Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Not bad for a 100 year old...

After a particularly hard day/week/month, I found myself surfing the bay of 'E' the other night for a little de-stressor.  I shoulda known better.  Look what showed up at my door yesterday:

1910 Singer "Red Eye" sewing machine

Beautiful, isn't it?

I've admired these antiques (from afar) for years.  It needs a little dustin' and a cleanin' but for 101 years old, I think the old girl looks pretty good.  I certainly didn't have any plans to buy (or "win") one, but luck must have been smiling down on me (or feeling sorry for me).

I've loved this particular model ever since I saw the one below in The Franklin Institute science museum permanent "Amazing Machines" exhibit in Philadelphia many years ago:

On the stitching front, I'm working on the cutest little "chicken" pin cushion you've ever seen.  The project was presented as our chapter program last week  - inspired by a Russian blog.  Visit Saolya (click here) for more.  She calls it a 'berlingot' but you may know it better as a humbug. 


Hope you are having a great week, wherever you are!


  1. Oh Marnie~ she's a beauty! What a great find! I love (and am guilty of) "EBay Therapy" myself...


  2. I love it! I have my grandmother's and she has been gone for 87 years. Don't know if it is the "Red Eye" model. I don't think it is but I will have to open it and look. Don't we just wish they could talk?

  3. I have one. It is my Great Grandmothers. I just love it. Everything works but I don't have a manual for this beauty. Did you get one with yours. I would love to see what it looks like.