Stuckin a corner of the Mining Museum in Shotover Basinc near Queenstown South Island, New Zealand, sat this old reliable machine for sewing, a Singer. Wonder what they bothered to repair back in the 1860s, clothing or mining gear?
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Phil,Singer was one of the first manufacturers of sewing machines, right at the beginning of the industrial age. In factories, hundreds of these belt driven machines were used. This home version was started by hand, with a pull on the large flywheel to get it moving and the actual power that made it work came from a rocking foot pedal. My grandmother used one to make clothes for her six children. We have to remember that in those early days, electricity was at it’s beginning and available only in very large cities. Isn’t it amazing that in those days, we made the things we owned. Today, most things we have own us! Good capture, Phil. :-)
petesaid well! My recollections are similar of those early times, and remind me of many things that have evolved. e.g.I played an organ at a little country church on Lake George for several summers, and it had no power either, simply the two pedals down below which you pumped like “heaven” while playing the keyboard! Imagine!
Need say I remember using one of these (and yet I don’t consider myself that old). Today the antitque cabinets are turned into side table and plant stand. Today we’re i the computerized age and I moved on..Nice find Phil…Jules
julieamazing things we share from the not so distant past. Things move faster and faster, and the time between big inventions gets shorter. who knows what we’ve yet to see!!
You cannot beat the old sewing machines.
karena fun find way out there in the mountains of NZ
Great capture Phil, keep it for when the electricity runs out, treadle powered computers?
paulsounds like a great idea!! Wonder if we could start something new? These folks never had power up there, so this must have been a godsend!
thanks for this selection! Much appreciated!
thanks stephenlooks like the one my mother used….
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