Years ago, when I was a little, I spent a summer at my grandparent's home in Slovakia. I was bored, so I started bugging my grandmother whether I could learn to sew on her sewing machine. She said it didn't work, but I was welcome to try it. She showed me the basics, but it truly didn't want to sew for some reason. But I kept at it, broke several needles, and kept trying and trying and by the end of my visit, the machine sewed! My grandmother used it for alterations till she died in 1989. She was a dear woman and I still miss her. She had a very hard life and not many earthly possesions were left after she was gone - except for this machine that meant a lot to me. But it was in another country and I wasn't sure if I ever would have a chance to get it. Still I asked my uncle to keep it for me and not throw it out. About a year ago a friend was in Slovakia with a van, so my uncle gave him the machine to bring it to me. Since then we moved into our new home and the machine has a permanent place in our home!
I have yet not had the time to try it out, but I will one of these days. Recently I found out through the Singer website according to the serial number that this machine was manufactured in 1919 in Clydebank, Scotland in a factory called Kilbowie. That's amazing! I also found out that it's model number is 128K. I don't know exactly how the machine got to my grandmother. My mom thinks she got it from her brother-in-law who was a tailor and was replacing his with a newer one. Whether it will ever work again or not, I am keeping this treasure as the memory of my grandparents and all the wonderful times spent in their home as a little girl.
My grandmother Elena as a young girl
The machine covered
It's a beauty, isn't it?
Another view of the beautiful craftmanship
The little drawer still has fabric scraps from my grandmother's aprons that she altered - I remember all of them very well =)