We have a new "lady" in the house!! She followed me home, and I had to let her in, it was snowing and cold, I was afraid she'd get all rusty! ;)
When William and I went to Eugene, Oregon about a week and a half ago, we went to one antique shop that had this pretty machine and cabinet. Priced WAY out of my range. I left it sitting in the store, and thought about it quite a bit on the way home. Thought about it all evening and the next day. Announced to William the next day that I was going to sell some of my collection so I could go back and get this machine. It was just something I felt I had to do, and even though I felt it was overpriced, I HAD to have it. As the week wore on, I was moving about and trying to decide which of the machines I already have would be offered on Craig's List, my ever-loving spousal unit would counter with "But you LIKE that one"...."We worked hard on that one"...."it's kind of a cute machine"....and a "Don't even CONSIDER that one!" LOL...he won't admit it, he likes these ladies as much as I do!
Tuesday, we were off to Eugene again, and the bonus was that one of the ladies from the Quilting Board was going to meet us for lunch! Margie is just the sweetest, cutest woman!! We had a great time!
"It" or as I more commonly refer to them, "She" is a 1912 Singer model 115-1 with "Gold Wing" decals. Her "skirt" is a very desirable "Drawing Room" cabinet, an early model with the spring elevator lift. (Later models of this cabinet didn't have the lift) She's in wonderful shape as is the cabinet. One of the guys on Needlebar said it was a "top of the line machine in a top of the line cabinet". I think this is the first time I've ever had anything that was considered "top of the line" with the exception of my spousal unit, and I don't own him...he graciously puts up with me!! :) In doing some research today, I learned that this combination originally sold for somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 in 1912. That, according to the inflation calculator, translates to about $4500 in today's dollars. Someone with some money first owned this machine...and it shows in that there is very little wear on it or the cabinet.
I took photos before I wiped her down so you get to see the dust from the store...but here she is...meet "Margie"! (Named for the lovely lady we had lunch with, and coincidentally, my Aunt Marg, who I was named after. (Long story...another day)
Isn't she pretty? I've already made a table runner with her...she sews SUPER stitches! I'm pretty pleased with this machine, and I'm thrilled with the cabinet! To see how the cabinet works, mosey over to YouTube and watch this video, courtesy of the "Treadle Lady"...it's a cute video, and it shows you just how really cool this set up is! :)