A window into my childhood sewing room

My ears are always open when I sew.  As a young girl sitting upstairs on warm summer Southern California days at my mom’s Necchi Sewing machine, I listened to the radio.

Arthur Godfrey (Arthur Godfrey Time, 1960-72) was one audible window to my world.   I adored the voice of  Kate Smith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Smith; she had a wonderful strong voice that thrilled me to be an American girl! She is the person that made Irving Berlin’s God Bless America a well-known classic.  This American girl wants to share a bit of my window of the world from the early 1960s, which I enjoyed while learning to sew.  Enjoy, and Happy 4th of July.

Kate Smith introduces “God Bless America”

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  1. I have to say that I like this blog. I just wanted drop a comment and say what a great job you’ve done. I wish more sites would put so much time into their site. Keep the posts coming.

  2. Hi Kathleen,

    We were recently given one of these beautiful little machines, except that ours is badged “Lincoln” instead of Necchi. The paperwork that came with it led me to believe that it was made by Necchi, and I think your photo has confirmed that. I’d love to know anything you can tell me about your mom’s machine (model #, sewing tips on it, etc.) so we can get off the ground running. 🙂

  3. I no longer have this machine. But I did learn on it. It was a straight stitch machine, with the forward/backward stitch option, and stitch length selections. It was not metric, so the stitch length basically was set so the “number” of stitch selected should be the number of stitches one gets in one inch on light to med weight fabric. If your machine has not been in use, you may need to replace the rubber belt and o-ring for the bobbin winder. It probably needs a good oiling. Always oil with oil made for sewing machines and use a Q-tip to dob each drop of oil after placed (this keeps you machine from throwing oil). Oil where parts move against another part, and in deep screw holes. Without a bobbin in, and without thread, just lift up the presser foot and then “run” the machine for a minute or two after oiling. This warms up the metal parts and lets the oil do its job. The screw that sit on the top of the machine on the left side the the presser foot adjuster. This allows you to make the foot tighter for thin fabrics and looser to accommodate heavier fabric. Any other questions you may have I will try and answer, but I hope this helps you enjoy this machine.

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