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  • Scott_Bench
    Scott Kennedy discusses a few of his reconditioned machines and their ability to outperform many new machines.
  • Cathy_WW9_1920
    Cathy Racine discusses her beloved Wheeler and Wilson 9, her selection as possibly the best built American classic sewing machine. She has been repairing machines for 35 years.
  • Joe_Pink_FW
    Joe Brennan puts the finishing touches on a beautifully preserved Singer Featherweight.
  • Scott_Renato
    Renato Pace assists Scott Kennedy with a repair on a vintage Singer industrial machine. Renato has configured and repaired machines for more than 40 years.
  • Terry_Threading
    Quilt shop owner and author Terry Palardy prepares a demonstration of a classic hand-cranked Singer.
  • Will_Brenda
    Collectors Will McCann and Brenda Wolfensberger discuss what Will calls “the curb appeal” of some beautiful all-metal machines.
  • Cathy_Maintenance
    Cathy Racine demonstrates maintenance on an all-metal Singer.
  • Cathy_Museum
    Cathy Racine gives a tour of her many vintage machines available to see in her quilt shop.
  • Unveiling_MM_Treadle
    Will McCann reveals a Montgomery Ward treadle machine discovered in a salvage yard.
  • Singer_Manual
    An original Singer manual.
  • Scott_Elna
    A demonstration of the ELNA “Grasshopper,” which included a unique extension table that could be assembled from the case and attached to the machine to provide more space to handle your fabric while sewing.
  • Joe_Machines
    Joe Brennan discusses some of his favorite machines from the 1950s.
  • Joe_Coffin_Top
    Joe Brennan reveals two coffin top cabinets with well preserved machines.
  • Industrial_Singer
    Scott Kennedy demonstrates the capabilities of an industrial strength Singer.
  • Eye_Candy
    Some of the eye candy displayed during our interview with Scott Kennedy.


Vintage_adsOne of the most pervasive and critical machines to enhance and advance civilization is the sewing machine, yet it is so easy to take for granted. Look around your home and identify all the items that required machine stitching to produce, and try to imagine life without the sewing machine.

In the home, the introduction of the sewing machine brought new independence and efficiency to families as mothers and daughters began to sew clothing and fabric goods more quickly and often more creatively.

Thanks largely to Singer’s immense sales success, the concept of consumer credit was introduced to American families. By the 1950s a beautifully designed, elegantly colored machine might be the prized possession of a caring wife and mother, until our modern era of cheaply produced, disposable components began to replace the sturdy metal construction of the classic machines.

As the 1970s ushered in a new age of equality for women, as well as a growing demand for dual-income lifestyles, the durability of all-metal machines was lost at the same time many women abandoned sewing. Gone was an age of designing, constructing, and servicing our own clothing and fabric goods in the home. Sensible families could purchase clothing more cheaply than sewing it at home, thanks to low-cost labor and high-volume factories. This freed wives, mothers, and daughters to pursue jobs and careers.

Today, many share a passion for the craft and artistry of stitching fabric into beautiful and useful things, but no longer is the home sewing machine an essential tool for most families.

Filmmakers Brenda and James Wolfensberger traveled through New York, New England, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia to bring you the first full-length, comprehensive documentary on vintage sewing machines. Enjoy interviews with collectors, mechanics, and restoration enthusiasts Scott Kennedy, Renato Pace, Karen Castor, Danna L. Fore, Terry Crawford Palardy, Will McCann, Cathy Racine, and Joe Brennan.