Gallery of Some Iron Ladies and Gents
I rescue machines, clean them up, feed them a little oil and pet them to make them feel loved again. Many machines call out their nicknames to me.
In 1964 my grandmother owned two sewing machines, the Singer with the Egyptian decals that I learned to sew on in 1954 and a White Rotary in the mission style cabinet like this one.
It has drawers on each side and doors below.
This was purchased about 2002 and given to my son when he moved to Texas.
Before and after of “Bertha,” the 1889 Singer. Purchased in 1999 from a lady named Bertha at a garage sale. She had used the machine for many years. It was in sad condition and my husband couldn’t understand why I wanted an old beat up treadle. She had chipped and lifting veneer, stains and a finish that was peeling away from being left outdoors. I took it apart, re-glued loose veneer, cleaned off the finish, stained and waxed it. She still has her scars and very worn decals but she glides.
The drawers have the original Singer brass drawer pulls.
“Grizelda the Black Widow” is German, there are no records to date this, the best guess is 1920’s to 30’s.
The first time I took her for a spin after cleaning and oiling her my husband said, “It sounds like a Mercedes diesel!” She has a deep rich tone.
The cover sits to the left.
This is why she is named “Grizelda the Black Widow,” the spider and web emblem on the bed of the machine. On the TreadleOn list, Katrina commented that a machine had to have a pitty-pat factor. This emblem made my heart go pitty-pat.
Many German built machines had a bobbin winder with a point to the right. It was to insert a small cone shaped grinder on it to be used to sharpen needles. Here I have added a Craytex wheel in extra fine finish. With it I can smooth out rough surfaces on metal or even grind smooth a chip in a crystal glass.
The pink pin cushion is built in, attached to the machine. I replaced the worn out dirty cover with a piece of pink velveteen.