Posts Tagged ‘Kilbowie Factory’

We had a lovely summer holiday visiting my husband’s family near London.   I took my Singer 221K (Featherweight) with me to sew in the evenings while the others were watching TV, and I got a good start on a blue and white Log Cabin quilt to donate to Alycia for the Quilts of Valor project.

My beautiful Featherweight was manufactured in 1956 at the Kilbowie Factory in Clydebank, Scotland.  She is called “Rosalie,” after my great-grandmother.   I bought her several years ago from my local sewing machine repairman, and she sews a perfect stitch!

Rosalie Featherweight

Now that I’m sewing again, I’d like to start keeping track of my Stash Report  again…if my group hasn’t kicked me out, that is!  😉  I haven’t  bought any new fabric, but I have used a lot of blue strings from my scrap bins!

Happy Sewing!

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Here is the latest addition to our sewing machine collection.  This is a Singer 201K, manufactured on September 10, 1952, at the Kilbowie Factory in Clydebank, Scotland.  If you know a machine’s serial number, you can trace its heritage here on the Singer site.

I’ve been wanting one of these machines for years, but they usually cost a small fortune.  This time, I was lucky and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  The International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society (ISMACS) says the Singer 201 “is considered by most collectors to be the best sewing machine Singer ever made.”  They have an article about the Singer 201 with great photos and detailed information here.

Singer 201K

We like to name our sewing machines, and this one is called Peggy.  She came with a foot  pedal and mains lead (electric cord), a knee control lever, an extension table, and a lovely case.  We picked her up last night.

When my daughter got home from school today, she took Peggy for a test drive.  My little one has just turned 8 years old, and she is already very interested in sewing.

Test driving the 201K

I’m pleased to see that she has been listening to my talks about sewing machine safety, and she is keeping her fingers well away from the needle.

This is what she was working on.

201 Free motion stitching

Free motion stitching on a scrap of muslin.  Pretty good for a first-timer.  I think I can definitely see quilting in her future!  🙂

Happy Sewing!

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