Antique/Vintage Sewing Machines
I wasn’t looking to buy an “old” sewing machine. I don’t even recall why I was looking through the classifieds. But there it was. An ad for an “antique” sewing machine. I called the number and talked to the nice lady on the other end of the phone. I had never heard of the manufacturer “Kohler” (except plumbing supplies), and never ever heard of a hand-crank sewing machine. I was advised that the machine came over from the Netherlands, somewhere between 40-60 years ago. I was intrigued.
We made an appointment for me to view the machine. Asking price $175.
I fell in love with the machine. The lines, the wood detailing… granted the case is missing the locking mechanism… and it isn’t working very well. She offered to let me to take it home for the weekend, to see what I thought of it.
I brought it home… cleaned it up, just with a dry soft cloth. Was in awe of the bobbin and shuttle cylinder. I got it working!!! My kids even tried it. It sews like a dream… although it does take some coordination with feeding the cloth through, and turning the hand-crank. I bought it… for $160. They say, a sewing machine is worth what you are willing to pay for it. I have done a preliminary dating on it… from the 1920’s.
My next acquisition came accidentally. My eldest daughter wanted to hit some garage sales… I can’t remember what she was looking for. I put $20 in my pocket, just in case I found something, but I wasn’t looking for anything in particular.
While she was looking around one garage sale, I walked up to another that was about 1/2 block away. Lo and behold, there was an old Singer sewing machine with cabinet sitting out. My youngest daughter accompanied me and she thought it looked pretty neat. The lady holding the garage sale says “$20 and its yours”. I asked her “really”, and she says sure. Well, that $20 in my pocket was whipped out… and I had my youngest daughter stand by it, until I could get the mini-van to put it in.
This poor thing needs a fair bit of work. I don’t even know if the motor works. The power cord and the foot cord are well worn… I was hoping to find replacements… I may still look. I’m hoping for my quilting room to be finished, so I can restore this beauty. The case is in good condition, but water damage to the top. According Singer’s website the serial number JB294256 was made in Canada in 1936.