It’s Just “Sew” Vintage! (And a September Goodie Giveaway)


I love sewing. Recently, my sewing machine broke, and replacement parts are unavailable. What’s a farmgirl to do? Find something built to last…something vintage! Be warned, as this summer I discovered it’s easy to become smitten (obsessed?) with antique sewing machines!

I’ve enjoyed sewing since childhood, when Mama taught me on her machine, and Santa brought me a “Sew Easy” for Christmas, 1980-something. In high school, a favorite class was Home Economics; for my final I sewed ruffly dresses for two little girls I’d babysit. My mother learned to sew from her mother, who was a magician at sewing, her favorite model a Singer “Featherweight”.

My grandmother was always impeccably dressed, designing and sewing her own clothes

My grandmother was always impeccably dressed, designing and sewing her own clothes.

My dad’s mother used a treadle, which was ruined in the ‘40s when she tried converting it to electric. I fell in love with treadle machines after seeing one in MaryJanesFarm magazine. In 2014, I was thrilled to find an 1896 Waltham treadle in a thrift store (read about about that here). While “Sir Walter” isn’t sewing yet, it displays beautifully.

The scroll work on the wood is stunning.

The scroll work on the wood is stunning.

It was my husband who thought a treadle would also look great in the family room. (We think they’re beautiful, in a “steampunk”, meant-to-work-hard but-be-beautiful way. It’s sad to see them discarded. I love MaryJane’s idea of re-purposing a too-rusted-to-sew-again treadle machine into a lamp in the June-July ’16 magazine). We bought a dusty 1911 treadle from a couple downsizing their home to a condo. The machine once belonged to the woman’s grandmother. It still worked, but hadn’t been stored properly or sewn on since the ’70’s. Of all the romantic gifts my husband has given me in two-and-a-half decades, this takes my breath away. It took many late-nights of hard work and broken nails to clean her up. Never use any solvents on decals or they’ll “silver”, turning white. (A great “how-to” guide is Connie McCaffery’s book,  “How to Select, Service, Repair, and Maintain Your Vintage Sewing Machine” ). She was so filthy at first, I didn’t realize she’s a Singer “Red Eye”, the same exact model my grandmother had. I named her “Ruby”; all she needs now is a new leather treadle belt.

Shiny again!

Shiny again!

I found a miniature red-eye at a craft store that sits on Ruby's throat plate

I found a miniature “Red-Eye” at a craft store that sits on Ruby’s throat plate





"Red Eye" refers to the red decals. Most cleaners will ruin the color.

“Red Eye” refers to the red decals. Most cleaners will ruin the color.

This is an early 1860's "New Home" model.  Her restoration is still a work in progress.

This is an early 1860’s “New Home” model. Her restoration is still a work in progress.


Not as fancy or as sturdy as my other treadles, I love her still. I call her "Half-Pint".

Not as fancy. large or as sturdy as my other treadles, I love her still. I call her “Half-Pint”.

I use the coffer that came with the New Home model to hold my sewing books.

I use the coffer that came with the New Home model to hold my sewing books and manuals. Most manuals for vintage machines (Singer and a few others) can be found online.

The wood of the coffer is stunning.

The wood of the coffer is stunning.

At a fair with a friend, we complimented a woman’s pretty print skirt. She told us she’d purchased it previously at that very fair. Visiting the booth filled with feminine A-line skirts, I choked at the price. I could make similar skirts for a quarter of the price tag – if my machine worked right. In the late 1990’s, my husband bought me a sewing machine. He’d worked a booth at a Home Show, next to a booth with top-of-the-line sewing machines. At the end of the day, he brought home a fancy machine meant for quilting. My twenty-something-year-old sewing machine was quite the machine back in the day, but parts are no longer made nor easily found, and though fancy, it’s made of plastic. Computerized, I never used all the features. New machines I looked at were similar- plastic, some with tablet and smartphone features (which become outdated). I needed a new machine, but craved simple. After reading Connie’s book, I knew I wanted a vintage machine.

Meet "Miss Glenda Green" from 1958

Meet “Miss Glenda Green” from 1958

Then I found her. A tag sale bargain, she’s mint green from 1958- compact yet heavy-duty, similar to what Mama once taught me on. It was love at first sight. I brought her home, cleaned and oiled her, and started sewing my first clothing pattern in a long time. She has a place of honor in my sunny sewing room. A model 485J, she was sold as Singer’s “Budget machine” Researching online, I found the original 1950’s commercial. Yep, I’m definitely born in the wrong generation.

Just like vintage car lovers, vintage sewing machine enthusiasts love different models for different reasons. When a Singer Featherweight popped up for sale at a steal-of-a-price on an online tag sale, I couldn’t help myself!


Featherweights were made in the United States from 1933 to 1957, and for a few short years a “white” model was made in Scotland until 1970. My white machine was “born” in 1968, and like many other vintage sewing machine enthusiasts do, I named her. Meet “Snow White”.

With an almost rock-star-like following, there’s classes, books, dvd’s and Facebook groups dedicated to Singer’s compact, lightweight portable known as the Featherweight. Well-known nationwide among Featherweight fans, David Werther’s a Featherweight expert. He and wife, Shelley Chappell, own Quilters Connection, a full-service quilt shop in Dallas, Texas. While Shelley’s a lifelong quilter, David was always mechanically-oriented, eventually taking on the job of mechanic for their shop. After fixing a Featherweight, another arrived, then another, until they were “up to their elbows” in the little powerhouses. Soon, they started buying and selling them, having owned and sold 168 in the last five years! The couple keeps around fifteen for their personal collection. While David likes other vintage models, too, (currently, he has 55), he attributes the popularity of the Featherweight to its lightweight portability, quality of stitches, and true vintage style. “Like a classic model car-  like a ‘57 Chevy, Singer got it right with the Featherweight design.” He adds, “When you use a Featherweight, it’s like ‘time traveling’, doing the same motions, sewing on the same machine that your grandparents would’ve sewn on”. David says his best advice is to “know your machine”, noting when it starts to sound not as smooth and quiet. “Oil after every 8 – 10 hours of the needle sewing”, adding that there’s “35 places the Featherweight needs oil’.

My case was pretty nasty, but just like vintage luggage, cleaned up well with a Magic Eraser. I now need to find a replacement handle for travel.

My old case was pretty nasty, but just like vintage luggage, cleaned up well with a Magic Eraser. I now need to find a replacement handle for travel.


David says the Featherweight spanned so much of America’s history – “Through the Depression, after World War II, after the Baby Boom, the Featherweight was there, through it all”.  A true piece of Americana, I love “Snow White”, sewing while my family watches television (she’s so quiet). I recently purchased a “Spool Pin Doily” for her for $6.00 from Marietta O’Brien, from Arizona, who hand-crochets the beautiful doilies to resemble pansies (let me know if you’d like to contact Marietta for one of your own).

Photo courtesy Marietta O'Brien

Photo courtesy Marietta O’Brien

I didn’t need another machine, but a 1961 Singer 301A popped up for sale at a great price. She came in the cutest vintage-suitcase-like case, so I was doomed. She’s creamy tan and white, and needs a name!

My 301 needs a name...

I was “sew” bad, hee hee. Now my newly-acquired 301 needs a name…any ideas?

Finished! My skirt made using antique sewing machines.

Finished! My skirt made using antique sewing machines.

Whether you’re a seasoned quilter, just starting to sew or don’t sew at all, be careful – a vintage sewing machine (or two, or three…) might just steal your heart!


Leave a comment to win a goodie box with a vintage-style sewing machine magnet and hand needles, a glazed ceramic fall pumpkin, two teal thimbles, and a tea fowl, er, towel featuring Henrietta, the MaryJanesFarm Sisterhood Logo!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a goodie box with a vintage-style sewing machine magnet with hand needles, a hand-glazed ceramic fall pumpkin, two teal thimbles, and a tea “fowl”, er, towel featuring Henrietta, the Official MaryJanesFarm Sisterhood Mascot!

Help me name my 301, share a memory of a vintage machine, or just say “hi” – all comments this month will be entered into a drawing for the”Sew” Cute September goodie giveaway!

Until Next Time…Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

Leave a comment 262 Comments

  1. Stacey Mitchell says:

    Cute sewing machine. How about her name being Creamsicle.

