Other Obsessions. Sewing machines….

Two Frister & Rossman vintage machines. Front 1907 rear 1897. Both working very well: )

Two Frister & Rossman vintage machines. Front 1907 rear 1897. Both working very well: )

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1951 Centennial Singer 99. Common machine normally, but the Centennials are rarer.

I’ve recently discovered that many vintage cycle enthusiasts also have an obsession with vintage sewing machines: )

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My favourites are the Singer 400 series Slant-o-matics from late 50s to early 60s. High tech in the day & very expensive. All gear driven, with cast alloy body they still perform reliably, with cam driven stitch variations. No electronics, no plastic ‘gears’ & slippery belts that appeared later when cost cutting accountants had their way.

Here’s some pics of my 411M (M= Monza?Milano made) which is regarded as the ‘Holy Grail’ by many.

Rightly so, because it not only provides multiple stitch variations, as do the 401G, 401A, etc. but also chain-stitch. Still rare on any domestic machine.

Plus a couple of other very nice, early machines. A Pfaff Model B from 1897, Fristers from 1896/7 & 1907.

More recently an Alfa 50 which cost £1:04 off ebay: )

Singer 411M from 1964.

Singer 411M from 1964.

 

Singer 411M gears motor etc

Singer 411M gears motor, etc

Singer 411M factory sticker

Singer 411M factory sticker.

Singer 306 from 1954ish

Singer 306 from 1954.

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Pfaff model B from 1897. Early Pfaffs are rare.

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Pfaff B underbed.

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Pfaff B case in 5* condition.

1897 Pfaff B head & decals.

1897 Pfaff B head & decals.

1897 Pfaff B head rear detail.

1897 Pfaff B Needle area. Showing some wear after 120 years: )

1897 Pfaff post badge & decals.

1897 Pfaff B toolbox inside the case. Very neat & clever.

1897 Pfaff B lock detail.

1897 Pfaff B escutcheon plate & key. Cobwebs & all.

Alfa 50 1962ish. Simple straight stitch with stylish period case.