So how do old sewing machines fit into the rusty collection? I would say there are several reasons. The first reason is that I knew I needed to do some repairs on the old cars I would need a sewing machine for. When I started to look for a sewing machine I realised I would need an old sewing machine for the work I intended to do. Researching old sewing machines revealed a whole universe of machines, manufacturers and history. And best of all: they were mechanical marvels and very affordable too. Here's a selection.
This is the odd one we got earlier: You wouldn't believe that this contraption is a new "Cobbler" sewing machine we bought only a few years ago. It is a Chinese version of a "Patent Elastique" or "Cleas patcher" leather sewing machine. Though it looks very crude it sews right through thick leather. I used it to sew the canvas roof for the Wolseley Ten.
Elna Grasshopper electric free arm machine. It is so much smaller and lighter than the old cast iron machines. I understand it must be the first electric lightweight free arm household machine. This one was built in 1946 according to the serial number.
This is a more conventional but superstrong Pfaff 60. A modern shape for 1955. It is not an electric machine, but there is an electric sewing light. Came with all the accessories, booklet and even the original bill of sale dated 1955.
This Einer must be our heaviest machine. Don't let the Germanic name fool you. It's built in Japan by Toyota, Brother or one of the other Japanese factories.
Very much like a car Badge.
Impala, another name used for a car. Metallic two tone paint and "speedometer" take the classic car theme to a new level.
Singer 28k Vibrating shuttle machine ca 1894
Classic Ca. 1910 Singer 15D Treadle.Weird and ingenious Ward Arm and Platform sewing machine was patented in 1873 and produced from 1875 to 1895