Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Meet Winky

I've had almost no time for reading the last couple of weeks (so sad!); I'm actually completely caught up on my reviews, something that has not happened in a long time. So instead of talking about books, I'll tell you about my new sewing machine.

Isn't it beautiful? It's a Singer Featherweight, made in the 1950s. They're simple little machines (they don't even do zigzag), but they last forever and are really strong. Great for quilting, which is what I mostly use it for. I named mine Winky, because sometimes when you whiz along too fast his little light starts to flicker.

They were made to be portable machines, which is perfect for me because I have to lug it to the quilting classes I take at my local quilting shop. Although the machines are small, they come in these really heavy wooden boxes that weigh more than the machines do. So my mom found this great fabric case on the web and ordered me one. (Thanks, Mama!)

I've had even less time for quilting lately as I've had for reading (because as much as I like quilting, reading totally trumps it), but I will show you this one that my mom, Twin and I made together a couple weeks ago. It's from a book called Easy Pieces (though we didn't think it was all that easy). We really like how it came out.


rachel said...

Looks awesome, Jennie! I like the color combinatons.

ames said...

I love how you name your things. :P

Nice quilt! I'm so in awe of people who create. I don't have the time right now, but one day. I need to master the violin first.

ReneeW said...

What a cute little sewing machine. It looks like an antique. Back when I was a stay at home mom I used to quilt and sew like crazy. Now that I'm working full time *outside* the home, I just don't have the time. Someday I will get back into it. Love the case your mom bought. I have a lovely Viking sewing machine just gathering dust. That little quilt is adorable. Great piecework. Looks like you didn't have to match a lot of corners and angles which are the hardest part for me.

Jace said...

I have a sewing-machine phobia. LOL But I love looking at the antique (and antique-looking) ones. :) Yours is gorgeous.

Kelli's Kaleidoscope said...

So this is a different machine than what Julie has, right? Where did you get your machine from? Just curious. I love your quilt. I'll get pics of my skirt up soon...I definitely wish I lived closer so I could ask you and Julie questions. I want to learn how to make button holes but haven't had luck finding good instructions yet (and I'm not sure if my beginner sewing class will cover that). Have any good sources for extremely clear sewing how-to instructions for older machines?

CindyS said...

I love Winky!! I may have to come and steal him ;) And that quilt looks really hard because the seams are off kilter.

I have been toying with the idea of sewing my own drapes. The last time I did, I didn't line them and they looked flimsy. It was a roman blind though and I thought I was all that for getting it done!

Can't wait to see what else you come up with. If only I had a place I could put up the sewing machine without the hubby asking 'when is this going to be put away?'. Ugh.


Jennie said...

Thanks, Rachel!

Ames--I want to learn to play the cello someday! I don't know why. I just do. ;)

Renee--Yes, I think that's why the quilt was supposed to be easy--the piecing was really flexible and there were no corners to match up. Our troubles came in getting the blocks in the right order, so the star pattern came out. I understand about not having time to quilt--it's definitely a time-intensive endeavor. :)

Jace--Sewing really isn't as hard as it seems from the outside. But I'm definitely no master. My sister's really good though, so she helps a lot. :)

Kelli--My machine is the same model as Julie's, so now we have two. Mom bought it from Tim's wife (did you ever meet Tim, Mom's business partner?), who found it at a garage sale. I don't know how to do button holes--but I know it can be tricky. And we had to buy a special attachment for our Singers, and as yours is an antique too, I think you will too. Hmmm, I will consult with Julie on a good book you might get. I have the owner's manual for my machine, which does have some good how-tos in it. Do you have yours? You can find them on the internet if not. I think. ;)

Cindy--We made our own curtains, but they're the simple, fluttery thin kind that don't need a lining. More elaborate window treatments are definitely beyond me. But if you want something simple, just making curtains out of sheets is really easy. :)

Lorie McCown said...

Wow, I love my featherweight too! Nice work on the quilt. But I know what you mean being pulled in different directions. Nice blog!