Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hand Crank Sewing Machine -- A Gift To Me, From Me!

I got myself a Christmas gift -- this vintage sewing machine that was manufactured in Great Britain.

It apparently was once a treadle but was converted into a hand crank.  There is a cover for it but with the crank attached it doesn't fit over the machine.  That's ok with me since I plan to leave it setting out 24/7.  I haven't sewed on one of these before and I imagine it will be a bit tricky to sew using one hand to steady the fabric while the other is turning the crank but I'm as excited as a school girl in spite of that.

Now that I have a treadle and this one, my next plan is to trade someone that I know one of my older machines for one of his.  We've already made the agreement; just need to swap machines.  If only I had a larger space for everything.  I'm squeezing things in wherever I am able!

Hope your Christmas was full of joy.  Our family had some sickness going around but we all managed to celebrate anyway with some changes of plans.  Where there's a will, there's a way.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas

The past week has quickly passed with busy-ness.
Now that Christmas Eve is here and tomorrow the very special day of the year, I pause to wish you, my Friends and Readers,
a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Treadle Time

My son came over today to install a new belt on the treadle so, guess what?
With help from some YouTube videos I was able to thread the bobbin and take my first stitches.
New belt & bobbin winder tire

 I was surprised that the stitches were so even and the tension so good.
I guess I expected it to need adjustments.
I did discover rather quickly that I can't treadle in the task chair that I use for my electric machine.
I roll backwards as I treadle.
Changing to a dining room chair made all the difference.
This is going to take some practice before it comes naturally.  Sometimes I forget to keep treadling!
Next, I guess, I'll try some quilt piecing with it.
Silly me, I'm really excited!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Old Friend Is Back

Sorry I don't have any photos to show but we were able to get peeks out the window into the back yard of six visiting deer just minutes ago.  We know to be cautious to avoid being seen but they are so keen that they sensed or saw us as we peeked.  John says they'll be back later.  He just loves it when they pay us a visit.  I think it's pretty special too.

I've been diligently doing hand sewing on the old project UFO or WIP, whichever one it is, the Grandmother Flower Garden that I began so long ago that I've forgotten exactly when.  Sometimes I knit during our evening TV watching but I'm trying to knit at other times so I can concentrate on hand sewing.  Maybe someday during my lifetime I'll possibly see a finished GFG and look back and grin instead of sighing.  Maybe.  Just maybe.

This is a poor photo but it was a quick snap with my phone.  Last night I got eleven red hexies attached to the outer edge of the flower block.  I'm on block 15 out of 60+ blocks.  Arrgh

I've considered attempting to sew by machine but I'm not convinced that would be much of an improvement.  Any advice out there?

TTFN, good night and be well.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trudy the Treadle

Well, Peeps, gotta' say that it's a bit nippy in the 'hood this evening.
 With that wind chill, it's feeling like winter, finally.
No snow, so far, but I'm confident it's going to happen one of these days.
This morning I had planned to do a few errands but I never got out of the house.
My desire to run around turned into a desire to stay indoors.
And here I remain this evening.
Probably going to be a knit and TV night.
So, for a little show & tell, here's Trudy, my Singer treadle machine.
Trudy was built in 1939 in Elizabeth, NJ, USA.
She's a Model 127 which has the long bobbins and vibrating shuttle.
She has the sphinx decals and they are very good condition.

I just love her!

I've had her for a number of years but she hasn't been used since I've owned her.  I've decided it's time to get her running again.  I've started cleaning her up and she's looking pretty nice, I think, but I need to do some more cleaning on the base and cabinet.  She is going to get a new belt and bobbin winder tire soon and a new needle.  I can't wait to hear her purr!  I moved her to my living room which is where I am currently set up for sewing on my Viking machine.  The light and space are better there than in our tiny craft / office space.

Since I've been doing some YouTube research on treadles I've discovered that it's possible to do free-motion quilting on the treadle.  Well, that's news to me, and I'm going to see if I can manage that.  First I'll have to find a darning foot for Trudy.  I have some vintage Singer attachments but will have to pull them out to see what's in the boxes.

John has been sick all week.  The NP he saw said he has a sinus infection including both ears and also infection in his lungs, but she said it's not pneumonia.  He had some plans to go visit his daughter who is very ill but had to postpone that until he's well.  We are going to begin binge watching Downton Abbey tonight.  That's the kind of TV watching we usually do, a TV series that I have on DVDs.  In baseball season we watch the Cardinals faithfully but after the season ends, we switch over to some of our collection.  We just binge watched Hell on Wheels.  I also feel a little sad when we complete a series, it's hard to come to the end.  But we will re-watch one day.  We have several series that we love.

