There is something about vintage sewing machines that just fascinates me! One of the most fascinating things about these machines is that they're utterly gorgeous, and really well made. Many vintage machines, like mine, have the most interesting and ornate artwork on them! This Singer machine is known as a "red eye" due to the red ornamentation on it.
I love the decorative paint on this machine!
|I was too lazy to pull this away from the wall,|
but the sewing table part does fold all
the way down.
I bought this gem in an antique store in my town, called "Steeley's Corner". It's an "interesting" antique shop where often times you have to literally dig to find the prize! This machine was packed under and behind a lot of
Based on the serial number on it, I know that this particular model started into production in 1908. I believe it's a Singer Model 66-16, and it's really in amazing condition for being over 100 years old. It needs a new belt and is in desperate need of cleaning, oiling and adjusting. I would love to get this back in working condition and do some test stitches on it.
Knowing how to use a treadle sewing machine is on it's way to becoming a lost art. Many people think that the treadle, or manually powered, sewing machine is a thing of the past but that is not true. These old singers are well sought after machines especially for quilters. We live very close to an Amish community, and I know the Amish use machines like this, to make all their quilts. Treadle sewing machines are especially good for quilting projects because of the increased control and quality of the stitches.
I love the spool tray that pulls out!
These simple sewing machines last an incredibly long time because they are built to last. There are no computer chips to fry, electric wires to cross, or intricate programs to go haywire. Best of all, they can be used when there is no electricity available, which is why the Amish use them. Now, you can't do fancy stitches with a treadle but the straight stitch will allow you to make about anything your heart desires and as an added benefit you will be burning calories as you go!