Here are some of my sewing machines. Most are in good working order, and I sew on them. Click on any photo for a larger image.
Thank you for looking. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
1. VS2 Vibrating Shuttle (1888) — “Lillian”
She was in perfect working order when I got her, having been previously owned by someone who loved her and took good care of her. She has a Gothic cover, also known as a “coffin” top.
2. Model 507 (1975) — “Sylvia”
She is very similar to the sewing machine I had in the United States before I moved to England. She does straight-stitching and zig-zagging.
3. Model 431G (1963) — “Gretchen”
Slant-Needle model manufactured in Germany. When we got her, she had been stored in an attic for 20 years and needed a complete mechanical make-over. Now she’s perfect!
4. Model 201K (1952) — “Peggy”
This machine was originally a hand-operated model and had the electric motor added later. She is my daughter’s favourite machine.
5. Model 27K (1908) — “Cleo”
Decorated with “Memphis” decals, the Egpytian motif. She was converted to electricity, but I have removed the motor and am now looking for a hand-crank to restore her to her original condition. She also needs a good cleaning!
6. Model 404G (early 1960s) — “Gloria”
A slant-needle model manufactured in Germany. She has a detachable extension table with two little drawers underneath to hold accessories and tools. She came from my most-trusted Sewing Machine Guy, and she works perfectly.
7. Singer 327K (1962), Serial No. 670062 — “Esmeralda”
You can find more pictures and Esmeralda’s story in my blog post about her.
Varley and Wolfenden
Hand Sewing Machine (circa 1879) — “Mrs. Fattorini”
This is the machine that started my interest in collecting. We bought her from an OSMG (old sewing machine guy) nearly 11 years ago. She was way at the back of a workbench in a corner of his shop. I had never seen anything like this machine before! Or anything so beautiful.
She is similar in design to the original Jones Hand Sewing Machine, except the V&W has two upper spool pins. “Fattorini and Sons” was an upscale department store in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the machine was badged for sale by them. The Varley and Wolfenden factory was in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
She doesn’t work at the moment, but I am hopeful for the future!
Window-Matic (mid- to late 1950s) — “George”
My young daughter named this machine “George” because she said a “Brother” had to have a boy’s name. 😉 This is a fine machine and works perfectly. It is such a quiet runner! I got it from the original-owner-from-new, who always looked after it very carefully.
My research says that most Brother machines are/were made in Japan, but this one was made in the Republic of Ireland (Eire).
This is my favourite of the modern-day brands. These machines are so reliable! They work every day, no problems.
1. Memory Craft 6500P (2004) — “the fine and mighty Marie”
My husband gave me this machine as a gift for a milestone birthday, and sure enough — it did make me feel better! 😉 She does all my quilting and fancy embellishment stitches.
2. Memory Craft 4000 (1998) — “Lucy”
This is my best machine for sewing clothing. She can be a Flat-Bed machine:
or a Free-Arm machine:
More later! 🙂