  2. Jeretta says:

    I have an old treadle machine, I am planning on getting it fix, just like it used to be. I
    also love old machines, I think they are n

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Thanks, Jeretta! Good luck fixing up your treadle! It’s such a wonderful thing to do! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Denise Ross says:

    Hi Nicole,
    Love all your gorgeous sewing machines. My mother had an old black singer sewing machine when we lived in New Zealand. I’m not sure if my sister has it, she still lives there, or mum sold it/gave it away when we moved here to Australia. They are such a beautiful machine and although I have a janome sewing machine that my now husband bought for me 25 years ago, yes it still works though I don’t sew too much on it at present, I do so love the beauty and craftsmanship of the vintage machines. I do say this of all old things, houses, churches, cars. The beauty, pride in detail and care just isn’t there anymore. It’s a real shame really. I’m going to keep my eye out for the featherweight and see if they have them here. Beautiful p, quiet and light, what more could a girl want.
    Thank for an enjoyable read and your skirt is very pretty.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise! Thank you! You are so right about “old” things…the beauty and craftsmanship is missing from so many “new” things these days. I think that is what has drawn us to these old beauties…my husband loves them too. We’ve learned together how to tinker with them and tune them up. I didn’t sew heavily for the longest time, I think I just didn’t have the patience in my twenties, and in my thirties was raising a wee one. Now that my daughter is older, I can take a little time to sew more. By the way, I’ve never been to New Zealand, but one of my best friend’s husband is from there. I have heard that the Featherweight is popular there, too, so you might get lucky and find one! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Marrietta O'Brien says:

    Dear Nicole. You write a lovely narrative, and I can just see you as a little girl in Texas. You do your mother and grandmother proud. Thank you for the pic of my doilies. I LOVE making them, and I love seeing them on everyone’s lovely machines. I have heard so many stories from those people who have ordered, and I have mailed out hundreds. I will read your blogs in the months to come and look forward to a long lasting friendship.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marietta, Thank you so much! I am so glad to have “met” you and your doilies are so beautiful. They make a beautiful machine even prettier, and you can see how much love goes into them when you make them. They are little works of art. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. I love this article! In depth and well written. I have a vintage Singer sewing machine that I inherited from my grandma and I loooooove it. It’s metal and very heavy. I also have a mini toy singer that was my grandma’s when she was little and then in turn my mother’s. It’s about a hundred years old and looks it. They are definitely treasures!!!! Thanks for the article!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Christina! Thank you so much, I am so glad you enjoyed this article. Your sewing machines sound so lovely and sentimental, too! I wish I had my grandmothers’ sewing machines, but having the same kind makes me so happy, too. Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Priscilla Thibault says:

    I am blessed to have inherited my mother’s Singer sewing machine that she purchased in the late 1940’s with some of the money she got for her wedding. I learned to sew on that machine. My mom was a teacher who gardened and sewed all summer. Every fall I would return to school with several new dresses, made with love by my mom.

  7. Sue says:

    I admire the older machines for their beauty and sturdiness–but my Mom’s old Pfaff that I used for years made me crazy due to it’s tension problems! It is a joy sewing on a newer machine–admittedly, my “new” machine is a 23 yr old Brother!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sue, There’s always a few bad lemons out there, no matter what it is. But yours is only a few years away from being “vintage” 😉 Happy Sewing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Donna Lettsome says:

    Love your sewing machine passion, I also have a Featherweight it is black and a 301 A just like yours in the picture. The 301 A was a garage sale free bee. The color and case is just like yours. The Featherweight was purchased at an estate sale. The lady who owned it made quilts, that was used to finish every quilt she made until I hope these old gems will regain popularity.

  9. Mary K. MacTarnaghan says:

    Thank you for this informative article. I have rescued several old machines and find them each beautiful in their own way.

  10. Lisa Harris says:

    Hi. Your Singer 301 looks very neat and trim, especially with her carry case. I was thinking of a name that would fit the time period and “Mary” was the most popular girl’s name in 1961. She definitely looks like a “Mary” to me. If you wanted a spin, you could call her “Mary J. Beige” :)

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Lisa, I am ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING! Hilarious! I love that name, “Mary J. Beige”. Good idea! We will see. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. Sue Parkin says:

    How about ‘Mocha Latte’, for her name?
    I sew on a 1977 Husqvarna, and I just purchased 8 new decorative cams for it. Would not trade my workhorse for a computerized model! I can unscrew it, and clean it myself and have only had it repaired 3 times!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sue, Your 77 sounds like a great workhorse! Awesome. Also shows how care keeps ’em going forever. Thanks! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. karen sparks says:

    What about packin Ms. Brownie.

  13. Linda says:

    Hi, Nicole –
    I, too, love old sewing machines and have 24 sewing machines of which 18 are antiques. I have 3 treadle machines and all need a good cleaning except my oldest – a Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch machine in beautiful condition. The others are a Singer and a Franklin parlor cabinet machine. Then I have 3 hand crank machines, 2 Singer Featherweights 221s that I use ALL the time, 2 Singer 301s – one with a table and the other came without the suitcase-style case, an electric Gimbal, an electric black orange-peel Singer, a Sears Kenmore in a cabinet (doesn’t work), s Singer with cams, an old Singer treadle head only (may make it into a lamp), and 3 antique (plastic) children’s machines. My newer machines are a Pfaff (that I finally wore out), a Janome, a White, a Singer, a Brother embroidery machine, and a serger. The machine I’d still love to find at a decent price is a Singer Featherweight 222 – the one with the removable bed.

    Just a few months ago David Werther spoke at my Corron Patch Quilt Guild meeting in Greenville, TX. I saw many of his machines.

    Thanks for your blog. I love catching up with you.

    Farmgirl hugs, Linda

    • Linda says:

      oops – should be Cotton Patch Quilt Guild. LOL! fast-fingered that one.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Linda, WOW! What a collection! I love it! I’d love to see your collection, too! How awesome you met David Werther, he is such a wealth of information. I would love to find a hand crank machine someday. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  14. Shari Doty says:

    Wow! I ridiculously thought I was the only one collecting vintage machines! I have my great grandmother’s treadle, as well as grandma’s 1940’s conversion that sparks when I turn it on, so I don’t use it. I have a new belt ready to go on the treadle, and you have inspired me to put it on. I also have an extremely heavy 40’s or 50’s machine I use regularly. A friend gave me a new singer, with plastic parts that broke the first time I tried to sew with it! Old is best. I would indeed be interested in a spindle doily, can you give me the info? Also, thanks for the info about the maintenance book. I plan to order it.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Shari, that is so cool that you have your great-grandmother’s treadle! I’d be careful using the 40’s one that sparks until it gets rewired, if I was you. That is the only thing I won’t mess with – electrical. I bought a vintage Frosty the snowman blowmold once, plugged it in and got zapped! It melted the plug. Connie’s book is great – you will love it. I will send you Marietta’s info for the doilies. Happy Collecting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  15. Rebecca says:

    I love the vintage sewing machines….especially the details on the Red Eye. I learned to sew on an old Singer that was my mother’s. I’m not sure where it ended up, but I would love to still have it. The newer machines just don’t have the same beauty or durability. Beautiful pictures and a very good article.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Rebecca, Yes, for treadles the Red Eye is my favorite one, as well. Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed the blog! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  16. Adrienne Kristine says:

    My mother’s best friend worked in a drapery factory and would bring home the small pieces to give to my mother. Sigh. I spent my middle school years dressed in nubby brown, tan and off-white skirts; blouses with contrasting sleeves; and even my Barbie doll wore drapery fabric. Mom didn’t waste anything. As for your “new” acquisition, how about “Cafe au lait”?

  17. Joyce winget says:

    Hi NicoIe, I would call her Betsy. My Mom called all her old cars back in the 50’s Betsy! My Mom and I lived with my Grandparents after the divorce. I was 7. My Grandma Edith taught me to sew on her old treadle singer. Wish I had that singer now. Just like I wished I had her sunbeam mixer. Joyce

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joyce, love that you have those memories, though. I remember when I was 14 going through my Grandma Shug’s closet (everyone called her that, short for “Sugar”, I didn’t know she had a first name as a child until I was eight!). In her closet was the prettiest yellow dress she had made probably in the 1950’s. It was exquisite. She had me try it on and she gave it to me. I literally wore it out or grew out of it, don’t know which. I wish I still had that dress. I never asked her why she saved that particular one; wish I knew why it was so special to her. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  18. Jena says:

    I am IN LOVE with my Mom’s sewing machine. I received a fancy (late 80’s) computerized machine as a present for my high school graduation. I have a love/hate relationship with this machine.

    My Mom comes over and just loves using my machine and I keep begging for a switch. She refuses. So, she comes over and uses mine and I go over there to use hers. It is a great reason for us to get together and share the time as well as sharing our machines.

