I know very little about this machine except to say that my Dad bought it from an antique dealer in April 2003. This model has marvelous scrollwork and beautiful decals, and it is heavy. I guess it would be redundant to say that the Singer company built their machines to last. This machine probably dates back to the 1920s.
I don’t know how old this machine is, but I remember it lived upstairs at my grandparent’s house in Dodge Center, MN. Did my great-grandmother sew with this machine? I know my grandmother did. It still works, but I don’t have the manual. It has a bullet-shaped bobbin which is foreign to me. However, I am happy to keep this machine in the family and give it a home. It folds up nicely in its wooden cabinet and decorates my sewing room. I have to say that it is hard for me to let any sewing machine become an orphan. It’s not so hard for my husband.
In the summer of 2006, my husband surprised me with an early birthday present. I was thrilled to upgrade from the Featherweight and the Janome Jem to the Memory Craft 6600. The 6600 was the machine recommended to him by my friend, Gloria, who was then sworn to secrecy. She admitted that it was a hard secret to keep.
I wonder what the sewing machine dealer thought when my friends and I bought six Jenome Jems together in September 2000. We cleaned out his inventory that day. This little machine is compact and light weight. It is easy to pack up and carry to retreats. For those reasons, I plan to keep the Jem for a long time. It makes a nice second machine if I don’t want to change the foot or thread on the Janome 6600.
I found this machine at a garage sale in September 2005 in Bloomington, MN. It was the first and last time I ever saw a Featherweight at a sale. The machine and it’s case were in nice shape and the price was reasonable. So I bought it even though I already had a Featherweight. I haven’t used it much, but I’m hoping to sew alongside a grandchild someday on tandem Featherweights. Both of my Featherweights were manufactured in 1951.
My name is Chris Barnard and I have been quilting for 20 years and teaching quilt classes for 10 years. My goal, besides sharing my passion for quilting, is to inspire people to begin quilting or finish quilts already started.