I have two vintage machines and would love more; there are plenty around and surprisingly cheap but I am resisting the urge – although I would like a treadle machine, a few years ago the power was out for a week and life became a bit boring, I thought at least I could sew (and do leg exercises at the same time).
The oldest machine is a 1950s Singer, it’s supposed to be portable but is incredibly heavy, it has a handle on top of a plywood case but there is no way I would carry it by such a fragile cover.
It still has its key and the case is in good condition, needs a polish.
The machine needs a good clean, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve had it for about a year and haven’t done that. The cord has perished so it needs new flex, I’ve manually turned it and it moves beautifully – surprisingly, this machine has a drop in bobbin like modern ones. It is knee operated.
My other machine is a 1970s Singer Capri and it has been loved and well looked after.
The vinyl case is in good condition and the zip still works perfectly.
It has a free arm, tray and instruction manual, I have used this and it is great to sew on, it’s powerful and has adjustable foot pressure, I had a brand new machine like this (not this model) in the ’70s and I thought it was just wonderful.
This one has a four-step buttonhole and the feed dog drops for button sewing.
I know I won’t be able to resist buying more vintage machines, it’s inevitable…