Collector gives back old Singer
By Peter Foley
IF THERE were more people like Peter Samson, the world would be a better place.
Just ask Rosanna Kerle from Churchill.
In an SMS to the editor last Friday, Ms Kerle pleaded with QT readers to find her grandma's old Singer sewing machine.
Her dad Paul mistakenly took the treadle machine to the Tender Centre where it sold for $80.
"If anyone knows anything about it or who bought it, please reply as it is the only thing I have left of my grandma and I'm willing to refund your money," her text said.
Yesterday she was able to do just that after the man who bought the sewing machine contacted the QT.
"DAD was just doing some cleaning out last Sunday. There was a lot of stuff that wasn't needed any more and he thought that was one of them," Ms Kerle said.
"My mum rang up the Tender Centre to see if anything had been sold and they said: 'We haven't sold the sewing machine yet'.
She said: 'What sewing machine?'
"When we got there we found it had been sold.
"I thought I'd never see it again so I sent a text to the QT but I didn't think I'd see it again."
Peter Samson restores sewing machines for people all over Australia and has close to 200 in his shed at Pine Mountain.
But he was more than happy for Ms Kerle to buy back her grandma's Singer he dated as being made in 1905/06.
"You'd be surprised how many people I talk out of selling me their sewing machines because they should stay in their family," Mr Samson said.
"I'd like to do it up for her. It'll be like new."