Let’s have a look inside a plain Amish home at the family sewing machine, basement canning, and quiltmaking. Previously we saw how the most conservative Amish heat water and use wringer washers. The reader who sent those images in, Maxwell Hodgkins, has some more interesting shots from inside the home of a conservative Amish family. Let’s have a look.
Converted Sewing Machine
First of all we’ve got a nice example of what looks to be an “Amishization” of more modern tech to fit the restrictions of church Ordnung. The reader describes this as a “Modern sewing machine conversion”. The stand looks authentically old.
But while still having a quite dated appearance, the actual machine part appears to be of a more modern type than what you see on these Singer treadle stands.
See this photo for comparison:
Or this one (by Jerry in PA):
I’m not a Singer treadle sewing machine expert, but going by what our reader says I’m assuming that’s the case, that this top was not necessarily meant to go with this bottom. It looks like it has been fitted – somehow – to work with an old Singer treadle stand. I don’t think it’s rocket science, but don’t ask me how it all works 🙂 .
We’ve actually seen something similar here before, in a more progressive Amish home in Missouri (photo by Don Burke). This one you can see is a completely different maker (Necchi):
Basement Canned Goods
Now a look at the basement where we’ve got what looks like quite a nice stock of canned meat.
I don’t know exactly what type of meat this is. But Amish do can a wide variety of meats including pork, chicken, turkey, beef, and venison.
Over here we see a lot of empty jars waiting for the next canning session. And something in the background, maybe tomato sauce or some sort of soup.
While we’re at it, here’s one more shot from this home. Double-decker oven:
Finally, our reader includes some shots of a quilt being made.
The book on the bench is titled Stories Worth Remembering, by David Wagler.
And here’s a second, which appears to be a bit further along.
Hope you enjoyed these little slices of life in a plain Amish home.