WOOT! I have an unexpected day off. I got up, checked the weather and road conditions, and sent email to manager that I’d be in closer to noon-ish. He emailed back work is closed?! I never even thought to check the closures, they close so rarely. Maybe 4 times in almost 40 years? (more…)
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Since the last post, here’s what I did the rest of the time I had off in January –
I heard back from Union Special, they said it’s an 1800AA or AG, for sewing bags, made in 1915. Also attached to the reply were 3 files of manuals. Sweet! At first, when I saw “for sewing bags” I thought handbags, but then saw in the manual it’s for sewing things like feed, flower, sugar bags and such. Now I can try and figure out what needles it needs. Even if I only ever give it a spin or two by hand, it would be nice to see it actually make stitches. (more…)
Long time no write. Again.
Let’s see, no progress cleaning up the Union Special, other than giving the wheel a turn or two now and then. I did just email the company asking if they had any information about her.
I found the F & P design wall sheet, right out in the open on top of the steam press. I did get a few yards of flannel to cover some insulation sheets, but still haven’t gotten those. Hopefully this week. (more…)
Well, that 2 months flew by! I have gotten the QOV back from being quilted (a simple stars and squiggles all-over pattern), and got the binding on it. Now to get it delivered tomorrow, or Wednesday, presentation is Nov. 19th. After making this, the Necchi is ready for some oil and cleaning!
The Union Special is no longer frozen. I had to move it, and just for the heck of it, tried to move the pulley wheel (where the belt would go, it’s definitely not easily moved by hand) and it moved about a quarter turn! Turned it the other way and it moved a bit farther, and after a few attempts each direction, it finally turns completely. It’s still stiff, but with some more oil and turning, I think it can be brought back to life. Now to contact the company for information about needle, threading, and missing/broken parts availability. (more…)
Here are photos of the mystery machine, found last summer, sitting outside, barely under an open roof area at an antique shop going out of business. I waffled, walked away….what’s that I hear?!?! A quiet cry “Don’t leave me! Pleeeeease don’t!”. Sigh. My thoughts interrupted by the owners comment of “half price!” My resolve was sunk.
She’s filthy, I have done nothing to her, other than sit her on the floor in the sewing room, out of the weather. The only part that moves is the pressure foot will raise and the bed comes off, otherwise she’s locked up tight. I see no markings, other than what is probably a serial number on the top arm which reads (115997).
Now that I have had the bed off for photos, I don’t see anything that would catch the thread to make the chain stitches, at least I’m assuming she’s a chain stitcher. If not, there’s a whole lot more parts missing. Edit: After taking photos, I realized there is a bottom piece that looks like a serger looper. (more…)
Three months? Already?!? Well, it doesn’t take long to fall off the posting routine, does it? Especially when you really have no sewing or needlework progress to post about. And I don’t want to come here whining about not sewing or stitching. I’ve been on vacation from work this week, and got a grand total of ONE small item sewn so far. I lost one whole day to financial crap, another day went to garden work. Tomorrow I go to the quilt show in Muscatine, it is open on Saturday as well. And I *have* spent 2 full days in the sewing room so far.
Here’s the completed project – (more…)
The local no-kill animal shelter is in dire financial straits. They’ve never been financially comfortable, but now they are in danger of closing in a few months. If anyone stopping by could help out, it would be highly appreciated. And donations are tax deductible. Here’s a link to their Go Fund Me account –
The staff at the shelter and all the animals thank you.
No wonder 5 years slipped by so easily without posting, these five weeks just flew by! I may need to rethink the Sunday night posting schedule. By the time I get the last “gotta do” tasks before work on Monday, posting seems to slip my mind.
Now, about those seat covers (sorry no new pictures, there really isn’t much to show) – (more…)
Sewing activity this week was sporadic. I worked on hand quilting for about 1 1/2 hours one night this week. And worked for SIX HOURS mending flannel lined jeans for DS. Because he kept wearing them until the holes were huge. Because it is turning nasty cold the next few days. Because finding new ones in his size was a failure this weekend. The 2 Thiesen’s stores I got to had sizes 38 waist and below, and 42 and above. No size 40 in any brand or style. You’d think store buyers would be smart enough to buy more of the sizes they run out of, and fewer of the sizes they don’t. I will try another store Monday after work. Thiesen’s also seems to be failing me on finding jeans for myself lately as well. I may end up returning to ordering from Lands’ End.
Apologies about the lack of photos again this week, maybe next weekend I’ll get some photos of projects in progress. Or something at least sewing related, like some of the pin cushions I’ve found at flea markets, or made. I should have taken photos of mending the jeans, or at least before & after. Maybe next time, I’m sure there will be many more to repair.
OK, it’s not sewing. It’s knitting – my 2nd ever completed project. Made with Patons Classic Wool, color number 77436. I used #11 bamboo needles, cast on 15 stitches and knit every row until the yarn was gone. It ended up 4 1/4″ wide by 64″ long unstretched. I got it done just in time, as we are expecting another round of below zero lows and single digit highs this week. YUCK! (more…)