Saturday, February 18, 2012

Vintage 1958 Brother Sewing Machine

So, my other sewing machine, a Singer 411G, was causing me some frustration. It came in a small cabinet, and I'd been on the hunt for a larger desk for it, with drawers for storage. I finally found one, the dimensions seemed right, and the person who sold it to me said it was a Singer cabinet. Turns out that wasn't the case, as my machine fit when it was in the raised position, but it wouldn't lower into the cabinet. While on the hunt for a new desk, I ran across an ad for this vintage Brother Super Streamliner. I knew next to nothing about Brother sewing machines, but I just couldn't pass up this adorable machine. And did I mention it's pink?!

It came in a wonderful desk with 3 good sized drawers for storage, as well as two metal tins full of accessories. One of the tins had about a dozen different foot attachments, including a ruffler (I've been wanting one!) and several sizes of hemmers. And I was thrilled to discover that my low-shank walking foot from my old Singer machine fits it. I'm glad I decided to keep  it instead of selling it when that old machine broke. I also got a handful of bobbins, the attachments' book, and the original machine manual.

It was pretty grimy when I got it, but I've got it all cleaned up, oiled up, and running like a dream :-) The finish is mostly in fantastic condition, with some nicks on the machine bed and some wear on the feed knob. The decals are all pristine. And I absolutely LOVE just how 50's this machine is, from the chrome detailing, to the grills, to the awesome Brother logo, to the milkshake pink colour. It looks like it should be sitting on the table of a rockin' 50's diner. Maybe I was born in the wrong decade, I think I was meant to be a teen in the 50's!





oh, and check out the neat telescopic spool pin! Slides down, and then pops back up with a touch. Fun!

9 comments:

  1. That is gorgeous! You are so lucky :)

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  2. I love your pink sewing machine. Its PINK!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting.
    And your a fellow Canadian! So nice to meet you and your machine.

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  3. My mother received a Brother Precision Sewing Machine from a friend a couple months ago. I believe the machine to be more aqua colour then blue. The carrying case a little worn but the machine is pretty much in mint condition. Needed a manual for it and was presently surprised that you have a free download of the manual. Thanks so much for making it accessible. Stacey from Winnipeg, MB

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  4. Hi Stacey! I'm so glad you were able to find the manual here, and I hope your mother gets a lot of enjoyable sewing time out of her new machine!

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  5. I have a Brother super streamline model 220 and can't find a manual to show how to thread and place the bobbin in it.
    roctanberg@gmail.com

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  6. how much did u buy it for? im trying to sell my identical one

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  7. Does this sewing machine have a light?

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  8. Does this sewing machine have a light?

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