Archive for March, 2011

You saw quilt 1.

Here is quilt 2.  It is about 70 x 80″ and I quilted it HEAVY!

Not my colors at all, but JP likes it so I tried not to quilt anything too flowery.


The spot for quilt #3 was reserved for K’s wallhanging in the bright colors.  We have plans to see her soon so I wanted it all done and ready.

It will look much nicer on her wall!  🙂

Quilt #4 is started and is one of my LaPetité wallhangings so not very big.   I had to force myself to stop working on it so I have something to show when my gf comes over tonight to see.

I can’t stand being gone now for the mundane like grocery shopping …. and last night felt like a toddler not wanting to go to bed.  The night before JP asked if I wanted a cot down there.    🙂

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A Peek at Sewing Class

Last week was class 1 of Beginning Sewing Class and I had three 9 year old girls for class.  Another student will join us for the following weeks.

I had out 3 of my black Singers to use.  And you can see in the corner, a selection of fabrics they got to use for our project.

I think it looked quite fun in the living room and the girls were pretty full of smiles to see the machines.  (So were my small group ladies the night before!)  One student admitted to being scared.  None of them had ever used a sewing machine.   One had been taught to hand-sew by her dad! 🙂  (not like our house!)

I went over the parts of the sewing machines and they found the various places on the machine where they were sitting.  I gave them a path drawn on paper and they sewed along the path without thread.  The first part was a square that worked its way to the center so lots of practice with raising & lowering the needle, the presser foot, and pivoting the paper.   The first side was shakey, the next side went better, and then the lightbulbs went on!  🙂   The second half of the paper was for following the line with the edge of the presser foot.  It was fun!!  They enjoyed it much more than I did in 7th grade Home Ec. when I wanted fabric to sew.

Our project for the day was making a pillow.  I showed them the fabric choices, some batik prints leftover from K’s school projects.   One at a time they came to the cutting area, traced around my 12 1/2″ ruler, and then cut out their pillow front & back with scissors.  They repinned for sewing and of course, all of a sudden, all 3 were ready for thread!  I threaded all the machines, one incorrectly I think, and away they went!  They had to do a few stitches in reverse at the start & stop of the opening and pivot at all the corners.  Fun & they did it!!!  🙂

Then they trimmed the corners as I showed them, turned the pillows right side out, and stuffed them.  While the first one was turning her pillow, another student asked if I had the stuff to put inside.  The first student beamed, “Yes, I see it over here.”   So exciting  — I had bought stuffing!!  🙂  And their delight at pulling out bits from the bag.   Glee!!!

After getting enough stuffing inside, I showed them how to hand sew the opening closed.  I showed a hidden stitch with a bite into one fold, then slide into the opposite side’s fold.  After they got going, I checked on one student.  She said the beginning part (that I did) wasn’t right, she had switched to a whip stitch on the outside of the fabric.   I think dad won in that lesson.  So funny!!

I reviewed our next 2 projects, what they need to bring for the next class, and we measured their waists so I bought the right sized skirt pattern on sale last weekend.   And it was time to head home!  I was THRILLED they finished their pillows in the class time AND I got to go over the next projects.  They are excited.

As 2 waited for the ride home, they asked if I had more papers to stitch on. Thankfully, yes!  They were delighted to try a different machine and stitch again.

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My new HQ Fusion 24 long-arm machine!!

Or the new baby of the family.    😉

My set-up man came on Wednesday morning.  He was here from 9:15 – 12:50 with a bit of lunch break in there at noon.  So, a good 3 hours to set it all up from the 9 boxes it arrived in!   Phil was in & out helping with the frame & table and helping his Dad get the manure tank filled outside.  (There is not a good way to say that… FIL was hauling manure.  He can’t fill the tank/hook up the pump & pipes so Phil keeps an ear out for FIL to come pulling back in the lane needing a new load.)

the first step... build the 12' table

I had an OVER-FULL week but in my mind gave myself Wednesday afternoon to play.  🙂   First off, get the leaders on.   No good photos so I head upstairs and start the DVD.  Pause. Run downstairs to do the next step.  Upstairs to see the next part.  Downstairs to complete it.

