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Celebrations all Around & a Giveaway Winner too!!

Wow !!!  What an amazing week I have to share with you all!!!  I finished this table runner this morning….

In building this table runner I spent precious last moments with my Singer 301a Gloria… linking this finish with Julie’s UFO and WIP finishes for May HERE!

 I love sewing early in the morning with the window open to hear the pond and water trickling there 🙂

I won at bobbin chicken too!

 That was very exciting… and the ending came out with this flimsy measuring about 17″ x 51″ 🙂

It was a fun make and took my mind off lots of other things happening this week.

Today is the 11th anniversary of the day my husband died.  Changing my life path forever.  I am happy today that things turned out the way they did as he was not in good health at the end… but his sudden death left me speechless for a long time.

So to have this completed project in the washer and where I spent my slow stitching hours all weekend …
and now where me and my honey will enjoy a meal this evening is a blessing for sure!  I am linking this awesome project with machine quilting filling but a slow stitching ending for the binding… as you can see to the right>>>  To my favorite blog Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE 😀

I am also linking this project to Wendy’s Peacock Party HERE… I love her blog posts and enjoy linking there too!… The machine quilting was LOTS of fun actually.. I used my tools for marking quilts when hand quilting to mark this for machine quilting.  Click on the photo and i t should blow up for you 💕

On Wednesday…

Gloria bowed out of my sewing room as my honey surprised me with a black early 301 by Singer… Manufactured in South Carolina in October 1952 I officially added Julius my clan of machines 🙂

I celebrated with this photo collage of my 2 main machines…. Julius (Singer 301) and Cleopatra (Singer 319w)…  What an awesome duo they will be !!!  As the story of old goes too 😀

I was still reeling over the excitement of this new addition to my sewing room when I found out my son and his wife had their baby girl Elliana!!!! 

Born at 6:43 am on 5/23/19.  Elliana Marie came into this world weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces and 20 inches long … Mom and Elli went home with dad driving them yesterday and all is well ❤

So I am a Gram and Rick is a Papa 😀  My heart melts to meet her in person too ❤  Soon I hope!

We bought an area run this week… Molly has decided it is her daytime bed 😀  She is soooo cute rolling around on it like it is a big playground! lol

 Have you seen this panel?  I am looking for where to buy this if anyone knows where it might be found!!!

I enjoyed some times on the swing by the pond this week….

 Sew Relaxing… until Molly comes and gives me a wet willy!!! lololol  She likes being up in the swing too though …

We have this orange blooming bush that comes out this time each year in full blooms… I don’t know that I have ever seen this before… any ideas on what kind of bush this is???

 Here is a view of our pond and home from the other side of the river that runs through our yard…

 And our home as you come up the driveway… on the golf cart these photos were taken 😀

 Not much progress on this front but this will be my BIG PUSH this week… no pun intended ! hahaha

 Here is a fun attachment to free motion quilt on a featherweight 221 we are selling this week on facebook….

 And here is a newer Sew Handy we sold … this one was quite complete and sewed great… The new owner should be very pleased 😀

Now for what you have all been waiting for …

The giveaway WINNER!!!!!


#18 in the 20 comments left that qualified with a return email address:

>>>> YTSMOM <<<<

with her comment…

Sooo… now what will Julius first project be?  Well he sewed together binding for the table runner as a dry run of sorts…. He did a fab job with none of the glitches I had noticed over the years with Gloria so I was happy for that… I am pondering a wall hanging like the one below:

 With a 3d bow like the one to the right 😀

We shall see… my Etsy shop is empty and will be closed officially soon.  So I plan to sell things I make on eBay where we already have a presence for vintage things.  We will see…

I have emailed the lucky winner celebrating my 8 years blogging… I am excited to get her address and get her the winning lot of things 🙂

Have a blessed weekend and remember the true reason for Memorial Day is not extended weekend time for family celebrations but a sobering time to remember lives lost by soldiers who fight for the freedom we have here in this country.  God Bless America!

Busy Week… Now time to slow it down !!!

