The joy of vintage sewing machines ...
* love *
Here it is after an insane amount of time & effort , like sewing clothes , saving sewing machines is a labor of love & not the most practical way to get a machine !
BUT - there are many jobs that an oldie can perform sooooo much better than even my Viking top of line machine can , like this 1915 Singer treadle powered chainstitch machine I use all the time . It is fantastic for any seam you may need to do more than once , like in a fitting , test muslin , first time using a pattern or piecing difficult fabrics like velvet . Just pick out the last stitch & zzzzzzzzzziiiip - just pull the seam out with no strain at all on your eyes , nerves or fabric ! Also makes a virtually impossible to break stretch stitch . Also not affected by power outages : )
Sewing folds of high thread count weave goods like silk taffeta ? My new machine goes waaaaah I don't want to & beeps & says "motor overload" on it's snazzy touch screen
here is a link to some info on this subject : http://www.victorian-embroidery-and-crafts.com/arrasene.html
Another was the chainstitch attachments that were used on rotary sewing machines like the White & Standard brands . There were single & two thread embroidery attachments that ratcheded a second thread around the needle thread to form interesting little loops
but this is a whole posting unto itself !
another great thing is that sometimes you find cute little ones in fun colors , cute + fun = appealing to young people ! a great thing to get them to sit down & learn a bit about sewing !
Do you ever use a vintage machine over using your modern high tech one(s) ? An old straight stitcher for perfect edge stitching , old ruffler attachment for trim ? A tiny free arm Featherweight 222k for sleeves or millinery ? If so post below ! Let's get these oldies out of the garage & back in use : )