In a world full of the latest gadgets, it’s nice to have some older pieces to add their character to your home and bring back memories. This is my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. She was born in 1906. I’m not sure how long my grandmother owned it. A little online research suggests that this model was made from 1912 to the 1960s, so as she was alive all that time, it could have been bought at any point during that time.
It’s a hand cranked machine, which means that it is operated and powered by turning a handle on the right hand side. I find this means it’s easy to control the speed, but I miss having two hands to control the fabric. As I’m not a great needlewoman, the Singer doesn’t get to see much action these days and only gets used every few years. It’s simple to use and easy to understand, although it helps to have my treasured instruction manual (hers too). Using the machine does give me the feeling of a very real connection to my grandmother and to a time gone by when things were a little less fast paced. When it’s not in use, my Singer sewing machine sits in the corner of my bedroom to add its period charm.