Hi y’all!  Thanks for stopping in for a visit … we are experiencing very cool weather post Thanksgiving so I am getting lots of quilting done.  Look at the beautiful plant we got earlier this week!

When we bought it … it was just 2 stalks but water and sunshine from my sewing room window gave us blooms galore!!!

 Here are the photos we got for Thanksgiving of Daisy Meadows… from across the pond!!!

And our facebook shot with embellishments…

 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with ham and lots of sides… some homemade and some store bought and all were fabulous together… still nibbling on a few of the leftovers too 💖  My favorite thing from the holidays are leftovers and family time.

Here is Molly in her fave snuggling spot… down by my honey’s feet when he is resting his hurting hip in the recliner….

And here she is trying to be my assistant while I sew in my sewing room! lol

I think this may be the best pic I have been able to catch of her and hope to do some applique of an ornament of her face or something… ideas are bubbling from this shot though!!!

Last week I enjoyed a bit of fireside stitching…

 And enjoyed a few days of beautiful sunsets from the windows by my frame….

 Then this morning I made a new Sunday morning photo for December for facebook…

 Speaking so much of facebook… look what I saw completed in one of my groups….

 It is appliqued and hand quilted and I am in lust with this pattern … so I found one for half the going price on eBay and am anxiously awaiting the directions…

This is a complex pattern to me who has done very little applique … so I will ponder the best way to make this wall hanging with my skill set but I love it and hope to have it done and hanging for our Christmas season next year !!!

As for Christmas this year… I finished the tree skirt I was working on with a piping around the edges instead of binding….  I did enjoy the string piecing of the center and working out the math… I like the star finish too… just did NOT care for the piping edge… I should have taken the extra time to do a binding edge or something instead of bagging it for my skills! lol  Lesson learned for sure 😀

 Don’t know if you can see this photo a bit better but I even made button loops and sewed on holly leaf buttons down the open side.  The photo is a bit whippy jawed I see now… but it was fairly fun… not as easy as I hoped but finished is better than perfect for sure on this kind of project!!!!

But.. instead of continuing to complain about the finish I will enjoy it for years to come… It was fun and has some pretty sentimental fabrics in it that make it completely ours 🙂
Here was a great statement I read that Bonnie Hunter shared this morning… it rings VERY true for me….
Are you doing these things??? Are you living a life you have always imagined… I AM!!!!  YAY 🙂
I finished the blocks for Appalachian Delight’s center and came up with a layout me and my honey like as far as all the colors and backgrounds go…

 I found a new website to me with calculations on making the square in a square cornerstones correctly too…

There were plenty other units they offered calculations to as well… look at my photo for the website and check it out if you have interest/need!

I cut the sashings lengthwise for less stretching during assembly and then cut the outer square parts… wrong the first time but had enough fabric in this solid burgundy to cut them right AND cut the binding for the quilt too ❤  YAY!!!

 Here is a glimpse of what the quilt center will be looking like once sewn together…

 And here are my sashings and square in a square blocks all done…

I am really savoring and enjoying this quilt assembly… I am in no rush because I have the quilt I am working on hand quilting.. then I am HOPEFULLY going to be quilting a quilt for my bestie that she is piecing now… a Swoon quilt block design 😀  I am excited to quilt this for her!!!
As for my hand quilting… I got the border and some of the center done last Sunday…

And somehow worked my way across without a photo to be found in my phone!!!  So here we are yesterday as I marked out the last of the center…

And here I am this morning with about half that done… The rest of the center and the border will be my goal for today!!  Watching Hallmark movies and stitching 😀  Yummy!

With that goal in mind.. I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky HERE… She is located in Canada and they are wishing they could exit daily life to hibernate during the dreary winter months!  I am sure in a month or so I will be ready to join her cause too ❤ lol!

Here is a little vintage 1930’s sewing machine we sold this week…

 I just this that old sewing machines are beautiful and feel blessed to sew on a 1950’s machine lot myself 🙂

For now I will close and wish you all a blessed Sunday and remember to …

6 years blogging y’all & still so much to share!

