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All I Want for Christmas is a vintage sewing machine…

vintage sewing machineHere are some great reasons why a vintage sewing machine is a terrific Christmas present.

It’s sustainable. Our collection of used, vintage and heavy-duty sewing machines are all lovingly refurbished to the highest standards. Used and recycled products use far fewer resources than anything brand new.

It’s a piece of history. Your pre-loved sewing machine comes with years of sewing in it, and perhaps fascinating history. Take the Singer 29K, for example. The pre-1970s Singer sewing machines were built to last. They were easy to use and straightforward, and this model is still used in leather workshops and by cobblers all over the world. It can be used to stitch leather, canvas, blankets and even rubber.

They are useful. The vintage sewing machine is the gift that keeps on giving. You’ve heard the saying give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime? The same applies to a sewing machine! Give a person a pair of trousers, and you clothe them for a while; give them a sewing machine, and they dress themselves and their family members forever!

It could open up a whole new world. Join a sewing club, discover online forums, begin your membership of the WI, a vintage sewing machine can lead you to new friends.

It offers all sorts of possibilities. Love clothes? Making your own can be easier than you think and nowadays there are lots of ways to learn, from going to classes, to following online tutorials on YouTube, reading blogs, and subscribing to magazines. As well as making clothes, you can also teach yourself how to do your own alterations. Hemming trousers and skirts, or taking in clothes is a useful skill.

Or, if clothes aren’t your thing, if you can make your own curtains or alter shop-bought ones, you’ll never be short of a job. What about cushion covers, throws, quilts? The soft furnishing possibilities for your home are endless.

It’s a talking point. Most vintage sewing machines, especially the pre-1970s versions, are beautiful. Give it pride of place in your home, and all your guests will ask about it as soon as they come in.

It could be your hustle. A new trend is for people to find something to do on the side that makes them extra money. Buy a vintage sewing machine, and your hustle could be making clothes or doing alterations for others.

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