What do you mean, you didn't know there was a competition.
The Official Sewing Machine of Male Pattern Boldness is.....
The Singer Genie!
Genie's visual assets are obvious -- I mean, talk about pattern boldness -- but she's also a solidly built and versatile zigzagger.
Genie has needle position adjustment, a small-but-adequate menu of stitches for the garment sewer, and droppable feed dogs.
Her case has compartments for her foot pedal as well as for a manual and various attachments.
Genie came out in the early Seventies and was Singer's answer to some of the lighter, portable, self-contained (meaning the case was part of the design) machines like the Elna Lotus. She may not be as refined as the Lotus, but I think she's just as loveable. Perhaps more a Camaro than a Porsche.
The Genie was actually made in France, and has a .95 amp motor -- very powerful. In some markets, she was alternatively named the "Starlet" or the "Mon Ami." Interesting, right?
As you can see, she stitches beautifully, but one would expect no less of a Singer of this period.
Today, when most sewing machines look oh-so-similar (if not outright bland), it's nice to remember the days when machines were designed to be not only functional but also fun.
Do you own any sewing machines you love as much for how they look as for how they sew? (I know a few of you are storing some Fifties-era pink and blue numbers in your basements.) Confess!
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!