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.                                                                                                                                                                         

17 comments:

  1. Hmm...That's so intriguing! Have you seen the Clover embroidering things? I wonder if it did anything like that?
    http://www.clover-usa.com/products/268052/Embroidery_Stitching

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

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

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

    Love the little embroidery needle. Does it work?

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

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  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.

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

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    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. ayesher@gmail.com

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    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 seema_rosqvist@hotmail.com

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    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: mwkramer@iafrica.com

      Thank you

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    5. Ciao Sonia,
      potresti inviare anche a me l'immagine con le istruzioni?
      loredanaincol@tiscali.it
      grazie
      Loredanaa

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    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. maggzgrey@gmail.com

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    7. Hi. Now I have a needle without instructions!!!!! Can you PLEASE help me. edna,bester1@gmail.com

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  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.

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

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  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?

    regards
    Joe
    joe_dk@hotmail.com

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  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

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