I am a crazy person.

I was taking my camera for a walk in town on Saturday when I saw this in a charity shop window.


I have a habit of drooling over old sewing machines in shop windows and stealing a picture, but this was the first time that I’ve seen an old sewing machine that was a price that I can afford. Despite the low price, I snapped a picture and walked away. I kept reminding myself that I’m in a different country and that it will be a pain in the butt to get it home. I kept reminding myself that I own a drum set and it takes up a lot of space so I don’t need to be buying purely decorative things that will also take up a lot of space. I kept repeating these two things to myself for the rest of my walk.

Later when I got back to my computer, I showed my sister the picture. She showed it to my mom who said that she would take it home for me when she came to visit if I really wanted it. The next morning I somehow ended up Googling the text on the sewing machine and I found out that it is probably from 1914 and it’s in really good condition.

I think I’m going to go buy it today even though it’s big and useless. It’s just so pretty!

Update: I went to go get the sewing machine and it was gone from the window. I went inside and asked about it. It sold earlier this morning. I guess it wasn’t fate, but I’m not horribly gutted about it.



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  1. Do you know it doesn’t work? It might not be purely decorative…

    1. I don’t know, actually. It still holds a needle and the thread take up is intact so there is a possibility.

  2. It is gorgeous, I hope it was still there when you went back, and that it works, then you can easily justify it ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Speaking from a girl who lives in a tiny house with a vintage suitcase obsession, being crowded with the things you love is the best kind of being crowded! This sewing machine is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. It’s beautiful. It’s the wrong colour scheme for me, but if it wasn’t I’d wrestle you for it!

  5. Oh, wow. I am also a sucker for vintage machines, but I’ve never found anything like this. It’s pretty great!

  6. That is a truly beautiful sewing machine!

    I always tell myself that if something is still there when I go back for it then it’s fate and it was meant to be. It eases up my buyer’s remorse a little ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It looks to be in great shape, and it’s beautiful! I fully support your desire to go buy this machine.

  8. What a beauty! Sorry you missed out on it but you’re right, I try to look at my vintage misses as Fate too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. sorry you lost out on the sewing machine. it looked really cute tho – definitely worth the splurge (and shipping home). the memory will linger on in photo tho… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Ah! It’s a bummer you missed out on it but I’m sure you’ll find another that’s 10X better, usually how things like this work! Crossing my fingers for you.

    PS: Have you checked out the store AllSaints Spitafield? Their windows are FILLED with these machines, some still with price tags! If they can find so many surely you can find one ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. You’re not crazy at all, I do this all the time. Particularly with clothes in the sale. I see a fantastic coat and stood there in my coat I think ‘it would be extravagent to buy another one surely?’ I go home. I think about the coat. I match it things in my wardrobe. I decide it is MY coat. I go back and it is gone. Then I walk home and think about where I’d have worn my coat this week… I never learn.

  12. Ungh! That makes me sad! I do stuff like that all this all the time. Don’t worry about logistics, worry about the wonderful things that get away!

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