Monday, October 11, 2010

"IT" is home!

Can you believe it......IT's here.....at home now. Can you guess? A hinge........
A slightly fuzzy picture, but fancy decoration.....

What......a wheel..........


No way......a treadle! ( you can kind of read the brand..White)



Yes!!! My grandmother's sewing machine.
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A few months ago my Aunt Vera in Portland, casually mentioned that she had my grandmother Moen's old treadle sewing machine. What did she say? Did I hear her right? Then she said I could have it if I wanted it but it was old, missing some wood, scratched, DiNgEd, not very pretty etc. etc. Was she kidding? Of course I wanted it. My grandmother just thought I was the perfect child. She passed away when I was only 2 years old. She told my Dad that she didn't think I would remember her. Of course, I don't remember her personally but I do remember her from pictures and from my Dad talking about her.
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Friday morning my husband and I hopped in the car about 6 a.m. and drove 15 hours to Astoria, Oregon. The next morning we drove through the pouring rain to Seaview, Washington ( wonderful little town on the coast) and found the old cabin that it had been stored in for the last few years. With help from a couple of other men, they carried it down steep, narrow stairs, through the rain, and loaded it into our trunk. All the way home all we could talk about was "IT". To me it is beautiful because it belonged to my Grandmother. The bobbin with thread is still in place. She stitched a piece of fabric around the machine, probably to put her pins in. There is thread in one of the drawers and a couple more bobbins. We don't know much else about it but it has a patent dated 1905 and 1912 on one of the metal plates. It really smells old and musty. I love it!
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I also finished a couple of bindings on the drive and finished the Uniform Wonky quilt too but they will have to wait for another post.
Happy Quilting! Lynda




9 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

How wonderful to have a link to your grand mother like this. Have you tried the machine out? Does it work? Have fun with it. Vreni x

Lynn said...

Hi Lynda,
I have my Grandmother's identical sewing machine. I learned to quilt on it in the 1960's and it still works! Aren't we both lucky!

Sharon said...

I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine, it was the machine my 4-H leader still used. Lucky you to have such a wonderful link to your grandmother. I have a treadle, but not the one I learned to sew on, and it works!

Denise said...

how very much fun!

Nicky and Patrick said...

That is so awesome!

Stray Stitches said...

How wonderful for you!

Kaye and Mike said...

So happy you got it Lynda. It's too bad she passed away when you were so young. I'm glad you have something to connect with her.

Quilary said...

A very exciting homecoming and a lovely link with the past.

Pokey said...

What a blessing to own this little piece of your family heritage, I'm so happy for you!