Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Other Stash...

It was almost exactly 2 years ago that I blogged about another Excess of mine.  I was finishing up the packing at the house in MA... and was down to packing the shed that contained the rest of my vintage sewing machines - I had already packed the ones I used and those stored in the basement.  I remember how cold it was and those machines just seemed heavier when they were cold.

I recently brought out my Tiffany... and put her back to work.  It's so relaxing sewing on a treadle - I've missed her and have enjoyed using her these past couple weeks.

Earlier this week I swapped a couple emails with another blogger Lori in South Dakota - who also has an affection for vintage sewing machines.

Those emails got me to thinking about my machines.  I had only unpacked a couple treadle cabinets when we moved in - this one is for a Davis 'Manhattan' 3/4 size machine.  Manhattan unpacked 007

When we moved - I removed all the machine heads from the cabinets and packed those in a separate box from the cabinets...

 Manhattan unpacked 008

Yes this cabinet needs a little TLC... but for now let's go look for the little Manhattan head shall we.  The basement has a room that is about 10 x 11 feet.  There is an oil tank in that room... and sewing machines in boxes.  And in the rest of the basement there is pretty much more sewing machines in boxes.  Here are some of the stacks.  See the box below with the numbers on it?  Just a rough count give or take a few - 123...

machines

Oh then there are the treadles and other cabinets in boxes.  They are over in this other area.  It was much easier to stack the cabinets in the PODS if everything was in a box.  I didn't even try and count what's over here.  But hey - Look - it's not all machine stuff... I see a box of office supplies and a box that belongs to The Engineer with woodworking templates and jigs.  Oh I feel so much better now... see they aren't all mine!

Manhattan unpacked 022

Here is what we are looking for...

machines1

OK now I'm down to 122 boxes in the basement... give or take.

1 comment:

Gina Koston said...

Hello...Do you know anything about these Manhattan sewing machines & cabinets? My boss has one she asked me to do research on to try and find a value for selling it. Hers is EXACTLY like yours... Feel free to email me directly if you know anything about these neat old machines... GinasCustomCreations@yahoo.com
Thanks so much!