Sunday, May 18, 2014

De Deauville & Dreaming...

It's a long weekend in Canada... hope you're enjoying some extra free time and terrific weather!

Roxane of Scrap, Quilt and Stitch sent us Block no 9 this past week! What a cute one too!


We can now enjoy two thirds of the quilt top put together.


It's looking great! I think if I were to make another one of these, I would paint some sky and water fabrics because I really like my samples from class with Mickey Lawler at Road to California in January. Wish I had some of those paints... I would get right to it. Gorgeous weather we're having would allow for quick drying outside.

Block no 10 won't arrive until mid-June! Oh dear!

I have a small collection of older model sewing machines. This week, these old machines were cleaned, oiled and are now ready for use. There are spaces around me where I can display these machines as a reminder to keep them working. I plan to use each one on a regular basis so that they don't just collect dust! 

All but the first one of course! This was given to me as a Christmas gift by my parents when I was little. Our mother and grand-mother used a treadle sewing machine and we were definitely not allowed to use it let alone play with it. My sisters and I made doll clothes.The crank still works but then it was much more fun to use the power supply. It worked well enough for us.


My second machine was acquired by my sister-in-law who attends auctions on a regular basis. I had asked her to keep an eye out for a Featherweight; she knew of them, knew they "went" for lots of money. She was surprised to see this unusual case and when it came up she snatched it for $110. Apparently, not many people bid on it. This was over 13 yrs ago. It has a beautiful stitch and after some pampering, runs like a charm. This one was manufactured in Great Britain but the power cords are NAS and its number suggests a birth date of 1968-1969, the last years they were produced I believe.


My next one was a used-appliance store-find. I forget the reason we were in that shop, but when I saw the case, I was intrigued. This machine had had very little use despite the banged up case. It was cleaned and oiled and it too has a beautiful stitch. It was made in Canada.


Next up is a lovely in-cabinet 99K. That piece of cloth was put there by the previous owner and I chose to leave it there. We found this one by the side of the road at a garage sale in 1998 and it came home with us. It's been here at the farm all the years we were in California so it was in great need of a little TLC. After a good cleaning and oiling, it too is ready to sew. 


I inherited my grand-mother's treadle. Before I took it home, it had spent many a year on my parents cold porch. It's been with me for nearly 30 yrs and I've never used it. I'm afraid the weather in the farm house hasn't been good to it either. I doubt I'll ever get it restored; both the machine and the cabinet are not pretty. Perhaps I'll take a picture as a memento and pass it on to someone who can give it some new life. It's not worth the space it occupies. 

I've had several other machines that I parted with because of space not because they weren't working. In 1999, I acquired a Bernina Record 730 with cabinet complete with all sewing supplies and tools and cabinet inserts/stool for $65 at a local auction. I left this machine in California with our daughter. It even came with a case! 

My dream machine is a Bernina... oh how I wish I had one of the new ones! They are huge, but not as big as this one!! 


On a bike tour around Lake Konstanz in Switzerland/Germany/Austria in 2012, we rode by the Bernina factory and I just had to have a picture beside this one. Our tour brought us by on a Sunday so nothing was open which was very lucky for my companions! :)

Coming soon... news about this sign...I promise some excitement!


A side note: the last blog post was no 100 since my humble beginnings as a blogger June 17th, 2013.

Toodles!

Lorette

20 comments:

  1. Wow! You have an amazing collection of sewing machines!! I am enjoying our long weekend too! The weather is finally warming up so I spent the afternoon outside cleaning our vehicles. Congrats on your 100th post!!

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    1. We spent the last two days outside as well enjoying our beautiful sunshine and ocean breezes! It's great to finally get the weather we need to help our souls recover from a long winter! Thank you Michele T. for stopping by.

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  2. Congrats on your 100th post!! That's an impressive collection of machines you have. I too am a Bernina owner/lover...wouldn't part with my 1260 for anything. I don't want a new one because I know the ones being made these days are not as good as the older ones. I'm envious of your ride past the factory.. I would have stopped for that photo too!
    Glad to hear you haven't got this rain yet, but I bet it's headed your way. It was sunny and breezy here Fri. and Sat. so I did get some outside work done. Things are very green now, so that's progress I guess...
    You are still a No-Reply blogger.... :(

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    1. I'm sorry about the No-Reply blogger issue Linda! I had hoped it was fixed. Frustrating.
      You're lucky to have a 1260 Bernina... it is a great model.
      The rain held off; what we got here was mainly drizzle from fog. I'd be happy for a bit warmer temp though. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. I love that little bird with the life preserver! So cute! And those machines are adorable...each one! Congratulations on your 100th post. You have a nice blog and do beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you so much. I just love that Deauville quilt. It's the perfect one to look at and smile, feel the ocean breezes! I appreciate your visit!

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  4. I don't think I can really explain how much I love this quilt. I'd have to make a second block of the seagull, so I could frame it. Thanks for the tour of the old sewing machines. It's fascinating to see them.

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    1. Maybe you'll have to make one of these quilts for yourself Jo. It really is cute and makes me smile every time I look at it.

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  5. It love your. Collection!!! But what a surprise when I saw the huge one...lol

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    1. Thanks Marjorie. At the time, I had not seen that model in a store. I was floored at the size of the new line of Berninas. WOW! Are they ever big!!

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  6. love the gull block!!! Great collection of sewing machines too.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Marsha and leaving your comment! I appreciate both!

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  7. Your seaside quilt is going to be gorgeous, Lorette! And what a cute collection of machines.

    I once saw a blog post from The Netherlands about a group of ladies with these small old Singers who get together and sew every so often. Are you familiar with that? It was quite interesting.

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    1. Hi Monica, yes there is quite a fan club of Featherweight owners. Check out this post: http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/featherweight-fan-club/
      Thank you for visiting and commenting! Both are appreciated!

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  8. Interesting post. I'm a Bernina fan. I spent my inheritance on Nina, a 820. She is a willing partner. LOvely block.

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    1. Good for you Elle. what a lovely inheritance gift!!! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  9. I follow Roxanne's blog and saw that you were featured. How wonderful and it looks like a lovely BOM. I was tempted to to make it but perhaps I'll do one in the future. Great machines you have and a wonderful idea to keep them all in sight so you can use them.

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    1. Hi Dolores, Roxane has graciously given us bloc no 10 so I'll be working on that today! Next bloc is due mid-June. You'll always be able to get the pattern at Roxane's website when you're ready to start. I was sewing on one of my "older" machines just yesterday! It's fun to use them once in a while. thanks for dropping by!

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  10. What a wonderful machine collection! I have a twin to your white featherweight!

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