    Thanks for reminding me, I have some hemming to do this week- better call my Mom and see if I can head on over!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Jena, You are so blessed to be able to sew with your mom. I sometimes sew with my mom on speakerphone! Some of my happiest memories of childhood are of me beside her while she sews. My daughter likes to come in my sewing room and plop down on the guest bed to read a book or listen to music while I sew. She took a sewing camp once and loved it. She asked me the other day if I will help her learn to sew more. I was so excited! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  19. Martha says:

    Love your article of old machines. I have a few old ones that do not work and some that do. All vintage machines are treasures and conservation pieces for any sewing room. Love the little crochet pansy on the machines. I would love to order some for my sewing friends. Does Marrietta have an email address?
    Thank you for your help. Marthahoover

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      I agree, Martha, they are all treasures! I will email you Marietta’s info. You will love dressing up your girls! I just adore mine. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  20. Denise says:

    Loved reading your post on old sewing machines. I am totally smitten with classic Singer’s. I have two black cast iron machines that date back to 1925, model #66. One is full size and sews like a dream, she is Miss Singer, I’ve used her for the last 40 years to hem jeans! Nothing stops it, lol. Recently, for Valentines Day, my husband bought me a portable model of the same machine with a stunning curved wood carrying case with all of the original attachments! I almost cried, lol. Her name is Birdie, short for Song Bird :). Both were in beautiful condition when I got them. Both machines are well loved and I know they will be working well beyond their 91 years! Thank you for a wonderful blog post!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise, Sounds like you have a very romantic husband, too! I love your comment, and I bet your treasures are just stunning! Thanks for commenting, so glad you liked the post. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  21. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    I own many vintage girls including a couple of treadles. I learned to sew on a treadle at a sewing school my Mom sent me to one summer. I love to my machines and sew something with them. It’s hard when the number reaches over 30…..oops. Your new 301 is a fantastic machine. I am so glad you’re able to sew again and enjoy it.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Thank you, Sylvia! I just read your comment to my husband. “See, honey, I don’t have THAT many…yet!!” Love it. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  22. Lisa says:

    I was thinking it sounded like a deer, Bambi maybe?

    I’m not a great sewer and lose patience about halfway through a project, but I do know how to sew and have a sewing machine. I think it’s weird when people ask if I can sew and do I have a sewing machine. My thought is, doesn’t everyone? Apparently not.

  23. Lindy Munday says:

    I think it’s from the ’50 so name her Lucy or Ethel

  24. Susan says:

    I am going with Sandra for the name since it was one of the most popular names of 1961 and the machines “sandy” color. Love the article AND all your machines!!

  25. Nancy Bender says:

    I love your writing it is fun to read and get involved in what ever you write .
    I feel like we are sitting around the kitchen table and talking. Except I get to listen to this great lady “you”.
    Nancy Bender
    Mary Jane Farmgirl # 806

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Nancy, Oh my…thank you. What a nice thing to say. You have made my day! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  26. Andrea Brooks says:

    I can relate! My sister still has my mom’s 401 Singer that runs like a dream and I salvaged a slant needle version of the same from a trash pile. Despite owning a relatively new Bernina, nothing can beat the old singer buttonholer. I also have at least 4 Singers in cases stored in my basement. (They are my sisters but she doesn’t want her husband to know.)

    I had a Lithuanian friend who said his mom stored her silverware in her “Zinger” drawers. There will always be a use for those beautiful cabinets.

    What about naming her Twiggy for the 60s model?

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Andrea! I love your comment! Wow! What a find! A 401 in a TRASH pile! I have yet to find one in the trash but you bet I’d pull it out! And you are so right about the drawers…they are great nooks even if a machine isn’t in use! Love the name, Twiggy, too. Will put that in consideration and good luck with my drawing! Thanks for commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  27. April Tovar says:

    Hi Nicole, I have a name suggestion for your newly acquired 301…. Ginger!! She’s creamy tan and sophisticated looking and just so pretty! Neat article – thanks for sharing!! ~ April

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi April! Thanks! I love the name Ginger. Reminds me of Gilligan’s Island. Ginger was my favorite! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  28. lynne beery says:

    Loved the article. I have been using my mother’s 1947 Singer since I was 10. I recently found a Singer – Great Britain in the table case for $50. It is a 1951 3/4 size Singer. Too cute to pass up.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lynne, sounds like a great deal you got on an awesome vintage machine! Farmgirl hugs, Nicole

  29. deb rowley says:

    All your machines are beautiful! I’m just a “casual” sewer; repairs, hemming,some stuffed animals,placemats. I have a Singer I call old faithful 28 years old.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deb, Thanks! Nothin’ wrong with being a casual sewer…so many don’t know how to do any kind of sewing. It’s a good thing to know how to do. Enjoy Old Faithful, sounds like a keeper! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  30. Pat Sutter says:

    Nicole, thanks for the wonderful article on vintage sewing machines. It was so informative. I, too, have a Singer “Red Eye” sewing machine. It was my grandmother’s and I love it! It is also missing a leather treadle belt. I have lots of memories of her sitting at her machine making aprons for her friends and doll clothes for me. I love your blog posts and I, too, have always felt that I was born in the wrong generation.

  31. Kate says:

    I love your collection of pretty little machines. Your new 301 looks as though she is in great condition. How about naming her Hazel, I love that Hazelnut like color!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Thanks, Kate! I spent Labor Day cleaning her up and her case, which now looks so good, too. She sews like a dream! I love the name. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  32. Alvena Meyer says:

    I sure hope I can find me an old Singer some time. Having just retired I look forward to getting back to my sewing roots.

    How about naming her Mocha Momma?

  33. Heather says:

    I learned to sew on a vintage machine not fancy but always reliable!!!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Heather, and not vintage can sometimes be fancy but not reliable, lol! Thanks for stopping by! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  34. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE your article!! We were just talking about vintage sewing machines on a sewing Facebook page! I just brought home my great granmother’s singer treadle that is converted to electric. I need to do some work on it, but I can still use it both electrically or treadle!! I can’t wait to share your article!! Thank you!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tiffany, Thank you so very much!!! That means a lot! Your treadle/electric sounds awesome! I have not yet seen one that is both. Very cool! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  35. Patti says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I am just like you in that when my modern machine stopped sewing correctly, I looked to buy vintage. I also own a Redeye Singer from 1925, a Featherweight 201 and a Singer 301A like my mom’s. My Redeye was converted to electrical. I had to replace the Featherweight case because it smelled too bad. My 301A came with a longer plate on the left for quilting. They all work great. I love it when people appreciate the old Singers.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Patti, Did you know that the smell that comes from Featherweight cases is from the old glue that was used? It rots and gives off a bad smell. I’ve heard a little soap like Irish Spring in the bottom of the case helps, but know that many couldn’t get the foul smell out. The white ones, their cases didn’t use that glue. Enjoy your machines, sounds like you have a great love of them, too! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  36. Denise says:

    Those are some beautiful machines. I have my mom’s Singer electric and a Singer Red Eye treadle. I have purchased my leather belts online. My treadle was new in 1896. It has a bullet bobbin which took some getting used to. My great grandmother, grandmother and mother were all wonderful seamstresses. My mom worked in a clothing factory for many years making ladies undergarments.
    I as well as my two daughters also sew. It is a love that has passed through the generations. My mother’s sewing machine will be passed along as it was to me. I love using it and thinking of all the wonderful things my mom made for us children and for others as gifts. Isn’t wonderful to rescue the things of long ago and put them to use again?

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Lovely comment, Denise. I love that your daughters sew, too! My heart swelled last night when my daughter asked me to show her how to sew, too. She sews, too, but now she wants me to teach her more, which makes me “sew” happy! Happy Sewing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  37. Kate Craig says:

    Loved this post on old machines. I learned on my mother’s Singer and still have that machine as well as a featherweight and several Riccar machines that I dearly love.

  38. Cheryl says:

    Hi I like old sewing machines they are beautiful..maybe cinnamon bun for her name,she sure is sweet!

  39. Beverly Battaglia says:

    What wonderful comments you have received! Like the names too. Pictures are great.
    I loved sewing my clothes so much in the ’60’s that I hoped I could take my sewing machine to heaven with me if I died! It was a thrill to meet the designer of clothes for movie stars and actresses, Edith Head at Sakowitz fine fabric store in their Galleria department store. Was not the Galleria yet in 1966. She gave me a tip on sewing pants to fit. I sewed some in the 1970’s like pillows, window curtains, shower curtains, and some of my baby girl Nicole’s clothes, but became too busy with two children by then.
    Did lots of mending. Very nice collection and I love the green one. Love you,

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mama, I always say some of my most happiest memories are of you sewing while I played nearby. I still remember how powerful your machine was, being a little scared of it when you would show me how to use it, and how pretty that cabinet and machine were. I also remember how much I loved playing in your button box! I wish I still had some of the clothes you made me, though I do have a few pictures. I remember the outfit with hearts you made me and found matching earrings. I loved it – and that was in fifth grade! Wish we lived closer so we could sew together. Love you, Nicole

  40. Lynne Beery says:

    I learned to sew on a vintage 1948 Singer that was a mainstay in our house. We each (three sisters and I) had our own newer portable machine which my father built sewing cabinets for. I still have mine but acquired my mother ’48 Singer when she passed. I use it for everything from clothes to mending to quilting full size quilts. Recently I picked up a 3/4 size Singer Great Britain. Haven’t had time to clean and refurbish it yet but it is so cute I couldn’t resist. Got the machine, cabinet and bench for $50 so couldn’t pass it up. The 301 is the same mechanically as the older singer machine but with the updated case that the newer homemaker demanded. YOu will love it. My name suggestion is creamy dreamy.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lynne! Hello to another vintage machine enthusiast – love it! I spent Labor Day cleaning up my new girl and was wowed when she sews! You are so right! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  41. Marlene Capelle says:

