Sewing On Vintage Machines

In my first post “The Joy if Creating” I talked about sewing and hand stitching.   As I continue to think about my creative endeavors and I have made the decision to learn how to use my vintage, and antique, sewing machines more.  

I collect antique and vintage Singer, Jones and Frister & Rossmann 
Handcranks , Treadles and Electric 

Singer 9W7 – manufactured when Singer bought out Wheeler and Wilson. They were manufactured from 1905 until 1913.

Why you ask ?  It’s quite simple, to me these machines are not only a work of art but stitch better at times than my modern machine.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my Husqvarna Viking , especially all the built in embroidery features it offers, but at the same time I want to start doing most of my decorative stitching by hand, and for two reasons…. the pure joy and relaxation of doing it, and the sense of accomplishment knowing that I did it by hand and not by machine.  

I am not in a hurry for finished pieces and I want to learn to slow down and take in the act of creation instead of just going through the motion of creating.  I personally feel that my vintage and antique sewing machines will slow me down quite a bit, especially my treadle machines, and that my sewing will become much more of a sense of accomplishment, as well as a true labor of love.  

I am extremely proud of a set of squares that I sewed using my Singer 9W7.  All my points match up perfectly and by using this treadle machine I was able to sew a little slower, which means I took my time and did not rush.  Honestly, I think this helped.

I also finished my hand quilting my piece, which measures 18” x  18” square.  Since this is a practice piece of sorts, I am thinking about adding embroidery to the squares.  I love the look of Sashiko and Boro stitching, and think it might be fun to add this style of stitching to this piece.  Then again, it might be just simple embroidery.

I want to end my post with a few links I came across regarding sewing on vintage machines that I thought might be of interest to you as much as it was to me.

  • The Joy of Sewing with a Treadle Sewing Machine  “ You don’t have to be a survivalist to appreciate the ability to sew without electricity. It’s reassuring to know that even if you lose power during a storm, you can still use a sewing machine.” – Peter Lappin
  • The Virtues of a Vintage Straight-Stitch Sewing Machine “ The greatest strength of these machines is their precision.” – Peter Lappin
  • Chatterbox Quilts Vintage Sewing Machines 101 “ First, let me explain what I mean by “vintage sewing machine”, these are the all metal, built-to-last, sewing machines that your mother or grandmother used for sewing. These quality sewing machines are not only still available at inexpensive prices, but as they are all mechanical, you can restore and maintain them yourself!” – Kim Jamieson Hirst
  • Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!! Vintage Machines “ There is NOTHING like sewing on a vintage machine. Nothing in the world can connect you to Quiltmakers Past than feeling the hum of their machines beneath your fingertips as the fabric pieces feed through.” – Bonnie Hunter

Do you enjoy sewing on vintage machines?

Do you enjoy slow stitching or embroidery?

Until next time, be creative!

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