Happy Valentine's Night!I'm flabbergasted because just as I got ready to post I stopped over at Adrienne's, and lo! she posted a vintage Singer because it put her in mind of lil' ol' me.
Gee, I wonder why.
Could it be the zillion shots of nothing but my vintage sewing machines that keep showing up on this blog? Or, maybe its that I held a contest to name a sewing machine? Or how about my series of posts on owning and buying vintage machines, the last of which is coming up on Monday? Could it be because I ambled out to distant lands on the bus and with a broken leg to get my mitts on a machine before anyone else could?
It's Valentine's Day, and how have I celebrated? By dressing Blanche up in red felt spool pads.
I guess my love for the old girls is more than a little bit transparent, but I didn't think anyone noticed, ha ha.
Getting back to my girl Blanche, as if I ever left her, she's fixed and sewing good as new. The people on wefixit are truly great. I automatically assumed the problem was the belt. I almost impulsively ordered a new one from Sears, but a couple of members suggested that I simply remove the hand wheel, turn the small metal ring that sits inside it (it's the one with the five little tabs), and clean and oil the hand wheel mount. Took maybe 15 minutes, cost me no money, worked like a charm.
I tested the fix this morning, on a gift for a co-worker's birthday.
Coffee cup cozy. This project I bit from Frank, both of us using this tutorial (which is very nicely done). I copied Frank right down to the gift card, and added a package of nuts because the biscotti wouldn't fit and the madeleine's were way ill-suited for the recipient's Weight Watchers program. I'd been toying with knitting some cozies like this, but sewing kicks knitting's ass for speed, and I wanted a quick-'n-dirty gift. The only hitch I hit was in not having a walking foot. I used my quilting foot, but it's not a substitute for a walker, aka an even-feed foot. My top layer of fabric kept going one way, while the bottom layer kept wandering off, making friends elsewhere.
Now don't go getting tired of this Frida fabric. This time I used it because my co-worker loves Frida, but it'll turn up again. I pinch off of it, trying to squeeze it into as many projects as humanly possible.
Well, that's what I've been up to on this crimson love day. I hope everyone had a good one. And, Adrienne, thank you for the candy gram, lol!