    I have my grandmother’s treadle and a quilt she made on it as well as a 1920’s flapper dress. It’s amazing. How about Bea for your new machine? As in sewing-bea, worker-bea, etc.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh I bet that flapper dress is stunning! What a treasure, especially with the machine that made her! I love the name Bea! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  42. crlagroue says:

    While I’m not one for sewing I did find your blog interesting. Those were classic looking machines. I remember going to the fabric store with our mom (before you were born).. She sewed so many nice clothes back then. I guess it’s in yall’s genes.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Russell, Yup! I remember going to the fabric store with mom, too. Loved the Sakowitz one. And I always loved to look at the pattern books. Now you need to get your talented wife back to sewing! ~Nicole

  43. Elizabeth McKnight says:

    The first machine I ever bought IAS a Singer Fashion Mate model 237. I used it for over 30 years, but retired it because it would no longer wind bobbins. I bought it a Bernina 440QE, Because I thought I needed all the bells and whistles, but I was wrong. I now have 6 Featherweights dated from 1939 to 1965, a Singer treadle in full working order dated 1936, a 1928 machine given to me because the woman didn’t sew, but she didn’t want her grandmother’s machine to end up just anywhere. My white FW is named Mz. Blanche, my tan is Sugar, and my oldest FW is Spike, because he’s such a tough little dude. The other 3 don’t have names yet. One is a Centennial model, one is my birthday machine, and one is waiting for my sister, Marrietta O’Brien, to claim. I also have 2 other Bernina, neither of which are vintage machines. All of my machines wear a spool pin pansy crocheted by Marrietta, and I keep a few extra on hand to give as random acts of kindness to other machine owners.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Wow! Your collection makes ME drool! What wonderful machines you have! And can I add, your sister is just the sweetest and so very talented!! I am so glad I met her. I was so happy sewing yesterday and my little machine looked so pretty all gussied up with her doily! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  44. Cindy Schneider says:

    I loved this blog. I have a 1947 Featherweight That I love. I take it to quilting club. I too would still like to find a Singer Treadle like the one my mother taught me to sew on. Happy Sewing!! Cindy

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Cindy! Oh I wish I could find a quilting club and really learn how to quilt! I went into a local quilt shop. Beautiful fabrics but you can’t bring your own machine. They have big, fancy modern machines. Happy Sewing to you, too! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  45. Patsy is the new name for your 1961-Singer 301. I Fall To Pieces by Singer-Patsy Cline – was on the top 100charts for 1961. There were not very many women on that top 100 list back then. I love all your machines!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Yolanda, Yes, Patsy would be a good name. I love, love, love Patsy Cline! Thanks for stopping by! Your name is entered in the drawing! :) Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  46. Joan H says:

    Wow, I’m drooling over your vintage machines! Just gorgeous and so charming. In the picture the 301 appears to be two shades of tan. How about Mama Latte? Queen Cream? Ha!

    Thank you for sharing your story. I wish I had my mother’s machines, the ones she sewed my clothes on…
    Joan #6465

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joan! I love her color, too, as not all of the 301’s came in two-tone. Isn’t she a pretty cream and tan? Like a latte, for sure! Maybe that will be her name? Thanks for commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  47. Susan Clarkson says:

    I love vintage sewing machines also. How about Mocha for your new 301A?

  48. Gaye N. Durst says:

    I really miss the mid-century Kenmore I learned on. My mother’s, I don’t know the exact year but know she had, had it for sometime before I was born in 1966. As a little kid, I remember thinking it was just the coolest thing how it completely hid in the cabinet by dropping down and then the table folding over. It was heavy, so I also remember begging to learn to use it and finally being tought around five, when Ialmost could get it opend and closed up by myself! The cabinet was such a pretty wood with modern, clean, simple lines. I can still see, feel and smell it in my minds eye!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Gaye, That machine and cabinet sound so beautiful! My mother’s cabinet was like that, too, and she had the most wonderful cutting table. It had strong, metal legs that were a glossy black, and a pin cushion top with markings for cutting patterns. Sadly she gave that away, too. Sigh…But at least we have the memories! Have you ever looked into finding one (at least the machine, if only for sentimental reasons) like it on Ebay? Just a thought. Thank you for stopping by the blog! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  49. Pat G says:

    Hi. I have an old, maybe late 1800s tredle sewing machine called a ‘Jennie June’. I have yet to learn how to use it. I need to find someone to teach me how to wind the bobbins & also how to get a new belt for it. Any ideas?
    I also have an old Singer that used to belong to a laundry lady who did alterrations & when she got a new machine just gave it to me & my twin & I sewed on it since I was in the 5th grade. I have alove of sewing & quilting.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Pat, Are you on Facebook? There is a vintage sewing machine group that is very informative. There are also good youtube videos and for parts there is a place in NY that sells good belts. I can email you the name, just need to pull out the card. Treasure your machines, they sound amazing. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

      • Pat G says:

        Thanks for the information & looking forward to the name of the NY business that sells the belts & parts. My step daughter scored about 10 free bobbins & sent them to me for my tredle! I also have a ton of gadgets that were left in the drawers of the machine when I acquired it that I could use if I only knew more. What do I look for on fb for the vintage sewing machine group? I love your posts too!

        • Nicole Christensen says:

          Hi Pat, I have not forgotten to get back to you on this…I am desperately looking for what I did with the business card, as I need to order treadle belts too! They were highly recommended by the lady who sews on a treadle at the Rhinebeck County fair inside their living museum. I will let you know as soon as I find it. (I should have taken a photo of the card on my phone). Two groups I really like on Facebook are called “Vintage Sewing Machines” and “Featherweight Friends”. I will email you soon, I promise! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

        • Shari Doty says:

          Jim Gisselberg has belts. I think his wife Margaret is on Facebook. If not, their address and phone number is in MaryJane’s stitching room, or lifebook, I forget which.

        • Nicole Christensen says:

          Hi Shari, Thanks, I will have to see if he’s still got belts, etc. but it’s on page 203 of MJ’s Lifebook. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  50. Nancy Rhodes says:

    So glad you love your vintage. I make about 250 Adirondack wall hangings in the winter and sell them at craft fairs in the summer. Give me a Bernina that isn’t complicated. I have one and sew about 18 hours a day..can’t wear it out and so trustworthy.
    Look at and enjoy your vintage..give me a no-hassle Bernina.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Ooooh! I bet those wall hangings are amazing! I love going to the Adirondacks. That area is breathtaking! Happy sewing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  51. Genevieve Caswell says:

    I really enjoyed your story cause I started out sewing on my mom’s Singer, a 1942 Model Singer. Everything I have ever made has been on a Singer. I have 4 in my house today & still use them all by showing my daughters-in-law and soon my Granddaughter how to sew. We have a great big girls day in the sunroom making things and talking one or two times a month. I want to keep the sewing and the love going from generation to the next and for ever long the good Lord lets me.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Genevieve, Kudos to you for teaching all of your girls to sew! Awesome. Keep it up, and what great memories you all will have! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  52. Sherry Hopper says:

    This post brought back sooooo many great memories of growing up with my grandmother and her Singer treadle machine, making and repairing and creating wonderful things like aprons and shirts and curtains. Granny called her Singer “Lucille,” for her Cherokee mother — so I would name your machine Lucille! Strictly personal bias here! Thanks for the article, and the memory flood. -Sherry

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sherry! I am so happy that I brought back special memories for you with this blog. That makes me happy. I love the name “Lucille”; I had a special someone named Lucille that I was close to myself. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the post! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  53. Christine Harding says:

    As soon as I saw the picture of your newest “friend”, I thought of my Grandma. I was lucky enough to have both a city and a country grandma, and I loved them equally well. They both sewed, but it was my country grandma that made me dolls and clothes (some of which I still have). Everything, from the colors to the sturdy, practical simplicity of your new addition, reminds me of her. Therefore, I would call her “Marjorie Lenore”. (she could be quite perturbed with me right now, because she hated her middle name, but I purposely included it because I have always thought it lovely!!)

