Saturday, October 6, 2012

Collector's Day

Today was Collector's Day at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  I lugged all of my sewing machines downtown, and then lugged them all the way home again.  But it was worth it...I had a lot of people who said they'd look up the serial numbers on their mom's or grandma's old sewing machine, and I think most people walked away with a greater appreciation for old sewing machines.

Here's my table.

You can see the little cards I made telling a bit about each machine.

I didn't make the yellow card - the museum people did.  It even has a Singer model 15 on it!

You can see I had scraps of fabric in two of my machines.  I let people try out my 115 treadle and my hand crank Singer 66.  I don't know how educational it was for the kids, but the adults seemed to enjoy it.

The woman who runs it already said everyone that was here this year should come back next year, and I'm looking forward to it.  But I am glad it's only once a year, because those machines are heavy to move!


  1. Isn't it fun to chat with people about the machines we love sew much? Nice display.

  2. Wow! I'm impressed at all that lugging! I'd love to do public demos, but all the hassle of lugging deters me.

    1. It was a ton of work, but it was fun. Like I said, I'm glad it's only once a year!