Here is the machine I will be using while my poor other machines are out of commission. This picture was taken when I first opened the case. I thought the case held a typewriter, so was surprised and delighted to find a sewing machine inside. I hope Nora (Mrs. Pastor B) can look down from heaven and see that someone still loves her machine, because she really kept it in primo condition. I inherited it about 3 years ago but hadn’t tried it out yet. I have to say, it is a really heavy, sturdy machine, started right up, and sewed perfect stitches. I have always been fond of those old machines that only have a little round hole for the needle to go through because it gives you such control over the fabric. Machines with large oval holes in the plate are always pulling the fabric down through the hole, but not in these old machines.
Because this machine only sews a straight stitch with no zigzag, it has made me interested in construction methods using straight stitch only. I have some old sewing pamphlets and books from this period so will have to look up and see how they did things. For the first few decades of my sewing life, I sewed on my grandmother’s 1919 Singer, so it will be fun to go back to the old way of doing things. I see some French seams and bias bound seams in my future. And pinking shears, do I still have mine somewhere?