MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, March 23, 2018

A wee bit of change - and something wonderful



I've done a little of the detailing on the latest barn as you can see from this photo (if you want to scroll down to my previous post, perhaps you can see just how much as been changed)....


Yesterday I had coffee with one of my friends and shared my tale of woe over my sewing machine issues and she remembered that she had a machine that she never uses (she much prefers handing her sewing needs over to me because she's pretty hopeless when it comes to any sort of machines).  She offered to let me try her machine and, if it worked, we could discuss a price).  Of course it was in the case when she gave it to me so I wasn't sure what was inside but when I picked it up my heart did a little flip because I thought that maybe.....just maybe....it might be a Singer Featherweight.  And it was!!  And even better?  It works!  She hadn't used it for a number of years and I knew it likely needed oiling and luckily I have some.  Of course it won't do anything but straight stitch (no zig zag or free motion capabilities) but it sews!  

See how beautiful she is???.....



An internet search with the model number
yielded the information that this little
beauty was made in December of 1951.


- Alas, there's no instructions for THIS, but it's worth seeing!  A John Deere diaper tractor....fun.

- THIS falls under the category of 'what will they think of next'!

- If you happen to be searching for a good site that gives multiple suggestions for substituting available yarns for discontinued yarns, have a look at THIS one.

- Have a look at the work from THIS artist! (scroll down)

- There are several ideas HERE for fabric storage.

Another anonymous quote for you today..."Ability is what you're capable of doing,  motivation determines what you do, and attitude determines how well you do it"







17 comments:

I am said...

Hi Mary anne your barn is coming along nicely ,well done and boy what a lovely friend your machine looks like a beauty,have fun sewing on her xx

Quinn said...

Huzzah!! My sewing machine is a Featherweight inherited from the original owner, my Auntie Ruby. We are now Sewing Sisters! Except only one of us is actually sewing. But that will change if/when I get my house put to rights and have some room to spread out :)

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

What a magnificent looking machine and what a great friend. You will be able to do free-motion with that one! Barn is coming along nicely. Thanks for links. The artist with the trees is great. I do similar with some of my trees.

Catherine p said...

The barn is really taking shape! The Singer looks like a real treasure.

Gerry Krueger said...

I also acquired my featherweight from a friend. She moved to a new house in a new city and broke her leg and every single thing was in boxes. I flew to help her unpack and we came across a featherweight she had bought some 30 years before and had never even threaded it. She gave me the machine and it has had a prominent place in my living room ever since and even though I have 4 other machines it is the featherweight I use. It has best and tightest stitch of all....I love mine and you will love yours also....

Karen said...

Oh, she is beautiful!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Lucky you she looks like a beauty!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I had to think about that quote for a moment. What a great sewing machine find!! When you said Featherweight, it brought a memory of MY first sewing machine, but a 1966 model. I worked for a Singer store in the early 70s too selling machines. I LOVED that job!
xx, Carol

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I was so excited to see the machine, I forgot to mention the BARN. Great progress.
xx, Carol

Mary Ann Tate said...

Wow she's a beauty. Lucky you :)

Janie said...

Good progress with your barn frame and sky, Mary Ann.
That's a nice feather weight, you'll be having lots of sewing fun.
That online yarn substitution link will make life easier for knitters.
Good to know.

Becki said...

Oh my - that sewing machine is beautiful! I love how small, yet solid it looks. I hope you enjoy many years of using that Singer Featherweight, Mary Anne!

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi MA! I'm loving the direction of your barn! It has changed a great deal since the last time I stopped in. Your featherweight made my heart jump. That is exactly like my mom's old machine, the one I learned to sew on. I don't know the model number but the 1951 would be right in the time that she probably got it. The first thing I made on it was a beach towel...lime green and royal blue swirly patterned terry cloth. I sewed the hems and the end. LOL Enjoy the lovely little machine!

Deepa said...

Aren't you the luckiest of all...touchwood!!!

Renee said...

I love your barns. This one is fantastic already. Beautiful work!

elizabeth s said...

What a beautiful machine you deserve it for your generous spirit thanks so much for all you share. i cant always read straight away but make sure i do read your blog, your barn quilts are beautiful.

Karen Ruane said...

oh it is indeed a thing of beauty....you lucky, lucky lady