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Christine, Isn’t that a lovely name? I love it, despite that your grandma did not like her middle name. Isn’t that funny, I’ve never been fond of my middle name, and my daughter doesn’t like hers, either. Maybe it’s because middle names were always used by our parents when we were doing something naughty as small children, as in, “Marjorie Lenore, go put that frog back outside and wash your hands!” Anyway, I am glad you liked the blog. Check back next month to see who wins the giveaway and what my new addition’s name is. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  54. Pat Gstalder says:

    Some of these pictures sure takes me back. My grandma had a treadle a lot like the first one pictured and I learned to sew a few seams on it. I loved it. I loved the action of my hands and the rocking of my feet at the same time. But as a young girl that sure was a challenge. lol I am happy that you not only love and appreciate the vintage machines but that you are in effect, rescuing them from the scrap heap (shudder) and preserving history. Kudos!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Pat, Thank you! I love the sound a treadle makes when it sews, and also my antique machines with all the metal. My more modern machine never sounded quite the same. I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Good luck with the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  55. Sandi King says:

    Hi Nicole. I never used a treadle Singer machine in my life, but I had a sister-in-law who could sew wonderful things on one that she had. I hope she still has it. I bought a new machine but it is still in the box as my home is not ready yet and everything is in storage. I like the name creamsickle and twiggy also, but my suggestion is Tanner because of the color also. Even though I cannot sew on a treadle machine, I think the Vintage ones are so beautiful, if I find one, I will use it as a decorative piece in my home. I am looking to add a Hoosier cabinet and a kitchen sink that has two basins and two drainboards, one on each end to my kitchen design. They are also hard to come by. I love the older things because they do last and were well made to last. Thanks for this article. On another note. I finally got my chickens, 10 Golden Comets from a swap meet, and we have the coop and pen for them and they are a happy bunch of cluckers. I also got 8 eggs the second day they were here. Wonderful.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sandi! Wow your home sounds like it is going to be so charming and beautiful! I love Hoosier cabinets, too, but in my kitchen the way it is designed I could never fit one. I’m so glad you liked this article, and the name Tanner is a good idea! So glad to hear you got your chickens! Aren’t those eggs just the BEST? Thanks for commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

      • Sandi King says:

        Had to let you know I found a Singer treadle machine at a rehab store and talked my son into buying it for me. She looks a lot like the one you posted first in your article. She is well oiled and the needle moves smoothly, but she also needs a new leather treadle belt. Do you know where they can be bought? I also need to clean her up a bit but she is in excellent condition and the drawers were filled with attachments, threads, the book and a few other things. I love her. I tried to find her birth-date online but haven’t had any luck. I hope to put her in my bedroom when it is done. Thanks for this great article and look forward to more of the same.

        • Nicole Christensen says:

          Hi Sandi, Congratulations! How wonderful! I will email you the info you’ve asked for; I do have some contacts for you. Enjoy her – does she have a name? Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  56. Shaunna Pierce says:

    My grandma used a machine just like that! So if it was me, she would be Millie, after my grandma Mildred. She was a thrifty woman who never had idle hands, and while she didn’t teach me to sew (thank you Mrs. DeCock in 7th grade home ec and Ethel Williams, my 4-H seeing leader for many years for that) she did teach me many other skills. I owe many of my adult characteristics to that fine lady. She lived in many places and made each of them a home, feathering her nest with handmade curtains and reupholstered chairs. And as a little girl, I got many a summer dress made from floursacks she saved. I can think of no more fitting way of remembering such a great person than naming a machine like hers after her!
    I also am a bit of a machine collector. I have a cream colored 221 from Britain and another that is from the 1920s. They work beautifully. And I still use the sewing machine I got for high school graduation almost every week. It is a favorite for piecing quilts and one of my oldest friends :-)
    I also

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Shauna! What a beautiful memory of a wonderful lady. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I loved reading about your grandma and I love the name idea, “Millie”. I bet your machines are lovely! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  57. Pat G says:

    Oh, I almost forgot, what about ‘Coco Puff’?

  58. KAREN MORRIS says:

    Love the vintage sewing machines! Great finds. I have 2 Singers, a White and a Necchi.

    Tan Sandy would be a fun name

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Karen! Thanks! I have not found any Necchi or White machines yet, though I learned to sew on a White as a child. It’s fun to hunt them! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  59. Karen says:

    You could name your machine Ole Gal. I too have several vintage/antique sewing machines.i wish I had the one I learned to see on. Thank you!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Cute name, Karen! I wish I had my mother’s machine that I learned to sew on, too. I do have her thimbles! Enjoy your collection of vintage machines! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  60. Nancy Coughlin says:

    My grandmother had a treadle machine that she promised I could have when she “was gone”. Sewed on it whenever I visited, which was quite often. Loved using it but didn’t want her to be “gone”. Was overseas in Germany when she did leave, and unfortunately, she had kept her house so hot and closed up over the years that most (practically all!) of her furniture splintered and fell apart when my parents and some antique dealers tried to more things. Never did get that treadle machine. One of my sons found treadle machines, minus the workings, at garage and yard sales, did beautiful restoration work on them and helped to fund some of his college expenses. He restored the outside but never tried to find the innards! He did hang on to one of them and his wife has it in the foyer by their side entrance.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Nancy, Sorry to hear you did not get to hang on to your grandmother’s treadle. That is a shame. I love that your son found the beauty in them, too, and fixed them up. Thanks for sharing with us, good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  61. Tracey H says:

    I love featherweights! I have a black one and have had my eye out for a white one for a couple of years. How about Madge? Kind of a funky name for a machine.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tracey, I just heard of a 301 named “Madge”! Hmm…”Madge”…Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  62. Julie Pruett says:

    I LOVE your sewing machines! I just stumbled upon a “beige 301 Singer” like you have over the Labor Day week-end!!! When I saw your machine I named her “Madge” I don’t know why…She seems efficient and “down to earth”. (I guess she could be Miss Madge) I too have a white Feather weight and also a black one. I sew ONLY with my old “vintage” machines. I make the old hand wired clothespin bags like the women used to have hanging on their lines. I feel it’s only fair I sew the “vintage style” bags with a “vintage machine” Thank you for your information on the people that sell parts for them! I would LOVE to purchase a couple of Marrietta O’Briens pansies if you would send me the instructions… Thanks, Julie

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Julie! Awesome that you found a 301! I love the name, too. I bet your clothes pin bags are adorable! I will email you how to order from Marietta. You will love the doilies! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  63. Liz Olson says:

    I loved this article. My little sister got my grandma’s old treadle machine but now I may have to go steal it from her and try it out! I’m also kicking myself for giving my mom’s old Singer to the thrift store

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Liz, Thank you. I know how you feel about the Singer; my mom gave hers away too. I would’ve loved it! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  64. Laura M says:

    I think Cafe au Lait is a good name for your latest find!

    I too have a fascination with vintage machines and an accumulation of them….somehow I have acquired 5 as family heirloom hand me downs. Then my ex husband brought me 15 vintage machines, treadles, lightweights and heavy duty that someone was going to throw away out of a garage! They are project waiting to happen… clean them up and find good homes! I want to keep 2, one electric and one treadle.

    Funny thing is I barely sew… although my mom was a home ec teacher for 30 years.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Laura, She does look like a Cafe au Lait! 15 MACHINES BEING THROWN AWAY?! Oh my..makes me weak! I think you won the Vintage Machine Lottery! Lucky girl! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  65. Marilyn says:

    Great post. All the sewing machines are lovely. I would name the sewing machine Acorn because the colors remind me an acorn. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marilyn, Acorn is very creative…I love it! Good luck, your name is in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  66. Joan says:

    I own an antique sewing machine. I love it. The sewing machine I would name Caramel. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Caramel is a good name! Enjoy your machine…aren’t they wonderful? Thanks for reading, wish I could send something to every reader! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  67. Marion says:

    I love the skirt you made. You are very talented. I would choose the name Brownie. Thank you for the opportunity o win this giveaway and all the great prizes.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marion! Thank you! I had so much fun making that skirt! It had been awhile since I made clothes, and it all came back to me, like riding a bike! Now I am working on a Halloween apron with vintage print and vintage fabric, with yellow ric rac! I had so much fun putting together that giveaway! Good luck…I am putting all the names inside the sewing machine coffer and drawing a winner that will be announced on my next blog entry! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  68. Merrikay Baxendale says:

    Love your blog! I used to watch my grandmother on her treadle machine. She bought a new one I later year and lost track of the original. However I just got her 221 and am so excited!! Now to find a FeatherWeight so I can take her to classes and the motorhome in the summer. So excited and your machines here and just beautiful works of art. Thank you. Mk

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Merrikay! A featherweight would be perfect for a motorhome…lightweight, portable and won’t take up much room. Sounds like a perfect summer combo to me! Thank you for reading and commenting! Wonderful that you have your grandma’s 221…keep her oiled and she will last and last! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  69. Pam Halbleib says:

    Thanks for highlighting one of Marietta’s MANY talents! Her handwork projects are works of art!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Pam, I am a knitter and crocheter, but mostly knit, and know what goes into something handmade. You are so right – Marietta’s spool pin pansies are amazing – such beauty and craftsmanship, and she is an absolute doll herself! I ordered another one from her for my little green machine, and it looks so cute!! Made me smile when I was sewing. Thanks for commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  70. Becky says:

    To funny about the machines, I have both the green and the black one. My mother sewed every thing with the green machine. it is so heavy duty.

  71. Loretta Lowe says:

    You sewing machine looks like she should be called “Blondie”

  72. Jan Eby says:

    Was fun to read your blog, as brought to my attention by our mutual friend and fantastic spool pin pansie maker, Marrietta O’Brien! I look forward to reading further blogs.
    Have taken classes from David on FW maintenance and repair and am sincerely saddened they will be closing their shop (in October) to be an online only shop. He really is a caring and knowledgable instructor for Featherweights.
    Looking forward to reading more…..

