My parents came to visit last weekend and look what they brought with them! It's my great-grandmother's White Rotary sewing machine! She was a prolific quilter and I'm honored to have her machine.
It is certainly well traveled, coming from Pennsylvania, with a stop in New Jersey, then a rest in North Carolina, and finally on to Florida. Thanks so much to my sister and her husband, to my parents, and to my grandmother and aunts and uncles for taking care of it, and for working hard to get it to me here in Florida.
We gave it a gentle surface cleaning to get some of the grime off over the weekend, since its been stored in various garages and extra rooms over the years. Once I do some more research, I plan to get it cleaned up some more, or maybe even working at some point, with some help form my DH and the boys. Anything with moving parts is right up their alley!
I know the machine was made in 1923 in Cleveland Ohio, but I need to learn much more about how it works and where to find parts, if they are available. Does anyone know where I can find some good sources of information or replacement pieces? I'd appreciate any help or tips you could give me!
The drawers were filled with old spools of thread other interesting finds. A sewing time capsule!
Here it is after my dad, my DH, and the boys put it together. It had to be taken apart to fit in the car to make the trip to Florida.
Along with the sewing machine, my family sent down some old quilts too. Once they are cleaned up a bit I'll share some pictures. Right now I'm soaking one in Vintage Textile Soak to see if I can remove a few stains. I've used this soak on some older linens before, but never a quilt. Has anyone had any luck with it? I think I'll go check on that quilt right now! Thanks for letting me share my 'new' sewing machine with you!