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Vintage sewing machine fans, I'm back!

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SoupDragon Wed 29-Mar-17 09:45:55

Is this a drawing room cabinet??( It has no machine and is missing a small drawer at the top right)

BarchesterFlowers Wed 29-Mar-17 21:12:26

Where is it Soup (County will do)? It is a no 31. I would buy it as I have a machine in need of a table grin.

SoupDragon Thu 30-Mar-17 07:30:04

Wallington, SouthLondon. £30 IIRC

I studied it in depth after posting.

The top "flap" is not attached, has no hinges, and i do not think it is original as the size doesnt match the patina mark where the original would have protected the wood.

The left has narrow Cupboard seems to have a full set of small drawers and the curved drawer on that side has a "caddy" in it. The right hand narrow Cupboard has nothing.

The inside seems to have space for the treadle and the back appears to hinge open, presumably for treadling!

SoupDragon Thu 30-Mar-17 07:31:17

If the curved drawer hadn't been missing, it would have come home with me, even though I only have a modern machine. I loved the small drawers!

SoupDragon Thu 30-Mar-17 07:32:13

I'm rather pleased I recognised it given I had never heard of them until I started a previous vintage sewing matching thread and someone mentioned them on there.

BarchesterFlowers Thu 30-Mar-17 07:33:38

Typed a long post but the safari issue got me - too far sadly.

SoupDragon Thu 30-Mar-17 07:42:11

Im using Dolphin which seems to have solved it.

Shame it's too far! I would happily have gone back to rescue it smile

I hadwondered whether my dad could make a replacement drawer but he hates making drawers at the best of times! The curve might finish himoff grin

SoupDragon Thu 30-Mar-17 07:43:58

The only machines they had in this visit were the 1950's ones I think - EJ kind of serial numbers.

BarchesterFlowers Thu 30-Mar-17 07:46:13

I have found two in Cumbria - not too far really <100 miles. Short posts here grin.

SoupDragon Thu 30-Mar-17 08:06:29

I've almost convinced myself to go back for it.

I do not need it.
It is missing an obvious drawer.
I don't think I have anywhere to put it.

BarchesterFlowers Thu 30-Mar-17 08:44:16

I have a furniture renovator who would make on Soup, just too far.

BarchesterFlowers Sat 01-Apr-17 07:51:14

I bought one Soup grin.

I don't want the machine so will think about what I can do with that (if anyone wants it it is free to a good or any home).

I will collect it and drop it off at my restorer to make it lovely before putting my Pfaff in it.


SoupDragon Sat 01-Apr-17 09:55:17


Looks in far better condition than the one I saw.

SoupDragon Sat 01-Apr-17 12:59:52

I've gone back and it has the drawer front! No drawer but that's easy.

BarchesterFlowers Sat 01-Apr-17 18:45:02

It is a bargain at that Soup, thing or what a rubbish piece of modern furniture £30 would buy you.

SoupDragon Sat 01-Apr-17 19:00:44

I know, it's mad. I've got lots of good solid furniture from there.

BarchesterFlowers Thu 06-Apr-17 07:02:23

I am collecting it tomorrow Soup. It is very close to Linton Tweeds (tweed makers for Chanel amongst others) 😳.

I have bought fabric from them online before and have a special occasion coming up so I will take some cash (after checking that they are still open to the public), I will be 😢 if not.

SoupDragon Thu 06-Apr-17 08:29:45

That sounds like an expensive trip grin

I have resisted buying the one I saw. I can think of anywhere to put it and it needs too much work really.

BarchesterFlowers Fri 07-Apr-17 14:33:42

It is here soup! The photos were kind to it but it will be ok with a bit of a polish and touching up.

I might keep the machine for posterity- I haven't got one that old and it had got almost a full set of attachments, a lovely needle case and something I don't know what it is plus an original box and manual.

I found the front bobbin plate inside the cabinet so it is complete after all.

I gave Linton a miss, I had forgotten about the road works going to Scotch Corner and then it was really busy near Penrith with people going on hols. Nice drive though the A66 as long as it isn't winter.

SoupDragon Fri 07-Apr-17 14:56:24


I am lounging in the sun and the photos are impossible to see on my iPad. I am too lazy and sunwarmed to move to the shade so I will look later!

The boxes of bits are perhaps my favourite thing to see when I investigate machines.

BarchesterFlowers Fri 07-Apr-17 17:47:35

It is really interesting to see how the feet developed. I have no idea what the third photo is and have never seen anything like that before but the ruffler is really primitive compared to the other sets I have (have four complete sets plus special buys wink).

This thing - tuck marker - is nothing like those from the 40s!

Anyway, I have decided that I will keep it - not that I plan on using it, just keeping it.

BarchesterFlowers Fri 07-Apr-17 21:10:11

I am such a muppet Soup. The machine I had in mind for the cabinet is bigger than the one that is inside it/it was made for.

I have actually got another table that I use for something else so am now sending that one to my restorer for the machine I wanted to put in this but I so wanted the drawing room cabinet.

In the meantime, I have bought a pretty (rather than rusty) machine for this table ...... I will give the rusty one away to someone I know for spares.

So, somehow, I have acquired a machine that I didn't want and a pretty replacement number for a table I have hankered after for years.

Oh well, as I always say, they won't be available forever.

But I now have 5 Singers (plus the rusty one destined for spares) and two Bernina machines and I am too busy to sew.

SoupDragon Fri 07-Apr-17 22:07:22

Lololol... I feel slightly guilty as I have purchased nothing!

BarchesterFlowers Sat 08-Apr-17 10:13:10

Well, I am oddly pleased 😁, even though DH is rolling his eyes!

When I am old and retired I am sure I will use them all again.

BarchesterFlowers Tue 16-May-17 20:27:46

Married together at last. It is a lovely machine, came from HH so all serviced and new inside. She loves my cabinet, said it is v v early and somewhat posh grin and she sorted out the stuck drawers in a jiffy. I had tried several times and couldn't get them to budge.

Thanks for reminding me to look again Soup! I am sure my old machine collection is now complete.

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