This is Josephine or Josefin, my sewing machine. Foot treadled beauty from the Singer family. I am not sure how old she is but she belonged to my Icelandic grandmother who hardly used it as she obtained an electric sewing machine soon after this one.
This is a wonderful machine and a gem to the eye. Doesn't use any electricity but only legwork or footwork.
Josefin is the perfect machine for a rag rug weaver. Sometimes I use another machine which is already around 40 years old and does the sick-sack and other fancy things that Josephine doesn't do. But for the weaving I only need the straight stitch that she offers.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.