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Vintage Sewing Machines

Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:02:01 Europe/London

This week I've had the delights of playing with some old sewing machines that escaped the window displays of greedy All Saints. I've had three machines in storage and I've never taken the lids off before, it felt like Christmas. They're so beautiful, the detail and craftmanship makes my modern machine look like an ugly pile of plastic, all be it practical but still ugly! 

 

They're all vintage hand crank machines, powered by the manual turning of a handle.

 

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Singer New Family  


The Singer machine is a 12k Fiddle Base, which Singer labelled their 'New Family' machines. 

 

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The Singer 'New Family' sewing machine first appeared in 1856 at the end of the American Civil War and at the time the West was still being won. Just a couple of years later it went on sale in the U.K. The New Family was later renamed the Singer Model 12 (12K in the UK) and remained in production for almost 40 years, until just past the turn of the 20th century. 

 

Harris No.3 & No.5 


Harris was a London based sewing machine distributor to retailers. They didn't produce any sewing machines they just 'badged' machines made by many other makers with the Harris name. 

The company was founded in the 1870's and continued in the sewing machine business until at least 1960. It is said that the current incarnation of the Harris company is Mothercare, how bizarre. 


Harris No.3 


 

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This machine is in beautiful condition, with the original key and a tin full of accessories. 

 

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Even the ribbon on the key is charming, I'm such a sucker haha.

 

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The wooden case has a lovely design that makes it really stand out from the other machines. 

 

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Harris No.5 


1920's Harris No.5 is one of the most amazing machines that I have ever seen, it's stunning, with all its embossed metalwork! This one also has a lot of accessories in the machines storage box. Annoyingly the only thing that lets this machine down is its wooden case, that no longer locks and has external damage but as it's so beautiful I don't think it should be inside a case, let it shine haha, silver lining!! 


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I sat turning the hand cranks thinking, I wonder who else has used these machines? I find it all so romantic, I'll never know the full history but there is one and now my grubby mitts are part of it (ha,ha I can hear my friends laughing and telling me to get a life!). 


So after photographing and playing with these machines, I sat in front of my plastic ugly one rather disappointed! Where's its gold decoration and embossed metal detailing?


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Would it be a mistake to get out my sharpie pens and pimp my machine? .................Maybe I'll sleep on that one! 


All the machines apart from the ugly plastic one can be purchased at www.historyrepeats.co.uk 


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Happy Christmas and New Year

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 14:47:35 Europe/London

A waylaid Happy Christmas and New Year....... better late then never? 

 

Xmas

 It's been such a busy time in our household as I can imagine many others. 

We had some rather odd decorations this year, with all sorts of toys randomly turning up on our tree.

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Jack also decided that Noddy had to be our tree topper, this was a great conversation piece throughout Christmas, random Noddy!

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We had bulks of candy sticks, as they apparently look pretty together? It took everything in me not to spread them out every evening once the kids had gone to bed haha. 

 Tree

 

 New Year we decided to stay in just the three of us after going over our options. We got all our favourite food and had a three course meal full of random ingredients to please all our taste buds. Throughout the year we kept a jar full of notes of funny and fabulous things that had happened, reading through those notes was hilarious, it's been a roller coaster of a year but sitting and reading all the positives there was certainly more ups then downs and what a brilliant way to end the year. There should be a law, everyone should have to do this. I have never felt so grateful and consumed by my life and out of all the fabulous ways in the past I have seen the new year in, that was by far my favourite! 

 

History Repeats has come on leaps and bounds and I am extremely excited to see what 2015 has in store, we have been part of some amazing projects and met some fantastic people and I can only hope that this year will continue to be just as brilliant as the last. Thank you to everyone for their continued support x

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Corgi Tele Luxembourg RTL 208 Radio Van

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:44:45 Europe/London

I was at a market last week looking at a stall and I couldn't work out where the blokes music was coming from, my ears told me it was from his table but I couldn't see a radio. Then it clicked it was coming from the toy van, I got super excited I LOVE a gadget, especially a vintage one! He said it wasn't for sale but could probably see from my vice like grip and the desperation in my eyes that a cheeky price might have worked. I kept my hands out of my pocket and decided that I'd find one cheaper elsewhere.

 

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I'm over the moon that I managed to get my paws on an immaculate boxed Corgi Tele Luxembourg RTL 208 Radio Van, for a lot less then the cheeky market price. I was going to save it for Christmas for my son Jack but annoyingly I left it on the side for him to see after nursery. We had a little dance round the kitchen and now every morning he turns on his radio like it's the most amazing toy he's ever had, if you have kids GET ONE!! 

 

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Paris Part Two - Antique Market

Friday, 25 April 2014 21:53:43 Europe/London

I'm really sorry part two has taken so long, I've been busy trying to catch up with work whilst juggling school holidays. Finally I have got my head above water and I'm determined to keep the posts coming. 

A long awaited Paris Part Two. 

One of my favourite things to do in Paris (apart from drinking Vin Rouge and eating Crepes), is visiting the amazing antique markets, better known as flea markets. The most famous is at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). It is massive, in fact it's the largest antique market in the world. There is so much to take in, I literally can't hold a conversation in English or broken French without gasping in excitement between each blink, it's seriously random and bloody brilliant! 

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I was talking to a lady from a local paper about my recent trip and she said she had attempted to find it but got lost, so here's a little route planner. 

Take the metro to Porte de Clignancourt on line 4, when you exit the metro you have to walk alongside a modern market (this will be on your left), cross the road and follow the market through until you are transported back in time. 

WARNING be streetwise, this is a world famous market, it attracts a lot of visitors and therefore you can expect pick-pocketers. The first time I visited, I found the modern market a bit intimidating but once I'd crossed that road and made it to the antique part I felt absolutely fine. 

Saturday and Sundays are the best days to go and the earlier the better, you'll need all the time you can get and be aware a lot of the stalls/ shops close for lunch. 

Saturday 9.00 - 18.00

Sunday 10.00 - 18.00 

I tried to whip my camera out as much as I could but the stall holders get funny and I got shouted at a few times. Deciding a trail of shouting, unhappy stall holders was not a good look so decided little is more. This seriously is a small taster of what this fascinating maze of gutt wrenching nostaglia has to offer. 

So many lights on offer, everywhere you look!! 

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I love a good chair!!! 

 

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Random Test Tube Barbies!!

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Upcycled/ Reworked Gems, Beano Chest of Drawers

Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:33:39 Europe/London

 
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