It’s not over till it’s over . . . .


Fargosmom here – making a brief introduction.  I was dismayed, as many of you may have been, to think that this great blog might disappear into the ether.  I am new to the world of antique sewing machines, and I came to this blog in search of some basic technical information.  What I found was much more – an archive of useful information, not only packaged in a clean format, but accompanied by some absolutely lovely writing, and a wry and witty personality to back it up.  I’ve never met Sid or Elsie, but I wish they were my next door neighbors.

So I’m here to do my feeble best to keep this resource available while S & E ride off into the sunset.  I wish them health, happiness, and a long future with no tangled bobbins in sight.

To the rest of us, here’s to keeping those old iron ladies stitching.


21 responses »

  1. Hi Julie –
    I have no idea how to open your cabinet. My best advice would be to consult a locksmith. It’s probably a pretty simple mechanism but I only maintain this site – I don’t claim any special knowledge myself. Best wishes.

  2. Hi Fargosmum. I’ve got a Singer cabinet 24, but can’t find the key. It isn’t square, but round. I have taken a photo, but don’t know how to attach it. Any idea how I can get the cabinet open?

  3. Thank you, Fargosmom, for keeping this blog going. I needed to service the needle thread tension on my grandmother’s Singer 201-2, and even though I have the manual I needed Sid’s help. His explanations are so much clearer than the manual’s.

  4. Hello from Canada, I found this blog while searching for information on the stop motion mechanism for my Singer 328j. I found exactly what I needed and more! Many thanks!

  5. What a fantastic source of information this is. I hope Sid & Elsie are doing well & many thanks to them for all their hard work creating this wonderful blog.

    Thank you too Fargosmum for keeping this blog alive for us. Long may it continue for us vintage machine lovers.

  6. Another vintage machine owner expressing thanks for all the marvelous, informative and amusing info here, and glad it’s still ‘on air’ although silent now it seems. Any chance of some fresh posts from the new caretaker, about any machine linked thing at all?
    Thank you anyway for keeping it here.

  7. I’ve always loved vintage sewing machines but just started to collect them. I honestly just wanted a singer 201-2, but ended up getting a singer 99-13 and a singer 327k that needed to follow me home. I’m glad you’re keeping the blog taken care of, and I wish the original owners of the blog well. There’s some great information here.

  8. I hope my genuine and enthusiastic expression of gratitude will reach those who have put so much talent and information and soul into this blog–and to those who are trying to keep it active. I am just beginning my journey into actively loving vintage sewing machines, and there is so much knowledge that I will need. I am thankful to all who are willing to share it and their experiences.

  9. I have only just discovered this blog and would like to thank Sid and Elsie for all their invaluable information accompanied by extremely entertaining observations and dry humour sprinkled throughout. So glad to see the blog will remain as I haven’t finished reading all the posts!!

  10. Hi Diana –
    This blog will not be particularly active, although I haven’t ruled out posting on occasion. My role here is simply as caretaker – I’m keeping the blog alive as a resource for those of us who recognize gold in all the work Sid put into it. Explore and enjoy!
    – fargosmom

  11. Hello and thank you for such a great site with wonderful pictures and sense of humor. I just found you, so hope you are here to stay. Hello to everyone at

  12. I only just found you today after my beloved Pearl the Singer got smoking foot and died … bless her so have sat all day searching for repairs and anything Singer related as my deep love for her I want her back to full health

    All the best Sid and Elsie and hope i can purchase attachments from here for my Pearl

  13. Welcome to the blog, I too have become excited by vintage machines and the wealth of information would be such a loss if we could not access it on this blog. Thankyou so much for your generosity in keeping it going. Cheers Kerry (just retired in Western Australia)

  14. I’m so pleased this resource will continue to be available.

    I also am new to Vintage machines (though have owned my great grandmothers Singer 28 (from 1895) for the last 15 years.), and only found this blog a couple of months ago, when searching for any info I could find on it.

    I needed to mend a canvas sail cover, so out came the Singer which I had to ‘de-gunk’. It has worked brilliantly and for my 60th birthday my husband treated me to a treadle Singer 127 Sphinx in a drawing room cabinet (one that has 14 brass handles). (I think they are called parlour cabinets in the US?) The cabinet is in a sorry state and needs restoring, but the machine is in beautiful condition, with lovely decals and runs like a dream (it also had a hand crank which I do not think is original). I just have to get a new belt now to experiment with the treadle (the pedal has the original carpet also in great condition and lovely on the feet!).

    I am looking forward to reading much more about these lovely old machines and learning a lot.

    Thanks so much Fargosmum for looking after the sight!


  15. Well done, Fargosmom! I linked here a while back from my blog and was sorry to hear it was going as it’s been a really useful resource. You might like my series (a little dusty and neglected but about to be revived) about crafter’s/maker’s/designer’s first sewing machines, many of which seem to be old Singers. Take a look: And all the best with your new custodianship! xx

  16. (Also obviously ‘Thanks, Sid and Elsie!’ – whom I have not yet thanked even though I’ve gotten a lot out of this blog. How rude of me. I’m very sorry. Manymany thanks, Sid and Elsie!)

  17. Huge relief. You just saved me from having to cut and paste miles of blog for future reference. Thanks, fargosmom!

  18. Hear hear! Thanks for the intro and taking on the blog!! Thanks to Sid and Elsie for passing this onto another. You are all awesome 🙂

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