If you happened to miss it don't fret because apparently it is celebrated TWICE in the year.
Date When Celebrated : June 13th and September 10th
I'm not sure exactly why but it may have something to do with the fact that there seems to be a difference of opinion as to when the sewing machine was actually invented. on one website here is what I read...
Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention ----- the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn't until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S.
On another website I read this...
Accounts say that Thomas Saint received a patent for his invention on September 10, 1790 but as for June 13th, it is not known why this is a second date for the holiday.
Enough of the history, and a little of the day...yes I did some sewing yesterday, in the morning and then spent the rest of my time cutting scraps into 2.5" squares and strips or 5" charm squares in an effort to organize my sewing space.
I have 6 sewing machines in my little space and I keep threatening to get rid of some of them, but when push comes to shove I just can't bring myself to do it. Each one has it's own redeeming feature even if it is only the fact that it looks good or was owned and used by a previous family member.
Would you like to meet my "family " of machines?
Well you all know Ruby...she is my current work horse.
Before Ruby came to live at my house I had my QC6260
I was never able to come up with a name to suit her and now she sits on the sidelines nameless but faithful; waiting to be called up when needed.
If you can think of a good name for her I am open to suggestions. I have entertained the idea of Jenna or Jenny (she is a Janome after all)
My serger that I have had for 4 years and just learned to thread this week! Shame on me!
A VERY old Eatonia sewing machine that belonged to my husbands parents. It is all seized up and doesn't run and I keep threatening to toss it, but I cave at the last minute.
An Elna Supermatic circa 1952.
This is a copy of one given to me by my Grandmother. The original was weaselled out of me by a sleazy sewing machine salesman who knew the worth of the machine when I did not. I traded a good, top of the line machine for a bottom end Omega because I had a broken bobbin casing...I have since educated myself!
Just look at the detail on this machine...
Singer Treadle circa 1887
That's 128 years old people! How many things made 128 years ago look this good and still function?
See why I can't get rid of it!
So there you have it...these are the machines that live at my house and held me celebrate National Sewing Machine Day, but it gets better folks! Yesterday my sister was at a yard sale almost 3000 miles away from me and she sent me a text and photo and said, "hey Sis, are you interested this?
Umm let me think...YES!! Is the Pope Catholic?
Of course I am interested!
This machine my good friends is what is called an Elna Grasshopper. It has all it's parts and accessories including case. It is Elna's answer to the Singer Featherweight. I had never heard of it and after doing a bit of research this is what I found out.
SO SO INTERESTING!