Thursday, October 09, 2008

Greenie

Sewing Machine- with all it's goodies

This is Greenie. She's a Husqvarna CL-8 from sometime in the mid 60's. It's a straight stitch only machine, but that just means it's the loveliest looking straight stitch you'll ever see!

I left my sewing machine behind in the US when I moved here, and I'd been really feeling like I needed one... so on Queen's Day* I spotted this machine and knew I had to have it. Martijn asked the woman how much she wanted for it and she said something along the lines of she was asking a lot, and then said 35€. I was so excited to have found such an awesome looking machine that I immediately said "YES." Martijn said we should've tried to haggle it down a little. We should have, but I still think I got it for a steal. Besides, he doesn't like haggling, and I think he wouldn't have tried to get it down anyways (he'll tell you otherwise though).

It had the original accessory box, foot pedal, and (Dutch) users manual. We did end up changing the plug end because the outlet I usually plug it into is grounded and recessed back into the wall and the original plug end wouldn't fit.

Sewing Machine-  back viewSewing Machine- side view into it's brains

*Queen's Day (Koninginnedag in Dutch) is the celebration of the Queen's birthday here in The Netherlands. Everything that can be covered in something orange is and the entire country turns into a giant flea market. There are some good deals to be had if you search enough!

Strange bit of trivia: Queen Beatrix's actual birthday is in January, but she opted to keep the celebration on April 30th (her mother, Queen Juliana's birthday) since the weather is usually more pleasant and conducive to celebrations in April.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such a great machine. *gets jealous* *plots a kidnapping* *realizes he needs to learn to swim first* Crap.

marian said...

Gorgeous machine in my fav vintage green colour :)

A Touch of Dutch said...

Absolutely a gorgeous machine :-) What a great find! I own a Husqvarna too & they are great. Does it still work well?

mub said...

A Touch of Dutch: It works perfectly! It's probably my favorite machine to stitch on because it has such a nice consistent stitch.

ellen b said...

That's a great find. It would be perfect for me since about all I can do is a straight stitch :0)

mannequin said...

Oh you lucky girl! I like the older one personally!
I dream of Husqvarna's...
I loved the info about Queens Day; how beautiful and what fun that must be!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

oh i am "sew" jealous!!!

Coloradolady said...

Oh, what a wonderful machine. I agree, Sew...jealous. I am sitting out on VTT this week, I did not get my post done in time….wanted to stop by and say hello.

Her Shabbiness said...

What a great vintage sewing machine you found. And a pretty green color too.

Dawn said...

That's a great machine!

Amy said...

I love it! Wish it was mine :-)

Elizabeth said...

I prefer the older machines; the new ones are too complicated for me!

Diane said...

Beautiful machine... love the color! Simple is always better :)

Miri said...

Great sewing machine. Beautiful color.

Charlotte said...

What an interesting sewing machine. Since I've been sewing all my life practically I enjoyed seeing it.

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