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Crafting On

Well, the order of the day (after school and the like) is a trip to the repair shop.  It's time to fix my 1973 Singer and ask some questions about why sparks flew from the Wizard last night when I tried to plug it in.  All that Spring sewing is going to be on the back burner for a bit, I guess.  I'll admit that I am a little disappointed at all these sewing issues (which started in December), but that's what happens when you use things--they need work to keep on going.

Portable Singer

And then there's this little beauty--the Singer 221-1 Portable Sewing Machine.  All she needs is a power cord with the pedal, which I can easily get from eBay and we will be ready to go!  This machine has a ruffle foot, of all things! Here's the children's machine, as well. ;-)  I kind of wish my were hand-cranked, too.  I guess my 1929 Singer is still good.  I could bring her out of retirement. . .

The Girls' Hats

Here's some hand sewing that went well!  Willow made this matching hat for Virginia yesterday afternoon, making up her own pattern with some direction from me.  I helped with the bow on the little felt hat and both girls are well-pleased.  She'd saved her money and purchased this bride's hat at the local antique store (after pining for it the appropriate amount of time).  I think we are calling this the new Anne of Green Gables costume.

In Caps Tee

I guess I could take the sewing machine woes as a sign that knitting is the job for me right now, along with some Easter crafting.  These needles need only my hands to keep them going (and now I'm a little nervous about that!)  Here's Willow's In Caps Tee, which turned out well.  This was a fast knit that didn't take too much yarn at all.  I even have some left over for a pair of mittens.  Maybe I should get on that.  I've started a ravelry queue, so I guess this is the time to pick something and go with it.

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( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 4th, 2017 12:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry for the trouble with the machines. I hope they're resolved quickly.

I need to pull out my machine -- I have a baptismal gown to make! The girls don't care for the dresses and skirts I sew them, so I'll probably skip making new ones this year.

And mwahahaha! Welcome to the dark side of queueing ;)
Apr. 4th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC)
I have a 221 and use her for nearly everything.... she's a love... and Lester keeps her in good shape for me.. I assume you are taking yours to Ashe Sewing, too? Such good vibes there! I enjoy your blog and have lurked for over a year! Thanks for sharing your lovely life!

Apr. 4th, 2017 10:59 pm (UTC)
Re: machines....
That is great to know! I live closer to Abingdon, so I took the machines to Jeanine's Quilt Shop. They had a cord for the 221! Thanks for making yourself known. ;-)
Apr. 5th, 2017 10:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm hopeful. I'd love to see a photo of the gown when you get it finished. :-) Dark side of queuing? Do tell.
Apr. 6th, 2017 03:18 am (UTC)
Yes, I'll post pictures for sure - -though it may be on their baptism day :)

There's not really a dark side to queueing. I was just saying welcome to the dark side as an expression. Although my queue is 30 pages long (I use it as an idea list rather than accomplishable goals).
Apr. 7th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ahh. Mine is for goals. My favorites are for aspirations and patterns I've used that I never put in projects. :-)
Julia Bizub
Apr. 4th, 2017 04:07 pm (UTC)
That wooden machine is super cute, hope your machine worries get fixed soon.
Apr. 5th, 2017 10:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! The man at the repair shop was optimistic and I am, too. It will be nice to have clean, old, working machines!
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

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