Enter Craigslist. I found a listing for a machine for $25. One owner, claims to be in good condition- but it was made in 1962. Get what you pay for, right? WRONG. This machine is AWESOME. I've surfed around and in good working condition it sells for 200+. Of course it isn't my intention to turn around and sell it. My intention is to use this blessing from God to embrace my artistic ability and to provide a joyful Christmas for my family. Or start projects, get impossibly stuck, and mail them to my Mama to finish.
This is a machine that has personality. She needs a name, and she'll get one. But first, I need string. Or is it called thread? Is there a difference? For right now I'm just content to look at her. She works. She's complicated with antique technology, but she works- quietly. The manual (which is apparently hard to come by) designates it the "greatest sewing machine every built". I believe it. It does a million things I'll never use it for- monogramming, buttonholing. It's got 4 different foots, blah blah blah blah blah blah. It sews in a straight line? Check. My first project is going to be this quilt. Be forewarned. If you have just one crafty bone in your body, do not visit that link. You will be inclined to get your crafting groove on- to become- dare I say it? Obsessed.
|Ain't she a beaut?|
I did Purple Cat tonight. The girls will be delighted to play with her in the morning. Her whiskers are being starched, so excuse her lack of them. She's my favorite so far. Instead of using the face from the pattern, I personalized her to the book.
If you have any ideas or links for felt boarding, please let me know. I'm definitely going to whip up the girls a set of felt food for Christmas. I can't decide if I should get a a pattern from Etsy, or take the time to search out freebies on-line, or -heaven forbid- figure it out on my own.