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Jan, Thank you! I am so glad I met Marietta and so look forward to getting to know her better. She is just the sweetest! I am so glad you enjoyed the blog! David is amazing with his knowledge! I keep my fingers crossed they will travel up here sometime to host a workshop sometime! Hint Hint to David and Shelley…Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  73. Deborah Hauser says:

    For some reason while I was reading your article about your machines, the song ” Little Duece Coupe,” by The Beach Boys came to mind. What about ” Little Duece.”
    Ps your Snow White is fabulous!
    I have a black singer feather weight I haven’t named yet!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deborah, Isn’t it funny how the sewing machines do speak to you? I love your idea, too. And if you need inspiration for a name for your featherweight, check here…there’s so many wonderful ideas for names in comments! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  74. Lucy says:

    I’m with you. I sewed two blue jean quilts on my restored treadle. Now I have a Featherweight and love it. Thanks for your inspiring posts.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lucy, I bet those blue jean quilts are beautiful (and warm)! What a great thing to do on a treadle. Thank you for stopping by the blog! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  75. jaylyn morehouse says:

    Hey there! My vote is going to be ‘Hattie’, a name that I gave to my favorite chicken too:) I enjoyed reading your article and the seeing the photos above!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Jaylyn, Thank you! “Hattie” is a great name – for both sewing machines and chickens! Love it! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  76. Anna Vanover says:

    Wonderful story and article! I am also hopelessly hooked on vintage sewing machines. I have a black 301, a tan rocketeer, which my Aunt gave me and I adore, several featherweights and a treacle red eye that was my grandmother’s. She also had a Kenmore like the one that someone described above. I learned to sew on that machine and so wish that I had it today. It had a knee control and when you opened the cabinet top it would almost magically rise from inside. I love your sweet little two toned 301 and suggest the name Taffy.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Anna, Sounds like you have an awesome collection! I love the black 301s too. Thanks for suggesting a name for mine; remember to check back next time to see who wins the drawing, and good luck! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  77. Kathi says:

    Yes, vintage machines are contagious, I currently have 20 with 3 more in my sights.

  78. Carol D says:

    Warning is the right word, but oh so hard to heed! I have a 66 red eye, a 99k, a 201 (which is divine!) a 221 Featherweight, a Domestic 153, also divine, my mother’s old green Elna grasshopper that I learned to sew on, and my Elna that I bought as a newlywed 30 some odd years ago. I love to sew, but I also love to tinker and have had so much fun restoring these old machines. None of them have names, nor do my spinning wheels. But they do have personalities!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, It is soooo hard to resist them once you are bitten by that vintage sewing machine bug! Sounds like a nice collection you have, too! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  79. maureen bruner says:

    Ah, vintage sewing machines, they breed in captivity. I use my red eye treadle as a computer desk for my laptop; the built in “footrest treadle” makes it comfortable to work at! I also have my grandmother’s Ruby. She still needs work, but I hope to sew on her one day.

    How about “Mocha Sue” for your newest treasure? Happy Stitching!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Maureen, LOL! Yes they do breed in captivity! Thanks for reading and commenting, love it. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  80. Kim says:

    I have several vintage machines that I love. An Elna, 2 Featherweights, a Bernina, Singer 237 Stylist, a Necchi and a few more. Several have been given to me when people have machines that older relatives once owned and are no longer wanted. True quality machines that are a pleasure to sew on!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      That’s so nice that you have relatives machines, that you love and can remember each by. A dear friend wants to give me her Kenmore from the late 60’s that was her mother’s. Her only request? Pickles and something hand knit! Can do! Farmgirl hugs and happy sewing, Nicole

  81. Carol Ann Pileggi says:

    Orrie Mae

  82. Janet Hocker says:

    I have my Mother’s 201-2 a 1947 and it is one amazing machine. My mom did more sewing on it than most women do doing dishes, ha. I acquired it one year ago and sew on it every day. Recently, my husband bought me a 1947 featherweight in very good condition at an estate sale as a gift for our 54th wedding anniversary. I truly love both of them.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Great memories, Janet, thank you for sharing, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Oh my! 54 years, what a wonderful milestone. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  83. Beverly Battaglia says:

    I found out where your Grandma Shug’s Singer featherweight went. You could ask Bobette if she has it. Your aunt, Barbara, told me last night Shug took it with her when she moved to Arkansas and then aunt Ella Jean had it. Barbara also bought a Singer black featherweight machine like your grandmother’s several years ago.
    Love you,

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mom, I think it is so exciting and sweet that Bobette is trying to find my grandmother’s machine for me. Even if they can’t locate it, it is so heartwarming that you all are trying! Love you all! ~Nicole

  84. Donna Niell says:

    40 years ago my dad loaned me a 1913 Singer treadle. I used it to see maternity clothes and after 3 babies I ventured into quilts. I thought a new fancy machine would improve my quilting (not true) so I gave it back. It recently returned to me a little the worse for wear from being stored in a barn so I replaced the head with a newer (only 50 year old) Singer 237. The original head I made into a hand crank. Now I’m learning to sew clothes again and I prefer the slow pace of the treadle. It’s almost like meditation and I start my day with the soothing rhythm of the foot pedal. 301a name-Opal her color.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Donna, What a great story – I bet she’s a beauty, your machine! Love the name you have suggested, too. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  85. Wendy says:

    Maybe not too original … “Sandy” or “Cappi” (cappuccino comes to mind with the two-tone beige) Thanks for sharing their stories 😉

  86. Diane Loehr says:

    Hi Nicole –
    I think you should name the sewing machine “Suzie”, since all am always amazed at all the things that you do and I would call you “Suzie Homemaker”. You are so talented in all that you do and even in the things that are new and you want to try them. I love the Black machine – that one was really cool! Have a great day!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Diane! Awww, shucks. Thanks so much. :) Trying new things makes me happy, and I love to stay busy and take care of my home and family. Thanks for such sweet words, my farmgirl friend. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  87. Alice says:

    My mama had a treadle machine back in the sixties. Our old farmhouse didn’t have a screen door. One day my grandma went out to get the mail and left the door open. As she turned from the mailbox and started back across the yard, she saw a big black snake go into the house through the open door. They searched the house over, but never found it. Several days later, my brother saw the snake wrapped all around the wheel of mamas sewing machine. Needless to say, we all slept better after the snake was gone.
    Mama, in her eighties now, still has that sewing machine.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Alice! Oh my! That is the best story I’ve heard yet that involved a treadle! Holy moly! My dad once had a snake in (under) the oven at his ranch in Texas. I guess it crawled under the coils to stay worm. We were scared to go in the house, because we knew it was there. Give your mama a big farmgirl hug for me! ~Nicole

  88. Krista says:

    Wow! What a grand collection of vintage sewing machines. My favorite is the red eye! The designs are so captivating and I would love to have one that looks like that! Love how your skirt turned out! Enjoy making many cute new things on your vintage sewing machines.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Krista!
      Thanks so much! I had not sewn a clothing pattern (and with an invisible zipper, to boot!) in ages, so I was a bit nervous. It was kinda like riding a bike. I do like how it turned out, just like I imagined it. Hopefully I can wear it a few more times before the weather turns cool. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  89. Rowena Philbeck says:

    Love your sewing machine. I had a Singer ZigZag that just died. I looked everywhere for one to replace it but couldn’t find one. I did buy a Singer but a newer one but without all the bells and whistles. Called The Talent. I haven’t even had a chance to sew on it yet. Too busy at work and knitting a couple of shawls. I love your green machine and that it works good is awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway too!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Rowena, sorry to hear that your machine died, but looks like you got a nice new one! Happy sewing (and knitting)! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  90. Kelly Velasco says:

    I just loved this post. And have access to one of these dream Singer sewing machines. And because of the color of her, I suggest for her new name – Mocha Dream Machine. This would be a great name for her : )

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kelly, thank you! She is a dream machine! Maybe more people would sew again if they made machines more like her! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  91. Cathy Coppy says:

    This was such a great article. I own quite a few and love everyone of them.
    They are all so special. Yours are beautiful. I hope you you find a name soon
    for the new one. The green one is just beyond words. So glad for you.
    Thank you for sharing it was great

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Cathy, Thank you ever so much! I am so happy you enjoyed the article, I enjoyed sharing with you all. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  92. tee allen says:

    My Granny had an old machine and us kids loved to push the foot peddle. She taught me to sew on that old machine. Still remember the smell of the oil and the sound it made. Wonderful memories.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tee, Sounds so wonderful, love how you describe the memory. Thanks for sharing with me. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  93. Becky Carroll says:

    Nicole, yesterday I received my 20th sewing machine in the mail (18th vintage machine) and it was a two-toned 301a like yours in unbelievably good shape. Hubby has caught my contagious bug of VSM collecting, immediately claimed the machine as his and named her “Sandy” for the color. He HAD to be the first one to thread her! I usually try to name my new “babies” after the person I got her from. I bought an old Singer 285J at a flea market from a lady whose name is actually Reba McIntire–she’s Reba. Another lady battling cancer sold me a 1896 treadle that was in a cabinet and gorgeous and she was in a financial bind. I named her Ellie after the previous owner. If I don’t really have a name of the owner, I find out the date of the machine and do a Google search for the most popular names in that year and pick one of those. My sister bought me a beautiful pink and white Singer Merritt a few weeks ago from an antique store in Denham Springs, Louisiana the day before 90% of that city flooded. That shop and all of the downtown shops were a total loss in the floods, but she got the machine out before. She’s such a pretty shade of pink that hubby named her “Rosie” because she looks like a rose. I could go on and on…love these old machines!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Wow! 20…Love it. The pink one sounds really divine. Sad the shop is gone. Such a blow to that state. Thank you for commenting, and happy sewing/collecting.I love that your husband collects with you. Mine too. We share this fun interest. :) Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

      • Becky Carroll says:

        Wellllll, I said 20, but I just found #21. It’s a Singer 201 made in 1939. Now I have a different model machine made in each decade from 1890s through 1980s. I’m glad all of you understand about loving VSMs!

