Monday, June 28, 2010

Vintage sewing desk

 This is my great grandma's sewing desk that my great grandpa made for her. After they both passed away my family inherited it since my mom was the only one who still (occasionally) sews. That was about four years ago, since then I've discovered my love of all things vintage and started sewing my own clothes again. So when it was unearthed from the garage when we moved I got all excited about it... then promptly forgot until now. It was handmade by my great grandpa and has a still functioning, hardly used 1953 Pfaff sewing machine it. My great grandma was so neat and tidy she kept all the original instructions and manuals for it.
 Kitty helped me sort out all the vintage sewing items crammed in the drawers. There was a huge bag full of buttons that my grandma saved from every piece of clothing (she was a teenager during the Depression and understood the value of hardwork and money well spent. Not spending 30 dollars on a cheapie, thin, piece of crap t-shirt made in china that will get thrown away in 4 months when it's not "cool" anymore.) (Sorry, lol) Anyways, she had at least 30 different feet for the sewing machine and all kinds of tools for adjusting it and oiling it. I found heaps of zippers and lace edging and piping and bias tape and thread in every color.
 Instead of having a foot pedal like we use today, there's a knee pedal? I'm assuming that's what it is. The knee pedal is mounted on the right, inside of the desk
 And lucky me found some vintage patterns my great grandma wrote her name on in delicate, swirly cursive. There were two 50's blouses, a 70's skirt and a 50's letter stencil. My favorite and most precious item of all is my great grandma's vintage Gingher pinking shears to go with my mom's straight edge Gingher scissors.




                               -Ana

5 comments:

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

What a wonderful thing to have of your great grandma's. I don't know much about vintage sewing machines but there are some sewers today on the web that only use vintage machines. You can get lots of help in learning to use it and get it up an running again. WOW!!!

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

What a wonderful thing to have of your great grandma's. I don't know much about vintage sewing machines but there are some sewers today on the web that only use vintage machines. You can get lots of help in learning to use it and get it up an running again. WOW!!!

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

That's beautiful. Its drawing a tear from me. My grandmother was a seamtress. I wish I had something to remind me of her. Sew in good form.

Anonymous said...

l had this exact machine!!got drawers in the chair, right? l sewed on it for years... lost in a a divorce, l still miss it!!

Jenprewitt said...

This is 37 different kinds of AWESOME! New follower and the tag "Gingher" caught my eye. I LOVED playing with my great grandmothers sewing things, and her Gingher pinking shears were my favorite thing to look at. They were so shiny and had their own box!!!

Also, my other Granny had a sewing machine like that, but the table my grandfather made her was wrought iron and wood and it had a see-saw type pedal. I wish I knew what kind it was, and I wish I knew where that table went. :(