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Third time WASN’t the charm June 20, 2010

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I’m sure you knew this post would be coming . . .. . yep, I’ve changed things in my sewing area, yet again!  And yes, I did get another machine!

You are probably wondering what the heck I’m going to do with all of these machines and tables . . . . . keep the stuff that will serve me well in my personal and business sewing, and then try to sell everything else.  In trying to decide what to sell, I of course got all of the machines cleaned up and working.  I was testing out my old Kenmore – which came from DH”s grandmother and was the machine I learned to sew on – and realized, “hey, this machine ain’t half bad!”

Then, as I got to really looking at it, I realized that it had alot of stitches that are really useful (triple stitch, 3-step zigzag,) that I had no idea were there.  Plus, it’s an all metal machine, so quite sturdy.  After making that discovery, I just couldn’t get rid of it, so I decided to keep it.  That meant that something else had to go, since the old Kenmore had been on the “to sell” list. (more…)

My birthday gift June 20, 2010

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I’ve still been trolling CL, just to see what’s out there and because it’s just fun.  I happened to see a sewing desk that I really liked, and it was only $25.  I thought “aha, here’s what I can do with my birthday money!”  So I bought it, and yes, it came with a machine:  Singer Touch and Sew 640.  Not a great machine, IMHO since there are many plastic components.  But it did work quite well when I tested it out.  Basically, it’s a more modern version of the 401, with plastic parts.

The table was originally maple or oak or something, and the lady I bought it from painted it in black, which I quite like.  She also recovered the chair, so it’s a nice looking little ensemble.  My original idea was to use it as an actual desk, storing the computers and other stuff there, but after actually getting the table, I realized that wasn’t going to work.  So, it’s going to remain a sewing desk, that will live right next to DS’s sewing machine.

A deal too good to pass up June 19, 2010

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Several weeks ago, I was trolling CL to try to find a bday gift for our son.  I happened to see an ad for a 201-2 for $50!!  Whoa!  That’s super cheap!  After talking it over with DH, we decided that it would be good to have a back-up straight stitch machine for the business and this was just the ticket.  I contacted the seller, and several days later we were on our way to pick up the machine.  He had bought it from an estate sale about 5 years earlier, and it had sat in his garage ever since then.  I really liked the desk that it was in, and the machine looked decent.  It did run rather sluggishly, but  I figured a good cleaning would cure that.  Besides, he had lowered the price to $35!  And while searching t hruogh the drawers, I discovered a zigzagger attachment!  Woot!  Woot!

Into the truck it went and we zoomed home to start cleaning it up.  After working on it for several days, I finally got it working quite nicely and got it all shined up.  I did decide to sell it, since the chances of my other 201-2 falling apart were SUPER slim.  Since I really liked the desk, I decided to keep the desk but sell the machine.  I had another desk that I was selling separately, so I joined the two together (which was no small task) and we were in business.

I took before and after pics.  You’ll notice that these look like your typical before and after dieting or make-over pics.  You know, in the before pic, the people always look terrible and then they get all spiffied up for the after pic?  Ha!

BEFORE

AFTER

So it’s currently listed on CL and Ebay classifieds, and I’m hoping to be able to find it a good home!

Third time’s the charm May 29, 2010

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My sewing area has been a bit chameleonish for the past two months, undergoing two big reorganizations.  And now, it’s receiving it’s third change.  I’m hoping this will be the last, but somehow I doubt it!

If you’ve missed the past few posts, I’ve acquired quite a few sewing machines since the last transformation, so of course, the space had to be rejiggered, once again.  I’ll spare you ALL the details, since it’s kinda confusing.  But, I ended up with three machines, each in a cabinet, with none being in the original cabinets they came in.  Clear as mud?=)  I’m quite pleased with how the area turned out . ..  the work flow is quite good and the whole space is starting to look better and better!

Let’s start with the cutting table . . . sadly, it just didn’t fit in the actual space, but it’s just outside the space and quite accessible.

Then the actual “place where I sew” configuration got totally changed.  DH had the great idea to shape it into an “L”.  So practical, not sure why it didn’t cross my mind!  So next to the wall is the sewing desk with the 503 (aka Rocketeer) sitting atop. This was slated to be the back-up zigzag. It may end up being the main zigzag machine since the 401 is acting up. Next is the 201-2 in a walnut cabinet. This is the main straight stitch machine, because it is AWESOME! Making up the short part of the “L” is the 401 in the Singer 24 cabinet (more…)

Living on the edge May 16, 2010

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My original intent after getting the Singer 503A was to clean it up, like I had the 201-2, but this time I was going to give it a go without any instructions.  Such would not be the case.  When I opened up the machine, it was a fair bit more complex looking than the 201-2, (which makes sense since it was made a good 20 years later) and I just wasn’t brave enough.  So I DID look at a manual for a similar machine and followed it, but only loosely.  I ended up with LOTS of parts and a did get them back together without any major casualties.  Well, okay, I DOO have a giant screw that is homeless, but the machine still works, so that’s okay, right?  But maybe next time I’ll be less edgy=)

I also cleaned it up, since it had YEARS of gook and grime built up.  The following pics don’t really do the clean-up job justice.  I guess you can see a difference, it just is more dramatic in real life.  Maybe if I was actually a photographer I’d have better pics to share=)

And the collection begins May 9, 2010

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Noone told me that buying vintage machines was like eating Pringles . . . you can’t just one!  About a month ago I bought a Singer 201-2 and I am totally loving it.  DH thinks it’s quite cool, as well  . . .something about it being built like a tank and simple.  Anyway, it’s a straight-stitch only machine, which means if I wanted to do any monogramming, I’d have to do it free motion, which requires LOTS of practice!  Like I have time for that!  So off I went to the vintage Singers yahoo group to find info on machines that could monogram.

“But wait!” you say.  “Why don’t you just get an embroidery machine to do the monogramming?”  Two reasons:

  1. the embroidery machines are VERY expensive, like $3000+ expensive!
  2. the embroidery machines have very few cool points when sitting next to a vintage machine!

So back to my “research”.  I discovered that Singer made a monogramming attachment, but it wouldn’t work on my 201-2 as the 201 is a low shank machine and the monogrammers were made for slant shank machines.  Singer made a bunch of this type of machine.  Anything in the 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 series would qualify.  Armed with this info, I started trolling local Ebay listings and Craigslist.  I found two promising leads on CL:  a 750 Touch and Sew that came WITH a monogrammer, and a 503A Slant-o-matic, which didn’t appear to come with anything. (more…)