Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Singer 301A --- Thank You Mister

As you may recall, Mister purchased a Singer 301A for my birthday and he has spent the last few days out in the yard working on cleaning and restoring it.  There has been a beautiful breeze out and our spring is amazing for Texas.  I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate the effort he has put forth on my behalf.  It is so nice to be treated so special.  The following picture is one of the before shots and you can see the discoloring on the metal.

He worked and worked and worked for 3 days to clean not only the exterior, but to totally disassemble it and clean each of the mechanisms inside.

The results are amazing and other than a small scratch that happened during shipping, it is perfect.

What do you think?  I am so happy to have it - now we can get my regular machine worked on and I don't have to stop sewing in the meantime.

The greatest part:  IT WORKS!  So fun to take the first few stitches.  After just a small tension adjustment, everything is perfect.  I could not be more happy.  It's kinda fun to sew outside as well.  Now I am on the hunt for a treadle so that I can do just that.  Gotta love these vintage machines.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A New Iron Tote

I returned from grocery shopping to find Mister outside working on the measurements for a new quilted iron tote/portable ironing pad that I can use at meetings, classes, and workshops.  I guess that means I have to get busy as well.  We had picked out the fabrics awhile back and I love the bright colors.

As soon as he finished, I set to work making the sandwich and then hand binding it.  Attaching the handles last leaves me with my finished project.  Now, I only hope that it fits the iron.  Yay!