Happy Sunday… lots to share including a 6 year Anniversary Celebration here too!

So above are 6 candles on my celebration cake!!! lol
This has been a crazy busy week… yet I still made headway with my slow stitching progress….

 Above is my frame this morning when I woke… and a close up of that is below with the legend of my progress…

 Below is that same area completed for you 🙂  60% done now!!!!

 Here is the t-shirt I recently got… I love it!!!

It says “Live well ~ Laugh Loud ~ Quilt often”  !!!  It is very cozy cotton fabric 😍
I am linking on this fun quilty progress to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday post HERE!  Come and see what others are linking on this happy Sunday!!!
I also woke this morning to confirmation my bestie is coming for a visit for our birthday’s in July!!! I am mega excited!!!
I told you this week was very busy… well we also have been getting used to a new addition in the house…
Wednesday we went to LOOK but then came home with a new vehicle!  We have named her Cassie as she is Caspian Blue color… it is a deep metallic blue with silver trim… but occasionally she really looks a deep purple too! Totally love at first drive for us both!!!
My honey got an N scale train on eBay last week and finally felt good enough to try it all out this week…

This scale is small but so cute and ornate… it also came with some buildings but since he is currently on medications for his cold that are making him jittery… those will have to wait to be added to the decor of this train 🙂

Here is my honey driving Cassie down the beach with the tide out quite a bit too!

We also went shopping for a couple other things we needed and found very cool place to keep our oil can collection…

 A wood shadow box with glass front we can now hang on the wall!!!

 And here is Francis our White sewing machine from the early 1900’s in a Martha Washington case…

She is now closed back up and decorated with a clone of a Willcox & Gibbs machine and a cool old Singer chain stitch childs toy machine also from the early 1900’s…

Change can be nice…. progress is good… funny when I reflect though on my first blog posts… they are about eBay sales… well we still sell on eBay but now instead of clothes and misc… we are selling vintage sewing parts and supplies 🙂  HERE is the link to some cards we are selling on eBay.  From there you can view other items if you are interested… we don’t have a store there…

eBay has gotten harder to deal with and more expensive for selling while PayPal has become more central and handy to use! lol
For our Singer Featherweight sales we use Facebook primarily with PayPal for invoicing and security!

Thanks for stopping in … thanks for celebrating with me and us… and hope you have a blessed day today!!!

Make time today to show you …

😚

Finally the blue machine is home :)

There is a huge whoop I wanna share… but there is a back story to it.  Please read along if you like 🙂

October 27, 2014 we sold this Singer Featherweight on eBay and shipped it the next day to the lucky winning bidder…

Unfortunately it was our first casualty during shipping and got tossed hard along it’s path and ended up completely damaged.  UPS was our shipper… and the store we used was a UPS franchise here local to us.  So November 4 the customer received the then damaged machine and notified us… we then contacted UPS.  The next day our customer took the machine to UPS Claims department.  All bubbling right along right??

Wrong.. UPS denied the claim initially and said we hadn’t packed it properly.. however we knew it to be packed well when it left our care so we asked them to appeal it… that took 2 weeks to get started by our franchise store… no one else is allowed to handle the situation when you use UPS franchise except the franchise… CRAZY!!!!

So we refund our client after a few days as we can see this isn’t gonna be a fast resolution… They paid $729.00 for this beauty and it’s accessories after shipping was included.  Our customer left us glowing feedback on eBay and found a painted machine local I believe…

As for us???

We just got resolution yesterday completely (YES.. THAT IS 3 MONTHS LATER) … and now that machine above sits in our Sewing Room

as it’s final resting place as it was too damaged to work anymore but will make for good memories, lessons learned as well!

Besides having a little story telling here to remember why I won’t use a local franchise UPS for shipping in the future and to warn you as well how they actually work since I have had to learn the last 3 months… with the resolution yesterday I also posted on google and yelp my dissatisfaction so others new to town as we were won’t choose that option if they can help it … or at least have the facts.

