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Monday, August 5, 2013

My new friend....

We have just returned from a very fun mini-vacation to the Upper Peninsula...Mr. Outback got to shoot skeet for 4 days under blue skies and cool temperatures and I got invited to join some of the other wives for antiquing.

Sitting on the floor of a vendor's booth inside a large antique mall, was this little Featherweight - kind of dusty, neglected and looking for a new home. I asked if we could plug it in...turned on the switch...after a little fiddling, it worked! And the vendor had a sign up that said 20% off any purchase over $100...I said "I'll take it"...

As it looked in its case

When we arrived back home, the RV needed some things brought in and loads of wash started...we have a quick turn around this week and are off to Green Bay for another shoot...but with wash going and dinner started, I just had to take a close look at my new little friend. She needed a good cleaning, oiling and a fresh needle. My goodness, oiling a machine from around 1955 is a far cry from my newer Berninas (which are probably pouting now in the sewing room). I discovered the 221's have ALOT of oiling holes for such a small machine!

Of course, I just needed to thread it up and run a scrap of my own fabric through it...a nice stitch. My main intention? She will travel with us on trips. Small, lightweight, compact...perfect...I am in Featherweight heaven.


Now she just needs a name...


Hope you have a fun week filled with your own discoveries!!


Pat

 

17 comments:

Helen McNaught said...

Oh you lucky lady! We don't see many Featherweights over here in Australia! and if we do, they are over $1000.

I love sewing on the antique machines and yes, they have lots of places for oil! and grease too!

Happy sewing!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How very cool. My hubby does clay shooting, so we do a little traveling too. But I've never found a Featherweight in my travels :-)

Barb said...

congratulations! I love my little feather weight and I'm sure you will too.
It is so easy to move around the house and take with you.
Have fun!

Karen said...

My husband purchased a third featherweight for me last week while we were on vacation. I now have two black ones and a celery (white). I did not need it, but they are so cute. I ordered a 1/4" foot for it from Annie's Attic Catalog. I have one to use on the other machines and it works well.

Doniene said...

Wow!! What a great find!! I, too have been wanting a featherweight!! So glad yours turned out to be a winner!!

Blessings

Pondside said...

That little machine was just waiting for you. I love the thought of you packing a little antique machine into your very modern rig so that you can sew on the go!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

You will love your new "Feather Weight", congratulations a great find!!!!

Carolyn

Gayle said...

Now you need to go to the Singer website and find out the date of manufacture for your little machine. I always buy fabric as a gift to my machine on her 'birthday' - good excuse, huh? LOL Nice find!

Kindred Quilts said...

She's a beauty! And a perfect travelling companion! My 1937 feather weight's name is Helen, after an Aunt who gave it to me when, at age 96, she had to move into a nursing home. It's a treasure!

Susan said...

What a gorgeous find. Imagine all the stories it could tell.......and now you can add your own creations to it's history.

Mimi said...

Sounds perfect all the way around. Enjoy!

Kyle said...

What a great find. I know you'll have fun while you travel.

Janet said...

What a treasure, I have two, one was so cheap I bought it for parts. My one is called Pearl and she is a pearl but its named after an aunt.

lemonverbenalady said...

Gosh, we had one of those when I was a kid! If I had only known, TO! So glad you had a good vacation. Love your new look (or maybe it's old!). Hotter than you know what here and humid! xo

Paula said...

You will love your Featherweight. I got one also to use in our RV. Lots of oiling they need, indeed.
I call mine "Anna".
Enjoy!

KarenInTheWoods Karen Pfundtner said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog, I followed your link on your name to yours!

So glad to hear about the Featherweight... my friend Paula got one too for travelling in the RV. Guess I should keep a lookout now for one for me?

Right now I take along my electric new Janome, but I prefer sewing on my 100 year old Singer treadle machine in a big drawing room cabinet. That's a bit hard to take along in the motorhome! LOL

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Carrie P. said...

wow! I think you hit pay dirt!