Monday, June 3, 2013

1890's New Home Treadle Sewing Machine

This weekend I purchased a wonderful, antique New Home treadle sewing machine from a local thrift store.
She's got a few flaws but I see some potential in her.
I looked online and found a website that helped me date my "new" sewing machine.
This beauty has been around since 1890!

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with this antique piece but what won me over was this domed wood top......
And the drawers that were in perfect condition.
Before I purchased the piece I looked in the drawers and saw that they were full of remnants of someone's past sewing life.
After I got home and went through the drawers I realized this sewing machine has probably sat untouched for a very, very long time.  The drawers were a mini time capsule of thread, buttons, and notions from around 1915 to the mid 1920's.

I found a WW1 General Service brass coat button.
A celluloid advertising pocket mirror from the silent film series "Graft" (1915).
A package of Stickerei Trimming from Germany.
Several old thimbles.
Thread.
A small leather coin purse.
A package of silver stem Lace Pins.
As well as buttons, needles and trims,
 and various receipts that were dated from 1922 to 1925.
As I was sorting through all of the drawer contents, a collage started to take shape on my kitchen table.
So I've decided to save these bits and pieces from so long ago and create a piece to hang in my studio. 

 I don't have a finished project to show you just yet but you'll be the first to see it when I'm done.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jane

66 comments:

  1. OMG, the contents are more valuable than the machine! I would have been so excited to paw through the drawers! That machine is fabulous, I have never seen one with a hood...Can't wait to see the collage!

    Carol

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  2. What a treasure trove you found, my friend! Isn't it fun to go through all the bits and bobs? I can't wait to see what you create with all those varied elements! ...and the sewing machine and cabinet are very cool, too!
    Hope you have a great week!
    xo
    Donna

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  3. Yes a treasure trove. Looking forward to your next step.
    Joy

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  4. Unbelievable! What a treasure trove. You're right, it's like a mini time capsule! Can't wait to see what you do with all that cool stuff!

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  5. Ok that is a great idea Jane! All that beautiful junk would look awesome framed somehow (I'm sure you'll do something awesome)...
    Can't wait to see it!
    Susan

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  6. Very neat find! I have a treadle also (Yours is a coffin top). Love all the bits of history.

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  7. Oh my! Such an interesting travel through time. I love it when a fun purchase hides a bonus treasure! Can't wait to see your creation.

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  8. I'm a new follower-just had to comment, as sewing notions are one of my junk loves! You really got a beauty!

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  9. That is amazing, Jane! What a treasure trove inside the drawers of that sewing machine in addition to the sewing machine itself. I think a collage of these items will look great. Love the whole table. It really looks like they made them to fit in with the rest of the household when not in use.

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  10. What an wonderful find, Jane! So funny because I was at a garage sale this weekend and they had the same exact sewing machine. I couldn't get them to give me a price and it was a little more beat up than yours. I'm wondering now if it sold. I think they were looking for a few hundred dollars which I was prepared to offer.

    Jeanine

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  11. though the machine is wonderful (and I can understand how you were seduced with the cabinet!) I think the real treasures are the drawer contents! its exactly those kinds of things that fuel my art projects - making a collage of them is a great idea - looking forward to seeing it in the future...

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  12. i love your interpretation of your finds as a time capsule. made me wonder what people might think of the things in my junk drawer(s) 100 years from now. i like the collage idea, too.

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  13. oh my..what a treasure trove!! your found bits and bobs will make for an exquisite piece of art . SO beautifully laid out! love it! i can't wait to see the finished piece. it will be a special tribute to the unknown seamstress who once treasured those things herself.

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  14. What a treasure you found! The machine and all its parts are gorgeous and in great condition. I'm sure you had so much fun going through all those little bits and pieces. It's amazing that they stayed with the machine after so many years. Looking forward to your creative way of displaying them.

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  15. What a time capsule you found sweet Jane. I do love sewing notions.

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  16. Awesome find! Love it! I learned to sew on a treadle machine, not quite that old. I wish I still had one, but, alas, I have no room to house it in my tiny apartment!

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  17. What a treasure chest! Can't wait to see your collage.

