Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Couple Old Sewing Machines :)

Old White Universal Super ZigZag sewing machine from the mid-60's.  In perfect working order--$20 at our local thrift store!  I love the color of this one.  Very retro. 

This is the Sears Kenmore model 48 machine I picked up over the weekend in Alabama.  The first picture is not the greatest portrayal of the machine's true color, which is a pale, icy purple metallic.  This baby was manufactured in '63-64.  We paid $12 for her. :)  She runs great!

I am planning to use these in my home studio for teaching and/or sell them to students who can't afford new or expensive machines for a really low price.  Out where I live, most people are not in a place to invest in a good quality new machine, and so many of the cheap machines are just that--cheap, and cheaply made.  These older machines are excellent, sturdy, and hard workers, and you can pick them up for next to nothing.  Plus, don't they just look awesome? :D

Do you own any vintage sewing machines that are close to your heart?  Do you prefer your vintage machine to your modern one, or vice-versa?



Hazàel M. said...

I've never owned a sewing machine, but my mum has a hardy old Singer that I've sewn on a couple times. I like it! I'm just scared of it. XD;

Honestly, I don't know how to really sew without instruction or without someone who knows how sitting beside me. I always need a hand to hold, but I never learned/was never taught how to sew. Home economics never crossed my mind in high school. I had too many other classes to take. D:

Bessie M. said...

Hazael, you should just go find yourself an old sewing machine and have at it! It is not as scary as you would think. Plus, you learn from your mistakes, right? Hehe. One thing that is kinda nice about the older machines is that they are less complicated than the newer ones. They usually just have two different types of stitches--straight and zig zag. A lot of newer machines are computerized and can do about twenty billion different things.

Anywho, I think you'd be a great seamstress!

Clare Ryan said...

I tagged you for an award on my blog:

God bless you!

sorbetsurprise said...

Gosh I love that turquoise one!