While working at on Monday, a customer came into the bar, a friend of mine, Trent, with a huge surprise. He said, "I have something for you." He began to explain how he was driving by a house in Harrisburg, a part of Augusta a few miles away, and he saw that the house was being gutted, everything going to the dump. Trent saw what appeared to be a briefcase, but to his trained eyes, he saw something else. He thought, "that's a sewing machine or a typewriter!" And alas, it was a sewing machine! "Surprise Sally! Here's an awesome sewing machine for you!"
A Sterling sewing machine. In it's original case! After the little bit of information that I found online this morning, I have discovered it is from the 1930s! I was originally guessing it was late 1940s to mid 1950s, but it's much older than I thought. I found two similar machines on eBay that are from the 30s. The ones on eBay are "Sterling De-luxe" models, and there are a few differences between this one and those. But it's basically the same machine. Maybe this one is even older!
The bobbin case is top loading (the bobbin is still there!), and the scratch on this metal plate is one of the only signs of wear and tear on the machine. I can only imagine the garments a mother in the 30s and 40s made on this machine! My imagination is running wild! I absolutely adore things with history. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy thinking of the things this machine has seen.
I think this is the reverse on the machine. I didn't think machines this old had reverse. It is probably also the way to adjust the length of the stitch. Look closely and you can see me standing at my tripod ha. This machine is so shiny!
Serial number. The electrical cords. I plugged it in and could not get it running, but Trent said he plugged it in and pressed down on the petal and the machine actually worked. I think something came unplugged underneath the machine. I need to take it to a professional and find out more information!
Look how beautiful the gold scrollwork and metal plate is! Things aren't made like the old days. I wonder how much a machine like this originally cost?! It's very similar to the probably more popular Singer Featherweight. Maybe this was like an off brand back then. The similar Singer Featherweight was originally $84 in the 1930s, which would cost over $1,000 today. I guess that explains it's excellent condition. This machine was probably a little cheaper than the Singer. I can't wait to find out more!
The motor. "Universal Motor. 1 AMP. Model 20. 100-115 Volts. 25-75 DC. Made in the US." The belt is even in perfect condition! The case is a very hard cardboard material covered in paper that has seen better days. Maybe it was a machine you'd buy and then later on get the wood cabinet that it sat in.
It was the best day ever when Trent brought this in! So kind of him to see a sewing machine and pick it up for me! I'm inadvertently starting a collection of antique sewing machines ha. I don't see myself ever using this machine, but what a great thing to own huh?! I don't know what I'll do with it yet. For now I'll do more research.
If anyone knows anything about this machine, please let me know!
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