Friday, September 14, 2012

The Old Singer ~ A Favorite Thing


My mother has been an expert seamstress for as long as I can remember (you can read more about that here), and this Singer sewing machine helped her work her magic for many years. It is not a treadle machine; it is electric and zips along like nobody's business.

Growing up, seldom did a day go by without its hum being heard throughout the house. And come nightfall, after the supper dishes had been washed and put away, Mother could be found back at the Singer, busying herself with cotton prints and small buttons, with satin ribbons and yards of gossamer lace. Many evenings I surrendered to sleep under the spell of the Singer’s gentle whir.

Before it became my mother's sewing machine, the Singer belonged to her mother, who was also an expert seamstress. Some of my fondest memories (and outfits) revolve around this machine. My sisters and I were the best dressed girls on the block.

A number of years back, Mother called to say the Singer was not being used. (She had finally bought a new one!)  Would I like to keep it a spell? Yes, I told her, I absolutely would!

I’ll never forget the day it arrived. I felt downright weepy as I steadied it in front of the bedroom window. After decades of faithful family service, it seemed an old friend had come to stay. To this day, the Singer remains one of my favorite things.


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Once again, I'm joining Claudia for her fun blog party, "A Favorite Thing."




29 comments:

  1. I have my grandmother's machine that I dearly love. I always picture her sweet little self sitting there sewing her aprons and dresses. She was just a dear, sweet little country woman and she willed me her sewing machine because it was her one "treasure". Now I'm gonna cry. Anyway, I am so glad you have such a wonderful memory of your Mom and Grandmom, too. Isn't that just a special blessing? xo Diana

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  2. This post brought back a lot of memories. I would love to have my great aunt's Singer that I remember so fondly. I am a new follower from Mockingbird Hill :-)

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    1. Thanks for joining me on my journey in blogland. I look forward to returning the favor and getting to know you.

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  3. Oh Dayle, what sweet memories. My Mom and Grandman used one of those old machines and Lord only knows how they managed it. I sure wouldn't be able to. Thanks for your sweet share. Susan

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    1. Thankfully, this is an electric machine (I went back and edited my post to reflect that), but what "fun" a treadle machine would've been.

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  4. Oh this brought back such wonderful memories for me too. My grandmother had a black singer sewing machine for years and years and later gave to my mom. She wasn't much of a seamstress, but I did learn to sew on that machine. After I married I bought my Bernina and have used it ever since. My mother recently gave the Singer to my older sister. It is proudly displayed in her home too. I love all the memories attached to it. Such a blessing to hear about yours...

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  5. I had my mother's old machine and in my foolish youth, got rid of it in favor of a new machine (new has to be better, right? ... well, my foolish youthful mind thought so). What I wouldn't give to have it back ... I'd refinish the cabinet and have it on display at the very least.

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  6. These machines were really works of art! I never get tired of seeing them. The history of your machine makes it priceless. I'm so glad it found a home with you.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week, Dayle.

    xo
    Claudia

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  7. It`s really gorgeous, Dayle, and the memories even more so.

    S
    xo

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  8. This post brought back memories of Mom, sewing into the night...to make me doll clothes for Christmas.She made me everything from bibs to prom dresses. I was always dressed in clothing that no one else had.
    Balisha

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  9. The first paragraphs in this post could had been written by me in reference to my mom and her singer. I didn't take the old sewing machine as I had no place for it but my brother has it still.

    Yours looks so perfect in your home and I know you must think of the many dresses that came from the fingers running this machine. Just looking at your photos brings to mind some of the clothing I had as a child :)

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  10. Now I'm missing my own Momma! How she tried to interest me in sewing (to no avail.)

    The button jar made me smile so big! Beautiful tableau!

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  11. Oh what a treasure! It's beautiful, too, and looks great in front of the window, love the doily with it - just perfect. Do you sew? In my family, sewing skips generations - my grandmother sewed, my mother not, I sew, my daughter not. I hope we can keep it going at least every other generation :)

    Hugs ~ Mary

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    1. I sew very little, but my mother helped me learn the basics when my daughter was small. I made her a few school outfits, right on this very machine. Any sewing I do, is still done on the Singer.

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    2. The doily is a work by my mom, as well. We call her the Queen of Crochet. :)

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  12. I love the sewing machine and such wonderful memories!

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  13. Lovely story. And a beautiful display using your heritage machine!

    via MHC favorite things, Pat

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  14. I love these old Singer machines. I love that yours is so much more special because it's your Mom's. I have to be honest, I just can't figure out modern sewing machines. I can use my Mum's old one, but every time I try to use a new one over here -- the bobbin snarls up and it's just a mess -- even if someone else sets it up for me. Good thing I can handsew but it takes forever!

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  15. I have my grandmother's singer. I learned to sew on it !Looking at it makes me smile.
    Dottie

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  16. My sister has my Grandmother's pedal sewing machine. My Mom sewed all our dresses growing up. She even had lots of extra curtain material that had large flowers with avocado green and gold background and she made matching summer dresses for herself, my sister and me to wear on vacation. Thank goodness it didn't bother me back then!! I sewed little dresses for my two daughters when they were small, but as they got older, it was cheaper and easier to go to good will to buy jeans and Wall Mart for the tops. Love your old Singer Machine and glad you got it and cherish it!!

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  17. I love this! Wonderful story and you have it displayed so nicely. Lucky you! :)

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  18. Hi Dayle, This is such a moving and interesting post. My aunt, who was old enough to be my mom's mother (they were the first and last of 9 children) taught me to sew, but I used the 'new' singer with the computerized built in stitches, instead of her treadle machine. I wonder what happened to her beautiful machine and the table it was built into. I really enjoyed reading your story. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts. Linda

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  19. She's a beauty and what special memories she holds :)

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  20. What a fondness and delight, you shared with us.
    I love a beautiful history story like this one.

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  21. I love this post about your Mother's sewing machine. Our family skipped generations also: my grandmother sewed, my mom didn't, I sewed, my daughters don't! Funny how that goes isn't it? Loving old things, especially things owned by a family member is becomming a thing of the past. So glad to see it is alive and well in your home!
    Thanks for stopping by and saying "hey."

    ~Jean

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  22. I love the story that goes along with your treasured Singer. You wrote it so well that I could just imagine it all in my mind as I was reading it. Lovely and sweet!

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  23. Aww so precious Dayle. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I used to sit with my grandma and sew on a Singer machine like that. I miss it so much. I know you cherish yours.

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  25. How wonderful, Dayle, that you now have this priceless heirloom! What a lovely memory of your childhood, and a link back several generations. Thank you so much for sharing your favorite thing -- it's really beautiful and you've displayed it so prettily.

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