Portable electric sewing machine, model 128-23

Object Number: 
2011.10.5ab
Date: 
ca. 1952
Medium: 
Metal, veneered wood, and other materials
Dimensions: 
Case: 14 x 17 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (35.6 x 43.8 x 21 cm) Overall (Sewing machine): 11 x 12 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (27.9 x 31.1 x 17
Description: 
Portable table-top electric sewing machine, Singer model 128-23; black with gold stencilled lettering and ornament; with foot pedal and lamp. Veneered wood case. Serial number JGO46456.
Gallery Label: 
The 1952 portable sewing machine was owned by the donor's mother-in-law, Kathryn Vislocky Gallagher (1918-1985). By the time the donor met her in the mid-1960s, the sewing machine was a fixture in her house, where it was kept out and at the ready on a small table. The elder Mrs. Gallagher loved to purchase McCall's dress patterns as well as fabric and buttons from the many small stores on the Lower East Side.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Michael J. Gallagher and Mary Ann Dzupin Gallagher in memory of Kathryn Vislocky Gallagher
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group