Treasures...

I love the world of vintage Singer. I have not been collecting that long but wanted to show you a few of the items I have nabbed. Just click on any of the pictures for a closer look...
We found this beautiful stained glass Singer sign in an antique store in Markle Indiana, I think we payed 23 dollars for it... what a deal! It now hangs in my south facing dining room window and I love it!

When I first started collecting sewing machines I won a Singer Red Eye treadle that was in Angola Indiana for 60 dollars and all four drawers of the cabinet were stuffed full! This Swiss Singer zigzagger was only one of the great items. I tried it out and it works great! I love the pretty red Singer button... Below are the cams that fit into the attachment giving you different zz stitches, there is a little clear plastic case that slides over them and it all fits into its very cool show case.

Here is the attachment itself, its a delicate little thing!

Now comes MY HEMSTITCH FOOT! awesome!

I am thrilled to have this scarce foot, I have read that it is both scarce in Great Britain as well as here in America. This was also in the treadle drawers. I have not tried it yet but I did find the instruction book online.  This foot is not to be confused with the imitation hemstitch foot although they do look very similar.



I am proud to have my Canadian Singer box, I recently won it on eBay. It came full of attachments and has a purple velvet interior. The box was reasonably clean inside but had chalking appearance on the outside. I cleaned and waxed it with car polish... it came out pretty good. I am still busy polishing the attachments and need to pick up a can of air to spray the velvet with, it works wonders on the inside of a case like this.


Through the gifting and buying of old machines you wind up with a ton of old attachments... at least I seem too. Looking through all of them I did find some keepers.  This set of hemmers in multiple sizes are really going to be a blessing when I get to making new curtains. This set has one attachment foot and all the others fit on that foot which is kinda cool because you don't have to keep unscrewing the foot when you want to change to a different implementation.  Along with the hemmers (which is the feet in the back row) are an edgesticher which is great for applying rickrack, a binder for binding retro aprons (much easier than doing them manually with your hand) and a shirring foot which I have yet to use but will soon.

Finally I learned to use the tucker thanks to April of April 1930's Sewing. She is just this precious person who wants you to learn how to use the attachments and offers many free instructions on her website. Thanks April!

The bottom of my Singer tucker and its number, it works great on my 15-91 but it can be used on other old Singers too.

Well these are but a few of my Singer sewing treasures, maybe I will do this again and let you see some more if you are interested!  HAPPY SEWING!


  1. I got a tucker from my mom for Christmas but I haven't played around with it yet... I'm glad to know of April's website, I'd not come across it before!

    And I am SO INSANELY jealous of your stained glass window find! Amaaaazing!!

  2. Thanks so very much for visiting! I love my tucker now that I have learned how to use it. I have a pile of them. I repair vintage Singers (mostly) for resale, we get lots of extra attachments in. Thanks for the compliment on the stained glass piece, I feel very fortunate to have it! It was a VERY lucky find for me! lol I plan on visiting your site here in just a little bit.

  3. I am SEW jealous of your Singer stained glass! Loved hearing about your attachments!

  4. Does anyone have any information about sewing machines that were manufactured by Charles White of Angola, Indiana between 1850 and 1859?
    The machines were probably named after Mr. White, but not to be confused with White Sewing Machines of Cleveland.

    I'm a writer and would appreciate any info anyone can provide. My email is if you are able to provide me with any help.

    Also, one of my fondest memories was the sound of my mother's treadle sewing machine in the early Fifties. She preferred it to an electric one.