a lovely old lady ….


I’d like to introduce you to

a lovely old lady

her name is Annie

and she comes from the Clyde, Scotland

Annie has been special to me for many years but I didn’t

ever know how useful she could be ..

well, 1920 is a long time ago and as they

say a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.

Full-length portrait in oils of a blue-eyed, brown-haired man of slim build, with a beard and moustache. He wears a British naval uniform under an ermine cape, and beside him a jewelled crown stands on a table.

King George the 5th was on the throne …..

Rupert Bear Logo.jpg

made his first appearance in the Daily Mail  …..


and Movie Stars were

R E A L  ….

clip art

Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable Movie Poster

Yes, a lot of water has gone under the bridge ….


without further ado ….

please meet


isn’t she beautiful?

They just don’t make things like this anymore.

Singer have records of all their treadle machines and from

the serial number I know she was built on the Clyde in 1920.

Singer’s established a presence in Clydebank that was to last until 1980.

In the late 1920s over 12,000 workers were employed in the factory,

manufacturing machines that crossed the world.

I don’t know what happened to thousands of others but

I know Annie belonged to my Nan who took in washing to pay for her,

and from blogs around I now know that she can and will

work again!

All parts can still be bought for the old ladies and from

reading blogs I am sure she will sew beautifully.

So ….

she is going to undergo a spit and polish,

a new leather belt ….

and then we shall see what she can do :0)

from Bella and me till next time

as they used to say in Yorkshire  …. TTFN


Take a look here


at Lorraine’s Lovely Old Lady with such gorgeous decals :0)

8 responses

  1. Well what can I say? She is gorgeous, as you know I am a fan of Singer machines and have quite a collection myself. I don’t have one with the lovely pattern Annie has though…still trying to find one 😉

  2. Oh Val she’s lovely.
    She reminds me however of my aunts singer machine which I still have but my aunt sadly got her converted to electricity. Now I suppose she thought that it was great to have power put in the old machine but it did spoil it. The man who did the job for her also held on to the table ( he knew what he was doing), so we don’t have that any more. I have seen some of these singer tables turned into beautiful hall tables.
    I so wish she had been left as she was!
    Vivienne x (X for Bella)

  3. This is one beautiful lady! I hope she is in working order soon. I’ll get Mum’s out tomorrow and show you. It isn’t a treadle one just a hand machine, but it came from Glasgow too!

  4. Hello Val! Your Mrs. Annie is so beautiful and unique! I think for many of us it brings memories…we have in our summer place one (it was my mom’s home)…wish I could have it at my home now!
    Have a lovely day! xxx Teje

  5. She is lovely! She makes my 51-year-old Singer look like a teenager. My mama owns a treadle machine, originally my grandmama’s, almost as old as yours, and it works just fine. Congratulations!

  6. Oh Val, what a dame… I have never seen such lovely decals: I would love a close-up; oh, I feel another quilt brewing… LOL I am so happy to have my great grandmother’s treadle machine 1940’s made in Canada, but no lovely decals at all. I got it serviced but unfortunately, Val, I don’t know how to use it. Last year, however, I was blessed by a lovely 1949 Featherweight, which just makes me giddy every time I even think of her!
    I hope yours continues to bring you joy!