This summer I visited my parents. And those questions a year ago had made my mother curious. Seeing as how she is pretty handy, she examined the locked drawers and had an epiphany. The keyholes looked to be about the same size and shape as a square-head screwdriver.
Lo and behold.....
To our chagrin (and perhaps a faint relief?) there were no dark family secrets hidden inside, but no excess of ephemera either. There was, however, the original manual, and the original oilcan.
We seem to have estimated correctly -- the model was indeed from the 1910's but as the latest copyright of the manual was in the 30's we are probably correct that Granny Emma bought it around then.
|The 1913 model -- booklet's latest copyright date was 1934 though, so it was still going strong!|
My mother also had the set of attachments that her stepmother Emma had clearly bought later on, as they are marked as made for a later model. But there were many more feet than I have for my modern machine -- all stored in their own special vintage box!
I covet her ruffler, and bias binding foot. And so many more...I could barely identify them all!
|You can see the little bag she sewed to store them in...it's pretty holey now|
|Just look at how complicated that ruffler foot is!|
|The manual found with the feet...for a later model, with knee control (which we didn't have)|
Finally...a mystery solved, and a lot of fascinating sewing history uncovered. Granny Emma's deep dark secrets, however, are still her own...
|The machine tucked back up into its original factory paper wrapping|