Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Boxes under the bed--what I found

My sewing machine instructions! Who knew! The Singer Spartan is what they called a "portable" in 1960. But if you drove over it and rolled this machine out, you'd have enough metal for a small storage shed, or possibly a garage. It weighs a ton. And I paid $50 for it when my weekly salary was $65 a week.

This machine had a short in the foot feed from the get go. If I'd been using it for 10 or 15 minutes, it would start to gurgle, pop and hiss. So I'd stop, let it cool down, and start in again.

Will I ever thread a bobbin again?

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