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  18. Hello Jane,
    What an awesome find you found here...luv the dome too! All the little goodies inside are super neat and I am sure that you will display them well.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. What an amazing find in those drawers! I scored a beautiful singer treadle machine, early 1900s I believe, at auction but alas, no goodies in the drawers. LOVE the collage idea. = )

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  20. I love those surprises. You only find things like that when you're junking. It's a great idea to put all the pieces together in an art piece since it all looks so cool together. Have fun!

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  21. Holy cow, the drawer contents are almost more fun than the sewing machine itself! Just the thread spools alone have my heart racing. And then a button from WWI!!! Have fun putting together your collage!

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  22. It is going to be wonderful! There is not much I love more than old sewing notions. Have fun making the collage.

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  23. WOW! What a terrific find! Now I'm inspired to start looking for a treadle sewing machine.

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  24. What fun treasures you found! This piece just screams YOU. I can't wait to see what you end up doing with the sewing machine! i also have one of these [less the treasures] that is currently collecting DUST.

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  25. What a wonderful array of absolutely interesting "stuff" and that it should all be found by you.....priceless!

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  26. Wonderful post!!!!, I love this machines. I sew with the machine who bought my grandmother in 1937 during de war in Spain. Is a Singer and it's fantastic.
    I like your blog. Greetings from Spain.

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  27. Loving the sewing machine! The contents of those drawers are amazing and those pins!! Wow. I would have to use those pins in some sort of jewelry item they are so pretty.

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  28. Oh my goodness! Congrats on such a wonderful find. It's a real beauty. The time machine is a treasure also.
    My father restored a Singer treadle dated 1927, and I now have it. It's beautiful, but the trinkets in the drawers were from the 1970's. still fun to look at. Buttons, needles and small spools of thread.

    I hope you post your creation of the treasures on your blog and I don't want to miss it. I've been following for a couple of months now.

    Have fun and thanks for sharing.

    Debbie

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    1. Oops, I mean time capsule. Looong day.

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  29. What fun surprise to go through the drawers and find those things. A collage is a perfect idea! Can't wait to see it.

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  30. What a treasure trove! And yes, all of those remnants need to be captured in a collage - perfect! I have an antique sewing machine too, but it is one that folds down and has a flat top.

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  31. Oh my goodness, how fun! What was inside the drawers is almost better than the sewing machine itself! I can't wait to see your collage!

    Tania

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  32. Treasures within treasures is awesome! Since you are the Queen of Creative, can't wait to see what you make with those treasures!
    Take care!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  33. Thanks so much for walking us through what was in those drawers! When you mentioned the stash you found, I figured that was it, no more info would follow, but no, you detailed all the goodies for us. And, a collage of some sort would be wonderful - I just love seeing what others treasure in their sewing rooms, and look at what you found! The mother lode for sure.

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  34. wonderful find girl
    and great idea to do a collage, or design with all those little treasures.

    blessings
    barb

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  35. What an amazing find. Can't wait to see the collage xo Laura

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  36. What a great find! Love all the goodies too!

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  37. I love the sewing machine, but the bits and bobs from inside it are amazing Can't wait to see your art piece!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  38. OH what a gem, Jane...loved the domed top, too! It was full of such treasures, it must have been so FUN going through them all!

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  39. Hi Jane, so glad these beautiful memories have fallen into your home as you will treasure them. Thanks for sharing with us. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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  40. Beautiful machine and lots of fun treasures which will be so much fun to find creative ways to use them. I can see a collage hanging above that old machine when you finish it. I know that whatever you do will be amazing.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  41. How fun! And I do love the top of it. I bought one a few weeks ago too but probably not quite as old as yours. It has a lift top that brings the sewing machine up as you lift the lid. Unfortunately the sewing machine, although beautifully decorated, has a lot of rust on it. But I'm using the stand as a table in my livingroom. I also found lots of goodies in it. And a full box of accessories as well as the booklet. I'd love to know the url for dating it - not sure what year mine is.

