The other week while we were on vacation, my mom and I took a lazy afternoon stroll around the tiny town we were staying in. (I was secretly hoping that we’d find a coffee shop, but no such luck.) We did find a bowling alley, a post office that was only open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and someone with what I can only call a “Shrine to America” in their front yard (complete with a fairly creepy Uncle Sam doll).
And, we found a massive junk/antique shop called “The Yard Sale.”
I’m not a big antiquing gal, but Mom was in the market for antique windows to decorate for a project, so we went in on a treasure hunt.
Unfortunately, we didn’t find any windows, but we did find something, buried among the VHS tapes and decrepit Furbies.It’s a teeny, tiny sewing machine! It’s only 5 inches tall (6 if you include the spool of thread on top)! It’s a vintage, miniature, toy sewing machine- and it actually works! It’s got a real sewing needle and everything!
It needs a little cleaning, and a bit of TLC (and a new hand wheel, but that’s not 100% necessary to make it work), but it’s in remarkably good condition.
And look at this!
It was manufactured in the US-controlled zone of Berlin, so we can date it to the late 40’s or early 50s.
It even still works! (Kind of, at least.)
I need to see if I can do something about the tension- it’s a little tight.
And, this is neat! Since it’s just a toy, it doesn’t have a bobbin. So, when you look at the back of the fabric, you can see that it makes a chain stitch! (The chain stitch falls apart if you look at it the wrong way, so it’s not super practical. But, I’ve never seen a sewing machine that is quite like this one!)I’ve got a bit of work before my new sewing machine is up and in tip-top shape again, but that’s OK with me. I think it’s pretty hilarious as-is. It really made my day when I found it. And I think it looks pretty cute, sitting on top of my full-size machine.What’s your favorite thrift-store find? Also, if you know where to find hand cranks for vintage miniature sewing machines- I’m in the market!