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When I worked at City Uniform on Woolpack Lane in 1965/6, which was my last employment in Nottingham, I used to work what was referred to in the factory as the special machines. We were tucked up in a corner surrounded by......Bar Tack, Felling, Overlock, Buttoner, Buttonholer, Lockstich etc, After all these years I can still remember them.Aaaah memories.:biggrin:

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My mam worked as a home worker for years making bridal tiaras. The house always seemed to be full of wire, reels of silk, net and wax pearls. As kids we often help bend the wire, using formers, bind with silk and whip little pearls on the ends to cover the sharp points. She was also a good machinist with industrial lockstitch and overlock machines taking up one end of the lounge.

For the hours homeworkers put in and the rewards they got I'm sure it would be considered modern day slavery now days...

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2 hours ago, Stuart.C said:

I've still got my Mums 1931 Singer bought new for her by her Dad when she was 16 

 

When I was young, my mum had a treadle-operated Singer sewing machine which she'd acquired from her mother (my grandmother) and that must've originated in the 1930s. I was fascinated by the way she was able to make it do things by just rocking her foot backwards and forwards on the flat pedal area. It must've been something like this....https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/258182991116230471/

 

She was always very good at knitting/sewing etc, and she eventually progressed to an electric machine. 

 

1 hour ago, Brew said:

My mam worked as a home worker for years making bridal tiaras. The house always seemed to be full of wire, reels of silk, net and wax pearls.

 

My mum never did that, but I remember lots of other houses in the area who did it. They always had a pile of cardboard boxes in the corner of a room - with the work which had been done, or was to be done. I think half of Clifton was doing home work in the mid 60s.

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My grandma had one of those Singers when I was a kid.  Don't know what happened to it.   Mrs. L has one that belonged to her mom.  It's sitting out in the garage taking up space.  Might be worth a bob or two now?

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C.T.

My Mum's is a very similar head to that if not identical but is a full cabinet with doors and was originally treadle powered. (treadle thrown away years ago)

I fitted a motor convertion on it in the 70's or maybe earlier, which is still on and still works.

 

Regards the value, you won't buy a bag of peanuts for what they're worth.

Something to do do with millions being made and thousands of them still around.

If its' still got the treadle you might get 2 bags of peanuts.

 

One of my Daughters in law has 20 or 30 machine heads of various ages, she used to get them for pennies at the end of Farm auctions

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There was a sewing machine on Antiques roadshow last night. It was in the shape of a lion and looked just like a cast iron statue. When the front paws and legs were in place, covering the needle and arm, you would never know it was a sewing machine. Think it was valued at a couple of thousand quid.

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Think I was wrong about the numbers made.

They'd made 16 million by 1900, then changed to letters and numbers for the serial numbers;

https://www.contrado.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Singer-Sewing-Machine-Numbers-compressed.pdf

 

Just checked my Mums singer serial number and it dates as 1934, so her Dad must have bought it when completed her apprenticeship at age 19 not when she started at 16.

Possibly my confusion, I've got an oil painting of her done by her Dad at age 16.

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Fairies:wub: You don't see them anymore at the bottom of your garden but I think they've returned!! We have so many toadstools in the lawn that I think they've been hiding. The sun was too hot for them and now as it's been raining for 2 days they've come out of their hiding homes.

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Nonna, I think the Fairies may have moved with the times and now look for Self contained fully fitted residences.

Dancing around outside in all weathers on toadstools is a thing of the past.

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We had a fairy, its name was Nuff...  Many must have seen it because I often heard people say "it's FairyNuff"...    :rolleyes:

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Stuart, don't  you mean, "Elf contained" ?  :rolleyes:

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