Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Other Woman.

Most (all?) of you know that I do all of my quilting on a 1953 Model 15-91 Singer I've named Agatha. I adore my Agatha something fierce, especially since she was my husband's grandmother's.

But Friends, there just might be another woman in my life. No, I don't have a new machine. I have a new old machine.

This is Gertrude. You met her some time ago, but she didn't come to live with me until quite recently. I have found out that she is in fact operational, and that she is a Singer Model 99, which is the 3/4 version of the Model 66. I read somewhere that she sold in the UK for a little over 6£ when she was first introduced. Six£. Wow.

When I originally acquired Gertrude more than a year ago (thanks again, Daddy!) I was unable to get her from my home in the southwest to my midwest abode. But during a recent visit from my wonderful father (I'm not just saying that--he really is one of my favorite people EVER) he surprised me because he had brought Gertrude with him! (And then proceeded to cook me a gallon of his famous spaghetti sauce, which is waiting politely in my freezer for me to devour it.)

After having her serviced, I was able to bring her home, where she sat for a couple of weeks untouched because Fava decided to make his appearance, and I was a little preoccupied with mommy stuff. But I decided to take Gertrude out for a photo shoot the other day.

Except, I couldn't get her case opened.'s a pic of the spot where you attach Gertrude's knee lever. I had grand plans for a great reveal, but let's be honest--who knows when that's going to happen?

I think the guy that serviced her accidentally kept the screwdriver I used to open her. And the screwdriver I use for Agatha (a full-size Singer) is too big. I'm going to have Mr. Audrey take a look at it, and if he can't figure it out, I'll have to visit the vacuum/sewing repair shop again. Hopefully I'll have some delicious photos of her soon. And I'd really like to actually sew with her, you know? Not because Agatha can't get the job done--she is practically perfect in my eyes--but because of the novelty. Sewing on a machine from the 20s? Yep, that's pretty freakin' cool.


  1. So awesome that your dad brought Gertrude with him! Awesome. Bummer about the screwdriver. I'm confident you will figure something out. I can't wait to see her!

  2. My grandmothers name was Gertrude and she was very feisty like that! You might want to consider a name change Lol

  3. I'm giving Sensei K a virtual high five because you're now posting about your multiple sewing machines in addition to your normal posts about your amazing quilts and your ever-growing fabric stash and I'm sure she would agree as a fellow enabler that we are just so proud of how addic-- um, I mean, how *dedicated* you are. ;)

    You will probably be amused, but I found a 1950s Necchi Supernova about two blocks from your house today for $9.95.... (At the same thrift store where I found my $4 Kenny.) It is beautiful. I'm naming it Sophia because of these ads:

  4. Oh, man! Can't get it open!! That's sad. I hope you get your screwdriver back soon :)


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