Today I come to you with a little story, about a very dear friend of mine who lives at our house.
Back in April, we went to the Lake District and stumbled across a charity shop. This was in the window:
It appeared to be some kind of German machine (I can’t even remember the name now) and it was priced at £99. My father in law said I should look at a Singer instead. A bit of googling deemed this machine in the shop a tad pricey, but the idea was there…
I contacted the seller (Dave) who told me the story of the machine and I knew that this was going to be The One.
On September 28th 1925, William Allen Jones and Florence Ellen Mountford were married in Stoke on Trent. They were Dave’s parents. William bought Florence a brand spanking new Singer 99 sewing machine as a wedding present. It had been made the previous year (I’m not sure how Dave knew this, but I trust him).
Even the Bentwood case on it’s own is stunning.
Meet Flossie, named after her original owner.
Over the summer I dismantled all the bits I could and cleaned them with a soft brush, followed by a little bit of oil kindly donated by my Nan.
I haven’t used her much yet; there was a short while when I was having a user error (not threading it up properly) but Liam helped sort that out!
I hope she’ll be in our family for as long as she was with the Jones family. Thank you Dave for sharing the photos and history with me. I can’t wait to share some special projects with you.
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