A second-hand sewing machine from Sewing4Everyone might not be as old as 72, but a fantastic story on WBTV last week proved just how useful an old sewing machine can be…
What’s even more remarkable is the age of the sewer involved. Most mornings, centenarian Eva Bossenberger (who lives in Zionsville, North Carolina) gets up at the crack of dawn and sits down in front of her seven-decades old sewing machine.
Mrs Bossenberger spends hours every day, sewing together bits of material to make dresses for children in countries where it isn’t easy to get clothing. The outfits are part of Operation Christmas Child, a programme run by the charitable organisation Samaritan’s Purse, which sends out gifts to children in need all over the world.
According to the WBTV website, Mrs Bossenberger told reporters that her pastor had asked her if she could make 180 dresses for little girls which would be included in their shoebox gifts. The lady happily rose to the challenge, and since December of last year, she has sewn 114 dresses for girls in Bolivia.
She said she had been delighted to get to one hundred completed dresses, thought the pressure was still on. When asked if she would watch the news feature about her and her endeavours, Mrs Bossenberger said she didn’t have time as Christmas was coming and she still had more dresses to make.
Well, if that isn’t an incredible story about what can be done with a vintage or second-hand sewing machine, we don’t know what is!
Many people buy sewing machines because they want to make clothes for themselves or their families. There can’t be many people who purchase them with the express intention of making essential things for unknown people across the world. There’ll be others, of course, who end up making clothes for charitable purposes some of the time, and that’s amazing too.
If it’s something you want to do, then there will be plenty of aid organisations willing to take your efforts. What the enterprise will also do is give you plenty of sewing practice. Like 100-year-old Mrs Bossenberger, you’ll be knocking up those dresses in no time. If you baulk at the challenge of 180, we don’t blame you, though…
Sewing4Everyone offers a wide variety of refurbished sewing machines for sale – including a second-hand sewing machine if that is what you want. We sell reliable, quality machines and every model comes with a full instruction manual and handy help guide – an investment for years to come.