Have you ever left comments on places like that about products you buy or regret buying???

I find the online comments entertaining at times but overall helpful.  So I have also left feedback on some of the doctors and other services we use that are available for commenting on… to help future shoppers.

I have been quite busy on the handquilting front too and should be close to a finish on the Vintage Stars Wall Hanging I feel like I have been working on for quite a while… it has always been my in-between project for some reason! lol

 Here you can see in my hoop this area I just finished…

I have heard concern from many of you that you feel pounce powder wipes off easily… I apply liberally and firmly over the stencil and still have noted lines left after quilting and rubbing against it… so I don’t agree … I do feel HOW you apply it really matters.

I live in a humid environment so it works well for me here also … better than the blue pens as they disappear in a day or less usually … so in using pounce a lot I have a better idea of how to mark with it… Hope this extra explanation helps anyone wanting to try it!

Happy Stitches!  And dont forget to…

Monday, Monday!

Happy Monday after Mother’s Day!  Are you still flying high or did you fall back into the reality of being a full time maid 🙂 lol

This bloom opened just this morning about 9 am and I was delighted to see some clouded sunlight coming in the sunroof of the living room and shining so nicely on these lilys 🙂  There are several of them in the arrangement… and not all of them are open yet! … I arranged and played with them after this pic to get them organized for peeks throughout the day 🙂

I have been dutifully working on THE MAN quilt… and happy to report I have finished over half of this block…

And as you can see I am almost 2/3 done with the block and feather combo… my friend asked me if I could see the end of this quilt yet.. my response was that I can see the light to binding… as that will be next up after I finish the 3 other blocks in this center section of the quilt.

More quilting to do after the binding though… but that should go faster for me 🙂  Mostly straight line stuff.. not intricate swirls and swirly feathers ! lol

My honey just finished rehabbing this machine… he fashioned the cabinet himself.. it is all wood and for sale here on eBay if you are interested in sewing vintage and want a cherry of a machine!

I call it Firecracker.. because it is tan and blue with a reddish case!  And I am a 4th of July baby so this one is near and dear to me… 🙂  My daughter named it String Bean! lol  I don’t know why at all 🙂

Here is a self portrait my daughter made me along with a darling note in her beautiful cursive handwriting for Mother’s Day 🙂

She has a knit cap on in the picture 🙂

I love this pencil drawing so much!

And here is a brownie with coconut creme icing on it..

Yummy… made by my son Mike for me!

Hope you enjoyed this post!  Now on to goal setting..

My goal is to finish this block by the end of the day and send you all a report tomorrow! 🙂
Do you have a goal for the week.. or the day… or the month even?? 

Would you play in a linky that you post goals and show progress in a special post once a month??  Just wondering!

Have a blessed day!

Good Friday to ya!

I am on the lookout for Betsy.. she still has to claim her winning fat quarter from this comment!

If anyone knows Betsy… I sent her an email and haven’t heard back… if unclaimed I can redraw or give away later 🙂

As for my title today… I just couldn’t put “happy” before the title as this is a somber day in Christian history… before the celebration of Easter Sunday is “good Friday”.  This is actually the day we remember the death of Jesus on the cross… so no happy there.. but I have plenty of HAPPY to share!

Yesterday I got to see Jenny Doan of MSQC (Missouri Star Quilt Company) fame!  I want to a trunk show she had at a LQS near me 🙂

Here she is showing off a quilt I bought her template for… making these with a charm pack… isn’t it cute!

And I got her signature…

On my latest copy of Fons & Porters Love of Quilting mag… 🙂

I sure will have happy quilting Jenny!  Thanks for the encouragement!

Jenny’s husband held her quilts.. she showed about 30 quilts in 3 hours 🙂

It was lovely to meet such a piecing mastress in my own little part of Florida.. it was just a 30 minute drive to see her 🙂  If you know me… you know piecing is what I need help on most! lol  And the best part is it was paid for as an early birthday present from my bestie Connie!  She was supposed to go with me but had to change her plans … then another friend was gonna join me but her husband is ill… so I mustered courage and went alone and had a blast!!!

