More on Isadore

This story gets curiouser and curiouser! Such a mysterious rabbit hole I have gone down!

First, I loved hearing about your Singer Featherweights! Such great little machines. I actually have several. Anyway, if you recall, this sticker was on the case.

I did a little digging and I found this photo online of the SS de Grasse!

And this info:

SS De Grasse was an ocean liner built in 1920–1924 by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, United Kingdom for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, and launched in February 1924. In 1953, she was sold to Canadian Pacific.

How cool is that?

The sticker notes that Isadore was traveling to Maison Laffite, not far from where we lived in Chatou, France and not far from the flea market where I purchased it.

This is the serial number on the machine.

According to Singer records, she was made on or around May14, 1941.

Ready for some strange findings?

I thought Isadore was a woman’s name. It is not. I found this info online.

He was American, but married a French woman. Could it be the same Isadore Levy? So much to wonder about. Here is a screen shot of some of his paintings.


Have a great day!


According to this, the probable owner/seamstress was Isadore’s wife, Marie-Joseph Renie.

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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3 Responses to More on Isadore

  1. Kathleen Kingsbury says:


  2. Shasta says:

    It’s great that you did the research to find out more about the machine and the owner. How wonderful that it has such a great story.

  3. Well, that’s a bit exciting, isn’t it? That little machine has quite the stories to tell!

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