We visited the Coaltown Museum in Westport, and as usual, I looked around for any old textiles hidden away. The first thing I saw was a display of old sewing machines. I just love this old Singer. Like so many of my generation, I grew up with one of these in the household. I can remember treadling away as I stitched many a dress in my early teenage years. Sadly, the family didn’t think our lovely old Singer had any value, and it was replaced by one of those more modern electric sewing machines. What a shame we didn’t appreciate what we had back then.
Vintage quilts were no where to be seen in a museum that tells the story of West Coast coal mines, but I did spot some pretty vintage underwear, lengths of lace, and a dolls dress tucked away in a cabinet.
You have to wonder what sort of story these items could tell. Did the articles survive because they wear only worn for “best” and were therefore tucked carefully away most of the time?