Friends, it will come as no surprise to you that I receive a lot of sewing machine-related questions from MPB readers. Sometimes I can help and sometimes I can't. And speaking of emails, I just received this from Virginia, the woman I bought my Pfaff 30 from a little over a year ago:
Might you be interested in a small vintage sewing machine? A friend is clearing out his mom's apt on Riverside Drive. When I go today I'll see what make it is. "Price will be right" I think....Hope all's well with you.
Readers, these are the moments a person like me lives for (and why it's good to give people your card). I'm not getting my hopes up -- I doubt it will be the hand crank of my dreams and "price will be right" is very subjective -- but at the very least, it will provide good blog fodder. I'll keep you posted.
Now on to today's topic. I think what would be helpful to many vintage sewing machine enthusiasts and the people who love them is a good, up-to-date sewing machine repair/parts resource list. My list is short so I'm hoping you can help me expand it and I will keep it updated. I've also added a link to it near my blog roll (on the right side) so it can be found easily.
- Jenny at Sew-Classic sells a large number of sewing machine parts and supplies to repair vintage sewing machines. (I've bought a few things from her myself). She also has a blog that includes reviews of classic vintage Singer models, along with information about repairs, accessories, and much, much more.
- In a short time my friend Rain has become an excellent vintage Singer sewing machine resource. His site, the Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog, is expertly written and already quite comprehensive. He also takes reader questions!
- Treadle fans should know about the Treadle On website written by Dick Wightman. It's an amazing resource that covers treadles and hand crank sewing machines. So much information there!
- I just found out about Steve Pauling, who maintains the Bobbin Doctor website. Steve's in the Twin Cities area, where he holds classes, services machines, and sells machines he has restored. He also sells machine parts and accessories online at very good prices.
- Ray White is a sewing machine repair legend. He offers classes in sewing machine repair all over the United States, mainly in small cities and towns (I plan on attending one this coming fall). He also sells parts as well as restored vintage machines.
- There are Yahoo users groups for most brands of sewing machines, but I'm not including them here individually. I've joined a few in the past (Elna and Necchi) and found them nearly impossible to navigate due to Yahoo's antiquated architecure (unless something has changed). Know they exist and can be found by doing an online search under Yahoo Groups.
- The Pattern Review Message Board can be helpful for vintage sewing machine info, but know that there's a lot more opinion there as well as fact.
I'll close with a few current Craigslist sewing machine postings (click on pic to supersize) that brought a smile to my face.
Could the photos below be any blurrier? And is that not a Singer Touch & Sew? I mean, come on!
This photo reminds me of a shot of the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. I blame cell phone photography.
The seller below is really excited about the table -- which obviously has a sewing machine in it but the seller fails to identify it. Aren't you curious to know what's in there for $200?
Who's ever heard of an Ideal sewing machine? Nevertheless, for $15, can you go wrong? If I lived on Long Island, I'd be tempted.
Friends, that's all for today.
How's my vintage sewing machine resource page so far? What have I missed?
PS - That very sad Featherweight up top is actually for sale here. (How do sewing machines get like that?)