My Old Singer Saga (Part I)

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A 20 years old Singer sewing machine. A busy working mother. What do you get when the latter gave up the rat race? A chemistry rediscovered.

The Drop Off

Today has been a very exciting day. The weather was great, the air clean and crisp, the wind was friendly and everything went as planned. And to top it all, my wonderful parents came by to drop my old Singer sewing machine at my house!

O my gosh, it sure brought back a lot of memories - all 20 years of it! No, don't take me wrong. That '20 years' label is very, very misguiding. You must have thought that I'm a sewing goddess by now, all wise and knowing. To tell you honestly, I used the machine only twice. Pffft! Yes, I know - a stupid waste. I wasted 20 years of my life not learning how to properly use a sewing machine ... so what did I do whenever there were torn clothes, pants needed shortening, etc, you might ask? I 'outsourced' it to the freelance tailors who offer their services on mobile sewing machines. Shocking! .

So, you think it is too late for me? Naah, I don't think so. After almost 17 years joining the rat race - doing monotonous 9 to 5 jobs in different companies-, now as a stay at home Mom I have all the time in the world to start over. Yee-ha!

The machine

It had been 2 decades since the last time I used it, so had no any idea what to expect. I went ahead and opened the cabinet top. Only minor disrepairs from lack of use, but what do I know? Then I lifted the heavy machine up and propped it on top of the 'table'. Oof! The sudden unpleasant musty smell and dust attacked my senses - spent a good half an hour sneezing like mad. Yet, it was only a small price to pay.

So there it was, fully opened. I had totally forgotten how it looked like - not too bad (I think). I found the pedal still encased in its original plastic wraps, but the treadle cable was broken. It was great that the spareparts box was still intact and all the stitch pattern discs complete.

Stitch Pattern Discs?

LOL! Yes, there are 18 discs. Each has its own function: Basic ZigZag, Multi-Stitch Zig-Zag, Domino Stitch, Banner Stitch, Key Stitch, Walls of Troy Stitch, Solid Diamond Stitch, Pennant Stitch, Ball Stitch, Curved Mending Stitch, Spiny Stitch, Block Stitch, Faggoting (Feather Stitch), Elastic Stretch Stitch, Blind Stitch, Crescent Stitch and the last one, Solid Scallop Stitch Discs (I have absolutely NO IDEA what those patterns meant).

Just plop one pattern disc in the disc holder and there you go (I think).

A Hidden Treasure

It was when I rummaged the cabinet that I had actually found another treasure waiting to be discovered.

I found an old needle book beautifully illustrated boasting rust proof, nickel plated, 60 assorted silver eye needles and threader inside! Wow, that was a mouthful. Not all the needles were there and the threader was missing, though. But heck, it was still a wonderful find anyway. You can see its earlier versions from 'See Saw' a blog by Liza Cowan.

Satisfied with my findings, I quickly made an appointment with a Singer serviceman to have a house visit tomorrow afternoon. After giving him ample warnings of what to expect, of course. :)

So stay tuned.

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Craft, Crafts, Family, Family Life, Repair, Repairing, Retire, Retiring, Sewing

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author avatar wikimom
I'm a stay at home mom who loves to cook, care for my husband and children (Avi, Dinda, Zadia and Nafisa) and do occassional crafts to spice up my home and my life :-) And here's my story.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Nice job! I love the story, the pictures and hon...
what a find.
I am staying tuned.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar wikimom
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Denise, what are you doing still up at this hour? Or maybe I got it the other way around? Lol.
Glad that you liked the story, I'm currently reading yours about the delicious applesauce - surely I want to give it a try! Sounds Y.U.M.MY! Thanks for sharing! Hugs :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Good morning Wikimom. Well at least it's morning up here on Walch's Mountain, 5:05 a.m. to be exact. I've already been up for over an hour. I'm in my office and working by 4 a.m. seven days a week.

Well I love this story too. My wife is like you, she has a sewing machine that she seldom uses. I bought her a brand new Singer three years ago with all new gismos that went with it and she's used it twice. Knitting is her thing. She's been a knitting fanatic since she was nine years old and that was 51 years ago.

I'm looking forward to part 2 of this story.

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author avatar wikimom
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Good morning, Jerry! 4 am already working in your office ... amazing. At that hour, I'd still be in dreamland learning how to sew, LOL :)
Glad that you liked my story, and I'm so surprised to know that your wife is also like me - used her machine only twice, I mean. You know, I'd love to see her (knitting) works, Jerry. Perchance you have it featured here somewhere? I love everything crafty :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Hi Wikimom. No, I don't have my wife's knitting online anywhere. We sell her knitting through a local consignment shop and she has all she can do to keep them stocked and to complete custom orders that she takes through the shop and from people who call her direct. If you want to see some of her work, send me an email address and Ill send you a few pictures. You don't have to post an email address here for everyone to see, you can send it to one of my email addresses, use this one jerrywesterlo@aim.com

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author avatar wikimom
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks Jerry, write to you soon!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Dec 2010 (#)

I have your email. I'll fix you up a compressed file of pictures later today.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
27th Dec 2010 (#)

My mom had an old Singer sewing machine, it looked like it was a hundred years old... It was black with beautiful curves and fixed to a wooden desk-thing. She made countless things with it from blankets, clothes and toys. I have wonderful memories of her sewing.

Great article wikimom:)

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author avatar Humza
12th Jan 2011 (#)

wow very interesting

my granny has a sewing machine that runs without electricity ans is surely way tooo old, its maual!!!

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author avatar Naeem asif
11th May 2011 (#)

i need full manual of singer machine model 1288

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author avatar Naeem asif
11th May 2011 (#)

i need full picture detail of singer machine model 1288

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author avatar Caretaker
15th Feb 2012 (#)

My beautiful wife found a Singer 2800 in a Junk Store. It works like a dream. I will add it probably has the combined weight of four newer models.

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author avatar wikimom
15th Feb 2012 (#)

I agree, the body material of the older models are made of metal whilst the newer ones are made of durable plastic so they're easier to carry around. I really had to make an effort wherever I tried to get the machine out from the cabinet, lol!

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author avatar Retired
2nd Jun 2012 (#)

Wonderful pictures and an interesting story.
Will be reading part 2 also.

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author avatar wikimom
2nd Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Rajan and all of you who had shared with me your nice comments :)

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author avatar John
29th May 2013 (#)

Singer manuals: http://bit.ly/10AIXpL

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