Looking for an old Singer sewing machine? Come to Carterton and wander through the many second hand shops in town, there are plenty of old sewing machines just waiting for a new owner. I wasn’t in the market for a Singer, but like to check out old linen in these sort of shops. There is often a selection of hand embroidered doilies, place mats, table napkins and table cloths to pick through. I found a pretty little table cloth yesterday, hand embroidered with a hand made crocheted lace edging yesterday and wondered how much it was. What would I be prepared to pay, I thought to myself - maybe up to $10. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the proprietor wanted $5 for it.
Although there are no holes, rips or repairs in this pretty cloth, closer inspection showed a few light stains. So after an overnight soak in a bucket of Napisan, it is now hanging out on the clothesline at the back of our caravan. Do you often wonder about the history of hand stitched items like this? Someone has spent a lot of time working on this pretty cloth, and perhaps after granny or an elderly aunt had passed away, the household linen was just donated or sold cheaply to clear the house. I’m pleased I found it to give it a new lease of life in an appreciative home.