maryborough home to one of the world\'s largest privately owned sewing machine collections
Each room in Wayne and Judi McKail\'s three bedroom house in Maryborough is filled with sewing machines, including the basement.
Only the bathroom and kitchen are still sewing. free zones.
Judy has always been a sewer and she and Wayne love old things.
It all started about seven or eight years ago when Judy announced she wanted a pedal sewing machine.
The next day, Wayne went out to buy her one like a good husband.
\"It sits here and is proud of the location of the restaurant,\" said Judi . \".
With the help of the Internet, collections grow slowly from there.
\"Ebay has made us pretty poor,\" she said . \"
As we all know, they traveled 10-
An hour round trip is just to collect a machine.
Plus garage sales, auctions and word-of-
Their collection already has its own vitality.
From 1856 to modern vintage machines, it spans nearly 150, including many European machines, mainly German machines, followed by Italian and Swiss machines.
They also have sewing machines made in Britain, the United States and Australia.
All machines are in working condition.
The only thing that doesn\'t work is decorating the miniatures, including the miniatures made of crystals.
\"Every machine we get is very precious to us,\" Wayne said . \".
\"We love their technology, the simplicity of old machines, the beauty of them, the decoration of their splendor and the mother --of-
\"Some of them, and the places they have in history, have pearls,\" said Zhudi . \".
Their favorite machine is German.
This is all about gear ratio and smoothness.
\"Their spiral gears go too early, while the Americans and the British keep the straight gears,\" Wayne said . \".
\"If you buy German goods, you buy quality.
\"Historically, the first industrial machine was patented in about 1755, and according to Wayne, it was not until 1848 that the first domestic machine, which was patented, came out.
A few years later, when Isaac Merritt Singh began making them in 1851, the public was introduced to them for the first time.
However, the basic technology remains the same even today.
\"Today\'s machines are not so mechanically different from those at the time,\" said Wayne . \".
\"They really haven\'t changed a lot.
Basically, they did it right the first time.
\"According to Wayne, only the style of the actual shuttle and the tube has changed, introducing softer materials and nylon gears.
In their vast collection, there is the first brand sewing machine made in Australia, called So-Easy.
It was made in Bendigo.
Wayne and Judy only know 15.
Simple machines exist and they believe they have the last one made.
They register with a list of serial numbers.
One of their most unusual things is their pockets.
Sewing machine of size.
A high-lock sewing machine with a small thread shaft was manufactured in 1886.
\"People are very surprised,\" Judi said . \".
They were once visited by a man who told them the story of his grandmother, who had been door-to-door to repair people\'s clothes during the British economic depression.
\"She used the mordecott machine to get their family through depression,\" Judi said . \".
Wayne and Judy are not only collectors but also Avid researchers keen to share knowledge.
About five years ago, the couple opened a museum in their hometown of Maryborough with 100 sewing machines, calling themselves a sewing century.
They have more than 500 machines in four years, but a large number of people, coupled with council regulations, have forced them to shut down.
They are now running a mobile museum on a carriage called Arc for large country shows and events, such as the recent loss of trading in Kyneton.
\"We bring them to the people,\" Wayne said . \".
\"From collection to obsession, to business, to a way of life.
\"Another reward is emotional use, especially emotional use with others.
During a recent trip to the Colac Heritage Festival, a woman contacted them with her mother\'s sewing machine, which her mother was selling.
Wayne plans to restore the machine and return to the festival, hoping that the woman will see it up and running.
\"We like that warm fuzzy feeling,\" he said . \"
\"That\'s what we get back from it.