Out with the Old, In with the Old

Several years ago I was so excited when I got my black Featherweight machine. I took it to retreats as a back-up machine. At home I did use it to make one quilt top but otherwise hardly ever used it. Hubby did customize an old student desk we had so the FW fit in it perfectly. This has been my year for clearing out – downsizing as much as possible. Decision made – Featherweight goes. A quilter drove 6 1/2 hours to my home to pick it up – wow! I think she fancied the desk – it was unique and quite handy. It was a little sad to see it go off in her vehicle but honestly, do I miss it? No. Decision well made.

Just a few weeks after saying goodbye to my black beauty, Hubby and I were in Habitat where I spotted an old Singer machine. Of course I had to check it out! What appealed to me was that the needle was close to the head of the machine which meant I could now sew rope baskets and not just bowls. You guessed it – she came home with me. The cost was a mere $27 and I had 30 days to return it.

It sews beautifully – very smooth. Hubby took it apart (oh how he loves doing that), went online for the manual and servicing info. It was extremely clean. Oiled and greased, I was ready to make my first basket. Yeah! It worked!

My new basket is on my cutting table for throw-aways. I’ve only made the one so far. The machine is put away for now so I won’t be tempted as I would really like to finish up a few other works in progress first. It will definitely be a fun day when it comes out again.

Will I travel with her? Oh no, she weighs a ton!

7 responses »

  1. That model was my first sewing machine – I bought it new when I got married in 1977. Loved it; lost it in Hurricane Katrina, or I’d still be using it!

  2. Great ‘new’ machine and basket. I’m not sure what you mean that the needle is close to the head of the machine so you could sew baskets? It sure worked well and I love your rope choice. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. I was sad to see your beautiful Featherweight go, but that Singer sure is pretty! Nice that it works so well for your rope bowls. The scrap catcher is sweet!

  4. The basket is wonderful, and it looks like you got a real bargain on that sewing machine. Happy 2021!


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