Quilting community share their vintage sewing machines

Today's Quilter sewing machine quilt block

When Jo Avery researched her latest block of the month, she called out to the online quilting community to share their vintage sewing machines. Here are some of the beautiful photos of antique machines that she discovered…

Each issue, Jo creates a new quilt block (or pair of blocks) as part of our popular The Vintage Home Block of the Month series. In issue 38 she shows you how to bring a vintage sewing machine to life in fabric. Here are some of the amazing vintage machines she discovered along the way…



“I have to admit that I don’t actually own one of these myself,” says Jo. “I’ve been very close to buying one on a number of occasions while travelling around vintage and antique shops for this project. However, I don’t have the space for it anywhere (too much room is taken up by my huge fabric stash). So instead, I’ve called out to fellow quilters via social media to send me photos of their precious vintage sewing machines.”

pink brother kellye rose

I love the pastel shades of Kelly Rose’s pink Brother

pamela neal singer

Pamela Neal’s green Singer

elina temmes husqvarna

This aqua Husqvarna is owned by Elina Temmes.

jones and brother katy cameron

Lucky Katy Cameron has two beautiful old machines (amongst many more apparently!) including another pretty pastel Jones.

free machine cathy calloway

I was also intrigued by “The Free” sewing machine owned by Cathy Calloway. It turns out there was actually a company named after William Free that made machines in Rockford, Illinois, between 1887 and the mid-1920s.

Thanks so much to everyone who sent photos of their prized vintage sewing machines, all of which inspired this month’s block.