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Apr 21, 2013

My Mother's Singer Sewing Machine


This nostalgia blog is inspired by a 1960 advertisement of the Singer Sewing Machine which reads:

118 years ago. SINGER started a sewing revolution. It's still going strong.

Singer have been making sewing machines for a long time. As well as a lot of other things in every corner of the world. One thing we've learnt in over 100 years of making quality products is that we can't afford to stand still ..... we have to keep on moving. That's what our revolution is about. The ideal of getting better all the time. Try us out. You'll see.

However, the blog topic is entitled "My Mother's Singer Sewing Machine".

This is to avoid infomation overload to blog too much about the sewing machine.

The memories of things we remember tends to link our thoughts to people we have an attachment and those we love.

The manual, hand-crank "Singer Sewing Machine" was used by mother at home long, long ago before I was born in 1948.  I had never asked her about it since she passed away in 1970.

I will try my best to blog a little bit about the Singer sewing machine from resources and information available on the Internet.




Share Your Story.  Celebrate 160 Years of a Legendary Sewing Brand  here .

Another old advertisement of the Singer Sewing Machine:


My mother sewed her own clothings by herself and new blouses and dark silk pants two or three suits during the Chinese New Year.  She never follows fashion and wears only the samfoo with simple design while she was alive. She was a conservative old-fashioned lady and never worn modern dresses with blouse and skirt.  This is not important to her as long as she is clean, neat.and comfortable with the clothing she wears.

The Singer sewing machine which mother used for decades was her favorite pastime and she sewed my pajamas and the clothings I worn during my Bukit Ho Swee childhood days at home.  I could use the ad to say "I have the most wonderful mother in the world.  She makes such nice clothes for me with her Singer sewing machine I love her very much.".

I do not  use a rubber or plastic pacifier as a baby.   My mother sewed me a small bolster with double triangle shaped (like breasts) on both ends for me to suck them.

Mothers these days no longer sew these breast-shaped bolsters for their babies to suck  It can be an irritable time for babies, but there are many ways for them to ease the pain while growing their teeth.  The baby imagine to be sucking the mother's milk.

An "unartistic impression" of a "nee nee bolster"
 This is an illustration of the "nee nee bolster" drawn by me with apologies.  This graphic aid free drawn with my shaky hand and the help of  the mouse using Photoshop on the computer.  This is not intended to be offensive or vulgar to show the mother's bosoms of a bolster.  I guess I know no difference in my imagination as a baby; which I needed something to bite as I started to grow my first few teeth ...


This photo of  my son Wei biting on the rubberised toy or pacifier during his teething period.  The natural teething experience is a developmental milestone of a child's growth.  Teeth breaking through may cause sensitive gums to become inflamed, which may cause discomfort.  He did not use "nee nee bolster" though.

Unfortunately, the antique Singer sewing machine was destroyed in the Bukit Ho Swee fire in 1961.

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Blogger dashing hongeng said...

My mother’s singer sewing machine had given us so many memories. One of which was during the Chinese New Year. She would buy a bale of cloth and sewed us ( 6 of us) our new year clothes. She sewed all the others – my grandma’s, father’s and everything that were connected with the house – the curtains, blankets and patched up thorn clothings etc. Sad to say when we shifted, it was sold to a karang guni man. Recently, I saw a badly battered one at Sungei Road. Seeing it in such a condition I did not buy it although it was offered at $30. I have a Singer Sewing Machine stand which we converted it into a table. (The one you saw at my place). Recently my friend gave me a run down set. I took it home, cleaned out the rust, oiled it, repaired the wooden drawers and fixed back again. Now it is a part of the furnishing in my hall.

April 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger dashing hongeng said...

My mother’s singer sewing machine had given us so many memories. One of which was during the Chinese New Year. She would buy a bale of cloth and sewed us ( 6 of us) our new year clothes. She sewed all the others – my grandma’s, father’s and everything that were connected with the house – the curtains, blankets and patched up thorn clothings etc. Sad to say when we shifted, it was sold to a karang guni man. Recently, I saw a badly battered one at Sungei Road. Seeing it in such a condition I did not buy it although it was offered at $30. I have a Singer Sewing Machine stand which we converted it into a table. (The one you saw at my place). Recently my friend gave me a run down set. I took it home, cleaned out the rust, oiled it, repaired the wooden drawers and fixed back again. Now it is a part of the furnishing in my hall.

April 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger dashing hongeng said...

My mother’s singer sewing machine had given us so many memories. One of which was during the Chinese New Year. She would buy a bale of cloth and sewed us ( 6 of us) our new year clothes. She sewed all the others – my grandma’s, father’s and everything that were connected with the house – the curtains, blankets and patched up thorn clothings etc. Sad to say when we shifted, it was sold to a karang guni man. Recently, I saw a badly battered one at Sungei Road. Seeing it in such a condition I did not buy it although it was offered at $30. I have a Singer Sewing Machine stand which we converted it into a table. (The one you saw at my place). Recently my friend gave me a run down set. I took it home, cleaned out the rust, oiled it, repaired the wooden drawers and fixed back again. Now it is a part of the furnishing in my hall.

April 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger dashing hongeng said...

My mother’s singer sewing machine had given us so many memories. One of which was during the Chinese New Year. She would buy a bale of cloth and sewed us ( 6 of us) our new year clothes. She sewed all the others – my grandma’s, father’s and everything that were connected with the house – the curtains, blankets and patched up thorn clothings etc. Sad to say when we shifted, it was sold to a karang guni man. Recently, I saw a badly battered one at Sungei Road. Seeing it in such a condition I did not buy it although it was offered at $30. I have a Singer Sewing Machine stand which we converted it into a table. (The one you saw at my place). Recently my friend gave me a run down set. I took it home, cleaned out the rust, oiled it, repaired the wooden drawers and fixed back again. Now it is a part of the furnishing in my hall.

April 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Chun See Lam said...

My mother too had a Singer sewing machine. But her was operated by the foot treadle. I remember playing with it as a kid.

April 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Mh Chung said...

I am working on my mother singer sewing machine with metal stand. There are two main problems that I am facing for the repair work, thus,

1. The rusting screws for replacement--I had taken out some of the rusting screws but some of them were broken inside the holes, and some were unable to remove due to broken screw heads. I am seeking ways to remove them by internet search for advice but so far none really worked for my case.

2. The peel off veneer which tore and broken--That is the most headache part. In order to keep as much original as possible. I am trying to use glue for the veneer but seem not easy. Just wonder should remove the veneer (which may get worse in case), otherwise hard to clean the inter-surfaces before apply glue.

I hope to restore it as much as possible to the original condition. In fact, the machine is still function and work well. I am expecting it will be even better after I clean and old the mechanical parts, which I am more capable with it.

June 28, 2016 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Mh Chung said...

I am working on my mother singer sewing machine with metal stand. There are two main problems that I am facing for the repair work, thus,

1. The rusting screws for replacement--I had taken out some of the rusting screws but some of them were broken inside the holes, and some were unable to remove due to broken screw heads. I am seeking ways to remove them by internet search for advice but so far none really worked for my case.

2. The peel off veneer which tore and broken--That is the most headache part. In order to keep as much original as possible. I am trying to use glue for the veneer but seem not easy. Just wonder should remove the veneer (which may get worse in case), otherwise hard to clean the inter-surfaces before apply glue.

I hope to restore it as much as possible to the original condition. In fact, the machine is still function and work well. I am expecting it will be even better after I clean and old the mechanical parts, which I am more capable with it.

June 28, 2016 at 4:52 PM  

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