Saturday, September 3, 2011

Showcasing Some Of My Treasures

‘Sew’ many people have asked me, ‘Michelle, when you buy sewing machines and fix them up, do you keep them, or do you sell them?’ My answer is, ‘I keep them!’ These machines are my babies, I guess. When I get them, I doctor them up to be fully functional again, and then I sit back, look, and enjoy them.

Sometimes  finding a place for them IS a challenge, but I guess I DON’T have to have them ALL out, do I? I do have most of them out, and when I figure out more ways to display them, I will bring out more. I SEW enjoy looking at them. They make me happy. They are ALL over my house. The machines I am going to show you today are in my basement.

This machine is the one I most recently got from a Craigslist seller. This is the one we got up early for, dragging my brother and SIL out of bed early on her birthday to go with us, and we drove two hours to pick it up.

Look at her now. I added a few ‘foo foos’ for eye candy, and I love looking at her.

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These pink valances were an afterthought. I bought them at Goodwill, because I wanted the buttons. I came  home, cut the buttons off them, and set the valances aside. I then got the idea to put them on a spring rod and hide the first shelf of the bookcase the machine is sitting on, (and I also thought they would look cute with my pink machine.) That shelf has a huge roll of butcher paper, which my quilting friends and I use for tracing patterns, etc.  To hang the valances, I needed to sew the buttons back on.

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I also needed to shorten the tabs. Take note of the jelly rolls under the cheese domes. I got that idea from my friend Amy.  Look carefully at the pictures in her sewing room and see if you can find her cheese domes!

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The valances hide most of the second shelf too, which holds a roll of freezer paper, also for quilting needs. (We should NEVER run out!) I almost wish I had bought the other two valances. Live and learn!

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I have a couple machines on this bookshelf. My black Singer 301 I bought a couple years ago is on one shelf, and my Kenmore Model 52 is on the other shelf.

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My second Craigslist sewing machine purchase, my Necchi Lelia 514, is on one shelf, and an electronic So-Fro I picked up at Goodwill which also works perfectly, is hiding under the machine cover (made from a pillow sham) on the other shelf. (My first Craigslist sewing machine purchase was my Brunswick treadle in the parlor cabinet, which lives in my office.)

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That’s just some of my machines, and where I have displayed them.

A couple weeks ago, Louie and I went junkin’. (I know…big surprise, huh?LOL!) I did very well. If you look at the fabrics on the left side of the picture, from the bottom up, the first 6 fabrics were all bought for about $5. The light green one (the 2nd one up, is a fat quarter) The 3rd, 4th and 6th fabrics are half yard cuts, and from the same designer.  I believe (without looking) that the first one from the bottom, and the 5th one up are 1 yard cuts, maybe two.

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The Christmas fabric is one yard, and the 2nd and 4th fabrics from the left, which are the same design, are both over 1 yard cuts.

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The pink polka dot fabric is two king size pillow cases, which will be re-cut into fat quarters probably, or saved to use to cut up when I cut out a quilt. The second fabric is actually a big sheet size ‘cheater’ panel, which I will probably quilt, just as that, and the pink/orange fabric just made me happy. It is over a yard too.

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I got this cute piece of flannel at Goodwill for 88cents. It is a one yard piece, and I’m sure it will be used on the back of a Quilts for Kids quilt at some point.

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I got these two quilt books at another thrift shop for a dollar apiece. The Machine Quilting book is not a pattern book, but talks about which quilting designs to use on certain quilt designs. I probably will be passing this one on, as I am a stippling/ loop-de-loop kinda girl!

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It’s been raining today, and it is still very muggy. My sweetie is working on my van. He changed the upper intake gaskets and bolts on my van, and now he is changing the motor to the left side sliding door. It’s a mess, yes?

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I’m watching a ‘Little House on The Prairie’ marathon, and later, we are going to go out for supper with some friends.

Hope your day is wonderful, and you have a wonderful weekend. The USA has a long weekend this weekend with Labor Day being on Monday. After the rain gets out of the way today, it looks like the rest of the weekend will be nice, but cooler. Hopefully, we’ll get some highway time on our Goldwing.

Be blessed!


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Winona said...

Hi Michelle, it has been raining off and on all day down here. Just piddling amounts, though. I loved, loved seeing your machines on display. Goodness, I could come stay with you and sew my heart out. (grin) I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. We are doing nothing. Just ate pizza, now dh is snoring away. LOL I figured I might as well check some blogs out. Talk to you later.

Hazel said...

Love your machines ,you've done a great job displaying them .Long weekend here in Canada also ,spent the day in Amish country ,had such a scare we were glad to get home.

Renea said...

Your machines are sew cute. Love the fabrics you picked up and can't wait to look at the books. You are so clever when it comes to decorating your house. Not sure where you will put any more sewing machines.

Val said...

How fun! I loved seeing how you store your machines. Loved your goodies too! Send some of that rain our way! We need it. Enjoy your weekend!

Jules said...

Cute displays!! I have way too much dust flying around to have many of mine out. Or your maid works better than mine. ;)

Sounds like you got the weekend off to a great start!! I was so saddened that JP actually brought most of the pies home. What is up with that???? We weren't home until later but would have happily shared a piece with you.

Packrat said...

I love the way your machines are displayed. As someone else said, it is too dusty at our house to leave the machines out. (Your friend's sewing room is too neat. lol The cheese domes are a really fun way to show off those gorgeous rolls of fabric.) What a wonderful collection. Also, you have a very useful husband. Hope your weekend is going well.

Haute Goat Reclaimed Cashmere said...

From my fanatic to another - nicely done! I wish I had the space to display the wonderful machines I find! As for now I am limited to 8 sew I just collect photos of the other ones! Let me know if you are ever looking for parts (or particular machines). I will keep my eye out in Seattle!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Having seen your house in real life, I can say that you have a beautiful and inviting home. =)

Still LOVE the lavender bathtub. =)


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