Alaska Trip – Sewing in the Pacific Northwest

I saw a number of very interesting vintage sewing machines.

The machine below is a very old  Singer treadle machine.  I am guessing 1920s.              The Vancouver Museum of History



This one is a very old walking foot Singer for sewing canvas. It looks like it was a treadle machine.  At the Icy Point Hoonah Packing Co. Alaska, which is now a museum.  Hoonah is currently the largest Tlingit Village in Alaska.


Vancouver Museum of History – special machine for sewing fur pelts together. Note the curved needle in front which rotates down to catch the side of each pelt to sew together.  This fur-interlining machine was used at Dodek Fur Co. in 1935.


Singer sewing machine – used onboard the St. Roch – the ship was built in Vancouver in 1928 for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and used as a patrol and supply ship in the western Arctic for more than 20 years.  At the Vancouver Maritime Museum


Making a Grommet by Hand – in the Vancouver Maritime Museum


Modern Quilting in Alaska – 2017 from the Alaska State Fair – Shown at a Heritage Museum in Ketchikan.    Many are referencing local nature and symbols.


About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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