A warm, sunny, afternoon near the end of May I had just nipped out of the office to buy some milk and a sandwich. Next to the supermarket in the village where I work there is a charity shop and I can never resist a quick look. Out on the pavement was the unmistakeable shape, black japanning and gold decals of a vintage sewing machine. I had to crouch down and have a little look. All seemed to be there (always check for a shuttle and a couple of bobbins if you see a vibrating shuttle machine for sale) and not in bad condition. Take a deep breath, consider the cupboard space to sewing machine ratio of one's domicile, exhale with relief because there is no visible price tag and walk away from the vintage sewing machine. When I returned to the office I told the team all about the sweet little sewing machine I had seen and how very proud I was of myself for not buying it, for not even asking the price.
A few days later it was my birthday and, prior to my arrival at work, my colleagues placed a large parcel covered in floral furnishing fabric on my desk. Under the cloth was the machine from the charity shop. My boss had gone out that very afternoon and bought it. She had hidden it at her home for about a week before surprising me with it! She is, needless to say, a very good boss. A brilliant birthday present because the machine needed the usual cleaning and tinkering with as a project so hours of fun before I even got sewing - the gift that keeps on giving right?
|Victoria Sewing Machine|
|Plain polished face plate, note the thumb tab needed to manually release upper tension when removing work and the planned absence of a thread check spring on this model|
|Hand crank, spoked balance wheel, inspection plate in rear of the pillar. The base is slotted for a treadle belt and has a lidded compartment for accessories.|
|The large screw in the top of the machine's arm is a good indicator of Jones' manufacture.|
|Floral decal on the rear of the pillar|
|Detail of delightful decals|
|Just don't mention Kilbowie!|
|Bobbin winder with new pulley rubber from 'Sewing Down Memory Lane' fitted. Serial number roughly dates this machine to the late nineteen-teens|
|Missing original rear shuttle race cover was replaced by one sourced from 'Sewing Down Memory Lane'|
|It came with a worn-in, rather than worn-out shuttle which is marked 'Jones'|
|Well what can she do? She can sew forwards only with a maximum stitch length of about eight stitches per inch right down to one tiny stitch on top of another. Or, to put it another way, she'll do anything that Singer 28K can do.|
|12 SPI or 2.5mm should be good for general sewing and patchwork. I feel a test project coming on!|