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WW #46

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It’s Memorial Day weekend and my thoughts are with those who sacrificed for my freedom. Thank you seems so little in return, but I am grateful.

Here’s what I’ve been sewing; hundreds of hexy flowers!  These piles have taken years to form. I do them when I’m in the mood to hand sew and I have so many hexes cut already. I think they multiply when I close the box they live in!

I started a top with a light green path but feared it will take much longer than I want to make it king sized.  Why not forgo the path and just stitch them together?!

Hubs turned 60 yesterday. This was taken last week at the antiques joint. He was amused by this art/grill. If he hadn’t already purchased a new grill recently…

This pattern is called Sango Contemporary 6504. If only I needed a new set of dishes. Instead, I’ll use this as inspiration for future quilting patterns.

This came home with me. These toy irons came with trivets, though mine doesn’t.

Here the little baby meets its new momma. She has been a trusty door stop since we found her.  These irons are small but heavy.

I finished this case makeover last week but talked about it in today’s episode.

Feel free to download the cheat sheet I created for the lid of my case. It’s created from my original manual and the most used information for my needs.

May you all be blessed and happy this holiday!

Singer 301 Case Redo Part 2

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Finally, I finished the first 301 case makeover. I ended up using the same wallpaper inside that I used on the outer portion.  Even though the wallpaper was pre-pasted, I used white glue to adhere it to the inside of the case.

Before applying glue, make sure to dry fit your pieces. I used a lot of left overs from the outside, so mine isn’t perfect and I’m ok with that. It looks better than it did and I had very little waste.

I started with the largest area and once the paper was the correct size, I glued it in place. I think it’s best to wait a few days for this step to completely dry but if you’re not using pre-pasted paper, it may not slide as much as mine did.

Then I cut strips just slightly less in the width of the edge.  Once again, dry fit the paper to make sure it’s not going to hang over the rim and that it covers the areas you want covered.

The main compartment can be tricky. These trapezoid cases are an odd shape and can be hard to measure! I chose the easy route and cut everything in pieces rather than math and keep everything in one piece. It was probably easier to glue down this way as well.

I started with the bottom piece, making all my pieces just a tad shorter so they didn’t overhang the edge.

The sides were probably the hardest pieces to cut. I cut a long strip using the measurement of the bottom. Then placed the long straight edge against the back of the case and traced a line, on the back side of the paper, with a pencil along the outside of the case. Once I cut this angle on my paper, I dry fit the piece inside the case, lightly scoring where I wanted the top and bottom cuts to be.

Finally, I repeated the steps from the bottom portion along the top, covering the handle screws.

Once all my edges were glued down and secure, I left the case open to dry completely for a few days.

Now it’s time to put on the finishing touches!

On this case, I wanted to put a clear flap in the lid to cover the most frequently used instructions (and store whatever booklet may have been with the machine). I will be printing out a threading diagram in the future to place here.

I cut a piece of vinyl approximately 11 by 15 inches and bound the edge with a 1.5 inch strip. I didn’t need the binding so you can skip it if you like, but I like the contrast.

I then added another strip as shown to cover the binding edges.

I folded over the raw edge and stitched it down to make gluing it in place easier.  The fabric flap will act as a hinge. I used a glue gun, but you can use your favorite strong glue to attach the fabric to the lid, gluing it down to the same side as the hinges.

For this project, I used a pretty heavy duty velcro. It has a very strong adhesive on the back and holds together quite well. I cut 2 pieces about an inch wide and attached them one to each top corner of my plastic flap. The easiest method to place the opposite sides in the case is to leave the hook and loop together and remove the paper, one side at a time, and press into place.

The lid is now done so we move on to the inner case storage. I glued the painted blue wooden pieces back in place (you can see them in a few of the pictures below).

Below is a picture of another case I have. It shows the wooden block in the middle (which prevents excessive sliding of the machine) and a metal divider for accessories. I think these were the only 2 configurations for the inside. I will be redoing this case in the future!

I cut a piece of vinyl 28 by 4 1/2 inches and bound one long edge with a 1.5 inch strip. Of course the strip is optional but makes it easier to see once in place and will keep your vinyl from distorting over time.

I have an original attachments box and based this measurement on my box. I also made allowance for ease of inserting and removing the box.

Mark at 9 inches and fold the vinyl over to that mark. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance and bigger stitches than I normally would.

I brought the other edge over to the seam I just made and stitched a 1/4 inch again.

I inserted the box in the smaller pouch created and dry fit the piece in my case to find the spot where I wanted it attached.

Using the same industrial velcro, I cut 2 more inch wide pieces and attached one to the bottom and one to the top where I marked.

Put the hook and loop together, leaving the paper on the top. Carefully place the bottom in firmly pressing against the side. (notice the blue wooden pieces)

Remove the paper from the top and carefully press in place. This top area is where I’ll store my foot control.

