My Gram was my second Mom. She taught me much of what I know today. She taught me etiquette, she schooled me, she taught me to sew, she taught me to love art and crafts, she taught me to be a honest person, she taught me to serve others, she taught me to love everyone unconditionally.
I spent a lot of time with my Gram, even though we lived hundreds of miles apart. I am not sure how old I was, maybe eight or nine, but I was able to spend the entire summer with her. This was one of the most important times of my life.
I now have my Gram's Featherweight and all the memories that go with it. There is a fabulous wood table with metal legs that the machine sits in. (shown above under all the stuffed toys).
The Featherweight was purchased by my Grandfather, Fred Bean, for my great grandmother, Edith Dameron (my Gram's Mom). This machine was made 5/10/1951. It is the anniversary Gold Seal model 1851-1951. This is the only machine my Gram ever used (or liked to use).
What is crazy is that it has so many parts! My Gram bought the zigzag adapter and extra zigzags. There is also the buttonhole attachment that has a number of different buttonhole sizes. But, what is really crazy is that it still has the original sewing machine oil that is clamped inside the case!!! My Gram was maticulase about keeping records, so every instruction book is still with each part. That is a very good thing, because I would have no idea how to use them!
There is also a repair tag from 1967 for $19.98, which in today's standards would be around $136.00! I am not sure what this was for, but it was actually in with the button holer, so it may have been to purchase that?
I am looking forward to learning how to use this machine all over again. And, now that I have discovered she had all the parts, I need to learn how to use those as well!
I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. I hope that I can share some new projects with you soon!