Mama's got a brand new sweetie
Welcome machine number nine. Singer Fashion Mate 237. Cast iron head, metal gears, made in Italy. Clean as a whistle and looks new, in fibre board case instead of plastic. She sews nice. Just threaded her up and gave her a test run. Everything is intact, and even the light works. Is even convertible to a treadle and I just might do that. My mother always had a penchant for sewing machines and it was one she picked up at an auction I imagine and used along with her treadle. My daughter asked for her treadle and just today I examined her electric for the first time and it will be set up in my sewing room and used. The later 237s had drop-able feed dogs but this one is an early one and from the serial number suspect it is older than most people think they were made. Late 1950s according to the published Singer date codes. Even the foot pedal is heavy. My new machine has a heavy head, a prerequisite for me. I hate plastic anythings, especially gears and I also don't like portable machines so light they travel and that includes the foot pedals. Happy camper here. Knowing my Mama, she had an eye for good deals at auctions and rarely got stung, but neither did she mind paying a fair price for something she knew would be in good working order. She passed away seven years ago next spring, but she'll be happy to know it'll be used and appreciated. My next quilt will be sewn on this one. It sure runs smooth and will run even smoother when I clean and oil it up.
This post was edited by calliope on Thu, Oct 10, 13 at 22:29