Things Calm Down

5 Aug

It’s been a crazy busy month on this side of the world.  But, my reward came early! Remember when I bought the Singer 221 Featherweight? Well, one came without a case. The woman selling said her mom had the case and accessories and she’d let me know when she got it from her mom.

Well, this morning I went and picked up the case. It was in perfect condition. I noticed it was crazy heavy and I figured there must be a buttonholer inside.

Which there was….

And this zig zagger!

And this great book!

And these singer sewing lessons! Complete with samples from the class!

And a complete box of accessories!

And a random tucker!

An instruction manual, two keys and a can of oil!


If I owe you an email, package or phone call — I’m working on it this week. Thanks for your patience! I slept a full 12 hours Monday and Tuesday after three solid weeks of work. I’ve never appreciated a day off so much :) I’m having a party this weekend — and you know how much time that takes! I have hopes (ha!) of making something for the party. But, I doubt it’ll happen :)


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33 Responses to “Things Calm Down”

  1. Nancy (nanflan) August 5, 2009 at 09:09 #

    What a treasure trove of stuff! You are the perfect person to get all that because you’ll not only appreciate it but use it. I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with all of your new toys.

  2. Emily August 5, 2009 at 09:21 #

    WOW – How did you calm down enough to write this post? I’d be on a Featherweight high for days – weeks, more likely! WOW!!! You hit the motherload, for sure! Enjoy!!!!

  3. Carolyn August 5, 2009 at 09:42 #

    You hit the motherlode for vintage sewing accessories! Enjoy! :)

  4. Rachel August 5, 2009 at 10:15 #

    WOW!!! That is a treasure.

  5. kathleen August 5, 2009 at 11:08 #

    Wow! Score of the century! Congratulations!

  6. Toby Wollin August 5, 2009 at 11:12 #

    hahaha..oh, Cidell – all that’s missing is an inflatable dressform or something like that.

  7. ConnieB August 5, 2009 at 11:44 #

    How fun was that?! Glad you can find some breathing room. Mine comes after next week.

  8. geeksewing August 5, 2009 at 11:57 #

    It’s like you won the lottery.


  9. Elizabeth August 5, 2009 at 11:57 #

    Don’t you just love a good surprise!

  10. Beth (BeeBee) August 5, 2009 at 12:09 #

    Dang! Major Score! And the books tell you how to use all that cool stuff! Enjoy!

  11. shannon August 5, 2009 at 13:29 #

    The picture of the green Singer box almost brought tears to my eyes. A pang of deep nostalgia for the Featherweight machine I learned to sew on, that once belonged to my grandmother. My sister uses it now I think.

  12. dami August 5, 2009 at 13:55 #

    very cool! just took my machines in for servicing and was staring at the old refurbished machines on the display cabinet and thought of you (and your sewing machine farm as someone once put it. lol!) enjoy!

  13. Dana August 5, 2009 at 14:38 #

    Wow! It’s a sewing goldmine! Have fun with all the new toys.

  14. Summerset August 5, 2009 at 14:59 #


  15. Marjie August 5, 2009 at 15:09 #

    You are a lucky girl to have someone send you such a luscious package of accessories! Enjoy!

  16. Kathy August 5, 2009 at 16:20 #


  17. Jc August 5, 2009 at 16:31 #

    What a deal! And a treasure-as one has mentioned. I’m sure you’ve already told yourself “No way, Ebay.” Glad things are on the calm down for you.

  18. Marty August 5, 2009 at 18:13 #

    It looks like all the same stuff my mom had with her old Singer. Brings back memories!

  19. Meredith P August 5, 2009 at 19:36 #

    What a load of treasures! A word to the wise, don’t use the oil on the machine. Treat it to new, pretty clean oil. Treat the old oil as a “collectible”. Same thing for the lubricant, you can find it in Jo-Anns. :-)

  20. El August 5, 2009 at 20:12 #

    I am drooling!
    My greatest find was a singer mocha 301 for $15 (in a cabinet) at a second hand store. . .

  21. Michelle August 6, 2009 at 00:24 #

    can I have ur email address? I am new to sewing and I have alot of questions. I love your work it really inspires. My email address is I’ve searched the blog for ur email but couldn’t find it. I just have a few questions on sewing machines, sergers patterns, and your sewing experiences. Hope to hear from u soon! thanks

  22. Carol August 6, 2009 at 00:47 #

    Glad to see you’re doing well, despite being so busy! Hope you get time to sneak some sewing in somewhere!

  23. Mimi August 6, 2009 at 07:24 #

    Wow! Good thing it’s you, and not me, or that party would be cancelled, and you’d find me on the floor in a sewing stupor after a weekend with all of that stuff!

  24. brocadegoddess August 6, 2009 at 17:08 #

    Man, I am so in envy of that ruffling foot you got, they just don’t make them like that anymore. Nowadays, the part that gets the most stress from holding the foot to the machine is made of PLASTIC! And it cost at least $60 for the foot! Mine has broken twice and is now beyond repairing. Highway robbery I tell you, I’m sure they do it on purpose!

    Oh, for the days of quality accessories!!

  25. Erin August 6, 2009 at 22:35 #

    Jackpot! You are so lucky!!!

  26. Jean August 7, 2009 at 19:56 #

    Lucky you! Those books must be so fun to look through — congrats!

  27. vicki August 7, 2009 at 20:20 #

    Wow, jackpot! You will have fun with all these…when you get the time :)

  28. Linda L August 14, 2009 at 06:02 #

    Wow! those are some great treasures.

  29. Shay September 1, 2009 at 08:50 #


    I will achieve personal Nirvana when I locate a Singer rug-making tool and instruction booklet.

  30. Elizabeth September 3, 2009 at 14:11 #

    I found a featherweight listed on Craigslist for $420. It’s in mint condition with the box, all the attachments/accessories and the original manual. Do you think that’s a good deal? I see you’ve become your own sewing machine dealer over the last year, and thought maybe you could shed some light on reasonable pricing.

  31. Zoe May 21, 2010 at 01:09 #


    Out of all the machines you could have picked why the singer featherweight. What was it that made this machine so special,what can it do that other machines cannot?

    I would love to know. I have had a good look at them and beside being lovely to look at I am not sure what it has over other machines

    thanks in advance


    • Miss Celie May 21, 2010 at 09:24 #

      For many, it’s the perfect straight stitch of the machine which is great. For me, me it’s the portability, the nostaligia and the sturdiness. They are lovely to look at too :)

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