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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Love at First Sight

I just had to share my joy and luck at what I bought for $15 at a basement tag sale this weekend: a fabulous vintage Singer sewing machine almost exactly like the one my mother had.

We had checked out all the funky old stuff in the basement sale, not much of interest and mostly overpriced, when I noticed an old mid-century looking case under a table.  I dragged it out and opened it up out of curiosity, expecting to find an old typewriter.  Instead, I found this Singer 401A sewing machine in nearly new condition! Sitting under my mother's sewing table is one of my earliest memories, and when I saw this machine it was like light and music shone down from the heavens! Truly!

I plugged it in and checked it out, trying to contain myself when I asked the man How Much, afraid of what he would say. Fifteen dollars! I turned around quick to hide my glee. Yes, it is mine!  It was waiting for me to find it.

So it works great, is very clean and complete, has the foot pedal and cord in excellent condition.  Probably would have cost me $200-$300 on another day.  These old machines are built to last -- HEAVY and well-designed.  This one is over 50 years old and should last a couple more lifetimes. :-)

Do you sew, Lunagirl, you might ask?  Well, I used to!  And I've wanted a machine for years. My mother sewed alot, and her mother was a seamstress, and now that I have this amazing machine I must start sewing again.  I remembered how to thread it, so that's a start! And luckily I have a manual.


  1. Inherited my Nanny's when she passed. I have a love /hats relationship with it. It weighs a ton. Hardly ever sews (although that is probably operator error) but I can't get rid of it. It has travelled with me and everyone I know who sews can get it to work perfectly but not me. I guess I will keep trying. I just can't part with it.

  2. I feel your excitement. Enjoy your new/old sewing machine, lol!

  3. OMG this is the exact same sewing machine we had at home when I was growing up. My sister & I took dance lessons for 13 years and Mom made all of our costumes on this machine! (she probably still has it!) Thanks for the memories and congratulations!!

  4. oh such happiness! congrats on this stellar find! xo


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