Well in Alaska, they are all around. If you didn’t have an old singer or a white house sewing machine with the trellis, you were considered poor even then. I remember my mother owned one and brought it up with us when the military moved us up here. I also remember her selling it… even though I was disappointed she had.
I have a friend who is a picker, who is looking for a good working one now. I asked for a singer, but he will probably ind me an old white house version. In and around Alaska, people are hoarding them just for decoration. I am looking for one to actually use for quilting, as it will be lore like hand sewing than the electric sewing.
A long time ago (which really wasn’t that long ago) when the colonists came up and settled in Palmer, it was known that the women who had sewing machine were in business. They would mend the clothing of the women, but not the men. The men’s clothing was more a rugged Levis type canvas was too thick to mend. But women’s clothing, made of cotton was fine. The payment was usually a different preserve of jam, meat, chicken, fish or something that was edible. Bartering was huge in those days, and a fair deal was what the person needed, not what the person could acquire.
It is too bad we don’t use bartering more in this day and age. It would make more people, more forthright and honest as well as understand the value of hard work.