Over the summer a neighbor posted on the community listserv that she was destashing fabric as she prepared for a move. Never one to turn down fabric, I went over for a wee looksie. Turns out she’d been a one-time reader of my blog (pre-graduate school) and collected vintage sewing machines.
And, then she showed me this:
I immediately began trying to figure out if I could talk her into selling it to me. She wasn’t particularly interested in selling. And I was a motivated buyer. I knew I was leaving my job soon and finally merging bank accounts with my husband. So, now was the time to spend money any way I wanted. Plus, it was literally in my backyard. I kind of felt like it was meant to be mine.
Now, despite being lucky enough to buy a black singer Featherweight in 2009, I’ve *always* wanted a white one. But, they were too far away and too expensive.
Short version: it took about two months of gentle prodding, prying and begging emails before she put a price on it. And, I took it. Happily.
Meet my squad.
It’s a 3/4 sized Kenmore 1040 (Kenny, acquired in 2007) , my main machine a Bernina 830 (acquired 2013). My new-to-me white Singer Featherweight and my black Singer Featherweight. I just realized that each of those machines has a sewing community connection! How cool is that?
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Done with my Featherweight tote designed by @ingrid.vantuyl. Still need to make the folding bed mat. Used orange piping in homage to Dutch Mail fabric 😃 I'm not a 'crafter' and my work here is wonky. But, love this little tote. Protects the case and is super cute. Pattern available from @singerfeatherweight blog.
The first project I decided to make with my new machine was a random carrying tote and sewing pad. So, very crafty of me, eh? I’m not prone to craft projects. But, I was housesitting the weekend I bought it and thought would be a fun thing to do that didn’t require my full sewing room. The pattern is available from The Singer Featherweight Shop.
My fabric is a fun Dutch postal fabric I bought while in Amsterdam on our honeymoon three years ago. I think I thought I was going to make shower curtains from it. Then realized I wasn’t going to make a shower curtain from anything.
To be funny, I decided to line it with orange fabric. Because, Netherlands = House of Orange. Get it? I often amuse myself with totally nerdy stuff.
There’s one piece I didn’t finish, the folding bed cover for storage. I may or may not get around to it. For now, I have the unfinished piece just sitting there, heh.
I am officially the cat lady of sewing machines.