Thursday, August 7, 2008

Vintage Toy Sewing Machine

I've been waiting and waiting to show this ... I'll tell you why I had to wait later ...

This was my aunt's toy Vulcan sewing machine. After she grew up it was at my Nanna's house, then somehow I got to have it when I was a child (not quite sure why it didn't go to my cousins, but they might never appreciate it now like I do!) and it lived in my wardrobe, surfacing occasionally.

Don't you love how they use the word "thus"?

I do vaguely remember sewing on it at one stage, but I don't think it was very convincing.

Anyway, the reason I didn't post it earlier on Vintage Thingie Thursdays is that I knew this was hiding somewhere, and while going through all my craft stuff lately, I found it!

All those years on the floor of my wardrobe have taken their toll, the silverfishes dined well on this tasty morsel. I think half of it has fallen off, too.

I loved this article when it appeared in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, which told me a lot more about these toy sewing machines.

These days the toy machine takes pride of place above my little sewing cabinet in a corner of the living room. Love it!

Stay tuned for my next post - the big 100th!


Coloradolady said...

what a great collection and display. That really inspires me to do something with some vintage sewing things I have. Really nice looking. Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

I'm so glad you got the sewing machine and not your cousins. Do you have any idea how old it is? It's really cool.

Amy said...

I love it and yes I"m glad too you were given it, she obviously knew you would look after it. Does it still go?

Beth Ann said...

COOL! What a cute one! It looks like a real one to me, not a toy! (I always have wanted to learn to sew on a machine, but never have)
What a cute collection of stuff on your cubby table! Thanks for sharing!

Grandma J said...

"How to use it and become a young needlewoman" What a hoot! Too bad kids today don't have toys like that. Very nice, and good condition

Jewelgirl said...

I am amazed that they called a
kids sewing machine a Vulcan, but
I suppose Mom would buy one with
that name because a Vulcan sounds
like it would last forever? It is
a very cute sewing machine and very
wonderfully displayed too!

Jamie said...

What a wonderful machine! I love that you have the original booklet, too! It's so nice to see antique items displayed in a home! Thank you for sharing!

The Apron Queen said...

Oh! I'm so glad you found hte instructions. How interesting! :)

I just came across a 1960's Mirro cooky press. MINT in the box! I am debating whether or not to use. My girls want to make cookies with it.

Confessions of an Apron Queen

Mommie Daze said...

What a fantastic item to have handed down to you! I'm participating in Vintage Thingies Thursdays for the first time over at my blog Stop by!

Her Shabbiness said...

That is a fun item with nice memories I'm sure. It looks great on your little sewing cabinet.
Happy VTT!

Carrie said...

Oh my, seeing this evoked such nostalgia for childhood play times! I so enjoyed playing with such toys as a young girl...

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

How fun to see your charming toy sewing machine! Hard to keep old paper in good shape--but the booklet is a nice addition to the machine. Of course, what make your treasure really special is that it was passed on to you from your Aunt!
I enjoyed the link also(put it in my favorites),it will come in handy as I come across these toy SM from time to time.
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Elizabeth said...

What a great display! It's so cool that you still have the booklet, too.