Sunday, June 30, 2013

My New Vintage Sewing Machine

 Several weeks ago this vintage machine appeared in a Craig's List ad that said they needed the machine gone by Thursday or it would be donated.  Because I didn't need to pay for another machine I just watched the ad and on that Thursday sent an email asking if they would like to donate it to me since I was a quilter who also taught others to sew.  The reply came that the machine may have been sold but they certainly would keep me in mind.

I was at the beach last week (reason for my silence in blogland) and while away I received an email that said the sale fell through and if I wanted the machine it was mine.  I picked it up yesterday and met Joe who told me it had belonged to his wife who passed away six years ago from cancer.  He held on to it thinking his daughter may want it but she doesn't care to sew.  Joe and his new love of two years recently combined households and felt it was time to let the machine go.  He was so happy to give it to somebody who quilts and sews like his wife had.
 This machine is a Sears Kenmore made in 1972.  It's a fantastic running machine and was very well cared for.  I'm so sentimental...just happy it found another good home.
So while at the beach last week we were out on a day trip and when we saw this telephone booth wondered..."Does it really work?"  I mean, how often do you see them these days?  So while DH confirms it did have a dial tone a car pulls up and the guy yells out, "Hey, do you need to use my cell phone?"  OMGosh was that ever hilarious!

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Linda said...

I just dug out my 1977 Kenmore to use because my "new" machine has to go in for a tune up. I have never done anything to the Kenmore except oil it occasionally.

WoolenSails said...

That was wonderful that you could get it and pass on his wife's love of sewing.


JoAnne said...

That phone story is pretty funny. When we lived in Hawaii, we enjoyed watching the original Hawaii 5-0 and comparing the "old" Hawaii to the new. In one episode, there was this large circular planter in the road and McGarrett drove around the circle and parked and used a pay phone. We joked that that would no longer be around. Well, a few months later, I happened to find that road with the circular planter and much to my surprise, the pay phone was still there! I sort of wondered if it worked, too, but didn't try. Maybe they left it as a sort of tribute to Jack Lord.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a treasure - I passed my old Kenmore on to a new young sewer (4-H) - they just don't quit.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

how funny - when we were in Tulsa last week we stopped at the mall one evening to do a couple laps around the mall for exercise in the A/C and on one wall on the lower level I believe it was we saw 3 pay phones right next to each - I don't know when I saw that last - I didn't check to see if they worked :)
Neat about the sewing machine!

Lesley said...

Aren't you the lucky one! That vintage machine is in good hands now. I laughed out loud reading about the telephone booth...too cute!

Gerri said...

Congrats on your new (old) machine. That phone story is too funny.

Cathy said...

I have a very similar Kenmore sewing machine I bought in 1974 with my babysitting money. I've send acquired a Bernina that does a lot more but I kept the Kenmore as a backup. Enjoy!

Funny story about the phone booth!

Unknown said...

Still sewing on the Kenmore hubby bought me in '73. Works like a champ

Jo C. said...

I got a 1975 Kenmore at the Habitat zrestore for $30. Its now my favorie machine. Congrats!

Cindy said...

Sweet machine. I just love these antiques....maybe cause I can relate...LOL

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Bloglovin' won't let me comment! Just a blank page comes up. :-( I had to google your blog and then it works~ kind of like coming in a back door? ;-) I learned to sew on a Kenmore and often wish I had kept it~ congrat's on your new find! Have a happy week!

mckie2 said...

I had gotten a Kenmore that looked just like that for Christmas in 1970. I donated it to the University of Texas drama department in Austin at least 10 yrs ago. Probably still running - all metal. It was in a portable case but weighed about 50 lbs. Not exactly portable. Enjoy!

Karen said...

Nice cabinet. Good deal especially for free. Now you are a collector too. I have a vintage Sears Kenmore. Sews well. To oil it, there are many places to do it. Something we don't need to do with the electronic machines.

Diane said...

My first sewing machine was a Kenmore too. It was light green and worked great. I'm sorry I traded it in now. That is so funny about the phone. I wish there were a few more of the old pay phones around. Not everyone has a cell phone and how cute of that guy to offer his.

The Duchess said...

I read the comments about the "VINTAGE" Kenmore. Funny thing is I have one, however I had NEVER thought of her as vintage.She sews beautifully and I have all the parts and booklets. I got it brand new to learn how to sew years ago. I also still have a Singer 221 Featherweight that I also take to class's.I also own a Babylock Ellisimo that I use exclusively for embroidery. All are cherished.

Kris said...

Congratulations on your new find!! And kinda romantic!! That is VERY funny on the old phone and cell phone!! Nice guy to stop!! :-))

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

Lucky you! I used the identical machine for 25 yrs. and it is a real work-horse. Never needed repairs only periodic cleaning.

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

Lucky you! I used the identical machine for 25 yrs. and it is a real work-horse. Never needed repairs only periodic cleaning.

Sheila said...

What a great find. Love the cabinet, it's so compact. I used one that was a little bit newer, but looked the same. It never gave me any problems. Have a great Fourth of July holiday.

Jeanna said...

Wow, it's so awesome that you got the Singer! Cute phone story...

Wish I lived closer to you so that I could get a lesson :)

Have a great week.

Darlene said...

You've got a wonderful machine in your possession. I got one very similar in 1975 right after my DD was born and it was incredible.

Enjoy her!

