Was casually browsing a neighborhood garage sale today…not much of interest, other than perhaps some tattered vintage copies of Huck Finn & Heidi, and some decoupaged 1970s wall art (all of which I purchased for $1)…when I looked down at my feet and spotted THIS!
A 1950s Montgomery Ward Signature sewing machine! What a beast- probably weighs at least 50 lbs, all metal, gorgeous blue color, with a feed dog drop dial, and all original accessories in their metal tin, including a darning foot!!! When I saw the sticker said $15, I pretty much sang the Hallelujah Chorus in my head, but tried to play it cool by poking around in the accessory box and asking if they had any more of the bobbins. She went inside and found one more, as I calmly pulled the bills out of my wallet handed her the mula. She said it works great, but warned me that “in case you can’t tell, it’s a very old machine”- as if that’s a bad thing and I was looking for some new fangled doodad! Ahhhh! The older and heavier, the better! I assured her I realized it was very old and have special plans for it…then casually carried it to my car, though I might have been tempted to skip if it wasn’t so dang heavy!
They sure don’t make em like they used to. I’ve been aching for a machine like this for months now, so I can keep my heavy duty mid-arm Viking on the frame downstairs and sell my semi-new but PLASTIC and oh-so-not-awesome Brother, and just use this little miracle for piecing.
Now for a quick tune up and cleaning at a local shop, and this baby’s got a star spot at my sewing table!