Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Collecting sewing machines is a satisfying hobby in that machines (almost mysteriously) show up in my basement that I hadn't previously run across. There seems to be a never-ending supply of unique sewing machines. Granted, they all pretty much look the same, but they are all different also. Kind of like the saying, "I'm unique, just like everyone else." Ok, so sewing machines aren't as unique as humans, but I still like them. Sewing machines, that is.

Now that we have the preamble out of the way, on to the photos. Here is one of my latest acquisitions, a Fantasia. I don't know much about it other than when I plugged it in at the store it ran, although somewhat slow.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Garage sales - feast or famine

I've stopped trying to figure out why on some days every garage sale we hit has nothing but on other days each one we stop at has something interesting. A week ago we hit a couple sales and I came home with three new additions. They're really nothing to write home about but they are cheap entertainment.

The first garage sale had a Kenmore 158.17520 in a cabinet but missing the cord plug (?), and a Singer 920 Futura II with some attachments and cams but no motor controller. The second sale had a bare Singer 500A (missing the motor controller, spool pins, cam spring, side door, and who knows what else).

Old Kenmore machines are a pretty safe investment, especially when they are five bucks. They are well-built and will last a millennium. Not much in the looks department though. I'm not sure why someone cut off the cord plug off, so I don't know if it runs, but it would take a lot to put a Kenmore out of commission.