I have a 100 year old typewriter that, well, isn’t in operation. Apparently all it needs is a thorough clean and some tape. But I haven’t gotten off my arse to do anything about it. It lives on our shelf looking helpless, glaring at me every time I answer a visitor’s question ‘does it work’ in the negative. I was therefore a little skeptical about my own enthusiasm for an old Singer sewing machine I dug out in a junk shop. I was taken by its wooden case with its original key attached. Forcing Michal to come with the car (the mother was heavy like all hell), I convinced him that regardless of its useless status, I was going to get the thing fixed and sew on it like no tomorrow. And my, did I get it fixed! A measly 70 zloty (round AUD $35) at the local sewing machine fixer-upperer shop later, the beauty purrs beyond my highest expectations. What’s more, the Singer sent all the fixer-upperer men in raptures, with its mint condition and rust-freeness. Turns out the machine was made in 1921, has all original engine parts, was part of the first run of portable electric sewing machines in the world and its original plug is made out of ceramic!! Woo hoo. What a friggin score. It has been put the test already and I love it. A bag has been made.
The sewing machine was purchased for 140 zloty (round AUD $70) at the junk shop.