Machine Envy

Our latest issue of MQU includes the conclusion of Alex Askaroff’s exciting article about The Sewing Machine Kings. What it also includes is major sewing machine eye candy!

Look at this little beauty,  a German Muller.

German Muller sewing machine, from the collection of Alex Askaroff at sewalot.com Photo ©Alex Askaroff
German Muller sewing machine, from the collection of Alex Askaroff at sewalot.com Photo ©Alex Askaroff

It’s so interesting to me that sewing machines were initially designed with form, as well as function, in mind. The incredibly detailed designs on this French L’incomparable might even inspire a wide variety of quilting designs. I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my eyes on my work if I were sewing with it!

French L'incomparable sewing machine, from the collection of Alex Askaroff at sewalot.com Photo ©Alex Askaroff
French L’incomparable sewing machine, from the collection of Alex Askaroff at sewalot.com Photo ©Alex Askaroff

And check out the graceful lines and ornamentation of the Singer model 12, the bestselling sewing machine of the 19th century.

Singer model 12 sewing machine, from the collection of Alex Askaroff at sewalot.com Photo ©Alex Askaroff
Singer model 12 sewing machine, from the collection of Alex Askaroff at sewalot.com Photo ©Alex Askaroff

These machines are all beautiful enough that I imagine folks would have been proud to leave them out for company to admire. Besides their usefulness, their attractiveness must have certainly been a selling point.

Be sure to check out our latest issue for more lovely historical machines, Alex’s wonderful story, and so much more!

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