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Something OLD to see…

WillGeorge | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Not sure I am allowed here because I am just a old woodworker but I thought of you folks when I saw this.

A picture of a old sewing machine your great grandmother probably wished about when looking through the catalogue. This was the EXPENSIVE one! LOL  Well, a days wages was probably a dollar a day then?

Page scanned from a reprint of a Sears Roebuck Catalogue… 1902

The file is sort of big but you need to be able to read it.



  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    Wow! Thanks for sending that along. It sure was an expensive piece of equipment, wasn't it? Probably comparable to our $7000 and $8000 machines today!

  2. ElonaM | | #2

    What a beautiful cabinet! And a whole $23 for it! My goodness.

    I actually have a modern one with some similarities. Back in the 70s, there was a mailaway furniture outfit called "Yield House," which sold its items as kits. My husband found a remarkable sewing cabinet in their catalogue and got it for me. It's mostly solid wood, with a huge and wonderful thread storage drawer, a big cubby to put the sewing machine away, two file drawers and two large but shallow storage drawers. A major difference from the lovely cabinet you show is that the top of my unit has fold-down wings. Unexpanded, the top measures 27" wide by 24" deep, but when the wings are up, it's 70" long!

    It could serve as a cutting table, I suppose, but I put my sewing machine on one wing, and my serger on the other.

    I do daily bless my sweet husband for finding this gem, putting it together, and finishing it for me.

  3. carolfresia | | #3

    I want one! It's quite a spectacular piece, isn't it?

    Gosh, Elona, I haven't thought about Yield House in ages. I think there must be Yield House furniture in my parents' house to this day. Not a sewing cabinet, though.


    1. WillGeorge | | #4

      I looked in my grandmothers attic and got really scared up there!

      1. rjf | | #5

        I looked in my grandmother's attic and it was MINE!  Or vice-versa.    rjf

        1. Elisabeth | | #6

          Are we the new grandmother's attics!?

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