Modern Sunbonnet Sue's Musings

Musings from the mind of a modern day Sue:
Singer collection grows

Today, I acquired my Grandma Smith's Singer Athena 2000 that she purchased in 1977. I bought it from my uncle, who closed on the purchase of her home and is trying to clean out the house. I found the actual purchase receipt that indicates she paid $1039 for the sewing machine, along with a wooden cabinet made to house it. This was the top-of-the-line model during that era. In fact, it was the first electronic machine made. My Grandma Smith also kept the company advertisment, two instruction manuals, the directions for placing or removing the machine from the wooden cabinet, and a copy of the 3-year service agreement. There were 14 new bobbins still inside packages and a sample piece of fabric showing all the decorative stitches on the machine.

The sewing machine had been collecting dust in a back room for several years and it appears that a mouse may have taken up residence in the cabinet. I read through the manual and was able to operate the machine without difficulty. It appears to have been used very little, since there was no lint in the bobbin case. The machine stitches an even seam and has several nice features. The thread is wound directly to the bobbin in the bobbin case; and several decorative stitches and buttonholes are two of it's selling points.

The Athena joins my 1951 Black Centenniel Featherweight and my 1980 model. The 1980 model was a gift from my husband and his parents on our first Christmas together. I had been an avid sewer, so the Singer machine was a godsend. Although Singer's are obviously a favored selection, I still prefer my computerized Bernina that I purchased in 2004 at the quilt show in Chicago. Check it out in this virtual tour of my sewing room.

My Bernina Virtuosa housed in a wooden sewing machine case that used to hold the machine I sewed on as a child.

I rotate my quilted wallhangins and here is Stained Glass Tulips that I made in a class in 1999, along with my thimble collection.


This wall also shows off an old wooden spool thread collection. The table is an old laminate top that is flat and sturdy; perfect for my large cutting mat.

Here are the two shoe storage furniture units I set up as fabric stash holders. I also have several boxes, rolling tubs and containers that hold fabric and projects. the piece of furniture just left of the fabric stash has shelves that roll out. This houses several antique quilts & tops, as well as, many of my own finished quilts.

I have several magazine holders full of Quilter's Newsletter, McCall's Quilting and various other magazines. Under the table seen previously, there is a box full of old Quilter's Newsletter magazines from the 70's and 80's. There may even be a few from the 60's.

This is my pressing area. It doesn't see much more than fabric or finished pieces. I prefer to wear permanent press or wrinkles, than spend precious sewing time pressing clothes. On the wall is one of my favorite quilts, Christmas Reflections, from Bargello Quilts by Marge Edie. The pattern is Underwater Reflections.

Published Sat, Aug 6 2011 5:23 PM by Pamela


# re: Singer collection grows@ Saturday, August 6, 2011 11:04 PM

Thank you for posting pictures of your sewing room.  You have it very nicely set up.  I can imagine that you make a lot of wonderful projects in there.

I too, am a Singer and Bernina lover. They both have their strengths and are wonderfully built machines.

You have a nice selection of wall quilts and your wooden spool collection is wonderful.  I like how everything is so organized and easy to access.  Thanks for sharing your pics.

Karla in CO


# re: Singer collection grows@ Sunday, August 7, 2011 1:38 AM

great pictures of your sewing room.


# re: Singer collection grows@ Sunday, August 7, 2011 4:05 AM

You have a very nice sewing room, I love the shoe holders you have used for fabric , I'd love to see some pictures of your  Singer machines to . I really do enjoy reading your blogs..Barbara