Last week was one of highs and lows.
THE LOW: The virus I have been battling, with an irritating cough as its main side symptom, reared its ugly head again. As a result, I missed my self determined deadline for posting the blog.
- Steven's (our 20 year old grandson) apartment was finished and he was able to move out of the basement and into the apartment.
- We attended a tag sale and purchased a 1929 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine. Someone had started refinishing the wood cabinet and that will need to be completed. But the belt is in good condition and it still sews! I have wanted one for a long time but I wanted to be able to sew on it, not just look at it. I learned to sew on a treadle at the age of 9. The entire head of the machine needs taken apart and cleaned then it will be ready to use as soon as the cabinet is finished. Look for pictures on the blog next (no, this week)
- On Saturday Carl, my husband, saw an electric singer for sale on Craig's list. Steven and I went to see it and brought her back home with us. It was produced in 1924. The power cord is in dangerous condition but the seller plugged it in and the light works and the motor just hums along. Unfortunately the belt had broken but they are still available and easily (I hope) replaced. The main question to be answered will be how to handle getting the wiring repaired. The good news is the wood case with the Logo is in excellent condition and merely needs cleaning. Luckily two of the online forums I participate in have people knowledgeable about antique sewing machines. My next goal will be to purchase a Singer Featherweight. They are very much sought after and will probably be outside my budget for some time to come.
If you have any suggestions for names for these two machines be sure to reply to this blog and we'll pick some to go along with Matilda. Maybe I should think about naming my other machines. I have 1 for sale but three of the others could use names. One is already fondly referred to as the Little White Pearl. It is one of a numbered edition of hand painted Bernina machines. Just the right size to take to classes and sewing group.
Posted by Linda Duncan on April 11th, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.Hi Cheryl, Don't have any name suggestions but I've been meaning to contact you since our January meeting and follow your blog and invite you to follow my blog at www.lrdesignsquilting.com and to tell you that we started a facebook page for our Heartland Longarm Quilters Association! Are you on facebook. Keep in touch!