Sunday, December 18, 2011

for the love of all things mini

I travel a lot for work, and I've been on the road, with a short break in the middle, for almost 2 months now.  I pondered taking my sewing machine with me here, cause it just fit in my carry on.  In the end, I decided it wasn't a great idea, too much to worry about, moving around a lot.  And that was the right decision.  I've been entertaining myself with little spurts of knitting (finished projects coming soon!)

While on the road, if given a spare moment, I love to visit antique stores or flea markets.  It's especially nice, cause I find stuff in SoCal is either picked over or expensive. 

Well,  my favorite find, I'm 100%, head over hills, totally smitten with, is my newest purchase-a wee, mini sewing machine from 1953!  A Singer SewHandy to be exact.  You know that moment, GASP! Eyes lock on the prize, you quickly look around to make sure no other grubby hands are about to reach in and grab it.  Ohhhhh, I can hardly explain how excited I was! (Confession, I was really only one of two people in the store besides the owner, so no one to actually grab it, but that feeling was there!)

Seen here with a lipstick for reference

You attach it with a C-clamp to a table and use the hand crank

I got this beauty for a mere $85, and that may sound like a lot, but let me explain...

Look at all the originals it came with it:

1) box, with only a smidge of water damage
2) instruction manual
3) C-clamp to attach to a table
4) key to unscrew needle

This tiny thing was marketed for children, look, a note for the mom

All the parts

It's even loaded with how to's, like this

What are the odds of having all this intact?  Remarkable!

Maybe this solves my on the road sewing conundrum? Now if I can find time to actually do it!


  1. I have a Janome Mini - it weight 5 lbs and I bring it to sewing class on the bus. I love it. All it does is straight stitch and zig zag - most of the time, that's all I need. It works great.

    I also have a serger that I use at home. Love it, too! :-)

  2. Yeah, this one only does a straight stitch, but I'm cool with that. Is your's vintage? Is your serger a mini, too??

  3. I started on one like this! Woa, flashback :) I saw one of these in an antique shop around here and it was selling for an arm and a leg, you did great at $85! Have you tried taking it on the plane yet?

  4. Lunaloo-I have flown with it, packs away very neatly in the suitcase. I haven't sewn with it yet though, as it requires special sized needles-singer ones don't work, go figure. But Organ carries the right size, just have to order them.