Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sew Cool

Every once in a while my husband and I will spend a Saturday or Sunday morning going to garage sales. Once in a while that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” proves to be true, and sometimes one man’s trash turns out to be everyone else’s trash, too.

A couple of Sundays ago, we scored this great find—a hand-crank Jones sewing machine for ten dollars! The patent date is March 29, 1893, the patent number is 6668, and the serial number is 13679. After doing a little Internet research, we believe this machine was made circa 1894 or 1895.

It has lots of ornate decals, including a worn but still lovely rose design on the bed. It still seems to work nicely, although it’s hard to imagine sewing with one hand while turning the crank with the other, and there were no bobbins with it so we haven’t actually been able to try it. Still, it’ll make an interesting display piece, don’t you think?

Until next time,

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