When I saw this little machine in the thrift store I was immediately intrigued.
I thought it was beautiful. It is all metal, except for the wooden handle, and is pretty small, at a little under 6 inches tall. (on my monitor, the photo is just a little bit smaller than the real thing) I wasn’t sure what it was at first, but as I played with it I started to get an idea of what it was for. When you turn the handle, the wavy blade turns as well as the metal disk below the table. I thought it had to be for pinking fabric! I brought it home, not really caring if it would work or not because I loved it.
Just look at those neat gears on the back! You can see here that it was made by Singer. I started looking around online after I got it home and found out that it’s a little hand pinking machine that Singer made during the first half of the 1930’s. I was even able to download a PDF of the instruction manual. The manual promised that the blade will “never need sharpening”! I thought I’d better give it a try. The little machine clamps down onto the edge of a table for security. I clamped it down, fed some sweet Kokka Japanese linen through it, and it worked like a charm! perfectly!
I wonder if Singer knew when they wrote their manual that it would really still work perfectly 70 years later. It’s so nice because the machine feeds the fabric through as you turn the handle, all you have to do is guide it to keep it straight. It is so much easier to use than pinking shears (scissors), because you never have to worry about lining up the zags and zigs every time you reopen the scissors to cut the next part. You just get one long continuous line of perfect pinking!
I pinked the edges of a couple of rectangles of the linen and paired it with some lime green linen to make a pouch. I made the pinked edges a part of the design since it was so fabulous.
And look, the machine fits right inside. Cute, no?