Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Sewing Machine?

A little while ago, my husband and I went to a resale shop in Chickamauga, GA.  I was looking for some shabby chic shelves to include in my studio space. In our search we came across what we thought was a desk.
Of course the cord wasn't hanging out the bottom.

I started to really look at it and realized that it was actually a sewing machine. 
 My husband has an affinity for anything that reminds him of his Mimmie or his Memaw (what we in the south call our Grandmothers).  So we decided to splurge and pay the $20 they were asking and bring it on home with us.

The drawers were full of all kinds of nifty little items including these.

There was even a lightbulb in one of the drawers.
The top right drawer has a rack inside that holds spools of thread

Curiosity always gets the better of me when I find old things.  For instance when we bought our piano
I opened it up and found the serial number and manufacturer.  The piano was made in 1919 - how cool is that?!
The sewing machine was made in 1942 at the Elizabethport factory in Elizabeth, NJ by Singer.  Right now that is really all that I know about it. 

We have decided that we are going to restore the cabinet and the machine.  I have reached out to a friend who knows about vintage sewing machines to see what she may already know and where I can go to get more information.

I will let you know how the restoration goes and what other information I can find out about this wonderful find.

Much love,


  1. Great find! And at a great price! I love finding little "extras" tucked away in hidden spots, too....almost like someone left it there for you many years ago.

  2. Hey Michelle, if you were close to Minnesota, I'd hook you up with our tech at Make It Sew. He buys old machines and fixes them up for resale. He's very knowledgeable. What a cool find!