  94. Lori says:

    I enjoyed your blog. I too love and collect vintage sewing machines. How about naming her Cinderella and keep with the theme you started with Snow White? Thanks for the drawing!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Great idea! (Or maybe I should look for one in a Cinderella blue…) Thank you, Lori! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  95. Jenni says:

    I caught the VSM bug early in life when I bought a toy German made sewing machine as a kid from a flea market. And you know I have moved so many times over the last 30 plus years due to moving around with my husband being in the Army for almost 25. And with all those moves I still have my toy machine. I also have a VSM Sears Kenmore 1961 Tri Span 88. I have an older Brother an another older Singer. But just since I stopped working and started having more time for sewing did I realize how much I love VSM. Also joining the VSM and FW Facebook pages. I’ve learned and readi about all the different machines. I bought my first FW 221 she is a centenital and I have 3 (I think) coming that I have won in auctions lately. A 201, a 66 and a 99. The ony regret I have is that I didn’t realize in my earlier adulthood how truly happy VSM and sewing make me. It’s the nostalgia of the machines, that wonderful sound of them, even the smell. Also the memory of the times my Mom and Grandma made us cloths and cloths for our Barbies. My Grandma Jones, I called her Gramma and my Aunt Lavern one summer taught me how to quilt. I still have it. I wish I had been quilting all these years since they taught me. But that’s ok all I have is time to make up for it now. I aspire to create quilts to the level of quality and beauty that my Gramma and Aunt did. I really think I want a 1961(my birth year) 301 I hope to find one soon. I have not named my VSM but I know the name I am giving my FW after my Gramma Jones her name was Florence Gurtrude so Gurtie is my FW. My Tri Span 88 shall be Eleanor after her previous owner. One of the new/old gals that I haven’t received as of yet shall be La Vern. So as for a name for your 301. I was born in 1961 so name her Virginia I always felt my name was too old for me so I prefer my nickname of Jenni (ya I know I’m suppose to spell it Ginny, but I went thru a phase in middle school where I’d rather people thought I was a Jennifer rather than a Virginia) So a grand old name like Virginia is perfect for a VSM born it the same year

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Thank you, Virginia, whose name I think is classic and lovely. What a great comment. I am so glad you found your passion. Happy Collecting and Sewing to you, and thank you for commenting and sharing with me. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  96. Carol Evans says:

    Tootsie (Two-Tone) would be a great name for her.

  97. Jan Hubbard says:

    In 1968, I had a Singer 317 given to me for my birthday from my husband. I loved, loved that machine. I lusted for a new, plastic, electronic machine. I have it and recently gave my old machine to a charity. I long to just look at my old machine. I taught my daughter and her friend on that machine.!
    I think Stacy’s 301( my 317) older sister, LOVIE. No explanation needed.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh Jan, I am so sorry to hear that you parted with your machine! My heart goes out to you. I still wish I could have my mom’s or my grandma’s. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  98. Kris says:

    You are so right about the vintage machines being addicting. I was up to 20 + machines, but now I have to start downsizing so that I can become a full time rv’er in 2017. I’m still going to travel with at least six machines. There are some I just cannot part with.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh Kris, awesome! Have fun travelin’ in that rv! I’d take along a Featherweight if it was me…;) Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  99. Brenda Manzanares says:

    I loved everything I read and am saving it for future reference! I thought of Bessie when I first thought of a name for your sewing machine. I grew up when my family naming our car, our truck, and our homes. Bessie is a family favorite as this is my Grandmother’s name. She sewed so beautifully and I sat at her side many a time as she sewed on her vintage Singer sewing machine as did my mother.
    I would like the contact information for the stunning flower doilies.
    Thank you for the time and care you put into your blog on vintage sewing. It has enlightened me and renewed my loyalty to all things vintage!
    Happy Sewing! Brenda

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Brenda, thank you for such nice words, it means a lot to me that others like what I write. I will be emailing you Marietta’s info for the doilies. Thank you for sharing your memories with us, and we also name our cars here! Happy Sewing, Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole PS Bessie is an adorable name!

  100. denise says:

    once again, I so enjoyed your blog! I love to sew and quilt but just don’t have enough time so I love reading how much you enjoy every aspect of it. but what I really enjoyed the most out of this was how you are cleaning them up and keeping them just like there were meant to be. you are not painting them or taking them apart to use for other things. I understand doing that to ones that are really in a really bad shape but it just warmed my heart to see you bringing them back to life again! I do have a treadle that was one of my Grandmothers and I love it. enjoy all your machines!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise, Thank you! My stomach turns a little bit when I see machines that are just dusty on sale for “craft projects”. If it is beyond repair, yes, repurpose it but I like to see them kept as is, like you said. I enjoy (and so does hubby) tinkering with them. How special that you have your grandmother’s machine! Farmgirl hugs, sweetie! ~Nicole

  101. denise says:

    oh and how about Honey for her name?!

  102. Janet Conn says:

    Awesome post. Reminds me of my mother’s vintage Singer sewing machine. She used to sew magic on that piece of machinery. Thank you.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Janet, I am so glad I brought back happy memories for you…thank you for visiting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  103. Janet Robinson says:

    I would name her Myrtle (after my grandmother on my mother’s side).

  104. Vivian Monroe says:

    OH MY GOODNESS, I love it. My name for the new machine is ‘Cocoa Puff’. I love old sewing machines, only I can’t sew on them very well. I guess if I took more time to learn I could. I get so intimidated by patterns. :) however I do collect lots of old sewing items. Like thimbles, (I know I saw your awesome collection), vintage pkg needles, pins, and buttons. Wooden needle holders. different things. I actually purchased an old teal colored sewing machine in the table from an estate sale, and the woman’s husband was a sewing machine repair man, so the original manual all the tools, parts were with it. Worked like a dream. I actually gave it away at another sale. I pray the lady takes good care of it, and uses it. After seeing all of yours, makes me wish I had kept it. Well I loved your post, and hope I win. Be Blessed. Neta.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Neta! You collection of vintage sewing goodies sounds wonderful! As for the blue machine (hopefully the lady you gave it to takes good care of her and realizes the treasure she is), what came to mind is the saying, “Nothing haunts you like the vintage that got away”, but oh how lovely you were to give it away. I am sure she loves it. (And isn’t the hunt part of the fun)? So good hearing from you; every time you leave a comment, I wish we lived closer because I know we’d be such good friends! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  105. Jessica says:

    The white featherweight makes my heart flutter! I have been looking for one for years, you are so lucky. My name suggestion is Maude, too cute.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jessica, Isn’t she darling? Oh I love her “sew”. Keep looking, one day I bet you’ll find one. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  106. Katheen MItchell says:

    I absolutely love my Singer Featherweight named Lynda. My husband and I took a maintenance class about a month ago and Lynda really hums along now, I thought she ran smoothly before. I spend most of my time quilt piecing with my 1948 model. I sure wouldn’t mind having another since mine did not come with many attachments.

    I heard there is a shop in Des Moines that still provides the leather treadle straps.

    I think a Farmgirl name such as Dorothy would be appropriate for your new find.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      <Hi Kathleen, I would love to find a Featherweight Maintenance class near me! Dorothy is a great name. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

    • Pat G says:

      My daughter lives in Des Moines, & if I knew where to start, she could look it up for me…my tredle needs a belt! Is it a sewing repair shop, maybe?

      • Nicole Christensen says:

        Hi Pat, that gives me some info. I haven’t forgotten. I will see if we can find somewhere near you. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  107. Carol says:

    Just one sewing machine here and it is a Singer 401A. Its quite heavy so it sits in a plastic case in my dining room so I don’t have to lug it far to the kitchen table.
    My mom purchased a 401A around 1960 to sew my kindergarten wardrobe. In the late 60s when I learned to sew she purchased me an identical one used so we each had one. She has long updated to a fancy modern machine and at 86 no longer sews or crafts.
    I never taught my girls to sew. Has anyone taught their daughters or anyone in the next generation?
    Machine sewing and many hand sewing techniques seem to be a thing of the past.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, My daughter likes to sew and recently asked me if I would teach her more (YAY!) She took a “sewing camp” one year here in town and I think it is picking up again as far as a hobby in her generation. Several of her friends sew, but I am not sure if it’s the same everywhere. Hmm…would be interesting to see how many younger people are picking up the hobby. How awesome you have your mom’s machine! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  108. Carol Johnson says:

    Love, love, love your collection and post! I learned to sew on my great-grandmother’s treadle machine. My grandmother taught me by having me make dolls’ clothes. I still have the machine and hope to get it running one day.

