We’re still on summer vacation in Indonesia right now and have visited Jakarta, Jogjakarta, and Bandung where all our families are living. My mother lives in Jogjakarta and I had the chance to take pictures of her old Janome sewing machine.
My late father rarely bought things for my mother, and this sewing machine was one of them. It was bought almost forty years ago. I remember that my mother often used it to make dolls and clothes for her children.
The sewing machine has many stitches just like modern sewing machine. To change the stitches, a black cartridge disc with the designated stitch has to be put into the sewing machine. The discs are stored in a special plastic case, I used to play with them when I was a kid. A chart shows how the stitch length and tension should be adjusted. The green lines on the chart show the adjustment for using twin needles.
The sewing machine came with a box of sewing machine feet and tools. Throughout the years my mother has acquired more sewing machine feet and they are all stored in the box. The back row is all rolled hem feet! I don’t know why she has so many of them. On the front row is various feet, I don’t know what they are all for.
It is one tough sewing machine! Mother still used it until now to make house clothes for herself. She’s 71 years old this year and she said that sewing her own clothes is a good exercise for her. Of course my mother also cooks, tends chickens, grows a small mushroom farm and some potted plants, and has morning walk regularly.