1910s | Sewing Machines

Two vintage machines

October 31, 2011

I thought I’d share my recent acquisitions with you all. I know many of you also have an interest in vintage machines and use them regularly.

My boyfriend recently started work at the local rubbish tip, and saved these two from being thrown in the scrap metal skip as a surprise for me.

Excuse the fuzzy photo, I didn’t notice the child-size fingerprints on my lense until later!

The cream one is a Frister & Rossmann, probably dating from the 50s (?), and the other is a Jones’ Family C.S. (cylindrical shuttle): both are hand cranked, with treadle capability. I’m concentrating on one machine at a time, and have been working with the Jones’ first.

It came with it’s original manual (in a slightly sorry state) and attachments box full of goodies:

Manual and attachments box

The decal on the shoulder has “As supplied to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra” around the crest, which dates it to around 1910.

Shoulder decal detail

For more photos and details, visit my full post here. I’ll be tackling the Frister and Rossmann later this week.

This makes it up to four sewing machines I own, all vintage (the youngest is almost 50 years old).

  1. Congratulations on your new sewing machines! The Jones is very like the one I learned to sew on, which belonged to my great-grandmother, and which my mother still uses but she is down to one needle – they are different from normal ones these days and I keep meaning to try and buy her some online. The decoration on yours is in better condition and ours doesn’t say ‘as supplied to Queen Alexandra’. It’s a lovely machine and runs beautifully. I remember staring mesmerised at the spool winding machinery – it was always a huge treat to be allowed to wind the spool! We don’t have any attachments, I would love to know what is in that box.

    1. Thanks. I’ve got it up and running this afternoon, still sews perfectly (after about an hour of playing around with the damned tension!). There are photos of everything that came with it on the full post on my blog.

      I found this list of needle requirements for vintage machines online:
      The Jones CS and Family CS (my model) are on page 46. Looks like a 128×1 is most likely the right one, which are still made as industrial needles today. Though that list is pretty comprehensive if it is a different model!

  2. To think these antiques nearly got scrapped! How could that happen in this day and age? These are antiques worth something to someone. Congrats on having a boyfriend who saved these gems!

  3. I cannot believe someone threw these away! I’m insanely jealous – they’re awesome! Kudos to the boyfriend for snatching these up… he’s obviously a keeper 😉

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