Man, it has been one heck of a summer… Covid 19, shop inventory demand far in excess of what I can deliver, unforeseen circumstances that take priority over anything else… In short, it has been a while since I sat down long enough to add new content to my site! All the while, I keep thinking about the next post…
A tutorial? … What topic?
A restoration? … What machine? …
Building my inventory? … How many hours in a day?
Then I thought… stop thinking so much and focus on the real reason for my interest in restoring the many quality precision vintage sewing machines I have encountered. Then another thought, how did I get here?
Well, it began with the childhood memory of my Mom’s 1938 vintage Singer 201-2 sewing machine. I didn’t know how to sew as a kid and I don’t know how to sew now, but I remember that machine. I still have it and despite my fondness for restoring 201’s, I have not done anything to hers except to rewire the motor. It has all of the memories preserved in it’s condition, it still sews great, and I will let it be!
I used to play with it when I was a kid. It sewed through tin cans, play dough, paper, plastic, and anything else I could get under the needle. All done when she was not looking and my deeds lay undiscovered until she sat down to use the machine. All indelible memories etched in my mind.
Every machine has it’s unique history and fond memories attached to it. This quality alone raises them above all others. I have Customer’s tell me about their Mother’s or Grandmother’s sewing machine, and what it meant to them learning to sew with it. While their experiences are different, the effect is always the same… fond memories. Like birthdays, the smell of Mom’s cooking, milestones, and other achievements in life, these experiences are all memories that reside in the recesses of our minds and they are worth recalling… warm, comforting, and welcomed.
No doubt it is the same for you so, please share your first sewing memories and comment here… I would really like to know. Hopefully, the topic alone will bring fond memories flooding back to you.
Thanks for reading! I feel better for sharing my memories of “Mom’s machine” with you and would I love to hear yours!