Vivian said...

I'm another who used to have a similar Kenmore (the reliable workhorse of the sewing world). I took it to college, made some of my own clothes when I had time, and I even made a little money on the side with mending and hemming. Wish I'd kept it.

Sheila said...

I had that identical machine in 1972 , it is a fantastic machine , wish I had kept it . Enjoy !

Sue said...

What a great sewing machine. It's a sweet story. I'm glad it found a good home too:)

That's funny that you found a working phone booth. I haven't seen one around here in years.

Sandy said...

Count me as another who rues the day I let go of my Kenmore. Mine was more like 1985 vintage, but still a good machine. My mom's Kenmore is still in the family however, must be pre-1950. I'd love to bring it home, if I only had the room~

Carol said...

That's awesome Mary. Good idea to wait till Thursday to get it. That's funny about the phone booth.

Janet O. said...

I love the story of the sewing machine acquisition. I bet the man felt bad about letting it go in the first place, though he knew it was time. It must have been a relief to him to know it had a home where it would be used and appreciated
Very funny about the pay phone. DH and I recently had a conversation about whether or not phone booths were anywhere in town. So we've been watching, and each place we can remember once having had a pay phone has proved to be vacant now.

Mary said...

I have a Kenmore bought in 1978, my first sewing machine: still have it, can't bear to part with it. What a workhorse. I put enough thread through that machine to go to the moon and back, twice; I kid you not. Cleaned and oiled it myself, it has never been in shop, still runs like a top. Have all the original manuals and accessories for it. I plan to give it to my daughter. My husband is an antiques dealer, we go to lot of sales and auctions together - he says you can't give away the old sewing machines at the sales. It's a great way to pick up a back-up machine. I found a Bernina 830 (the original all-metal 830) with all the original manuals, case, etc. and 28 machine sewing feet -- yes, *28* feet, PLUS the cabinet the machine fits into, for $100; at a tag sale. So happy this Kenmore found a new home where it will be appreciated as it deserves. I bought an all-steel 1980's Singer in mint condition with the wooden sewing cabinet, all the parts and manuals, for my daughter-in-law, at a tag sale for $25. The older machines can't sew as many stitches per minute as the new machines, but what you sew with those old beauties stays sewn :^)

Kaaren said...

Welcome back from the beach, Mary. We missed you!

So happy to hear that the Kenmore has been given a new lease on life at your house. I love happy endings!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

How awesome you got that machine. It was meant to be. I'm still laughing like crazy about the phone booth and the guy with the cell phone. What a riot! Times they have sure changed.

Loris said...

Love the vintage machine :-) I try to avoid being a collector anymore but have now accumulated a couple of machines for fun. I finally got interested to check out info about the treadle I bought over 30 years ago in's from 1910. A few years back I bought a Singer in cabinet because it looked like the one I learned to sew on...before my mom traded it for a zig zag in the 60's ( which I still have ) It's from 1948. These would be useful to teach a group to sew. Great idea!

Carrie P. said...

that is so funny about the guy asking if you needed a cell phone.
So glad to see you got the sewing machine.

Needled Mom said...

I'm so happy that the machine found such a loving home. It was great for you AND him to know that it will be put to such great use. Enjoy!!

AnnieO said...

Nice rescue! Very heartwarming that the man was so pleased to pass it on to you :)

There are very few pay phones around and most look like the condition that one is in! Cellphones rule the world. Glad you DIDN'T need to borrow one, lol!

Debbie J said...

I'm happy to see that you are using the old Kenmore.

My mother passeed away in November 2012. I brought home her old Kenmore. It needs work. But, how could I let it be thrown away, when she made me and my sister all those dresses back in the 60s and 70s on it? I brought home some of those polyester dresses too. Too many memories. Too much love, to let them go.... not yet anyway. :o)

andsewon said...

Not sure if there are any phones left around here or not. Used to be 1 at both shopping strips by grocery stores.
Sweet machine and so wonderful you brought her home with you!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I loved seeing your picture of the "vintage" machine as it is the very first machine I learnt to sew on. It had been my grandmother's and I got it when I was 19 and didn't know one end of a needle to the other. It put up with a lot of my abuse and was still sewing beautifully when I left it behind to move to the UK.

Barb said...

What a wonderful machine, lucky you!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I had that exact machine bought in 1972 by my husband's grandmother for me! I loved it so much - it bit the dust in an accident when we moved about 10 years ago. You're going to love sewing on it. :) Love the phone story! blessings, marlene

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Great donation received! And a pay phone. It's been AGES since I've seen one of those.

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Bari Jo said...

Hi Mary - great find on the machine and so sweet that it went to you! ;O) I am confused about blogloving and google - I didn't know it was disappearing.... I am not on facebook - how can I find you when you aren't on google any more? :O) Don't want to lose you! We are on the other side of grad season now and I am revving up my machine!

desertskyquilts said...

I have that machine sitting in storage in Phoenix. I bought it brand new, right around 1972 or early 73, and I sewed on it for 25 years! In all that time, I had it cleaned twice and it just kept on sewing and sewing. I have bunches of cams for it, and used them to quilt a Christmas quilt for my younger son when he was 2 - about 1979. Not exactly free-motion quilting, but .... Someday it will be sitting in my quilt studio again, along with my old Singers, my Viking 500, and my seldom-used Bernina 153 QE. Yes, I love sewing machines!

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