Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Singer Fashion Mate 237- #5 Sewing Machine

I literally pulled this sewing machine out of the "Good Will" pile at my friend's house.  It belonged to his wife who has passed on, she used it for over 40 years.

When I told my husband that I had just acquired sewing machine #5, his reaction was bewildering.  I assured him, I'd soon give one away.  As I was researching "vintage sewing machines", to learn more about my new Singer, I discovered that there are addictions in the quilting world other than fabric.  As I try to decide which of my 5 machines to give away, I'm beginning to wonder . . .
 It was made in Italy, and the manual is dated 1968.
I'm sure it could use a good tune-up, but it sews a wicked stitch.

. . . coming along on my "Long Tall Sally" that I started in my class with Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilts.  It looks complicated, but it's really quite easy.  I don't think the pattern is out yet.  Maybe in her next book.  Care to comment on that, Carrie?


  1. If you are feeling the need to get rid of that machine... I would take it.... Yes there are other addictions besides fabric and machines are one of them.. I have that addiction!!! I collect sewing machines! Any way what a find, it is beautiful!!!

  2. Ella,
    I'm keeping the vintage :) But it did spawn a search for my mother's old singer, from the 50's. I sewed my first dress on it when I was 11. Do you have a Singer Featherweight? That's the one I'm trying to resist right now. Don't even need it, but I keep looking at them on ebay.

  3. It's gorgeous!

    I mean this in the kindest possible way -- SEW FASTER!!! I am so looking forward to seeing your finished quilt top. :)

    The pattern is done. Finished. Published. Available. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ and absolutely, positively keep that vintage machine! You can never have too many... says she who just bought one on eBay yesterday. :)

  4. I know this post is a year old, but I can't tell you how excited I was to stumble upon it! I am a complete newbie when it comes to machine sewing and recently acquired my very first machine, the very same model as yours. Any usage tips? I've got the bobbin in place and may have threaded it correctly;). Any advice you could give for a new sewer eager to learn would be so greatly appreciated!

    Gorgeous Quilt, btw;)

  5. Erin, you are a "no-reply" blogger follower, so I have no place to answer your questions. Hopefully you'll return to this post.

    I'm excited that you have a good machine. Even though it seems a bit vintage, the parts are metal, not plastic. It should sew well for you.

    I would continue to search in google blog, and see what others have to say about "our" machine. Do you have the manuel? read it several times.

    On my blog, I have a post called "Laura's Fish - A beginner quilt". It goes through the easiest way to make a quilt using "pre-cuts". Follow that post.

    Also, on the right side of my blog, under labels, there is a topic "beginner quilter". There are more posts there that explain some beginner basics, and there are links to other blogs that are excellent resources for beginners.

    Good luck!

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  7. What is your serial number? I just bought one - 237 MA, # ME 898415 (stamped on underside) I'm guessing it is somewhere between 1968 and 1971.


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