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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Just Singing Away


Oh, isn't she a beauty! 


Walking past one of the antique shops in Holbeach a few weeks ago, I spotted one of my 'must buy' items that I have always wanted to own.  There it was, on the floor by the front window.  I stood, with Mr Teen and Hubby, staring at it with such love and affection.  "I'm buying it" I said to the two of them.  Only to be knocked back by Mr Teen who told me in his straight talking that I had too much tat in the house and weren't we meant to be decluttering to sell the house.  Well, I hobbled away, quietly upset and we went home.


Little did I know that they had decided to buy it for Mother's Day and later on went back to the shop.  They were very lucky to buy it as there were two other customers who had also spotted it and had gone down the road to get the money.  It was destiny!


My Grandma used to have one of these and I used to look at it and its steadfast engineering.  They certainly don't make them like this anymore.


Inside, the musty smells of the contents where it was once stored are a symphony to my imagination and inquisitiveness to what the machine has made in past such as post War wedding dresses, mini skirts, mending hems etc etc. 


I have traced the date of the machine's production as 1949, not as old as my Grandma's one but certainly as steadfast and beautiful as she was.


Now it will be in retirement, a tactile object to carefully touch and turn and to just look at.  It's place with be eventually in that book lined room overlooking a lake and mountains - when I find that place of course!!

Have a wonderful week, it's going to be a busy one.

39 comments:

  1. Hi Shel! She is a beauty. I am glad your two precious misters gave you this lovely present.

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  2. Hey - my mother used to have one of those. It was attached to some kind of unit and you could swing it down out of the way when not being used. There was a treadle underneath. It used to sit next to the mangle and the hooks where we kept the servants. Those were the days...and you just had to mention min-skirts...

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  3. Beautiful old Singer!
    Have a nice Sunday

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  4. It is indeed a thing of beauty. I have an old Singer treadle machine in my living room.. And two other old hand turned machines. It started to be a bit of a collection but I can't fit in any more!

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  5. She is a beauty! I's so glad you were able to rescue her.

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  6. How lovely to have such a nice gift.

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  7. What a beautiful piece! Mr Teen and Hubby certainly are the best kind of family one could ever hope for.

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  8. I love the photos of this beauty. Such timeless lines. Your family gave you a wonderful gift and one you truly wanted. Enjoy it!

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  9. Oh that takes me back. My mother had a 'Jones' which was a competitor back in the day. I remember it distinctly because one day I got my inquisitive little mitts too close and the needle went straight through my finger.

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  10. Oh you lucky girl, she's a beauty! x

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  11. Oh she is a beauty . I think you will be have great fun with her . Happy Spring . Lovely photos , Thanks for sharing , have a good week !

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  12. Oh she is a beauty--wait, your moving???? Did I miss something?

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  13. She certainly is a beauty, how thoughtful to be bought it for a gift.

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  14. That is one beautiful sewing machine Chel! How nice to be surprised by your husband and son. It sounds like you had a wonderful Mothers Day. I hope you have a wonderful week and a Happy Easter.
    Julie xo

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  15. What a sweet thing for your fellas to do!

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  16. How beautiful and how sweet of them to surprise you with something you've always wanted! It makes me happy too! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  17. I have sewing to do and when I cut out my dress and start humming along on the machine I will think of you and your newly acquired grand lady, Chel!

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  18. It's gorgeous, Chel. What lovely blokes you have in your house! :o)

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  19. My first machine was an old singer that had been converted from a treddle to a hand machine. Not sure what happened to it, I am sad to say. The name may be on new machines today but they are not a patch on the real Singers.

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  20. Chel - She is definitely a beauty! Such amazing details.

    Judy

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  21. What a wonderful surprise! It's a beauty.

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  22. A beautiful lookng machine! My wife, a fabric artist, has one which she just "had to buy" when she saw it!

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  23. I remember sitting watching my mother using one of those when I was very little. I was fascinated by the smoothness of the mechanism.

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  24. She is a beauty, Chel, you must be chuffed to bits. Maria xx

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  25. She is beautiful, I brought my treadle singer last year, and love her, she is named Sally!, enjoy xx

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  26. Oh she's just beautiful! How nice to be surprised with it as a gift. My grandmother and mom both had Singers. My sisters have them. They both still work too! Ah the clothes they made....memories!

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  27. What a surprise Chel, I think this Singer sewing machine is a real beauty and you will treasure it even more because they bought it for your mother's day.

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  28. How sweet that they went back and bought you this old Singer sewing machine! It is a beauty and I love all the fancy gold and stamped metal. I remember my late mother-in-law had one that she made a lot of things with over the years - remaking dresses and old clothes to fit someone else or making something new from something old. She was very thrifty and had oodles of fabric and threads. I hope it brings you a lot of pleasure.

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  29. A beauty ???
    As I already wrote you, she's wondrous, stunning, charming ... I cannot find the suited words to describe what such a precious object means to me !

    Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you much love for your days to come, darling Chel,
    sending love to you,
    with sincere gratitude

    Dany

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  30. That is fantastic. Now I find myself wishing I had kept my step mother's old Singer. After she passed into Glory, the machine, and I, parted ways.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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  31. Your son sounds like my husband minus the surprise of buying it for me later.

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  32. oh this brings back memories! I first did my sewing on a old Singer. They sure were wonderful. Thanks so much for this posting and for giving me such a fun memory of sitting in our old kitchen and sewing.

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  33. What a sweet gift. :-))
    Have fun!
    Carla

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  34. Your photos are always so beautiful!
    My maternal grandmother had the same Singer, she was a professional mechanical embroiderer in Germany before fleeing nazism in the 30s'

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  35. Oh she's a beauty alright! Enjoy! My first sewing machine was my grandmother's treddle Singer - all black and gold and shiny!

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  36. My first sewing machine 50 years ago, I still have it. Learned to sew using this machine. Enjoy!

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  37. Wow what a fined and a lovely surprise.

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  38. Wow! That was so thoughtful of your men!

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