Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vintage Inherited

While I have been home visiting, my grandma sold her house in order to downsize. Downsizing meant going through all of her stuff and getting rid of lots and lots of things. It was such a bummer seeing everything go. Before I moved out east, I lived next door to her. If I had still lived there, I would have been able to inherit a lot more vintage goodness... but I am totally happy with the one vintage treasure I get to keep for myself. 

Brace yourselves- In fact you may want to sit down...

This is what I inherited....

A table... BUT- not just any table. 

Open it up and you will find my vintage treasure.

Are any of you swooning yet?? I could not believe that I had no idea this beauty even existed!

This vintage Singer sewing machine used to be my great grandma's machine. 

When my dad was cleaning out my grandma's basement he found this. He asked if I would be interested in an old sewing machine and of course I said yes (before I had even seen it). When I walked in and saw that it just happened to be my favorite color, robin egg blue, I definitely had a swooning moment.

From the little research I have done on it, I think it is from the early 1960's. It probably wouldn't be worth a ton if I were to sell it. But are you kidding me- who in the heck would want to sell this thing!?!



It definitely has some signs of heavy use and is not currently working. I never got to meet my great-grandma because she passed away when my mom was young, but from all of the wonderful stories I have heard about her, I can totally picture her sewing up a storm with this beauty.

This table keeps everything stored right inside. Even the pedal (and 50 years worth of dust) fits in there.



Unfortunately, since I live across the country, I have to part with my newest treasure for a time until I can take it home somehow....

Believe me though... I have tried and tried to come up with a way to get her home right now- BUT- I just couldn't picture traveling through the airport with a two kids under the age of 3 in a double stroller while carting this thing on my back somehow.... And... I am pretty sure the person sitting in the seat next to me wouldn't want to hold it for me while I struggled to keep two wiggly kids calm on a flight across the United States. (No matter how much I batted my eyes at them;) ha ha

So for now, I have to say goodbye to my vintage beauty...


But... one thing I will be able to sneak home is an extra suitcase full of vintage thread, fabric, patterns, and books that I snatched up while I was looking through Grandma Betty's stash! And I managed to talk my grandma into storing 4 huge totes full of sewing goodness in her garage til I move back home to claim the rest of my treasures! So awesome! :)

What vintage sewing goodness have you guys inherited from your mom's and grandma's?? :)

29 comments:

  1. Oooooo! Awesome! I have a pile of buttons from my Grandma's sewing drawer, but that's it. No robin's egg blue sewing machines. Hope you find a way to be reunited with all your goodies soon!

    xo,
    Stef

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  2. Yup....there's a lot of swooning going on down here in TX!! This is fabulous!! I love the color!



    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Congratulations on your new baby. Vintage machines are awesome. I myself have three of them. Oh and the vintage fabric. You have to share some pics when you get them out.

    Allison

    adayinthelife (allycat79225.blogspot.com)(Ally's Lost and Found Store.com)

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  4. That's something to swoon over. I was fortunate enough to inherite a Singer featherweight from my mother-in-law. It came in a cute black carry case and all. It works like a charm, I use it a lot. Also found some vintage fabric, ric rack and notions.

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  5. Oh Ash! It's gorgeous! Honestly, wouldn't you paint it that amazing blue if you wasn't already? How perfect! It's charming. What a treasure for sure. I would have to say my Grandma's pots she gave me. They cook better than anything ever. I love them and I can't help but think of her when I use them.

    Can I make a suggestion? Maybe you need to drive back out in July. Follow close behind a center darling family I know from Kansas. Make it safely back to Utah to have some fun and then reclaim your treasure. Haul it safely home in your car. What do you say? ;)

    Miss you.

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  6. I wish I had been into sewing when my mom got rid of hers. It was pretty close to the same as yours. I'm really kicking myself now. I really love the blue color of yours.

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  7. I LOVE vintage machines! If you can get it serviced and working, I personally think they sew so much better than modern machines, due to no plastic parts. Congrats on your beauty; hope you can get her home soon.

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  8. Ohh I love the color! I have an old singer machine that was my great grandma's. It doesn't have a petal... you acutally have to use your foot to get it going (not even sure what those are called) hah! My mom had it fixed up a few years ago and tried to get rid of it! Umm.. NO! So now it's sitting in my garage until I find a place for it! I love vintage fabric! Have any plans for it yet?

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  9. Wow!!!!!
    I guess every sewist/crafter would love to own something sewing-related vintages.
    it looks very well maintained.... nice!!

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  10. that table was gorgeous on it's own...but then that blue sewing machine? SWOON! Love that color!

