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Passing on history (Singer Featherweight)

Mum's Singer featherweight 006

In October 2009 my dad gave me my mother’s old Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine, shown above. That meant a great deal to me. I remember this little machine from when I was a wee little girl and my mother was teaching me to sew on it, very carefully. Somehow it seemed larger then, and I think that I was trying to make clothes for my baby doll, but I don’t recall having much success at that young age. Mum sewed clothes for herself, my younger sister and me on that little Singer – dresses and skirts and blouses, mostly, and she did a fine job of it.

Since Mum saved everything, in its sturdy carrying case I found the machine’s original Singer Warranty dated “Sep 11 1957”, stating that the Machine style is 221-1-270 and the number is AG878454. Also of interest, the “conditional sales contract” for her purchase is there, $124.50 – and describes her installment payments. All her receipts are there, too, but there are only three because, true to form, Mum paid her debt early. There is a letter to thank her for her patronage and informing her that she was entitled to a refund which they were enclosing in a cheque. Doing a little research I learned this model is a collectible item of value, and that Mum’s little Featherweight is worth in the vicinity of $350 now.

I still haven’t used this machine (since many years ago) because it should be thoroughly cleaned first just to be on the safe side, but I tested it and it runs so quietly! In fact, it has a contented hum in comparison to my larger and heavier portable Kenmore which I bought for myself in 1976, and on which I made clothes for my daughters and myself.

Do you have anything you cherish that has been passed on to you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

Anniversary & Holocaust book

My husband’s and my anniversary was October 30.  Today (it’s still Saturday as I’m writing this) I was able to purchase for him the book he has been wanting.  Millions of Souls – a Holocaust memoir by Philip Riteman, has recently been released.   Stephen told me I could read it after he has, but I declined the offer.  I read the two-page article in a September issue of the newspaper about Mr. Riteman, and his story and experiences are so heart wrenching I know I could not bear to read his book.  It would bother me far too much.  Yet, I am between that self-protecting opinion and the knowing that everyone should hear his story, everyone should know of the horrors.

Remembrance Day is coming up on Thursday, November 11.  We will attend the memorial service as we have done for several years now, when we are given time to pause and think, and remember, and be grateful.

I believe it would make a difference in people if they could meet a War Vet or a Holocaust survivor, hear the too real stories, see the graphic images.

I believe we must never forget.

Do you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings.  🙂