. . . which is now my old black Singer.
recently discovered that Mom's Singer was made in 1941. Now I really wish I'd asked her how she came to have it!
I learned to sew on this machine when I was 8 or 9 years old. I don't remember my mom teaching me how to use it but I remember having free rein with it. I didn't learn to sew with patterns until I was in my teens but as a kid I remember sewing straight-seam items -- blankets, bags -- for my dolls. After I graduated from college, Mom and Dad delivered the sewing machine to my apartment. I was grateful to have it.
The machine sews forward and backward; has adjustable stitch lengths; and sews leather, cotton, and other fabrics. But it's not thrilled with polyester thread, for some reason. I usually sew with cotton, cotton/poly, or silk and it sew beautifully. It has a drop-in bobbin case and a knee pedal. Knee pedals are so much easier to use than foot pedals, at least for me. I can get much better control with a knee pedal. (I've always had a lead foot.)
My mother's old black Singer is almost the only machine I've ever used. I once borrowed a machine while in college. It had a foot pedal that I could never control and I think the only sewing I did was a quick repair. I have my mom's second sewing machine, the one she got after she gave me the old black Singer. It is a Kenmore which I don't like at all. I also have a slant-needle Featherweight Singer that I bought at an auction for $2.50. It sews as well as Mom's Singer but the bobbin is not so easy to put in. I've used it a few times but only when I've had to sew away from home or when the old black Singer needed a tune-up. And I recently bought the Singer Red Eye which does not yet sew.
My mother's old black Singer is the only sewing machine I've ever wanted. If it dies before I do, I don't know what I'll do....
I'm linking this post to Meet: My Machine! blog hop, hosted by Stacey at The Tilted Quilt and Erin at Sew at Home Mummy. Thanks, Stacey and Erin.