January 27, 2010
Something special has come to live at my place.
Her shiny surfaces gleam; gold decals, glint.
She smells pleasingly of machine oil. Her body is heavy and cool to touch.
She is functional, beautiful and has great sentimental value.
I remember her from my childhood; and my mother from hers.
Her serial number - EB409975 - reveals she was manufactured in 1937 at Singer's Killbowie factory in Clydebank, Scotland.
The hand-written note from my mum to me explains she was a gift from my grandad to my nan in 1938.
The simple lockstitch functionality belies her history. My nan - who was a wonderful seamstress - used this Singer 99K to sew everything from fairytale wedding dresses, delicate lingerie and couture-finished garments through to car seat covers and upholstery.
The machine has been in mum's possession since I was a child; used to make plenty of curtains and running repairs. I have always loved the smell of the machine oil, the curiosity of the knee press and the prettiness of the gold decals.
I hope I can continue to write her history.
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