Tag Archives: Vintage Sewing Machine

#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!

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

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

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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!

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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

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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 ūüôā

#37 Rubber Chicken Juggler

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned sharing the matching wallet I made for my new purse.

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I’ve used it for a few weeks now and I’m quite pleased with it.

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I think it may be a bit big for everyday use, but my new phone fits in it well. If I need to, I can grab all my essentials in this one wallet.

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I have had many request to make one for someone, but have politely declined!

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#33 Sewing Machine Cases and a Book Review

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I hit my local Harbor Freight this past week for some machine storage.

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I saw people posting pictures in the¬†vintage machine group I belong to on Facebook, using these cases for Featherweights. ¬†Sometimes the vintage cases fall prey to damage that they can’t recover from. I have a few of these cases that I’m trying to rehab but until then, I’d like them protected.

When I got it home, I saw how roomy it looked with a Featherweight, so I decided to see if my 301 fit. It did!! I believe there’s also room for a few accessories as well.

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When I posted my 301 pictures, other members asked if other Singers would fit. I had a 500 series sitting near so I tried that one.

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It was a tight fit, but even so, I think you could probably fit an accessory case in there, too!

I didn’t try the 400 series, but was told the spool pin prevents the case from closing. I haven’t tried, but I think at least one of my 400 series has a removable pin.

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I purchased the first pattern from Sewhooked¬†since I missed the beginning of the quilt along. Come on people, $2 and I got this great machine pattern! Next month, I’ll be able to get the next free.

This is the 12 inch version. I love it!

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And the cute little 6 incher <3

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I also stitched these out for Love Quilts USA.

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Christa Watson’s wonderful book, Machine Quilting With style, is available here.

She is also hosting a quilt along using one of her gorgeous modern designs from this book called “Facets”. Quilters from all experience levels will enjoy this one!

WW #30

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Hi! Lots of things happened in the past month. Here are a few highlights.

I use Podkicker Pro to download and listen to podcasts.

The pink disappearing four patch.

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The pink and blue Jacob’s ladder.

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Freshly painted Martha Washington sewing cabinet. I still want to do a bit of decorative painting on it. My kitchen is now the same color gray.

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Here’s my new feed dog cover for featherweight machines. I got it here.

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Happy birthday, baby boy!

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Enjoying a beer with my son.

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Chris, Jeff, and Larry.

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Cheri and Butch, the best neighbors in the universe.

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Where the magic happens at Slippery Rock.

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Mojo and Baby enjoying their fall salad.

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Beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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