    As for your new machine, how about naming her Brown Betty. I think that is the name of an old-fashioned dessert, and she sure looks sweet.

    Glad for your post. Such a pleasure to read.

    Waynesboro, Georgia

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, Yes, it is a dessert – and one of my favorites, to boot! I love a recipe I have from an old vintage (what else?) cookbook. Very cute name! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am so glad you enjoyed the post, and your comment means a lot! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  109. Karen Sanford says:

    I just scored a 1957 Coral Pink Atlas sewing machine at an estate sale for 20 bucks! I brought it home oiled it up, gave it a new needle and bobbin threaded that baby up and she sews like a brand new , no Better than the new machines! I also have my Mother’s 1960 Singer sewing machine in a beautiful cabinet! I may have to take it out this weekend and give it a spin! thanks so much for this post, it takes away my guilt of owning 5 sewing machines!! LOL

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Karen, What a SCORE!!! I would love to find a pink any kind sewing machine. I have yet to run into one yet. And for $20? Awesome. I love that you have your mom’s machine. What a treasure. Don’t feel guilty about owning those beauties! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  110. Daizy says:

    What a great post. I am so glad that I am not the only one that collects those beautiful machines. I am only missing the treadle machine which is what I learned on also.

    You have some nice things in your Gift Giving. Please drop my name in the hat for a chance to win. Thanks.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Daizy #1093
    Poor House Farm Girl

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Daizy! Thanks so much! Keep your eyes open for treadles. I have found some great ones at wonderful prices. You never know when you might come across one. Check back next month to see if you win the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  111. Linda says:

    I’m new to the Farmgirl Bloggers but love the posts. I have a treadle machine that proudly sits in my sewing room, keeping company with my computer-embroidery machine, serger and featherweight. I learned to sew on a treadle by the side of my mom, so the treadle holds wonderful memories. I’ve sewn many tucks for my heirloom baptismal gowns, and pieced two beautiful log cabin quilts on her. If only they could tell their stories.
    I think a good name for your new vintage would be Lady Latte.
    Enjoy sewing on her.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Linda, and welcome! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I bet those baptismal gowns you’ve made are exquisite! Sounds like you are bitten a bit by the vintage sewing machine bug, too! Love the name “Lady Latte”! Check back next month to see who wins the giveaway! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  112. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    “Vanilla Mocha” is what I’d call her. I have one just like her. Sews like magic. Marvelous machines. I know you will enjoy it so much.
    My goal is to own a vintage hand crank, someday…..

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sylvia, I’m working on a holiday dress on her as we speak and she is just what you said – “marvelous”! I would love to find a hand crank for my collection, too. :) Happy Sewing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  113. Denise Ann says:

    Love your red eye machine, she is beautiful. I have a featherweight that was a gift from my sister. Love the look of the vintage machines. I would love to find a treadle machine some day……

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise,
      Thanks so much! Keep your eyes open…they are often found on tag sales and thrift stores. I found the Red Eye on “Ebay” with local pickup, so that was lucky. Thanks for stopping by! Love that your sister gifted you a Featherweight! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  114. LeeW says:

    Hi Nicole, We have a local business in the greater Kansas City area called “Fabric Recycles.” They sell fabric, and sewing notions and other items that they acquire from estate sales, and others. Everything is vintage but like-new – all the fabrics are measured, priced and labeled, and sorted by colors. They also sell vintage sewing machines. I like to get my needles from them, as well as buttons, etc. I think you would like their two stores. Kennedy became President in 1961, so you could name your 1961 sewing machine, “Jackie.” – Best wishes, Lee, FG 1712.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lee! Oh my! I just checked out the website of the store you mentioned – I was drooling over the fabric and buttons and the t-shirts are soooo cute. I will have to remember that next time I am on a road trip that way. I love your idea of the name “Jackie”! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  115. Grace Brown says:

    Oh Nicole,,,
    I couldn’t agree with you more… once bitten by the ‘vintage sewing machine bug’.. one is forever and hopelessly in love with sewing on them…
    I have a 1953 Feather weight, (black) I call “Lucy”… (I use for quilting)
    And I am also an owner of a 301a and a 401a… both sew lovely…
    Sadly by the ’70’s when companies started making their machines with plastic housings and plastic gears,,, well they just dont hold up… and while computerized machines are nice and let us be uber creative,,, there is something to be said about using our old reliable vintage machines…

    As for your 301a,,, her name,,, perhaps, “Ethyl”… she can be my “Lucy’s” side kick”…lol!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Grace, I totally agree! The plastic is just not the same…they just don’t sew the same, smell the same, feel the same. I was speaking with David Werther just the other day, and he said it’s like driving a new car (nice, safer, reliable) and driving a 57 Chevy (it’s a CLASSIC). There is just something about it. Love the names! Farmgirl Hugs Nicole

  116. Debra says:

    Enjoyed reading about all your sewing machines. Makes me want to get in the attic and get down the two that were my Mom’s, check them out and maybe start a quilt for the new grandbaby on the way! I have my Grandma’s old treadle machine that I have tried to get into shape, just can’t seem to get the stitches right. I think you should name the 301 “Fawn”! She’s a cutie.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Debra,Congrats on your new grandbaby! How exciting! Oh you should get your mom’s machines outta that attic! If you don’t use them, at least clean them up and display them!Love the name idea. Thanks for stopping by! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  117. Anna says:

    I just bought my first vintage machine. We pick it up this week. My grandaddy sold Singers so that’s my favorite.

  118. Sherone says:

    My Mom sews miles and miles on an old Singer. It would only do straight stitch. That didn’t matter, though. She sewed all of our clothes and the most beautiful Barbie Doll clothes. We were the envy of the neighborhood when we showed up with our huge Barbie box!

    I use a cheap Brother machine that I adore. I won the money to buy it from a football pool at work. :) It has sewn hundreds of items and is still going strong.

    When I grow up, I want a treadle machine. :)

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sherone! What sweet memories you shared with us about your mom! Very cool about your machine, too. Hope you find your treadle! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  119. Kathy Beachy says:

    I learned how to sew when my great-aunt gave me an 1860’s treadle machine for my 9th birthday. I started making elastic waist skirts like crazy. I still have the machine, but don’t use it anymore. I know, bad, bad me! I still sew. Mostly quilts & baby clothes for my grandchildren. I have one electric Brother sewing machine and 2 sergers. Love your collection. How about ‘Ms. Sew-on’ for your new baby?

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kathy, I love, love, love that you were given a treadle for your 9th birthday, and adore the fact that you still have it! Thank you for sharing with me. Check back next week to see which name I pick! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  120. Cynthia says:

    The instant I saw your tan machine I thought it should be named “Tawny”

  121. Sandi King says:

    Good day Nicole. I just read the post from you about you emailing me where I can find the leather belt for my Singer treadle machine, and other leads, but I have not received any email as yet. But I did find out that my machine was built around 1935 and I printed out the certificate from the website I found listed in the other article here at MaryJanesFarm. As for naming her, I think I will call her Daizee. She is such a beautiful piece of workmanship. After I get her all shiny and cleaned up and the belt bought and put on, I will take some pictures of her. Thanks for your comments to me, hope to hear from you soon.

  122. Shelly S. says:

    I would love to purchase Marietta’s spool pin doily. Please provide contact info. Thanks!

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  124. Jeretta says:

    Thank you for sharing, I have a black singer like that one, mine is the 20 years celebration. I have the case for it, and I have the table that goes with it. I love it. I haven’t used it for a long time. I would love to have one like the mini one you have, where did you get it?

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jeretta, Thanks! I found mine by accident at an antique mall. Keep your eyes open, they are out there. You can also try eBay. I always search by “lowest price” first. Good luck! Thanks for commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  125. Mauricia says:

    Love all the articles about the Vintage Sewing Machines and the Featherweights. My Mother and my Grandmother loved these machines. My Mom sewed costumes for me until she bought a Necchi which was in a beautiful white oak cabinet. The sewing machine was the beautiful apple green color and she sewed many hours on many projects doing it. I learned to sew on this machine, but the Vintage ones are special. She would stay up late and sew the costumes for my Ballet recitals. Which I kept for many years.
    What an enjoyable article to relive the past reading all this wonderful information.

    Thank you

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mauricia, thank you! I am so glad that I could stir up happy memories for you! There are also collectors of Necchi machines. I have not run across any of those myself, but I would be tempted as there were some great colors of those made! Like you, some of my happiest memories are of my mom sewing for me as a child. Thanks for the sharing, and for reading and commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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