This week I was perusing Craigslist - a nightly activity for me - for sewing machines. Most of the time I just look at the machines, but this time one ad caught my eye. Someone was selling an old machine - and included a ton of pictures in the ad from Pinterest about what you could do with the treadle irons.
I emailed him to ask if he had the machine still, and he did! He said it was a Davis Honeymoon...I Googled and was pretty sure that was a vertical feed model. I was so excited...I've wanted a Davis vertical feed for a while. So I drove two hours round-trip...in the snow...getting lost twice...to get this machine.
It wasn't a vertical feed.
It had a vibrating shuttle. I really don't care for vibrating shuttles.
It had a leaf tension mechanism. I don't care for leaf tensions.
I was so disappointed.
The funny thing is, though, that just last month my parents gave me a Davis Advance machine for my birthday. It was really sweet - I had followed the auction on shopgoodwill.com, but the price went higher than I wanted, and I talked myself out of the purchase. However, I had shown the listing to my parents, and when I bowed out they jumped on it. I had thought it was a vertical feed, and, again, I was wrong, but I was really happy to find that it was made around 1896. I had always wanted a pre-1900s machine, and even though this one was only 5 years older than my Singer 27 from 1901, I was still so happy to have a machine from the 1800s.
I wondered if I could still sell the irons and use the Advance's irons for both machines. Just swap them out.
I think it might work. The machine beds are both the same size.
And really, I have such a soft spot for these old machines, it didn't take long to start feeling a fondness for the Honeymoon. The decals are grimy, but pretty.
I still plan on selling the cabinet and irons...which is a pity, since they're so pretty...
I'll list them for a couple of weeks, and if they don't sell it won't be the end of the world.