When I say "Gorgeous!", I'm talking about the vintage Singer treadle sewing machine. However, the seamstress is pretty gorgeous herself, and I'll bet dimes to doughnuts that the average seamstress of that era didn't dress up this well to do her sewing. Many mornings I'm sewing in my flannel pajamas which is not a good idea because flannel catches thread snippets. LOL
I've often wondered about the long dresses of this era (late 1800s?). How did they ever manage to keep the hems clean as they tromped across muddy walkways or down rain-drenched sidewalks? Blue jeans will fray to a frazzle if they are long enough to drag on the ground.
I'm guessing the sewing machine is a Model 66. Mine is, too, but is in a much fancier oak parlor cabinet. The cabinet encloses and hides the machine entirely.
The interesting thing about the machine in the photo is that if it were periodically cleaned and oiled, it would still be sewing today. Those old machines were entirely mechanical (no computerized components) and all-metal. A bit of oil. Keep the lint cleaned out. Replace the belt as necessary. Put in a new needle now and then. This baby will sew forever. Sew as fast or as slow as you wish. Way Cool! And Gorgeous!
Found this photo in this month's Ladies Hm Journal, pg 12.
Linda the Serial Quilter (that 'Serial' sounds almost ominous) reports this to be an early 1900s machine. Linda has a few (a LOT) more machines than I do and can probably name and date any Singer machine in capivity. LOL. Thanks Linda.