Monday, May 26, 2014

Rare Sewing Treasure

I am so excited about what I bought this weekend!!! Around the corner and down the road a bit was an estate auction of a neighbor of ours. I looked around a bit and decided to stick around for awhile to see if I could pick a few things up for a good price. I didn't even see this beauty until they were getting ready to auction her off.

It's a 650 Sewing Machine made by the White Company. It is in its original sewing cabinet too. I have never seen a treadle sewing machine up close and personal before. A little background on the White Company I found after searching on the internet. It was started in 1876 in Cleveland, Ohio. They manufactured sewing machines in the U.S. until sometime around 1960-1970s. They then moved everything over to Japan. The Viking/Husqvarna/White Company is still around. I hope to call them this week and see what year my Family Rotary model is. They started making them in the 1890's but from the foot plate I can see that the earliest this model would be is 1913. That is the last patent stamped date. I doesn't matter to me what year it is, it's a treadle and it's COOL!

 I took me two days after buying it to finally get time to move the treadle and see what all the levers and pulleys do. I wanted to play around with it before I went searching for the manual online. This is what men normally do, right?? Well, low and behold, the manual was stuck in the back of one of the drawers! Along with all of the feet! I may or may not have jumped up and down for a few second at this point.

I will be the first to admit, it is anything but practical, but it will be a nice reminder of how far sewing machines have come. Right now, I have the space, not the time, but space to keep it around. So whenever that rare moment of everything is finished and I can dive into getting to know my newest sewing machine because it will be patiently waiting for me.

Thanks for reading...
Just a Mom who sews

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!! The second Wednesday of each month is quickly becoming my favorite. Why, you ask... it's Sewing Club Day!!! I can't wait to get started on this month's project. A purse with a secret slider top that reveals a bottom piece to hold all of your valuables. You can find it here Here

Plus, I get to turn in these two pretties for our Hospice prayer clothes. They went together quickly and gave such a feeling of satisfaction the comfort they will bring to someone.
Hope you get to sew today!
Just a Mom who sews

Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend Warrior

What a Weekend! Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the Mother figures out there. My family gave me a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. It included some sewing time! YA! I was able to square up a minky baby blanket, added satin binding to three sides (ran out of binding, boo!), cut out all the pieces for a taggie blanket, cut three burp clothes; all are for an upcoming baby shower. 

The cream binding is just beautiful with the green background of this fabric.

Finally measured, cut and sewed extra length on my oldest crazy thing's gymnastic leotard. Whew! That was all in two hours!
Still have to add rhinestones, but hey, not half bad, right?
Hope everyone has a good Monday!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

To Do List Pile

Have you ever felt that your To Do list was growing by the day? Mine grows by the minute some days. This is my current Sewing To Do list pile? I have a tote that I place fabric in that I have projects for, want to do someday; you know that to do list/pile. My goal for this year is to be a finisher! Finish what I start. Okay, you can stop laughing now...Because if you know me, starting is my stronger trait then finishing.

This is my May To Do List Pile and not pictured is quilting a t-shirt quilt. I think I can...I think I can..

Here it is...The To Do List Pile

I see fabric to wrap a balance beam for my oldest crazy thing.
My husband's old shirts to make the crazy things dresses.
Smocks to make dresses from with the cute ribbon straps.
Blanket material to cut up and make two blankets and embroider.
Some baby blanket fleece that needs a binding.
And way, way, way down deep in that pile is fabric for a fall/thanksgiving tablecloth quilt.

My Goal is to blog about getting each project done and out of the To Do List Pile before my To Do List Pile takes over my sewing room. Or at least be able to shut the tote by the end of the year.

So do any of you have To Do List Piles?

Thanks for reading!
Just a Mom who Sews