Monday, March 03, 2008
I may have mentioned before that I sew on my grandmother's 1957 Singer 401A, affectionately known as the "Slant-'O-Matic." Crafted from solid metal, this machine has the endurance of a tank and the purr of a kitten.
While I don't think it's going to wear out any time soon, I have often feared what will happen when it does -- parts aren't exactly cheap or easy to find. Once again, my mom's forays on Craigslist have proven to be very useful. She found another Slant-O-Matic for sale in its original cherry cabinet. We bargained it down to $170, and what a bargain it was! I replaced the machine with my grandmother's, purely for sentimental reasons.
One of my favorite features is the knee lever that operates the foot pedal:
Flanked by two rows of drawers, this cabinet is any sewing room organizer's dream. One is even specially made for patterns.
The chair that come with it even has its original laminate seat. So vintage! It's not exactly comfortable, so I'm seeing an excuse for a chair cover coming up...
So now I have two machines, two manuals, and two of every accessory that comes with this machine. Just in case.
I'm finding out that seeing double can be a good thing -- especially in the sewing room.