Touch & sew

Having a random day today.  First let’s start with progress on the Well Blankie quilt:

Well Blankie

 

This is coming out so cool.  I decided to ask my cousin’s family if they wanted to see pix of the progress, or be surprised when it’s finished.  They haven’t decided yet, so I’m keeping these pics off facebook for the time being.  The circles are using HandiQuilter’s Half-Circle rulers.  The rest is getting a loose stipple.

Next on the agenda, I went a little crazy at Walmart.  First, their clearance section had One of these (which obviously came home with me):

Rotary Cutting machineSo far it’s pretty crap-tastic.  I’ve wanted one forever, now I wonder why.  Maybe it’s just me.  Not sure I’ve mastered it, yet.  We’ll see.  Not giving up, yet.

Next at Wallie world…I got a wild hair and decided to kit-out my sewing machine repair Hobby(?) by buying all new tools!!!

toolsThe set was under $10, and the bag was like $6.  I added to the bag my bottle of TriFlow lubricant, tube of TriFlow grease, a lint brush, a 100 count of fresh machine needles, and the universal timing tool…wait.  Where is my universal timing tool? It’s MISSING!  The baggie is there, but the box holding it is missing!!! I don’t know where it is! I searched my sewing room, with no luck.  I searched the living room sewing area (yeah I’ve kind of taken over the living room now, too).  No luck.

After a couple hours of searching, I gave up.  Went to WhiteSewingCenter.com and printed out the order form.  They are $59.00 when not purchased during class.  Guess I should buy two to have a spare one?  Watch the old one surface just as soon as I order the replacements. Grrrr. (and also, mailing in an order form? What year is this???)

 

And lastly, I’ve added FOUR new machines to my sewing machine collection!  Three were purchased off Craigslist for $40.  Two work fine, but one is missing parts (bobbin shuttle, bobbin gears and shaft).  The one that isn’t working is a Singer Touch & Sew,

Parts Machine

which just so happens to be the same model as is in the cabinet out in the living room.  It came with a crate of gears (for different stitches).  I’m going to try to see if they can be used on the functioning machine.  One has a really nice full cabinet:

cabinet

Which looks really nice in the living room!

And the third machine (also in a cabinet, but nothing outstanding), is in REALLY good condition:

Singer This is just missing a decent presser foot.  I’ve ordered a new one.  $2.19 off Amazon. Whoo Hoo!

Wait – I lied.  There’s more to this story.

Many many years ago I bought a Kenmore 148, of which I promptly lost the pedal/power cord.  After my sewing machine repair class in 2012, I took it apart and gave it a full service…well as best as I could without having the pedal/power cord.  I periodically would look online for one, but they were all three-prong, where my motor was only two-prong.  Long story just a bit longer, I finally started looking for WHOLE machines of the same model, instead of just the power cord.  Ebay was my friend! Finally I found the right model with what looked like a two-prong power cord.  And they wanted only $15.00 for the whole locked-up machine and pedal/power cord. Wow!  Shipping, mind you, was $25.00!  But I was not to be deterred!  After it shipped, hubby and I the happy highest bidders, it dawned on me that if I found the pedal/power cord once it arrived, then I couldn’t return it.

Wouldn’t you know, while moving boxes around in the sewing room THAT VERY NIGHT, I found the stupid power cord.  Plugged it up and listened to that baby purr!

Here’s the pedal of dishonor: pedalStupid pedal.

Anyway, the other machine is still in transit.  We’ll see how bad it is “locked up” and maybe I can salvage it, turn around and sell it for more than we paid for it.  I’m flipping sewing machines!

 

So The very next night, I picked up a Singer FashionMate for $20.00, with case.  Supposedly it works perfectly, though the case is pretty dirty.

That’s 5 new machines, plus the old one, which is now functional again! Ha! What am I going to do with all these machines, you ask?

Well, I’ve been putting some thought into that.  I’ll update the blog when I have more details.

 

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