Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Love With My Hand Crank

Today it was very cold! I had the wood stove burning all day.

Of course I hibernated today because of the snow and cold. And what is the best way to do that??

With quilting of course!!! So, I decided to sew a cover for my new hand crank sewing machine! It came with the wooden coffin cover but I would have to take the handle off to use that cover. I want the machine set up so I can jump in and sew whenever I feel the urge.

It's the perfect project to test a machine. I am using string paper piecing with scraps. It is not precise so I can practice feeding the fabric with my left hand while cranking with my right hand. They are small pieces so if I make a horrible mistake, I don't have a large piece to rip out and its using up my scraps!

Here is my progress on the cover so far. . .


This is what greeted us this a.m. Just before the sun came up.

You can just see a slight rosy glow behind the mountain behind the house.

It's beautiful I know, but I want to see beautiful Apple trees in bloom type of beauty.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Beautiful Antique Sewing Machine

I am so much in love with my antique Singer treadle sewing Machine.  But, when I saw the hand crank Singer sewing machine on some website that I was visiting I knew I had to have one!

I found several of them for sale on different antique sewing machine websites, craigslist and ebay.  Most of them were way out of my budget.  I kept scouring and scouring the ads until I found this little number.

I bought it right away!  It arrived today! Here are some pictures of it. It was made in 1892 according to its serial number.

It is in great condition and it has an owners manual!

The decals look great

The coffin case is almost falling apart on one side but I think it's fixable.

I tried sewing with it and it sews great. It needs to be cleaned as it seems it has a lot of dirt, no gunk though!
I am making this short, because I want to play with it. I really like that it is smaller than most machines from this era.