Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fairy Needle

This weeks Wednesday thrift find;

The front of the box says - Empisal Fairy Needle and the back - Empisal Fairy Embroidery Machine.
  24/6 and under that  - price in the Union of South Africa. I wonder if thats  24 shillings and 6 pence!!
5 needles ranging in sizes - small to large.  I paid R5.00 for it - less than 1US dollar.

The Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 - 1961
SA declared itself a Republic in 1961...   it's very old but in good condition

Any idea how to operate this gadget! Nothing on internet, I've turned it upside down inside out - asked my husband- we cannot fathom it!

Delicious chocolates from my son for Mothers Day. My husband took me out to dinner on Saturday night followed by a movie-The Back-up Plan ( romantic comedy) the guys cooked lunch on Sunday, washed the dishes, offered me tea all day and bought an apple tart for afternoon tea. I had a lovely relaxing day.

PS: Hi and welcome to my newest follower, Nancy.                                                                                                                                                                         


  1. Hmm...That's so intriguing! Have you seen the Clover embroidering things? I wonder if it did anything like that?

    Sounds like you had a nice mother's day! :)

  2. What a great find - even if you can't figure out how to make it work!!!:>)

  3. Thanks for the least I hope it is for me...tee hee..

    Love the little embroidery needle. Does it work?

  4. Wow - not a clue but isn't it lovely - looks like empisal is still around, did you check their website?

  5. The chocolates look yummy!! And the Fairy Needle apparatus looks interesting. Does it work? But how does it work? I have not seen anything like it. An interesting bit of history as well. I would like to learn more about South Africa.

    Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day.
    Have a super great day.

  6. I just bought one, and it came with instructions! would you like me to send you pictures of it?

    1. Hi Sonja, I too have bought one of these vintage embroidery needles .. could you please also send me instructions? Thanks so much. Kind Regards, Shirley. Johannesburg.

    2. Hello dear Sonja! I just saw your comment when I was looking for instructions for the Fairy Embroidery Needle Machine. Please, please could you e-mail me the instructions if you still have them? My adress is

    3. Hi Sonia
      I found a Fairy Embroidery Machine at a charity shop ths morning for R10.00 but unfortunately did not come with any instructions.
      Please can you also send me the instructions. My email address:

      Thank you

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    5. Ciao Sonia,
      potresti inviare anche a me l'immagine con le istruzioni?

    6. Hi Sonja, My mother has just given me one of these without instructions or needles. Please can I get the instructions from you? From there I might be able to source a needle. Thanks, Maggie.

    7. Hi. Now I have a needle without instructions!!!!! Can you PLEASE help me. edna,

    8. Good day Sonja. I have an Empisal Fairy Needle. Could you please help out with a copy of the instructions? Kind regards, Donna

  7. Sonja.
    I'd love to get pictures of the instructions since I have one of these needles myself.

    I'll make a comment on your blog as well.

  8. Sonja, I would love a copy of the instructions. thank you.

  9. Hi
    I am trying to find one of these fairy embroidery needles for my mother who used to have one in the late 1960's. Any idea where I can find one for her?


  10. Hello
    I would really appreciate a copy of the instructions too. I have ben searching for months and just found out the name of this tool which led me to this blog. I tried to get onto Sonia's blog but couldn't for some reason. Has anyone else received the instructions? Any help would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, Ursula

  11. Good day Sonja. I have an Empisal Fairy Needle. Could you please help out with a copy of the instructions? Apologies, forgot to add e-mail address previous time: Kind regards, Donna