After consulting with my friend Wendy… I bought this book an it came in yesterday too!  I found it on Amazon for under $20 to include shipping!  SCORE!!!

 This is just a sample of over 500 pages of quilting design ideas and directions on how to blow this little but thick book up for printing off the pattern to make a template!  Love this 🙂

I have some quilts coming up that I am lacking imagination on their quilting design… I think this book is just what I needed to flip open and become inspired!!! 🙂

Meanwhile… I have 6 blocks, 7 feathers and 2 cornerstones left after I finish this duo…

I am loving my honey working next to me with his little oil can… it came inside Fracis’ case 🙂  He uses it to oil machines he fixes up to sell now that I have 3 great machines to fill all my needs!

Currently he is designing a universal cabinet for all vintage japanese and american machines of the 1940’s and 1950’s… many machines are now sold without cases… his plan is to make new cases for the ones we have to sell and then offer just the case once he has worked out all the kinks.

I am very excited for this project of his… as I slowly stitch away on his quilt! lol

I have also been planning a quilt and started collecting fabric for a 95 x 95 New England Patriots quilt…  It will be light silver grey, navy and red, with red Patriots team fabric in it in star form!

This is just a rough idea of it and how I design many of my quilts 🙂  I can’t afford the fancy computer program and love using a pencil and paper to see my designs come to life…

How do you design.. do you use a program, draw it out, or just go for it and have that knack???

Linking this HAPPY post to Whoop!! Whoop!! time at Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict here!
And with Kim at her SEWjo Saturday post here!

Have a blessed Friday!  Thanks for visiting with me 🙂

1940s Kenmore Sewing Machine ~ For Sale :)

Regular readers of my blog… this is for advertisement only … no need to comment unless interested 🙂

For your consideration I have a great find for you.. a vintage antique 1940’s Kenmore Sewing Machine in it’s ORIGINAL cabinet!  Model 117-552…

This awesome sewing machine by Kenmore is a workhorse straight stitch machine with reverse…

It has a black crinkle finish which was popular in the late 40’s and early 50’s.  Also known in Singer world as a “godzilla” finish.  Basically it is a matte finish on purpose that was super durable and still is!!!

You can see minor chipping on the crinkle finish of the light…

but this machine has been completely and professionally serviced.. the cabinet has been redone with beautiful black shiny metal hinges and the gunstock stain on the white oak cabinet just makes it all shine naturally…

All closed up it measures 23 1/2″ wide x 17 1/2″ deep x 30″ tall.

Check out the beautiful cabinetry that happens with vintage antique items… love that craftsmanship for sure!

There are also a host of attachments that go with this Kenmore as well as the original manual describing how to oil and thread the machine as well as how to use the attachments it comes with!

This machine is threaded and will be threaded for pick up.  I used a dark blue thread on top and a light pink thread on the bottom to test out the final tension settings and ALL IS PERFECT as you can see in these close ups 🙂

Care for this machine will only require adding a bottle of Singer sewing machine oil to your stash for use about every 8 hours of use of the machine is recommended for optimum use.  This machine has lots of work still left to do so get this beautiful cabinet with the hidden gem of a machine inside and buy USA!

Kenmore was being made by White Manufacturing at this time… this machine was made in Ohio, USA.

I love the sewing caddy on the inside of the door and the knee pedal operation.. gives you a feel as you sew experience that you miss with a foot pedal that most machines come with these days.

The cord folds up inside the cabinet body for a sleek cabinet when closed and as I said earlier… a real workhorse of a machine when open and used… open the top measures 47 inches long!!!

Thanks for your time and consideration of this great sewing machine.

Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in picking this up at the email listed below.

Have a blessed day.

Weekend Hodge Podge ~ April 2014

Welcome to my corner of blogland… today I have lots to share! 

