My gran’s vintage sewing machine

Years ago, in the old days, when I started following sewing classes after working hours, I arrived at the first lesson with this big old box. All the others had a new posh sewing machine. People were stunned when I put my green Phoenix on the sewing table. “Really, are you going to follow a professional course with that vintage sewing machine, why don’t you make it easy on yourself and buy the latest model?”

Well, because it is my gran’s! She was a seamstress and survived the war, as a widow with a daughter, making men’s shirts, thanks to this old beauty.

A yearly clean up, a bit more patience for buttonholes (halfway, turn the material around) but that’s all. This one can embroider, can stitch leather and was one of the first industrial ones in that time! And yes, I do realize my gran was born in 1903!

Meticulous as she was, she kept the information leaflet as well, thus every possible question is solved by wandering through that booklet. The brand even touts itself as the oldest and largest maker of fast sewing machines in Europe.

On top of that: it is an electrical one, so? Value is in the eye of the beholder! This machine handed down to me, by someone who loved and cherished it, my beloved grandmother and godmother gives it its great sentimental value for that reason. It’s worth something to me and all the other opinions in the world can’t tear that down.

To have an idea of the Phoenix commercials in the old days, go and have a look at this old cutie I found:

Living in France, I must add this bit of sewing machines’ history, found on inventors:

The first functional sewing machine was invented by the French tailor, Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830. Thimonnier’s machine used only one thread and a hooked needle that made the same chain stitch used with embroidery. The inventor was almost killed by an enraged group of French tailors who burnt down his garment factory because they feared unemployment as a result of his new invention.

What can I say it’s France!

Still loving her gran, very happy, still sewing with her gran’s heritage


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