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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Alvah

This past Tuesday I had an AAUW committee meeting in Crystal Lake.  On the way home I stopped at the Volo Antique Mall . The last time I was there was in 2012, as chronicled in this post .

 I did not buy this treadle sewing machine.  The spoon-carved cabinet caught my eye.

I had never heard of the brand "Alvah."  ISMACS, the source for information about old sewing machines, has this article about Sears, Roebuck machines.  Though there is no "Alvah" in the list of Sears models at the end of the ISMACS article, Alvah was Roebuck's first name and the machine badge says Chicago. Surely this is an early Sears machine.

It is fun to read about people's vintage sewing machine collections, but I will maintain my role as an admirer rather than an acquirer.
 P.S. I spent $10.28 at the mall:  I bought a small glass bowl decorated with daisies that will be a nice nut or mint dish when I entertain P.E.O. and two hankies, one with daisies and the other a signed pictoral.


  1. We bought a Singer 66 at the start of the summer. My husband has been working on it. He was disappointed that the (modern) motor he bought doesn't work.
    Do you collect hankies, and if so, what do you do with them.

    1. The late Patricia Long Gardner considered handkerchiefs to be small pictures made out of fabric. She made small quilts by adding pieced borders to hankies. I have made ONE wallhanging using the technique and that was in 2000. I have acquired many more hankies in anticipation of making more such wallhangings. Some day.....


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