My Christmas Gift
While wandering around the cozy town of Park Rapids, Minnesota, and shopping the garage sales with my husband and my mother-in-law, I spotted what I suspected was a sewing cabinet. Now I didn't really count myself as a collector, but having caught the bug from the women (and men) on the quilting newsgroup, I started investigating the unloved sewing machines I saw under piles of junk at flea markets and garage sales. I had already picked up the Kayser treadle at a flea market. (I overwrote the originial Kayser file, link to come!)
I wandered over, nonchalantly so the price wouldn't go up, and started looking. The machine seemed to be in pretty good shape. It had a shuttle with which I was unfamiliar, but it seemed complete, there was part of the manual, and many attachments. This was the second treadle that had really piqued my interest (but I was really looking for a Singer Model 66 Redeye). I asked how much it was. $100. Not unreasonable--I'd seen a Model A at a different flea market and it was marked higher but not in as good shape. Then I looked at my car. No way was my little Saturn going to fit that parlor cabinet, assorted bits of luggage, and my DH and I for the trip back to Rochester. With a heavy sigh, I left the sewing machine behind.
Imagine my surprise some months later to come home from work and find my in-laws there (well, I knew they were coming) and the living room slightly rearranged. What's this??? There was a bow and a Christmas card. My mother-in-law knew the woman who had the sale. She had called her right after we left town and bargained for that machine. And some people have a hard time with their mothers-in-law!
I have most of the manual for this machine, but it's in bad shape. I suspect it was printed on wood-pulp paper and it's eating itself. I'll try to get a photocopy of the text and put the poor thing in acid-free paper. What I don't have is the front cover or the front two pages (I was hoping for a date and the threading diagram). If you have any information about this machine, I'd love to hear it. The back of the manual says it came from Sears & Roebuck, but I know they sold "badged" machines from several vendors.
The pictures below may help with identification. Click the small picture to see more detail (and use the back key to get back to this page).
My Minnesota Model K
This page was last updated on March 3, 2000. All images and text copyright Judy Fearn 2000.