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  42. Wow, I can't believe all those items sat untouched for so long! Thank you so much for sharing. I love looking at old artifacts like these. How lucky you are to be in possession of them! ~M.

    http://redesignedbym.wordpress.com/

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  43. There is a shop near where I live that had two tables in it that were made from the metal bases of two different sewing machines. They each had on a wood top. One was long oval and the other had a round top. They were beautiful. Imagine the possibilities!!

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  44. All the bits & pieces on a backing of old/vintage linen would look divine. Even if the piece of fabric is torn/stained etc.

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  45. How fun to dig through all of these old treasures! It's great idea to create a color. Truly honoring the past.

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  46. Oh, what a wonderful little time capsule you have there! I am always in awe whenever I hold things that old...to think that someone else, nearly 100 years ago, held those very same objects is just the most amazing feeling.

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  47. Before you even got to the end, I was hoping you were going to collage these elements! Wow! I just LOVE it all. Did you intend the pun? "Remnants of someone's past sewing life"

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  48. Wow Jane, you really hit the jackpot there! That's a beautiful old machine, and I'm simply amazed that the contents of the drawers were left intact. Here in Los Angeles where people charge maximum dollar for everything, the seller would have emptied those drawers out (thus essentially destroying provenance and the time/place narrative of the items which I find so interesting and valuable as a former student of archaeology) and sold each item individually, again for top dollar. With the notions intact, it give you a date range so it's like you literally plucked that machine out of time. I think the collage idea is perfect, and I'm sure, like everything you do, you will create a really wonderful one to honor your new old machine!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  49. What a cool stash you found in those drawers. I think sewing cabinets always have the best hidden stuff. Love your idea of making a board with all those wonderful found objects. Can't wait to see the finished project. Lisa

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  50. Yum. Loving all the goodies in the drawer. And I would say the machine was the bonus. I enjoy day dreaming of the history of all the contents.

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  51. I loved what you found in your sewing machine - especially the small silent film advertisement for GRAFT--- that was my maiden name and I looked it up on the internet and was fascinated about the movie with my name!

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  52. I love this! I can't wait to see it!

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  53. Looking in those drawers I just saw stuff until you begin to tell their story. Amazing.

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  54. I am so incredibly jealous of you right now! What a find! One a vintage sewing machine from the late 1800’s is amazing. Then you opened it up and tiny pieces of the past were uncovered. You are so lucky to have been able to find that.

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  55. That is so cool! What fun to find all the treasures in the drawers~

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  56. Wow, that's like going treasure hunting!! How fun! I LOVE to find old sewing notions in sewing baskets too. I'm always so anxious to get these kind of pieces home to go exploring through them. Love that domed top box too! What a great piece~

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  57. What a find! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  58. Oh I would have loved to have found the drawers full of treasures. And the collage is wonderful!

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  59. Last night I soaked my Stickerei Trim in a scoop of powder OxyClean and a small bucket of water overnight and the aging and dirt came clean. The trim looked beige and the trim as well. Well here is the OMG. The trim is pink. It is so beautiful and white with pink scallop edging. I am going to repackage it and save it for a special project. I remember seeing you had a package. I do this every time I want my discolored antiques clean. Usually it is the thread on wood spools. I take it off its spool and soak overnight then re-spool it.
    Teresa
    http://madewithlovebyteresa.blogspot.com/

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  60. I just love those kinds of finds. Little bits and pieces from time long gone, it just makes your imagination race, doesn't it! Lovely sewing machine aswell :D
    I just found your blog recently, it's awesome!
    Greetings, Rhia from
    http://www.evildressmaker.com/

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  61. Hello,
    I need information about your machine. I have a small business of selling Boye needles shuttles and bobbins. I have a lady that I am trying to help. She has a 1896 New Home machine. I am trying to help her identify the correct shuttle. My #3 shuttle by Boye does not work. Is it possible to send me a picture of the shuttle in this machine you have???
    Do you have a manual?
    Thanks for any help you can give me.
    Bessie
    bstevens@mokancomm.net

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  62. How much did you have to pay for this?

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  63. Just found your blog! I just bought my first New Home treacle. I believe the box that covers the machine is called a coffin top.

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