So I am calling it a Hodge Podge… I have a bloggy friend who follows someone that does this on Wednesdays… answers misc. questions for fun and to share more of herself with her bloggy friends… so I am gonna do my version this weekend!

What are you passionate about?

Currently I am hand quilting ~ my major passion IS hand quilting right now! I am making my honey a quilt that will be a queen throw size… very large! lol

You can see a snippet of what I am currently working on by viewing my blog on it’s own page instead of in a reader!  My blog header changes every month or so with a pic of what I am working on featured somewhere on it 🙂

Here is block #10 on my count down…

I am now about 3/4 done with this block!  WhOOP!!!

I am also passionate about vintage sewing machines and own 3

not one Singer in the bunch either 🙂  You can see 2 of my vintage machines in my header… sweet Fiona and reliable Francis… I recently added a zig zagger Japanese class 15 clone I named Nelly to my little group of machines… I only sew to repair things or to piece/bind quilts.. so these machines do all I need!  Check out my post on how easy vintage is to care for by yourself HERE!

Prefer a modern machine??? Check out the Janome I am selling on Ebay here

gently used and ready to go!

What is your favorite form of social media?

I like facebook best.  You can find me on Patchwork Friends (my own fb quilty friends group) here to request entry as it is closed to quilty folks only… both machine and hand quilting happens there and no advertising or sharing sales stuff… currently doing a QAL:

for which I have these 6 spool blocks done…

I am also a member of other quilt groups on facebook and have chosen to make my facebook page a quilty place to be… so many of my previous fb friends have slowly gone away to make room for current and more appropriate friends to fit the no political stuff policy I am adopting for facebook 🙂

My fave place is a place just for hand quilters called Celebrate Hand Quilting group.  You can request entry here… and Caron or Janet will grant you access if you are a quilty person and this sounds like something you would like go for it because the eye candy and knowledge shared there for hand quilting techniques is nothing short of AMAZING!

I Pinterest for remembering ideas and keep a running page each year of ideas…. here is 2014’s page 🙂

I don’t tweet, or instagram or anything else… I am almost 50 so I feel pretty hip as I am 🙂 HA!

So that was only 2 questions… but I hope this gives you a better feel of who I am… would love to hear any questions you have for me!  I can answer them in next weekends Hodge Podge… and I haven’t even shown you the back yard yet!!!!  So subscribe if you haven’t and come back to visit!

I blog about twice a week usually and cover all aspects of quilting, home reno, beautiful outdoor shots I take from my own back yard, funny moments in our lives, and whatever I need written down to remember… my blog is an ongoing scrapbook of sorts for me!  Hope you enjoy the ride with me!

In closing I have an icon I made below with my motto for 2014!  Read more about what it means here.

Linking this post to Confessions of a Fabric Addict Whoop! Here 🙂
Wish Adam a Happy Birthday by going to where I linked at SEWjo Saturday with Kim Here!
Check out Kathy’s quilt ready for binding at Slow Sunday Stitching!  Here 🙂

Vintage Sewing Machine Care

What is the most important things to caring for a vintage sewing machine in working order???

Love it… Sew on it… Oil it 🙂

(See my cute nieces and nephew?? lol)

This bottle should have enough oil for a pile of machines for years to come.  You will probably replace it because it is old before you will use it all… so buy a smaller size if you can find it!  But use only Singer machine oil or similar quality oil in your machines.  It is their life blood!

If you are in the “market” for a new vintage machine… here are some questions to ask yourself…

Do you want straight stitch or do you NEED zig zag?  I use straight stitch and reverse as my mainstays for piecing quilts and repairing clothing for my kids… My main machine lowers the feed dogs easily and can darn like a champ!  Too bad I am not into FMQ! lol

Do you want Singer or something more trendy?  All pre 1960’s machines MOSTly have all metal parts… so it is necessary to keep them oiled and to use them instead of looking and petting only 🙂  IF they are in running condition… however I have found the Japanese clone machines from the early 1950’s fun and useful AND trendy!

