Friday, August 22, 2008

New member of the family...

Want to hear the latest story? About this little darling machine above? I was at work at the hospital, and a co-worker was talking about her twin grandchildren, due to be born soon. She was selling some "stuff" that she did not want anymore and wanted to get rid of. She is in a de-clutter point in her life, due to her grandchildren being born soon...just clearing out her home a bit. She was selling coins, and old things...and she then said, "I have an old sewing machine...I need to get rid of it!" My ears perked up...but I did not say anything until she said, "It is a featherweight." My hand shot up! She sold it to me for a very reasonable price...and it sews like a dream! It also came with the original hard case, and extra feet, but alas, no book. She said she had sewn her prom dresses on it when she was 15 and 16 and 17 years old. She is retirement age now and has not sewn for many years. I looked up the serial number, and this baby was born on January 22, 1948. Singer has a website you can look up and see when and where each machine was born (manufactured). This machine (Bessie, I have called her) sews so well. Just so neat! And so reminiscent of my parents sewing on their machine.

This little quilt was made from a pattern on Bonnie's website. I am trying to use up all my fabric, and this is my entire batic collection. The border is from the trimmed corner units, made from the blocks. I like the beautiful cheerful colors. Even the background is a batic. A far cry from my usual reproductions!!


OK, this is all that is left of my Dear Husband's PJ's after the lettering on the be-attitudes quilt from previous posts was done. Think he will notice?? Hehehe! he is such a dear not to mind...too much!! By the way, he likes his new Pj's too.


Have a wonderful weekend! I am off from work again! Although the hospital did call at 5 AM and asked me to please come and work overtime...I declined...I just need to recharge a little bit. Hope you have time to do whatever you love this weekend too!
JulieK





28 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

My poor FW hasn't been out of her box in GASP years....

Amelia said...

Wow...you got a winner in that machine.

Sometimes older is better - well in certain things.

Have a great weekend!

Jeanne said...

You'll love your 'new' Featherweight! I do all of my piecing with mine and also take it to classes, retreats, etc. Your Be Attitudes quilt is so pretty and the pie your hubby made looked delicious from the picture. Mmmm.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Congratulations! I'm sure Bessie will like her new home :^)
I gasped when I saw the pic...I'd love to own a Featherweight...some day! I like your batik quilt; isn't it great to use up some stash?? I sure laughed when I saw your DH's pjs but you were being resourceful, right? LOL Enjoy your Be Attitudes quilt; it's beautiful. cheers, QGB

sara said...

Welcome to the featherweight family!! I ador emine, and use it everyday!!

Linda said...

Oh what a beauty Bessie is, Singer also has downloadable manuals for your machines.... Love the new quilt top and had a good giggle at your dh's pj's.....

Finn said...

Hi Julie, love, love, love that you got a neat little FW! I am still hopeful there is one in my future...LOL
Not many seem to turn up around here.
Happy Belated Birthday sweetie! Congrats on the big 44!
Love the "Be" quilt..you did a beautiful job, the love just shine right out of it!
And you Batik piece is so nice...love the colors.
Not so much the snake pics tho...very happy to hear no one got bitten by it! Take good care of you, hugs, Finn

Kathy said...

Congratulations on Bessie! You are going to enjoy her.

I have my mother's featherweight and I love it!

Kathy said...

Congratulations on Bessie! You are going to enjoy her.

I have my mother's featherweight and I love it!

cathicrafts said...

I am still excited about my featherweight find this summer, congrats on yours!!!

Leanne said...

Ha Ha love the PJ's ...... Bessie is a great find have fun with her.

Teresa said...

Talk about being at the right place at the right time - congratulations on your FW!

I laughed when I saw your husband's pj's or what is left of them. I had told my husband about the post where you told how he put them on and discovered you had cut holes in them. To see what is left now, was just too funny.

Marilyn R said...

You are going to love sewing on Bessie! I love my Featherweight. I just realized, I haven't named mine yet - Yikes!

Vicki W said...

The FW is such a great find and I love the batik quilt! I can't believe that it represents your entire batik colection - I am seriously over-stashed.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Julie, how neat for you and cosmic. Make a mental note and I'll bring you up to speed later.

I love the quilt you whipped up and I really really love that you are recharging. I hope you're home today and NOT cleaning.

It was funny to see DH's PJ's on the floor like that...all used.

Multi-Purpose Love, *karendianne.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

OH my goodness what a nice machine you got!!!!! I love the little quilt you made, I too am trying VERY hard to not buy fabrics. Whew its a little hard LOL but I am doing pretty good with it. I would LOVE to use up a good portion of what I have!

LOL on your DH PJ's but they sure went into a great project I love those blocks!

Darcie said...

Congratulations on your sweet little Bessie! She's in good hands!

Love the pic of the pj's! Looks like there's still a little more left over. Where will we see them next? ;-)

Glad you had some enjoyable days away from work! Refreshing, isn't it!

Jan said...

Your new little Featherweight is a beauty. You will enjoy her! I love mine! Your batik quilt is beautiful!

Libby said...

How wonderful that the little machine has found a new home where it will be used and loved just as it should be *s*

Jackie said...

I love the new featherweight! You were definitely in the right place at the right time. I love your Batik quilt. I will have to look up the pattern on Bonnie's site. Your hubby is a dear for "lending" you his PJ's!!

Faith said...

aww what a lovely machine now you need a name for her what are you going to call her... I call mine Zola because shes simple just does straight stitches and zigzags now computer fuzzybits on her.

Carole said...

Congrads on your new addition! I've heard many good things about FW. Do not own one myself, but my friends do! Be Attitude quilt turned out lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Sunny said...

Oh lucky you! Congrats on your new addition. I am still lusting after a Featherweight. Hopefully one day. I like the batik top. I have yet to venture into that type of fabric yet. I don't really know why when I see such beauties as this simple quilt.

Ginger Patches said...

Did you say you're using up ALL your fabric?!? Wow!!! Lucky you with the featherweight, my neighbor just got one and she loves it!

bingo~bonnie said...

that is so funny!!! I have never thought of using dh's PJs before!!! What a whole new door you have just opened for all of us Mad for Plaid quilters! :P

As I wait for Bonnie Hunter's book to come out, I've been buying men's shirts like they're going out of style every Sunday at the Goodwill sales... now I'll have to keep an eye out for PJ bottoms too!

Your weed wacker turned out great. Love from Texas! ~bonnie

MYRA said...

Congrats on you FW! I inherited mine from my Gram. Didn't know its worth till I brought it to my first quilt class!
Your Be Attitudes quilt is lovely...
Your hubby's Pjs on the other hand... Wow! LOL! How resourceful is that! Love it! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Lucy said...

Congratulations with your beauty!! I always sew on my featherweight. I love the humming sound and the stitches are perfect!

Nan said...

I am drooling over that sewing machine!! I bet it sews very well!
The batik quilt is beautiful, Julie. Your choice of fabric and design is wonderful!!
I love the photo of the leftover pj's - they gave up their "life" for a very worthy cause.