Vintage Sewing Machines Were Built to Last a Lifetime
These all-metal mechanical classics just don't quit.
When I started sewing, one of my first sewing friends had a passion for vintage sewing machines. It was he who introduced me to the virtues of sewing on older machines. The majority were all-metal, fully mechanical (as opposed to computerized), and weighed more—sometimes much more—than 20 pounds. Most were straight-stitch machines, designed before the introduction of the now-ubiquitous zigzag. They were also easy to maintain: regular oiling with sewing machine oil, a little de-linting, and they were good to go.
I purchased my first vintage sewing machine, an early 1980s all-metal Kenmore, on eBay. It would be the first of dozens of machines I’ve bought, and sold, since then. If there is one shared virtue of these vintage machines, it is that they were built to last generations. This was due to the materials used in their construction, the simplicity of their mechanics (i.e., no motherboards to fry)…
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