Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Great Haul!

Today was a perfect day for yard sales. We took the kids out and just wandered the neighbourhood. This is what we bought at the first place we stopped, about 1/2 block from our house.
A woman was selling her mother's goods. Her mum had moved and this stuff was stored in a basement and/or garage for the winter. I first asked a bout these rulers and some crochet hooks. The hooks she decided to keep, but asked $10 for the patterns, rulers and the sewing machine. I need another machine like I need a hole in my head, but for $10 I had to take it. It is on my porch right now as it isn't terribly clean.
Doll clothes patterns, embroidery transfers, needlework booklets and rulers (and a cat, but she wasn't included in the sale).

The machine is in a nicely shaped wood cabinet. It is motorised, you can see the pedal and cord in the first picture.
Does anyone know what exactly I have here? Could it be valuable?
It only does straight stitch. I am going to try it out tomorrow and see if it works. I figured the cabinet was worth more than $10 even with the finish so roughed up.


Ann's Fashion Studio said...

That does look like a "very" good haul - all for $10 ;) The styling curve ruler looks interesting, and an old machine..does it work?

Claudine said...

What a great haul! The machine is probably not valuable, but a fantastic machine nonetheless. I LOVE those old Singers.

gwensews said...

What great finds! Good for you!

Ann said...

I have a similar sewing machine as your Singer. It was my mom's and was made in 1947. I love to sew on it as the tension is perfect. I use it for quilting. Get it working and enjoy it. You will never regret buying it. BTW, it is worth about 500.00 or more if working well.

Anonymous said...

Lucky lady! You have a Singer 15-91, sometimes called "The Farmer's Machine." It is gear-driven and should be able to sew anything you can get under the foot.

It takes short-shank feet and 15-class bobbins. Mine is my favorite free-motion-quilting machine, and I can run it almost non-stop for a half hour before the potted motor on the back gets warm to the touch.

They are common enough so they don't bring much unless the seller, on ebay for example, calls them "industrial strength" or makes some such nonsensical claim.

I think if you try it out, you'll be very pleased. They usually just need a bit of oil and fresh grease in the grease tubes under the handwheel to make them purr. Nice cabinet, too!