Singer #20

Box

Box

The Quimper Hittys have noticed that their human has been working unusually long hours lately, resulting in less time to play and create.  They resolved to take matters into their own hands, and to this end prevailed upon their favourite photographer to supply the means.

Instructions

Instructions

So Tatty studied the instructions (free download from the internet, discovered by their favourite photographer)…

Threaded

Threaded

…and they threaded up the little machine!

Crank

Crank

Hattie used her muscles to turn the crank...

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Guide

Guide

Patience guided the cloth…

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Proud

Proud

…and they were all thrilled with the result!!

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Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch

It makes a rather tight little chain stitch…but the stitch length will be adjusted on the next project…

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Pillowcase

Pillowcase

…and the girls are very pleased with themselves for their first successful effort. We fully expect that sleeping on this pillowcase will give them sweet dreams of future glory.  The human hopes the little sewing machine will keep them busy until at least June, when the timetable should revert back to normal!

The Singer No. 20 was made from the early 20th Century until the 1970’s with modifications along the way. We think this one is from the 1950’s, in its original box.  Our handy favourite photographer modified a c-clamp with some felt (the original was missing), and after a few spritzes of oil, the girls are perfectly satisfied with their Real Sewing Machine – Not a Toy.

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16 thoughts on “Singer #20

  1. This was another “jaw dropping” story. I keep going back over and over again viewing that awesome Hitty sized sewing machine. It’s made with metal like the originals are/were. It even sews to boot. What a marvel. I just never know what new and amazing things I will find on your blog. Wonderful!!!!

  2. Funtastic!!!! Our thanks to the favorite photographer…and the woodens… well done!!! What a neat little machine! The Hittys will keep busy and happy…let’s hope they keep sharing!

  3. I’m sorry that the QH human has such a long stint of hours at work and that QH sewing may be more limited, but it does appear that a satisfactory solution has been found in the meantime. Hattie’s fibers will surely be strengthened over that period of time. By the way, the pillowcase turned out so well with the machine’s aid.

  4. Group effort!! Team work!! What a marvelous machine and a creative team of wooden girls. We here in the countryside are quite impressed. Sorry to hear of the long work hours but hopeful that the Quimper Human will find some time for a cup of tea and some relaxation.

    • I found the girls had to thread it very carefully and follow the instructions exactly, and apply oil in the recommended places since it did not work properly – one of the pictures in the instructions is opposite to the text, and the text works while the other way doesn’t. Starting and stopping had to be done exactly according to instructions as well.

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