I’ve been having fun with my new sewing machine that we brought home yesterday. It’s a Singer Model 15K80 from 1937.
When she’s put away, she looks like this:
I cleaned and oiled the machine itself and lubricated the treadle irons, and she is so quiet now! She has a lot of wear to her decals, and her wooden table could be refinished, but mechanically she is sound and works great. That’s most important to me for this machine. I wanted a good treadle that I can really use a lot.
We bought the machine from a lady in Leeds who inherited it from her great-aunt Whilhemina, who was a seamstress. It came with a drawer full of attachments, a shoebox full of thread spools, and a big plastic bag full of scrap fabric. I’ve named her “Mina” in honour of her previous owner. She also has her original instruction book and a receipt from January 31, 1959, when she was bought used from the Singer dealer for £30. That was a lot of money in 1959! The wear to the decals is where the lady’s hands would rest when she was sewing. It’s just so sweet. I love it.
She is sitting on a plastic sheet because I oiled and cleaned the treadle irons and didn’t want to make a mess on the carpet.
Happy New Year! Happy Quilting!