For years I’ve told people not to trust the handles, joints or latches on vintage sewing machine cases. The glue is old and brittle. The nails and fasteners may be weak or loose. Often the case has been compromised by moisture. The damage to person and property can be significant. A case and machine landing on the floor or table WILL do damage. A case and machine landing on YOU is likely to result in an emergency room visit and possibly a plaster accessory for the next 6 to 8 weeks.
This holds true of a featherweight as well. It’s easy to think “eh, it’s 11lbs.” True, the machine is 11lbs – plus the weight of the accessories, the pedal and the case. Typically, this tops 20lbs. Continue reading Did she call me a bag lady?