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  11. Oh my gosh! How fun to be able to have that treasure. I'm sure you will be able to get it up and running again. That looks exactly like the one my Mom had when I was younger and the one I learned to sew on but hers was green so it may have been a different model year earlier or later, but I'm sure only by a year or two if that. It was a great machine back then. I still wonder where it went because after she died I got that machine with the table almost identical to yours. My ex-husband broke the part of the table that flips out and tried fixing it but he obviously didn't know what he was doing. I bought a case to put mine in and at one point I borrowed it to a friend. That friend moved and I totally forgot to get my machine back from him. I'm still upset about that because it was part of my Mom. I am sure you're thrilled to have this part of your Grandmother's life which she loved doing. I hope you can get that little treasure back with you again very soon. Probably a good call not thinking the traveler next to you might want to hold onto that during the trip though. Those things were quite heavy. LOL

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  12. Several years ago I inherited a similar sewing machine and table from my grandmother. I also did not want to part with it once it became "mine" so my dad helped me crate it and we shipped it "air freight" on my flight. It cost us more to ship it than the price of my own ticket, but worth every penny to me.

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  13. Ashley!!! This is SO amazing!!! YES, I'm swooning :) You are one lucky girl to inherit such a family tresure. I am so excited for you. This would be such a find in a thrift store or estate sale, but is even way more amazing that it's something in your family!!! I can't wait to see all the other treasures as well! Come home safely! xoxo

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  14. Lucky you!!! What a beautiful machine <3 I have my Grandmother's sewing machine which you can see here (not a great post, those were the early days LOL) http://prettybobbins.blogspot.com/2011/08/hello.html I tend to use my new machine now, but I always feel close to my Nanny when sewing. I also have her sewing tin complete with vintage threads and accessories :) Recently I made my daughter a cushion cover and used some vintage sheets from my Nanny for the fairy wings. Can you believe she had gold satin sheets? :) http://prettybobbins.blogspot.com/2012/05/gorgeous-cushions.html I feel your anxiety over shipping your new baby home. In December I purchased a new sewing machine whilst on holidays and she came home as checked luggage on our flight. She was the last item waiting to be claimed whilst I was wrangling my 3 small children. Trust me, I was very tempted to leave them for a minute to go check my baby (I didn't!). Luckily the airport staff heard me yelling "C'est a moi!" when they asked if anyone was going to claim it LOL

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  15. Wow- that's awesome! I especially love things like this that have a special meaning behind them for their owner- so special!

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  16. OH WOW that is is so awesome!! I didn't know that Singer even came in different colors... LOVE that color!! My fave as well:) You definitely should not sell that one... but if you ever do decide to I would love to take it off your hands;) hehe

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  17. Love!!!! That color Is amazing!! I have my grandmother's Singer, also in a table from the 30's or 40's (only going by what the manual says- which I can't believe is still with it!) She made me pillows and a few other things on it when I was a kid, and it's where I first learned to sew. Unfortunately not with her as she lived far away and was pretty arthritic so my parents had inherited it. I quit sewing until I became an adult and got it from my parents a few years back, mostly just to rescue it from deteriorating in the garage! Somehow the thing still works, although it needs a good professional check up, I think! I'm loving making pillows and baby things for my two girls and am hoping to improve on to more difficult sewing projects before long. My favorite part is thinking of her every time I look at it or use it. It's absolutely priceless to me and probably something I'd drag out of the house if it was on fire-after the kids of course! :) I've borrowed a few new machines before- and they just aren't the same! I hope this thing lasts long enough for me to teach my girls to sew

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  18. Wow, that is one lovely sewing machine. I love that color which is why I got this:

    http://craftmatesetc.blogspot.ca/2012/05/tiffany-is-here.html

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  19. I love the color of your beautiful find! My Abuela gave me her sewing machine and cabinet and I made quilts and dresses for my daughters. I have since moved up to fancy dancy computerized sewing machines, but would not get rid of her old machine for anything. Now that you've reminded me, I think I will set up the old girl and sew something on it for old times sake!

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  20. It is a great machine! you can take it home with you. Just un-attach it from the cabinet, it is easy it is only 2 screws. You don't need the cabinet to use it but if you really want a cabinet check on Craigslist or make a request and you will receive offers.. the cabinet should not be more than 30 bucks if you try to ship the whole thing is is probably going to cost $100 if not more and the risk of damaging the machine is very high. You can't go wrong with that Singer... you will find spare parts pretty easy online but it might only need a good cleaning and oiling and you should be ready to go! congratulations on your new baby!

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  21. I had to check out this link on your Kojo post. I am so jealous! And the fact it was your grans makes it extra special too!

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  22. I learned to sew on one of those machines and made my first 3 or 4 quilts on it. It was my Mom's. I've been looking for one for a while locally for sale. What a great machine and the cabinet is gorgeous!

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  23. I learned to sew on one of those machines and made my first 3 or 4 quilts on it. It was my Mom's. I've been looking for one for a while locally for sale. What a great machine and the cabinet is gorgeous!

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  24. I learned to sew on one of those machines and made my first 3 or 4 quilts on it. It was my Mom's. I've been looking for one for a while locally for sale. What a great machine and the cabinet is gorgeous!

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  25. I have the exact same sewing machine which my parents purchased for me when I started the eighth grade. The year before I had taken Home Economics and fell in love with sewing. At that time, I had a Singer children's sewing machine that I used for making doll clothes while I was in elementary school. A few years ago I had the machine cleaned and oiled, and it is still in perfect condition. My daughter, who does not appreciate the joys of sewing, asked if she could have it to do clothing repairs when needed. It was my first real sewing machine!

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xoxo, Ashley