Last week, I was gifted three vintage sewing machines. The person who gave them to me was moving a relative into an assisted living facility. And, in cleaning her place, found three sewing machines. Now, I never say ‘no’ when offered a machine. It could be a machine I want to collect or has value. But, more importantly, I feel like there are always people who want to start sewing. And, I think the best way to start is on a free machine that works.
The first is a Sears Kenmore 1703 in a table. I think the machine must have been top of the line when it came out.
It has cams for 25 different stitch patterns plus a built in zig zag. I thought about keeping this one. But, I really don’t have the space. And, I have three sewing machines as it is now 🙂
The second machine is a Singer Merrit from the late 80s. It’s actually pretty solid and sews fairly well. It can also take cams to do some decorative stitches including a three-step-zigzag.
The third machine is this green Singer 185k. It’s all metal and straight stitch machine. This is the only one of the lot I’m keeping. And, that’s just to set up and run my Singer buttonholer. Because it’s not in a table, I can make room for it.
I love my Bernina 830, but I am not down with a four step buttonhole. All the machines were filthy and full of dust.
I didn’t pull out this last bit of red, because I think it’s felt that’s supposed to be in that spring.
I also really like that it was made in Great Britain.
The Singer Merrit and Kenmore are both listed on Freecycle and I suspect they’ll be gone in a few days.