Vintage

Our vintage sewing machine
@ridingbet (37892)
Philippines
December 1, 2017 12:48am CST
This morning at around 9am, I thought about repairing the 2 pairs of shorts of my son; one that is below the knee and white while the other is grey. I started with the white. I cut out a small white cloth, a ragged excess of the white uniform skirt that I sewed several years ago. I also used our vintage mechanical sewing machine. As you can see from the picture, it has the old - fashioned presser foot and behind that is the presser bar lifter. I really enjoy sewing. I remember the costume of a doll I made when I was in grade 6 elementary. The costume was a female native of Rwanda. My son thanked me after the repair and now he is wearing the grey shorts. Can you sew? I can.
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@magallon (17358)
• Philippines
1 Dec
sewing is taught in Home economics subject when I was in elementary and high school. we cannot pass the subject unless we know how to use the sewing machine. But now, i already not know how to use it..
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
i remember that i made an outline of a dress in our work education, freshman high school, and me creating the national costume of a female Rwandan native. i can but not the electric one.
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@magallon (17358)
• Philippines
4 Dec
@ridingbet maybe i can learn it again if we have a sewing machine at home.
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@brokenbee (7743)
• Philippines
1 Dec
Yes, only by hand though... =) I never learned how to use our sewing machine. We had Technology and Home Economics in elementary and high school but I never learned to use the sewing machine.
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• Philippines
1 Dec
long time no see!
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@brokenbee (7743)
• Philippines
1 Dec
@hereandthere Yes, it's been a long time. Quite busy. How are you?
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
how are you, hija? birthday coming soon again. maybe you hurt your hands and fingers when you hand-sew, better use a thimble.
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@Shavkat (46646)
• Philippines
1 Dec
I can't do it. My granny is still doing it.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
of course there are some chores that some men cannot do it, kabsat. it is fine. anyway, when you will have your own family, maybe your wife can repair some torn trousers of yours?
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@Shavkat (46646)
• Philippines
3 Dec
@ridingbet But I can use pin and needles to mend the broken clothes. We were taught how to do it.lol
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
4 Dec
@Shavkat yes, pins and needles, then you 'lilip' it so you can remove the pins and needles,right?
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@YrNemo (8472)
1 Dec
I try to remember how our old machine in the 70s looked like. Different to that model I guess. I can sew a bit, not too good as my sister.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
i and my sister have each a sewing machine, my late mother said the sewing machines is our inheritance from her, aside from the education we have had from them.
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@YrNemo (8472)
2 Dec
@ridingbet How precious! Your mother sounds a wonderful lady.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@YrNemo i believe she was. she was the best dressmaker for me, and the best mother for me and my siblings.
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@hereandthere (24042)
• Philippines
1 Dec
our sewing machine is still working, but i never learned to use it, either. i guess i'm scared because i don't have good coordination hehe. but at least i sew tears and holes.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
right, so you use the simple hem stitch when you repair holes and tears?
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• Philippines
2 Dec
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@hereandthere that is still good. you know a typical woman of the house's distinct chore.
@shivamani10 (10605)
• Hyderabad, India
1 Dec
Oh...very nice....These vintage items are like Gold. The sewing is one of my hobbies. The machine is some 55 years old. I enjoy sewing on that.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
the sewing machine in the picture is used by my mother when she was still single, until we came here in the province and she had her own dressmaking business with that same machine. so practically, the machines were hers since 1948.
@shivamani10 (10605)
• Hyderabad, India
2 Dec
@ridingbet Oh..very about that. My machine is of 1950. These are really good and standard products produced in olden days with responsibility, care, and devotion.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@shivamani10 that is true. with just adding oil to those parts where it needs to be oiled, these vintage sewing machines can still beat the latest products of sewing machines.
@ilocosboy (33263)
• Philippines
1 Dec
My wife wanted to undergo skills training of TESDA which is tailoring
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
a colleague of mine who is now a nurse-supervisor (she quit the academe 2 years ago) also took dressmaking lessons in TESDA. now, she caters to operating room nurses for their scrub suits.
@ilocosboy (33263)
• Philippines
2 Dec
wow, that is a good earning from a nurse-supervisor turned dressmaker.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@ilocosboy no, she was a clinical instructor who has sideline as dressmaker, and now she is a nurse-supervisor.she still sews scrub suits.
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@shubhu3 (13562)
• New Delhi, India
1 Dec
That's nice. I want to learn it yet till now haven't learn it.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
if you have one, i think it is nice to learn how to use it.
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@shubhu3 (13562)
• New Delhi, India
2 Dec
@ridingbet I agree. My mother knows it really well
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
1 Dec
I have always enjoyed sewing, I learnt in school in grade 2 elementary.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
that is wonderful. do you enjoy crocheting or knitting as well? i learned to make centerpieces manually, and some of them are still here; also my crochet pieces.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
2 Dec
@ridingbet Yes I do, I have just finished to knit a shawl for my Mom.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@LadyDuck that is sweet. hope your mother is awake to see the shawl you made for her
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@JustBhem (22370)
• Davao, Philippines
1 Dec
We don't have it here anymore yes I can still sew but not using the machine.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
you mean, manual sewing?
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@JustBhem (22370)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Dec
@ridingbet Yes, I know how to.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@JustBhem that is great. do you use a thimble too?
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@DianneN (59170)
• United States
1 Dec
I know how to sew, but can't work my new sewing machine. . My aunt taught me when I was 13 years old and I also had a class in school. I prefer to buy my clothes these days.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
your sewing machine, is it Singer, the electric one? Singer is a vintage brand, am i right? i saw one sewing machine that is so small that you can fix a hole or a tear just using one hand. so small it is like the size of a stapler.
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@DianneN (59170)
• United States
2 Dec
@ridingbet Yes, it's a Singer. I used to have one of those little tiny ones, too. It was a long time ago, and didn't work that tell. I'm sure the newer ones must be fabulous!
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@DianneN our machine has the foot pedal, and yesterday, i actually pedaled with just my right foot. my sister wants to buy that small sewing machine but online. i told her there are tendencies that items bought online might not be as good and durable as those actually bought in department stores.
@toniganzon (41079)
• Philippines
2 Dec
With a sewing machine? I don't think so.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
really? but do you know how to hand-sew?
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@toniganzon (41079)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@ridingbet we were taught how to do different style of hand stitches back in high school. I haven’t done some sewing since then.
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@tzwrites (3806)
• Romania
4 Dec
It's very handy to know how to sew using a sewing machine.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
4 Dec
i agree to that
@bluesa (12710)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
2 Dec
I can't sew, though my gran was fantastic at it. Good you fixed your sons shorts. :)
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
yes i did, and my son thanked me tremendously. "thank you ma, thank you ma" was his dialogue when i repaired his shorts
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• Philippines
2 Dec
We have the electrical one, but the last time we used it was last year when my grandma was still around.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
hmm, i do not know how to sew in an electrical type of sewing machine; seems like i am the outdated person of being comfortable with the manual, even car transmission.