Monday, November 2, 2009

My New Hobby

This is our new Singer 328K sewing machine. I saw it on Craigslist Sunday morning and decided to jump on it. It appears to be in great condition. The lady I bought the machine from said that she received it as a birthday gift in 1962.

We set it up in the girls room until I can get the garage situated. My nine year old daughter has pretty well claimed the machine as her own. I may end up buying another one for myself later.

The cabinet came with the sewing machine.

I found the instruction booklet and some extras in one of the cabinet drawers. I have no idea what most of the attachments are.

I've been practicing sewing straight lines and turning corners. My wife bought me a beginners sewing book from the 50's. I'm going to study it and concentrate on the basics for now.

If any of you are wondering why I'm writing about an old sewing machine on what is essentially a bike blog, it's because I intend to eventually make my own panniers and other assorted bags. Since I've never sewn before, this will take some time.


  1. When will you have time for cycling ? What with this new toy.Got caught by the manufacturing bug myself many years ago, took a while for it to let go, fun while it lasted.Enjoy.

  2. I need something to do when the weather is bad. This should get me through the winter.

  3. It's a slippery slope. Once started it's hard to stop. I was just going to make one kilt now I have six. All my clothes are altered and the women in the fabric store give me advice. Everything that needs hemming or mended is sent my way and since ironing is such an integral part of sewing I get to iron everything that needs it. It's too late for me. Seek help. Save yourself.
    Panniers are on my list.

  4. Oldfool-It's too late! I'm sure I'll be visiting the ladies at the fabric store before long.

  5. I'm looking forward to what promises to be a VERY interesting series!

  6. Thanks for sharing: We've an old treadle powered machine lurking in our garage which belonged to the previous tenant and I'm hoping that their family have forgotten it. As it's been there for six months I may just claim squatters rights soon.

    I dream of making panniers too- it's goot to know I'm not alone. I also dream of making a Yurt. I expect I am alone there.

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