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...sew excited because I purchased a Singer Featherweight!!!
Yup, that's right, I finally have one.  I have wanted one for the longest time and the opportunity just knocked and I took it!
She is lovely and today she had her first project...an easy one at that...a 10 minute runner!

Isn't she a beauty!
Sewing on her was such a pleasure...I could smell the ageless beauty working her magic.
And the fabric came right from my stash of homespun fabrics which are stored in my cedar closet...sew they had that wonderful cedar scent!
Oh, what a glorious day!
Now I am working on a sample for a class.  It's a table topper that I designed for the fall season.
Can't wait to show you but for now it's back to the sewing machine for me.
Happy Sewing!
Colleen

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Comment by Colleen Taylor on August 8, 2011 at 4:30am

Linda, I don't know the answer to the featherweight question BUT loved to hear about your sewing adventure with you granddaughter!  And, yes, those old sewing machines are so heavy.

I asked a local sewing mechanic if he works on old treadle machines and he does.  I am going to save up to have mine cleaned and fixed so I can use it again.  I haven't sewn on it in about in about 15 years and I do miss it!

Comment by Linda Bodkin, ON on August 7, 2011 at 5:20pm

I have just returned from my DD2's house in Toronto where my mother's machine resides. I think she got it new in about 1957/8 too when I was a teenager!I had learned to sew on our treadle machine.

In fact my 7 yr old GGD1 and I made a doll's quilt top this week. She had made the 4 patch blocks by hand (some from my mom's stash I had inherited) and then I guided her as she used the machine to sash them. It will be about the same as the one her mom made when she was about that same age!

I had asked my DD2 to get her new Sears machine fixed so I could take back the old Featherweight, which has been her only machine till about 2 yrs ago: "So I can take it to my quilting group meetings!!!" My '66 Singer is too heavy!"  Some of the ladies have the smaller more rare version, but I had thought that ours was actually a Featherweight too! Are both called Featherweight?

Comment by Carol Uhlar on August 6, 2011 at 8:56am

Congrats....They are the greatest little machine for straight stitching...you are going to love it!!

Comment by Nancy George on August 5, 2011 at 12:27pm

Colleen,

Lucky you, I have my Mom's Singer 301 and have been thinking of bringing the old gal out

for a spin or two.

 

Comment by Jennie Steward on August 5, 2011 at 6:30am
Ooooh Colleen....congrats!  I know you have wanted one for a long time!
Comment by Colleen Taylor on August 5, 2011 at 4:06am

Thank you ladies.  I haven't named her yet...she hasn't spoken to me yet!

According to her serial number the estimated "birthdate" is December 9, 1948.

My wedding anniversary is December 9...(not 1948) sew maybe she will speak to me on that day.  At any rate that is the day I will give her an official name!

Comment by Gayle/La. on August 5, 2011 at 12:32am
I am not sure if mine is a Featherweight but she is a 1931 Singer and looks like yours.  I just love owning her.  Thanks for sharing with us.
Comment by Pam/NY on August 4, 2011 at 8:06pm
Lucky you!
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 4, 2011 at 7:48pm
Looks like a beauty.  Just think of all the projects she's seen.  Too bad she can't talk about her history!  Enjoy!
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 4, 2011 at 7:42pm

Congratulations!  It's wonderful to own one of these iconic machines!  Mine is a 1956 model, and I call her "Sweet Sixteen".  For any of you guessing, yes, I was 16 years old when she was made.  I love the way she sounds!  It's very different from modern machines.

 

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