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When my mother, Consiglia Ciavarella, died in March 1964 in Chicago, my dad gave each of us children something from her belongings. Since my sister, Lillian Di Natale, was the Seamstress, Dad gave her Mom’s old Singer sewing machine.
On a quiet spring afternoon two months after Mom’s death Lil opened the sewing machine- in her home in Cicero, Illinois- and began to do some sewing. But each time she started the thread would break.
After this was repeated several times Lil sat back and said out loud, “Dear Mother, why is this happening? I’ve used the machine so many times in your home, but now that I’m using it in my house it won’t work. Why?”
Then like a bolt of lightning a voice from down the hall behind her spoke clearly and loudly in Italian (which Mom used most of the time). Lil heard Mom’s voice say, “You’re threading it backwards.”
Not thinking at that instant, Lil replied out loud, “Why, you’re right. Thanks.” Suddenly she realized it was our mother’s voice and quickly made the sign of the cross. Lil never mentioned her experience in the occult and wouldn’t dismiss the voice as her imagination. Lil never has had any problem with the sewing machine since then.
Virginia Beach, Virginia