In my recent blog about the singer 401 sewing machine, I mentioned the lovely lady from whom I’d bought it.
Well, we’ve been texting each other since I collected the machine; she keeps finding more sewing things as she digs deeper into the loft space. Samantha has very kindly offered me some of these pieces to buy.
I have looked at photos of a sewing table (which is sadly not of me) and photos of a wooden sewing box complete with contents that really piqued my interest.
The sewing box is a roll or tambour topped varnished solid oak box dating back to the 50s or 60s and is in great condition. I collected it one Thursday evening and I am completely delighted with it.
The condition is great with only small signs of use for it’s age. It was a bit dusty from standing in a loft for goodness knows how long but it has been well used and has cleaned up lovely. The roll top moves quite smoothly and will improve further with a bit of bees wax. The top also rolls all the way under the box to reveal the contents.
Immediately inside the lid are 2 sliding trays that are divided into handy compartments that house a number of old threads, well used taylor’s chalk, scissors, buttons and a few other bits too.
The box itself is shaped at the bottom to match that at the top so that the tambour can roll under. This leaves a clear space which is quite generous.
It is quite lovely!
I have a bag that I bought from Kath Kidston a few years ago and I use it for travelling with my sewing. It contains quite a bit of what I use daily as well as some work in progress but this little beauty is just perfect for sitting next to you while you are sewing, something I have been making without. It can hold just about everything you would need for a days sewing and is especially useful for me as I don’t really have a dedicated sewing space. It can literally move with me but will live close to where I set up my sewing machine at the table.
I’m sure that this application is exactly what it was designed for but unlike most sewing boxes that are moveable, this one is open, capacious, sits at a very useful height and is much more practical than many I have seen.
Like the sewing machine, there is a little back story to this lovely thing and although I don’t know how Samantha’s Nan came to have this lovely box, whether it was a gift or something she bought for herself, I do know from what Samantha has told me that her mum remembers playing in it. There is evidence of exactly this be it the wooden bobbin that has been drawn on, the piece of paper with hat pins in it that has been doodled on or the scraps of lace that look like they might have been on the way to becoming something.
There is also a small cameo necklace and a swimming badge that may or may not have belonged to Samantha’s mum, kept safely in a little white box. Not strictly sewing bits but they were obviously important to someone at some time to be so carefully concealed. I am assured that they are no longer required.
And this time when I went to pick up my purchase, I finally got to meet Samantha and a pleasure it was too.