Post your sewing machines! (posted in MISCellaneous!)

singer featherweight

have 2

11 lbs, still very popular on ebay etc due to super lightweight status

one has an LED conversion bulb (cheap from aliexpress, has a weird socket, i think it is 12V, not sure, looks like a brake light bulb from a car)

(come on, everyone else posts their weirdnesses - whiskey, music, beer, tv shows… )

{not mine but mine are exactly the same}

My main one is also a Singer from around the same time. I also have a “newer” (1970’s) Kenmore that I use when I need zig-zag stuff.


sewing is so cool
it is like WELDING but with cloth

WLE. You are right. I had a friend who reupholstered for a living. It amazed me how he took what seemed to be random pieces of cloth, leather etc. and sewed for a few minutes and bingo! the pieces fit like a glove.(bad pun). It was really amazing

a very useful skill

not that applicable to lights, but as i said, my 1951 machine now has an LED light

that old hot incandescent one was driving me nuts

It really is a good skill to have. I don’t do too much these days (not enough time) besides hemming and such.

Back around high school and college, I used to make some clothes (usually from a pattern) and lots of quilts. Eventually taught my wife to quilt.

Here is one of my treadle machines. A Franklin. It has a way nonstandard bobbin arrangement.
Only have one bobbin for it. But really haven’t tried to find any others. Has wonderful graphics. Unfortunately they are mostly worn away on the front of the machine.

All the Best,

I do not collect sewing machines, but my wife uses a few. I just do minor maintenance on them.
She has her hobby too. So my hobby is no problem. :wink:





And there were several sewing machines that are no longer with us. The newer cheaper Brother, Singer, and Baby Lock machines use a lot of plastic parts. We paid $400 for a new Singer that broke after 2yrs use. Took it to a repair shop and they laughed at it and said no, because they would not work on it due to the cheap plastic replacement parts. Wife makes Quilts mostly and gives them away as gifts.

big iron!

Wow, that’s amazing story gchart !! I helped my wife do Quilts and it is very challenging. Your wife hit the jackpot !! How is your cooking ?

Not to brag, but it’s pretty darn good. I grew up cooking though whereas my wife not as much. She’s certainly picked up some skills over the past few years. As a hunter, I also do a lot of our own meat butchering, processing, sausage making, cured meats, etc.

I don’t know too much about modern sewing machines, but those do look pretty impressive. Right tool for the right job.

I could not sew if my life depended on it. Whereas cooking just makes sense to me.

Quite surprised to see so many sewing machines. Thought this are things Anthropologie uses in their windows to entice female shoppers. What a cool skill to have! I wouldn’t even know how to switch one on, let alone figure out how to create something with it.

My mother hand quilted a few Quilts and left a few unfinished before she passed. My wife took the unfinished pieces and completed 3 of them. This was the beginning of our quilting adventure.

Exploding Hearts quilt has over 1300 pieces and took 2 months to make. She has several more colorful ones.

I’m not the cook, but can when needed. Becky is the chef and cooks better than my mother. I do better on the grill outside but that is all i’m ahead in.


My Pfaff 332.

I have had it for 30 years now, bought it for 500 gulden (~250 dollar) secondhand, no small money but Pfaffs were the best. Apart from small clothing repairs I mainly used it for making all types of bags, and pouches, en lately I made endless colourful facemasks for friends and family.

There was a period that leather couches were out of fashion which ended en masse on the streets to be collected as waste. I got into the habit of cutting out the still good leather panels and used that as material for making handsome and useful bags of my own design (after cleaning: i.e. cigarette smoke stink can be removed with acetic acid).

At one time the internal drive belt broke, and to my surprise I could source a new one, which was unlikely given that it is made of oiled hemp with steel shackles. An old shop still had some old new stock. It took me a day disassembling the machine to the point that I could replace the belt. Edit: I just googled it and it was on (now sold out), people are still replacing these things :open_mouth:

Before the Pfaff I had a pretty cool looking Efku “ZigZag” machine from the fifties for a few years, but it was not half as good as the worse looking Pfaff. Here is the type (but the pic is not my machine, I sold it at the time)

Nothing really special. A 1940 singer 66 with the godzilla finish. I know it’s not an industrial unit like many claim these older machines are but it did come out of a sewing plant. The base on it is designed to be dropped in a large table and be easily swapped with another machine for repairs without shutting the line down. I also done a LED bulb conversion because I got tired of burning myself.

I’ve used it to do 2 show truck interiors and a handful of atv seats. I aint sewn in awhile and it’s kinda a shelf queen now. Awhile back I started to collect weird singer branded accessories for it. I have a walking foot, button, and zig zag attachments (all work pretty poorly) and some other odd and ends.


How do I post directly to a picture from imgur phone app?

Great to see so many seamstresses and seamsters here! My Mom taught me to sew around age 7 on her Singer Stylist. It is certainly a handy thing to know, even if just for simple repairs.

My first machine was a hand-me-down Babylock when she upgraded to an Elna. I’ve made lots of camping gear, including hammocks, silnylon tarps, stuff sacks, and down quilts.

Down gear is lightweight and warm but very expensive. I made my first quilt using silnylon and repurposed down from a high-end comforter that I got for free. A comparable one would be $300 or more.

When I switched to hammocks, I built a down ‘underquilt.’ Even in mild weather, your back gets cold in a hammock. An underquilt is suspended just beneath the hammock to keep your body weight from compressing the insulation. You can drop it slightly to allow for more air circulation depending on the temperatures.

I rescued a few older sewing machines from the curb, including a 1970s Kenmore that was made in Japan. It has worked great since I picked it up.

I recently treated myself to a Janome HD3000, which gets good reviews and is still mostly metal. I just used it to recover an expensive Flexsteel recliner that I picked up for free because the fabric was worn. The Janome had no trouble with multiple layers of the heavy upholstery fabric.

I’d love a Sailrite but I need to find a project that will require a walking foot machine to justify the cost. :partying_face:

My Mom still has her first machine, a Singer Featherweight. It needs service but it’s still in excellent shape and has the case and all the original accessories. wle is right, they fetch big money on eBay nowadays!

You might take a look at these:

They seem to be the exact same as many sorta-branded machines. Good prices and depending on the model, claim complete parts interchangeability.
I’m lusting after a walking foot machine too.
My Singer 66 does OK with moderate duty home type stuff with the occasional push through something thicker.
I’ve been thinking about adding a servo to it. Mine’s nothing special so I’m not worried abouut making Mods.
All The Best,

What is a walking foot machine ?