Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Obsession Pays off!

I love sewing machines.  Old machines sit in thrift stores collecting dust.  Dusty and broken.  Neglected machines no one wants.

I want them!  I love them!  Dragon buys them and fixes them up for me.  I lovingly display them all over my house.  I am a hopeless pack rat when it comes to these old machines.

Long story short.  I have a huge project going and a looming deadline.  My primary machine, a 10 year old Bernina starts sewing funny and making a strange sound.  The stitches are uneven and messy.  My progress on the project comes to a grinding halt.

Yesterday I started testing the old machines to see which one works the best.  I think I have found my new primary machine.  It is an old badged machine probably sold out of the Sears and Robuck catalog in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

When Dragon came home late last night he worked on the machines while I cooked supper.  I new have 3 machines lined up for use and even a 4th one in line if something happens to the first three.  I am happy.

Now I just have to re organize my work space.    I need room for two machines to be set up.  One threaded with red thread and and another with black.  That way I won't have to keep re-threading the machines when I need to change thread color.

Time to get busy.  I have 4 brides maid dresses to make and a week to make them in.  I'll get it done!

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  1. Nothing like putting yourself under a little stress. Hope everything goes as planned or you will be staying up all night next week.

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    1. I work better with a looming deadline!

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  2. Well, you will be busy this week. Cannot let the brides maids go the wedding without dresses.
    Those old machines may not be computerized, but they will go on for ever. They used real steel in those days.

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    1. They work harder and do the job. These old motors don't even complain when I have to sew leather!

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  3. Wow! What a great way for both of you to work together, have a hobby together, an you can actually use what you both do, and make these dress es. Awesome!

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    1. I started collecting machines unintentionally about 10 years ago. When Dragon found a repair school we saved our pennies. Now my hobby is our hobby. He even learned how to sew.

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  4. my mother used to swear by older sewing machines- the heavier the better- all metal few parts to wear out. Good plan using a machine for each color- so much easier than re threading.

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    1. It saves time for sure. The machines are different and takes a little more concentration but that is ok. The reverse stitch is in different places and the needles are different too. And yes. These machines are heavy!

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  5. I am completely jealous that you have more then one machine!!! Mine is old :( I still want a surger too!
    Good luck with the bridesmaids dresses!

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    1. Dragon learned how to fix them a few years ago. Before he started fixing them, having multiple machines did me no good. It took me a day to figure out which ones worked best but now the work is flying. I roll from one machine to the other without having to stop and re-thread the machines. A huge time saver!

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  6. You can do it! One a day...lots of work.

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    1. one bodice down, one cut out and two more to go! Getting closer!

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