Thursday, August 1, 2013

Perusing Estate Sales - The Death of a Sewing Machine

I love vintage sewing machines.  --their durability, their beauty, their functionality.  Part of why I love them so much is that they are a glimpse into yesteryear.

At estate sales, sewing machines are ubiquitous which reflects how central sewing machines were to the families of the past.  Now days, few people even know how to fix a tear in a coat with needle and thread.  Don't even ask if they know how to use a sewing machine.  Sigh.

And, although old sewing machines are everywhere, and there are just too many to find a loving home, my heart still tore when I saw this.

This lovely vintage New Home sewing machine was unceremoniously discarded on the floor of a house with its treadle base ripped from it.  The treadle base will either be scrapped for its metal or be converted into a table base.

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