Tada!

The inside is now finished and ready to use.  Because I used glue completely across the paper pieces I glued down, the “featherweight case odor” is gone.

I hope you find this information helpful and I’d love to see your case makeovers!

Memory quilts completed!

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Hubs and I stopped in Kent on Thursday for breakfast following a doctor’s appointment. We spotted an antiques store we hadn’t seen before and went in after we ate. The place was wall to wall antique clocks! My husband was in heaven and I nearly had to drag him away when it was time to go.

I did find a few machines but felt they were a bit pricey for what they were and the condition they are in.

This Wheeler and Wilson needs some love and oil! I’m always amazed at how tiny these are!

There were a couple of toy machines as well.

The owner also had a Singer Sewhandy in a torn up box.  I’d already seen the prices of the other machines so I didn’t ask what they be wanting for this one. If it had a hard case, I might have been curious.

I received the fabric from spoonflower this week.

They recommend you wash the fabric before use so I put it in the kitchen sink with some gentle soap and rinsed until clear.

Once the panel was dry, I pressed the panel and carefully cut the pictures apart.

I constructed all of the clothing into individual squares and then place them on the design wall. This part took the longest as I laid the pictures in amongst the squares of clothing. When I finally felt happy with the placements, the joining of sections began until I had a full quilt top.

Today was my uncle’s birthday so it seemed fitting to be working on this gift for him!

The quilting part went pretty quickly and I managed to finish all 3 today. They will begin their journey to my uncle’s house tomorrow.

I’m sure he and his children will love these quilts. Hopefully they’ll bring some comfort as they learn to live life without my aunt.

My sewing space is a mess now and I have a long work week ahead of me.  I may spend next weekend cleaning and organizing unless inspiration strikes! Maybe a new podcast episode as well?

Toodles!

#44 Quiltcon Recap

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My survival kit for the airport. Thanks Heather!

The winner “bling“. Roilyn, me and Daisy

Carmit, Jacquie Gering, me, Roilyn, and Daisy

Roilyn, Jen and me

Daisy, AJ, and me

James, Frances and Paula

Lynn, Pam, Jen, Daisy and Roilyn

Me, Melissa Averinos and Daisy

Mary Fons and me

I’m standing in front of the Aurifil quilt.

This guy was our host for the Ghosts and Graveyards tour.

Me and Christina Cameli

Daisy, Ellen, me and Roilyn

Me and Linzi standing in front of her quilt “Tartan Tattoo”.

Angela Walters and me

The Savannah Riverboat tour on the top deck.

Roilyn and Daisy before we took cover from the sun.

The crochet set that caused me to be searched by TSA.

The rest of my loot!

My favorite picture from this trip. Whatevs.

My current quilting set up. The 301 only gives me a few inches of quilting space, just enough to squeak by.

#40 Chain Stitcher Joins the Herd

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This big ole pile-of-red is part of the secret sewing I’ve been doing. I still can’t share with you all the details but it’s now being quilted and is king sized. Currently, the thread tension and breakage while quilting this one is making me crazy. I may have to remove it and start all over with resetting my longarm tension. Ack!

mountain of red

I can share the quilt I finished before the red one. This one is for the family reunion I’m attending on Sunday.

raffle quilt

I had no issues with quilting this one. I used a simple meander because I needed to finish it quickly.

raffle quilt 3

The top was finished quite some time ago and was the result of playing with a sampler box of Jinny Beyer prints that were acquired from an estate sale. I still have enough left for a smaller project!

raffle quilt 2

I purchased this beauty from Goodwill online auctions. They can be hit or miss when it comes to shipping, but this one came from the Indianapolis store and they are pretty good about careful packing. There is slight damage to the very old case but it can be repaired. The needle bar had twisted a bit and a few new scuffs to the cloth plate seem to be the only damage to the machine itself. I don’t know if the needle had already been broken but it is now so I’ve ordered more. They take shorter needles than my other machines. I haven’t tried the motor yet but the wheel turns freely. Once I’ve taken it apart and cleaned it, I’ll use my featherweight cords to try her out. Crossing finger!

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I found this helpful when trying to locate the best deal for new machine needles. If you have problems finding needles for vintage machines, you may be able to use this chart to find them under different identifiers. ISMACS is one of my best VSM friends!


Here’s a cute picture of 3 of my fur babies, coexisting in peace for just a few moments. ha! Sissy (the middle one) is the peace keeper and all the dogs love her. Fuzzy (on the left) can be quite mean and Mojo (right) is a sensitive soul <3

basket of fun

I renewed my driver’s license the other day so I wore contacts. I don’t wear them often anymore because I’m dependent on bifocals! So I stopped and bought some readers and quite like them. Pretty danged fabulous, don’t you think?

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On Monday, I hit the -50 pounds mark. I’ve been walking on air all week! If you’re on Lose It!, friend me 🙂