Aunty is now very elderly and will be living in a supported accommodation unit near us.
In the linen cupboard was a sewing machine which no-one was particularly interested in. I opened the case with the original key which was still attached, and this is what I found -a 1935 Singer Hand Crank sewing machine in the most perfect condition. All accessories.
You can imagine my excitement! I love the gold detailing and the shiny steel fittings. I adore the fact that this precision piece of engineering works smoothly and well. I am impressed that it is entirely hand operated so that, like my treadle sewing machine, it can operate entirely on human power.
The box has a shipping label which says that Aunty brought it with her to Australia from the UK in 1967.
I am over the moon with joy.
The only thing is, I now have my lovely Bernina.
I have a Bernette which is a 'stand by" machine -very simple for others in the house to use.
I have my lovely Treadle.
I also have a 1950s electric Singer.
Lovely machine, but I haven't paid to have it serviced yet and the lock on the case no longer works.
It is bigger than Aunty's machine -and heavier.
Too many machines for one small house!
What would you do?