Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Welcome to my Vintage Sewing Machine Shop

First off I would like to say hello and welcome to my shop. This is something that I hope that you will always feel at home and will come on in and pull a stool up and lets talk about sewing machines, quilting and any other things that you might like to discuss. I am far from an expert on Vintage machines but I have a really good data base that I work from and I also have lots of shop manuals and technical data for sewing machine dating from the 1840's to the mid 1950's. I am probably the leading expert on the Japanese machines and I have tons of records from the manufacturers that I am in the process of decoding and digesting it into my data base. Eventually I will be writing a book on them but that will be later on in my life, right now I am having fun with all of my machines.

I have mostly treadle powered machines and some of them quite rare including several other of Pearl Singer 12's and an FC Henderson Chain stitch machine from the 1880's. It is a Wilcox and Gibbs design machine but they sold the rights to their automatic tensioner and several companies (Standard being on of them) use their design in similar machines. I will be posting a few photos of my machines and Hopefully be posting some of my repaints that I do for others. I paint high end show cars and I have gotten into repainting sewing machines also in all sorts of neat colors including Pearls and Candies. But that is a whole nother story and they say.........

Also I will be posting photos of my quilts and items that I make on my treadles. I have 19 machines that I use on a regular basis in my studio and the number keeps adding on. For me it is like I have stepped back into time and time stands still when I am in my studio working on a machine or quilt. Just the fact that I am using an historical item to make something beautiful to give to some one, and to see their reaction knowing that they are holding a piece of living history in their hands. How many folks still quilt on a 100 year old sewing machine, not many but the numbers are growing I am happy to say. And if anything I hope that this blog will encourage more people to start saving these pieces of history and using them to make things on.   

So fell free to sit back and enjoy yourself and I hope you enjoy the experience....



  1. I have enjoyed your other posts, and am glad you started a blog. Congrats and have fun!

  2. Hello,

    I just found your cool blog. I am also a member at Quilting Board.


  3. I don't know if you deal with Kenmores but I am looking at one and would like to know the age and if it has all metal parts. It's model #158.923 and serial #003340. I have contacted Sears and they can't help me and posted on QuiltingBoard.com and they can't help. Directed me to you. CAn you help? I'll check back later.

  4. I really like you site, it is great! I have been able to get husband to get into quilting through
    looking at machine, cars, quilts, etc. I even gave the site to a telephone repair man yesterday.He loved cooking, sewing, & sports.
    He wants to see the quilts and to learn how. I ask if his wife liked it to, he said no, but she likes that I do.