Lullaby Babies - another fun project that starts out on my embroidery machine and finishes on my sewing machine. And, I just happen to have a few nieces having babies this year so perfect gifts!
In addition, I finally mastered putting that prepackaged satin binding on the edge of the fleece blanket part of the Lullaby Baby. Babies love the way that satin feels and while I'm not a big fan of that stuff for regular quilt binding, I'll use it for the babies.
The Ionia County Fair also played it's normal part in my summer. While the fair is so broke that First Place ribbons only pay out $1, it's become a bit of a competition between me and some of my quilting and sewing friends. This year was an awesome year for me! Lots of blue ribbons, a few best in class and one silly quilt that took such a nice ribbon that I won free VIP parking for all days in next year's fair!
American Girl doll clothes, Not as difficult as Barbie Clothes but hold a certain amount of frustration. ha ha ha!
Having my HQ16 serviced was a big thing off my "to do" list! I wasn't feeling to excited about tearing that big thing down and getting it in the truck to take it for a much needed cleaning and service. When I called for the appointment, I was told that they would be happy to come and get the machine head, service it and return it when it was done for an additional $26 fee. Money well spent! Several days before it was time for the service man to get here, he called me and asked if he could do the service here? Same price, all he needed was a table to work on. You Betcha! So, he came. He serviced AND he cleaned and tuned up the carriage
Restoring Vintage Sewing Machines! Let me explain.... I did not set out to try to restore an old machine or two. I did set out to find a vintage machine that would sew through some of the tough seams in both the Bionic Gear Bags and the Necessary Clutch Wallets. I was told that the Singer 201-2, made in the late 1930's would be perfect. It was known as "The Rolls Royce of Sewing Machines". Finding one wasn't that hard, in fact I found two. But, they needed work. Any machine that sits in an attic or a basement or heaven forbid, a barn in Michigan for 60-70 years is going to have wiring ripe for starting a fine! In addition, no one works on these things! Sewing machine repair technicians will most likely tell you to buy a new machine - one costing $10,000-$15,000! I have a few of those. They won't do the job! So, you learn to fix them yourself.
I acquired the necessary tools and I learned to take apart and put back together one of these old mechanical machines. Then I learned to braid electrical wire. I learned to solder and I learned how to put rebuild a motor and put new electrical leads in place. Then I learned to put these newly rebuilt motors back in place.
Look at this melted wiring under the receptacle where you plug it in!
This foot pedal has crispy wiring too!
uck! 70 years of old grease and lint.
Pretty as a picture and running like a top!
She's all redone and so pretty!
Do you see any quilting here? Me neither. But, I still have some time before I pack to head South for the Wnter.