Japanese clones came about from a loophole in the patenting of sewing machines in the US.  Thus for a few years Japan via the Toyota and Koyo plants produced a lot of machines that were then put together in the US and given a motor here as well.  Each one was branded by the company that “sponsored” it… thus lots of names… such as Universal, Wizard, Morse, Nelco, and many many others… I saw one on Craigslist called a “La Salle” 🙂  Fun machines with outside motor… cool paint jobs and indestructible stitches with bobbins that never miss a stitch when cared for.

Singer at this time had the portable featherweight machine as women started being more portable with their sewing… and in the 50’s opened a plant in Anderson, South Carolina (previously all Singers were made in Elizabeth, NJ I think) and started producing the 301A…. this machine was just a few pounds heavier but did all the featherweight did PLUS has a screw to disengage the feed dogs!  It comes with plenty of attachments available and is a great machine to have in your stash…

If you buy a vintage straight stitch only machine … you will find minimal issues if you sew on it and oil it scant but regular depending on how much you sew… the machine will tell you when it is ready for a drink… just don’t over feed it please 🙂

If you buy a vintage zig zag machine … have a repairman grease and oil it for you the first time… save some money by cleaning it up before it sees the repair person too!!!  This will give you time to get to know your machine… then after it has been serviced… enjoy and ONLY oil your machine… grease is only necessary around metal gears inside the machine.  They don’t need a repairman for regular oiling… it is possible and if you are the tiniest bit handy (I am not handy and I can do it!) to keep your machine oiled yourself once serviced 🙂

Not sure what to do?  Look and maybe try to test drive a few that are in running condition… a good machine is quiet (if the belt is noisy that is an easy fix) and peaceful to listen to as you sew.  Or if you find one at the thrift store consult your local vintage repairman for assistance in deciding on a purchase… most vintage machines don’t stay around long…

For a vintage machine in restored running shape in a cabinet or table expect to pay $150 up for a Japanese clone or $300 and up for a Singer from this or earlier era.

If accessories are available for a machine you are interested in you want the accessories too.. you should expect to get a manual describing care (oiling points diagram, threading diagrams, bobbin case care and threading diagram) for your specific machine but for the Japanese clones this information is only available online.  They all work basically the same… easy to find parts for to if more bobbins/case/race is needed.

So now… do you wanna sew vintage???

Hope this post has informed you and helped you decide if vintage is right for you and if it is what is your style?  Do you want a desk to open or a cabinet/case to be portable?

Do you prefer modern.. if so why?  I get needing an embroidery machine or serger… but all else we can use what has already been made that will last my lifetime or longer to use to create with.

Love to know how you piece n patch!

If you prefer not to leave a public question please feel free to ask me and my honey anything via email listed in my signature 🙂

Getting jiggy on the downhill slide!

My work on THE MAN quilt nets me a 76% completion now… and this and the chain around the border are all that are left to hand quilt…

Yep… I have 10 blocks… 4 cornerstones… and the chain border to finish.. then bind and wash!  Yippee!!!!

So my plan is to start with these 2 top rows that are left in the middle and work my way out 🙂

THEN I want to bind it BEFORE doing the chain in the outer border so I know the quilting lines up right with the binding 🙂

Then we found this beautiful but dirty girl here locally…

She is a Singer 128 (not sure which specific model in that class yet) I have named ONYX for now 🙂
             Blackside (for all her metal is black not silver)… 
             Crinkle finish also known as a Godzilla finish. 
A crinkle finish was only done on a limited number of machines by Singer…  It has no real sheen to it as we are used to the black shiney finish… she is more a collectors edition because she is RARE!
She was a one owner but has been stored and was soooo thirty for oil… but once my honey oiled her she sewed wonderfully!

Here she is stripped down some and getting all clean and oiled…

Singer sewing machine oil only and these cleaning products used sparingly with LOTS of elbow grease mainly is how we are cleaning this one up 🙂

Do you sew vintage?  What do you use for your vintage cast iron machines to keep them happy and clean to use?

Well… back to quilting!  Have a happy rest of your week!  Thanks for visiting!