I was recently lucky enough to be gifted a vintage sewing machine from a dear friend of mine.
It is a Singer 320k which was produced in about 1958 – 1960 and was the first specialist embroidery sewing machine that the singer manufacturing company had ever produced.
From the first glimpse I was just a bit in love with it and find it’s weight, solidness and quaint detail very reassuring.
I was particularly busy the week I took it home and couldn’t get my grubby little mitts on it for what felt like an age. I didn’t waste a minute when I had one though and bought an internet pdf copy of the hand book that instructs you in all things singer 320k. What a beast of a book it is too with over 110 pages illustrating the huge variation of stitches that can be achieved with this amazing piece of kit.
In the interests of encouraging others though, here is the handbook as a pdf for FREE!!
I did eventually sit down to try it out and it was so exciting to discover that it purrs like a pussycat when the foot was pressed and the belt threw the needle into action. It was equally disappointing as it was exciting, unfortunately, to also discover that the bobbin case was missing and I still couldn’t sew with it!
I had become quite taken with this machine though and had set myself the task of finding a replacement for the missing part. There was no chance it, or any other bits, were still with my friend so the internet and a few local sewing machine centres got my attention. I spoke to some very lovely people on my search and although most were not very optimistic about the chances of me finding the part, they did all seem to think it was quite a rare machine and quite possibly worth a sum of money.
Now a gift is one thing, but if it is worth money, you have to be sure that the giver is still happy to gift it and doesn’t want a payment for it. With all that sort of thing cleared up and a conversation with a lovely lady called Rachel at Bogod and Co Ltd in East London (the Bernina sewing centre), I was soon to be the recipient of a bobbin case for my lovely machine!
It arrived a day later and fit like a glove and today I sat down to try it out and explore some of the thousands of stitches it can actually do!
I’m afraid I am off to the local sewing machine service centre because, although it sews brilliantly in a straight line and feels lovely to work on, it is missing a step on some of the intricate stitches and the power foot has jammed at full speed!!
I am heart broken as I have become quite obsessed with it and have already managed to get a zipper foot for it from ebay and am searching for other parts and bobbins. I’m not giving up on it yet.
My wait continues……