saved by hawaii

She really needs a name, this little Singer Featherweight.

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I did some sewing yesterday. A duvet cover. From two big sheets. One would think this is a relatively easy thing. Pretty much three long straight seams.


I broke my sewing machine, the 1965ish Kenmore partway down the first seam. There was some trial and error because one of the sheets is the exact size of the comforter, while the other is bigger. There was some frustration. There was a lot of frustration. I don’t really have a sewing space, it is the end of the kitchen table. The end we typically eat on. Because it’s closest to the outlet. We have dogs. The floors aren’t super clean. There was a lot (a lot!) of fabric. Kenmore gave up the ghost… booo and hooo…

But I called my pal, and she said she had a machine even older than mine (~1947)! It works like a charm. There was some user error. After some bobbin thread massacre that required tools to clean up, I was good. Or maybe it was that I broke out the port. Chosen because it was the open bottle of anything wine-like. And a corkscrew was just too much at the time!

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This machine was her mom’s… and she bought it as a young woman, in Hawaii! It is an amazing thing… light, compact, tidy, efficient, and beautiful.
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The goal was to cover the down comforter with sheets, and to then ditch the top sheet on the bed. I told DH that it better be the damned best sleeping he’s ever had. He just laughed.

The seams are not straight. But it’s functional, and comfortable. So, mission accomplished!

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Nothing is growing… but they still amuse me.

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Of course it might be that these things were bought at deep discount, and they sat for a year before I planted them… or that I forgot which was the pitcher plant and which was the fly trap, and one of them needed to have its seeds frozen first. Those dragon plants advertise that the cut leaves bleed! Wouldn’t that be a hoot, terrifying bleeding plants at work? Right next to the whip

Kenmore needs some servicing… but I think after maybe new belts, possibly new wiring from pedal, and perhaps (??) a new motor, it’ll be all good. It’s really a sturdy machine and has done a lot for me… including things I shouldn’t ask of it, like too many layers of fleece or denim. But after this little sewing escapade, I am clear that I do NOT want to sew my own flannel jammy pants. I’ll just buck up the big bucks (relative, to me) and get some ladies’ tall ones…

9 Responses so far

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    Emily said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

    I love old sewing machines! The one I have is from the ’50′s and is that lovely green color that was so pervasive. It works great, just doesn’t have all of the features of newer machines, like zig zag stitch or a working bobbin winder.

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    kmkat said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    A 1940s vintage Singer! A 1960s vintage Kenmore! You have the creme de la creme of sewing machines there, ma’m.

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    Yarndude said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 3:03 am

    Wow, what a pretty sewing machine! I also had one of those bleeding dragon plant egg things once, but I ended up just throwing it away after a while.

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    Chris said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    Yay for friends with sewing machines!

    Oh, I think it’d be awesome to be able to pick out fun flannels and make your pj pants…

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    Mom said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 10:16 am


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    Molly Bee said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    OMG! Portuguese Water Dogs, a nice hubby, access to the coast,a cozy home in Maine and now a FEATHERWEIGHT?!?!? Now I officially hate you.

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    Dave Daniels said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

    Wow, that’s a great old FW machine. Mine is a youngster from 1957. They really are little troopers and work well after dozens and dozens of years. (I still use mine!)

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    Miss T said,

    January 5, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    That’s a beautiful old machine!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    January 18, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    Beautiful machine – I have one similar vintage, as well as a Singer circa 1970s. I am also an infrequent (*very* infrequent) seamstress, and it is often a similar production to what you describe. I’m bummed you didn’t show the duvet cover – that bad?

    P.S. How are those plant seeds, a few weeks out?

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