The little Singer SewHandy

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This has been one of those days. I've been puttering since 6:30 am and
haven't really done much. All in all it was a great day! <BG> I was still
thinking about kids learning to sew, this "kid" in particular, and decided
to dig out my first sewing machine, still a prized possession. I got it for
Christmas when I was 4 years old and sewed up a storm from day one and I've
been sewing ever since. My mother wasn't really a seamstress though she had
a that great Singer Seamstress machine,mostly she mended, the thought of
which will send me to find chocolate and a trashy novel and wait till it's
either out of style, or no longer fits the owner. Gran'ma didn't sew, she
did do beautiful hand work and embroidery and passed that on to me. Her real
contribution to my sewing was to sit with me and read directions and give me
lots of encouragement.

I also remember that you could send in the wrapper off the Rick Rack pack
and tape a dime to it and then you'd get a big fat envelope of end trimming
of all kinds of lace and neet-o trims a few weeks later in the mail. Perfect
for dolly clothes.

I had a Betsy McCall doll and a beautiful Miss Revlon 18" doll that I sewed
for with this little chain stitch machine. Boy, did they have extensive
wardrobes, much easier to sew for than Barbie if you are a little kid. I
also made some aprons for Christmas, I found one still wrapped in tissue
after Gran'ma passed away, I can still see her wearing it and telling
everyone how brilliant I was.

My very favorite thing to do was spend my 25 cent weekly allowance on a
little naked storybook doll at Woolworth's and make really outrageous
costumes. I was hooked on "movie clothes". I remember gluing sequins and
feathers on scanty "showgirl" clothes and then coating that little plastic
body with glue swirls sprinkled with glitter. I brought one out to show my
mother and some of the neighbor ladies having coffee and they almost had
heart attacks! They just knew I was doomed to a life of sin and no good!
LOL  I think it's too bad Bob Mackie and I didn't live next door to each
other, we would have gotten along just fine.

I took pictures of my little Singer SewHandy. Even with all the use it still
looks like new, boy did I love that little machine. My brother was just
astounded when I told him I still had it and the case he made me for my
birthday in his wood shop class.

Being nostalgic,
Val
Machine pictures at this link;   http://photos.yahoo.com/valkyriemi



Re: The little Singer SewHandy
Terrific  .  I also have my first Singer, exactly the same as yours,
but called the Singer 20 and mine is black.  I do have the original
grasscloth case and clamp with the little Singer scissors and
screwdrivers that came with it.  Did a lot of clothes for Betsy on it.
Wonderful memories, thanks.
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i loved reading the memories,and enjoyed the photos!


betsey
"we do not inherit the earth, we caretake it for our children"

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The little Singer SewHandy  
 
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I was still thinking about kids learning to sew, this first sewing
machine, still a prized possession.
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 I was hooked on "movie clothes". I remember gluing sequins and feathers
on scanty "showgirl" clothes and then coating that little plastic body
with glue swirls sprinkled with glitter. I brought one out to show my
mother and some of the neighbor ladies having coffee and they almost had
heart attacks! They just knew I was doomed to a life of sin and no good!
LOL I think it's too bad Bob Mackie and I didn't live next door to each
other, we would have gotten along just fine.
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   Fun story, Val. I'll be chuckling about you and Bob Mackie all the
way to bowling and lunch today!
                                  Cea


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Gosh that is a really cute machine! Looks very sturdy too. The case is nice
too! Too bad they don't make stuff like that for kids anymore. Those
plastic kids machines are such a joke. I remember wanting one so bad as a
kid and almost resenting having to use my mom's Singer. But then I tried
using one at a friend's house and was appalled at how useless it was! I
never complained about that Singer again!


-j
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This particular model of the SewHandy was never for sale (an antique dealer
told me this, I'm taking his word for it), it was a premium gift from the
dealer that was given out when a particular Singer machine was purchased.
That was the era of Mother/Daughter dresses, aprons, hats, etc and also,
apparently, sewing machines. All little girls were encouraged to be little
clones of the "perfect Mom", it was the 50's!

Val


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Re: The little Singer SewHandy
Wonderful pictures Val. Thanks for posting them
JJ
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