By this time, I decided the ease of use of the upstairs TV was not worth this running up & down!!  So then I spent the next hour going back & forth to my sewing room.  Really, I would like HQ to give me step-by-step photos!!  Some parts of the quilt pin wrong side to right side of the leader and others are right side to wrong side and then another is right side to right side!  Ack!!  I’m sure I’ll get it down but for the first time…. whew!!

I finally had my quilt loaded, the machine threaded (need better photos of that too!!), the bobbin filled & inserted, the tension set,  and I QUILTED!!!  For about 25 minutes…. and K called and I was reminded I needed supper as the small group ladies were due in an hour!!  Very funny!!!!  My studio needs a clock and a trash can!

I didn’t have much time on Thursday but about 30 mins after lunch in which I called my dealer with questions.   Seems that the monitor has been upgraded recently but not the manual or my dealers’ knowledge so I was flying by the seat of my pants!!  However, after Thursday’s afternoon class (that I taught here), a snack & quick nap, then supper, I had a bit of time to quilt.  🙂


Just fantastic!!

How wonderful to have a large area to quilt in without having to CONSTANTLY readjust the quilt like I did when quilting on my domestic machine.  Plus I don’t have to hold the whole quilt or baste it.  Yippeee!!!

Thursday evening I finished my first quilt!  🙂  I had only done a meandering freehand pattern across it to get familiar with the whole machine.  However, I needed a flourish on it so added a feathered heart in the bottom corner.   🙂  It isn’t perfect but it is just a quilt for me and I love it!

Phil has had a yucky cold (was just getting something Weds night) so tonight was the first night he came to my studio much while I was working.  JP stops in often to see me.   K is glad that now that she & JP aren’t my students anymore, I have time to pursue my quilting and teaching more.     🙂 🙂  What sweet music from my daughter!!

I have the second quilt on the frame (worked on loading it Friday right after lunch and then in the evening)  and have a bit to go on quilting that.  I am doing a much tighter freehand pattern (not a meander) and it is a larger quilt.  Plus it has 2 borders that I’m quilting with special designs.   I just started on it this afternoon so I suppose I’ve put in 4 hrs or so on it.

So much to learn but SEW FUN!!!

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I’m getting ready for a Beginner Sewing Class that I’m having here at the house.  Most of the students are young homeschoolers and I’m excited to be doing this!

I’m providing machines…. I guess this isn’t so hard with a collection like this!  🙂

This afternoon I cleaned them all and checked all the cords.  All are threaded and make a perfect stitch!!  Nice job Singer… too bad you changed something when you quit making these black ones!  They are portable machines but not featherweights, but I wonder about #4. (more on that)

I just love seeing them all out & knowing they sew so nicely!!!   🙂

From left to right (front, back, front, back):

1 – this has an Ashland label so I’m wondering if Dad bought this at the church auction several years ago.  It isn’t Aida Mae’s, that is in a cabinet.  (from the church sewing room?)

2 – my mom’s, purrs like a well-loved machine.  Didn’t need any cleaning at all.  Ready to go!  This is the machine I learned to sew on and the reason I’ll snag a black Singer at a sale!  🙂

3 – from an auction but I have no idea when or where!

4 – from an auction in 2009; I peeked in the non-traditional case (not the traditional wooden arched case) and saw a black beauty! This came home in exchange for my $2.50.  It is a British Singer.  It is little… were the British featherweights in cream & leather cases?

Do you know of a website where I can put in the serial numbers and get model numbers & dates? I have Featherweight parts suppliers but not regular Singers like these.  Would love to get a few new parts.

ETA:  Thanks to Michelle, I’m dating a few of these!

#1 made in 1930, 10000 were made Model 99

#2 made in 1948 and I have my mom’s pristine manual still 🙂

#3 made in 1946, could be Model 15 but manual online doesn’t match machine.

#4 was made in 1954, Model 99K, and I was able to download the manual for it free!!! 🙂

At various sites, the information on the models conflicts but I think these dates are at least in the ball park!  😉

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