yes, you heard it, I got myself yet another sewing machine It is this cute little thing I got from a lady on craigslist over the weekend:
A turn of the century Wilcobb and Gibbs sewing machine! I believe it is made around the time of 1890. I love how it makes my brother sewing machine look like a giant in the background. Despite its petite size, it is heavier than my plastic brother, since it is made of pure metal.
I am quite impressed by that most of its parts move smoothly. Though, I am disappointed that its feet doesn’t move up and down anymore due to a stuck spring — still troubleshooting that issue with the lady who sold it to me (she’s a serious collector, has over 80 old sewing machines!).
Another interesting thing is that this does not have a bobbin! It just sews by one thread, instead of two. They call it a chain stitch and this technology is out competed quite early in the century. Mine actually still sews a stitch when I let the feet down and held it by hand.
What a piece of beauty. Just like hand made garments, it seems like old sewing machines are always well made with more pride and character. Even my husband, whom I imagined would roll his eyes in disapproval for buying a non-functional-and-yet-another sewing machine, declared that it is “wow, really cool”.
I hope to fix the stuck spring on this pretty lady and clean it off a little more. And yes, my older Singer 201 is still sitting in my garage– I figured out that I need about 60 dollar worth of parts to fix it up and I am procrastinating on fixing it. Also, that thing weights a ton comparing to this little one and I have a hard time moving it about!