New old toy

Posted by Katie on May 13, 2010

I’ve been thinking about getting a sewing machine for a while now, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it.  And my Mom has been encouraging me not to spend money on a new plastic sewing machine, but find an older machine that is well constructed.  Through a friend of a friend, she found this solid steel machine.  It’s a White brand machine from the late 50s or early 60s, and it folds up into a cabinet which fits nicely into our living room.  The machine has been collecting dust in some nice little old lady’s basement since the early 80s and nobody knew if it still worked or not.  But it was free, so we took it!

My Mom did all the cleaning and maintenance work on the machine, and I spent several hours last weekend learning how all the bells and whistles work, how to thread the bobbin and how to thread the machine.  We have it 100% up and running.  No fancy technology here, but it does a perfect straight stitch and a perfect zigzag stitch, which is really all I need.

I went shopping the other day for fabric, so my weekend project is to make two new throw pillows for our bedroom.

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