Well, the time has come to say good night.
See you soon!
xo xo xo

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Knitting Meet-Up

Hello there, Peeps.
Hope your Wednesday is going great.
I met up with two knitty friends this morning at the coffee shop.
Jonnie and Pam
Me and Pam
(my Transitions lenses turned dark as my chair faced the window)
I love getting together with friends for coffee and chat and keeping our hands busy with needlework of any type is fun too.  After our visiting ended, I made a stop at the Dollar Tree to get a few things.  Now that I'm back home I'm being a bit of a slug.  I do have some things on my git-er-dun list but I've found that my comfy chair is a bit too comfy.  I seem to be stuck.

Last evening I moved my treadle sewing machine so I will have enough space to open the lid and use it.  Learn how to use it, I mean.  I've never treadled before but I plan to very soon.  I cleaned it some but didn't get that finished.  There's a new belt to be installed and I'm going to get help with that.  Then I plan to oil it well, change the needle, and start treadling.  I remember watching my mom sew on her treadle when I was a young girl.  I can't hardly wait to do it!

Will be back soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

On The Needles

Last night I started this scarf.
I like the texture of this yarn and knitting with it.
It's another rainy morning here.
I have no plans for going out today.  Will either knit or continue quilting the siggy blocks.  But first, coffee.
Have a wonderful day!
xo xo xo

Sunday, December 4, 2016

O Christmas Tree

The ornaments are on the tree now.  If I can find the other tree skirt I'll be changing it.  Probably I'll put a crèche beneath the tree in front too.
For a tree topper I used a plush Santa hat.

My granddaughter Lily gave me this ornament last year.
She was very young in the photo.

Gotta' have some quilt ornaments, of course.

I crocheted the snowflake many years ago.

My Little Women ornament collection from my sister.
We are having a chilly rain today.
With the gray skies, we have the tree lights on already.
Three weeks from today is Christmas.
When I was just a girl, I thought Christmas would N.E.V.E.R. come.
Now, it seems to come before I'm ready.
It's everything, I guess.
John is going to watch a ballgame on TV.
I think I'll do some reading or more sewing.
It's a toss-up at this point.
xo xo xo

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Happy Birthday ............... To Me

It's my birthday.
Yep, I'm older than dirt!
Ha Ha
At least it feels like it.
 Just thought I'd throw myself a blog birthday party for my
blog friends.
Thanks for visiting.

Siggy Block Quilting Continues

Happy Saturday, wherever you are.
I hope your day is a great one.
I have more siggy blocks ready to be quilted.
I have four shades of green backing fabric and thread.
Two of them are ready.
I took a break from the spray basting.

I tried something new today.
I placed the pieces (one at a time only) in a paper bag
when I spray.
It worked out very well.
I usually try to use it outdoors if possible though.
Right now I'm having some coffee and listening to Christmas music as I write.
John went outside to blow and mulch leaves with the mower.
Enjoy your weekend!
xo xo xo

Friday, December 2, 2016

What I've Been Up To

Hello, December!
November was so q.u.i.c.k.!
Show & Tell Time
 Here's the first of the siggy blocks after I've quilted them.
I plan to do some stitching on the white sections once I finish all the blocks but I don't want to detract from the signatures, etc.  I'm not sure what I'll be doing yet.

I'm cutting the batting a bit larger than the backing fabric and the block and using basting spray.  The backing fabrics are chosen to coordinate with the color theme in the blocks and I'm trying to match my threads to the backing.  I'm using the same thread in the bottom as on the top.
I just now got these pink and peach color blocks prepared and I'll be quilting them soon.
 While John watched a college basketball game on TV a few nights ago I got the tree up in the living room.  What a struggle.  First, I had the incorrect tree stand.  Don't ask.  After I figured that out and the three sections of the tree and lights connected, I saw that some of the lights refused to burn.  I did try changing some fuses but that didn't fix it, so I added a few strings of lights in the dark areas.  It looks ok, but it's just not fair -- I paid a nice price for a pre-lit tree!  When this tree gets retired, I'm buying a plain tree since they don't work for more than a couple of years and then have trouble.  Maybe if I had patience (which I don't) and tried (which I don't plan to), I could find a bad bulb or whatever the problem is.  Not happening though. 
My grandchildren want to come over to help decorate and that's fine, but they will have to wait a few days as I woke up this morning with a hoarse voice and some drainage.  Don't know if it's allergy or a bug so will wait until I know for sure.  I also woke up with a headache that was not just a mild one that goes away with coffee.
I'm having a fun time with quilting the blocks and also with getting comfortable with the Viking machine.  It has some very nice features that my Bernina doesn't and it makes sewing these blocks a little easier.
Well, Peeps, I'm going to get back to my sewing machine and sew along to my Christmas music on my iPod.  And probably have some coffee too.  I'm thinking I will make some Caramel Drizzle coffee in my Keurig.  Sounds good, doesn't it.
Have a great weekend.
I'll probably be back again soon.
xo xo xo