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Myra's Vintage Long Arm Quilting Machine

It's time for another installment of Vintage Sewing Machines and Their Stories.  This week we are looking at a commercial sewing machine, a Singer 31-15 to be exact.  Something I don't have but I do want one to do the exact same thing Myra did.  This machine is certainly a testament to how well the older machines were made.  We'll get to that in a moment though, I don't want to give the whole story away right now.  Don't forget you still have time to email me the story about your sewing machine.

Myra doesn't know the exact age of this machine and neither do I.  I know how to date domestic, home use, machines but I don't know how to date a commercial machine.  It could have been made anywhere from 1896-1930.  Since it is a commercial machine it probably lived in a factory somewhere and spent a lot of time sewing.

The machine has a variable speed motor on it making it a quilter's dream.  Most modern quilt machines have a stitch regulator on them but Myra says it's not needed on this machine.  Myra has had this machine for five years now.  This machine allows her to do free motion and pantographs.  That piece coming off where the machine is next to the white fabric is a stylus.

There's the full set up.  I'm so jealous of this!!  It is something that I really want.  This is a similar set up to what my mom had.  I think I might be able to handle it.  At least I like to tell myself that I could.  What do you think of Myra's set-up?

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  1. Thank you for featuring Mrs.Singer on your blog today! She is a workhorse, and I appreciate her very much. There is little to go wrong on these old machines since there are no electronics, and all the places that need oil are easily accessible.

  2. Can't you date the machine on I do all my quilting on my industrial also.

  3. Ingenious idea. Thanks for sharing under our vintage sewing machine theme at tuesday archives.