THE Templin Historic Museum has stumbled upon a rare sewing machine which was used at a clothing factory in Boonah, most likely more than 50 years ago.
The machine, a Pegasus brand commercial overlocker, was found in a tractor shed three years after it was donated to the museum.
Harrisville woman Lynn Gordon said she had used the same type of machine while working in Boonah clothing factories during the 70s.
She said there were two factories located at the show pavilion, before one moved to the Methodist Church hall on Macquarie Street.
They were then moved to the old butter factory on Railway Street.
"I worked there (at Boonah) for about five years, and then I did a few years at a sewing factory in Ipswich," Ms Gordon said.
"I used straight sewing machines, overlockers and the button machine."
Museum member Iris Skinner said the machine had come from a deceased estate.
"A lady used it when she worked in the clothing factory at Boonah," she said.
"When the clothing factory closed down, because she was an avid sewer, she purchased the machine.
"She had it with her until her demise."
Ms Gordon said many people would be interested in seeing the machine.
"It looks in good nick," she said. "It is not very often you see one."
"We have a lot of sewing machines there, like old Singers and other brands."
Ms Skinner said the Pegasus was accidentally put into a tractor shed when it arrived at the museum, and it remained there for about three years.
"Nobody took any notice of it," she said.
"My husband was up there ... and he came back and said 'did you realise there is a sewing machine at the back of the tractor?'.
"We brought it out, had a look and it is a commercial overlocker.
"When you make a seam on a garment, it is always overlocked. That is the type of work it does."
Ms Gordon said not as much love went into clothes production in the modern era.
"It is a throw away society these days," she said.
The machine is now undergoing repairs at Ms Skinner's house.
The Templin Historic Museum is located at 397 Boonah/Fassifern Road.
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