This hobby was started by the one-that-got-away in 1986. I was a young mother to three boys, aged a few months, three and five. For a fun but inexpensive (the cost of a public transit adult fare) day, I decided we’d take the Seabus and new Skytrain to its terminus in New Westminster. I packed a lunch, we all bundled up, and enjoyed the15-minute boat ride and 20-minute train ride. While in New West, we walked along the water and window-shopped.
One of our stops was the local Salvation Army thrift store. There, I saw a toy Bernina sewing machine. My grown-up sewing machines are Berninas. I love Berninas. I so wanted to buy that little gem, but did not have the $25 on the price tag.
While raising our family of four kids, I was very lucky to be able to stay home with them, after teaching Home Economics for seven years. But, there were sacrifices: we prepared all our meals from scratch at home, our holidays were always the cheapest camping trips, I sewed the kids’ clothes, and we certainly didn’t have $25 to spend on a whim. How I yearned for that little machine. I have never found another, even though I can now afford it. But, the bee was in my bonnet.
The first little machine for my collection was a gift from New Brunswick quilter Lois Wilby Hooper, and it’s the oldest one in the collection. My most recently acquired one is this lovely red Casige, made in Germany. I’m a sucker for anything red. A few are repeats, and I love to display them together. My dear partner finds them for me on his trips for work, and my sister occasionally finds them during her searches for her collectibles booths. This one, called “Little Worker” is not a toy. It’s just a small working machine. Late 1800s. It fits in one of our stepped shelves (which are trimmed with some of the exquisite salvaged fir flooring we used throughout our main floor on This Green House.) A slight change of subject, but still in the small adorable things vein, I found a vintage box of doll dishes and dollhouse accessories at a collectibles store. Again, from Germany, c. 1940. They’re displayed in the same shelves.I haven’t touched my dollhouses in about 20 years, except to transport them through three moves. But, I’ve got that hobby in my back pocket for my dotage. I have my collection displayed right here, where I can look at them over my computer screen. Does anyone else collect vintage toy sewing machines?
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