I know, it's been a long time since I've posted anything here but I assure you it's not because I'm burned out or under a bus.
|Here's a little clue..|
Here's a little peak of my new sewing space:
My new "office" is in a closet that's too small for a hanger. This is the typical New England style construction I've come to expect. Obviously people here would never think of hanging clothing in the closet... duh.. Also check out my new ironing table! This is inspired by those big ironing tables they sell at sewing expos, mine cost less than $10.
This new situation allowed me to look at machines I would have otherwise passed up and it's been a blast. I've purchased two Kenmore, an old black Universal straight stitch, a Montgomery Ward, a White (with black paint of course), Dressmaker and a few different Singers.
Two of the machines I've found for free are notable and I'll give you a quick preview.
The Singer Touch-Tronic 2000. They renamed this the Athena for some reason. This is the very first electronic computerized sewing machine ever produced, the year was 1975. Yes, that's one year older than I am.. What computerized electronics did YOU have in 1975? I imagine this was one pricey machine in it's day. It features a wind in place bobbin that I've only been able to make work once AND rubber feed dogs! I'll do a video and a full review but here's the preview photos:
My other new acquisition is a Necchi BU Mira with icky paint. The machine is missing it's zigzag needle plate and the bobbin cover. Whenever I come across a machine missing these parts I usually assume someone swiped them for another machine. How else would one loose pieces like this? With this machine came the accessory box AND wonder wheel with all four cams. The wonder wheel alone is worth more than the machine.... The guy was happy to give it to me for free to haul it out of his garage. My plan is a repaint! I've always wanted to repaint a sewing machine but been afraid to ruin it. This one is ruined already so I have nothing to loose. It'll be strictly for fun, this isn't the kind of thing one recovers from financially. If the paint works out then I'll replace the bobbin cover and needle plate. If it doesn't then I'll part it out on ebay.
I think it's really an awesome looking machine, the shape is so... interesting. It also has a great motor and after a lube the mechanics are really sweet.
Lastly... Thank you everyone who emailed me to check on my situation over the last two months. I had no idea how many people would miss my being around. It's humbling and feels good knowing I'm appreciated for doing something I love.
Have a great week!