Wednesday, January 20, 2010

George Jetson

Here is a picture of George Jetson. I bought him with cabinet from a local woman going through some hard times. $35 plus another $11 for all the knick knacks. It had been her mother's sewing machine and she had used it to make all her high school clothes on it. She seemed sad to part with it......I told her I would appreciate him!

After a really good oiling, this guy is seriously flying through space. I haven't really had a chance to clean the shiny bits, just dusted him off. Oh and the cabinet has a knee controller for the foot pedal - I have never used one but my are they great. I love it way more than I thought I would. It's quite handy if you have babies or toddlers crawling around underfoot. I can't tell you how enthralled my kids are with the foot pedals of sewing machines.

The De Luxe sewing machines are everywhere. From my “professional” research (thanks ISMACS), I have learned that De Luxe made tons of sewing machines and they would be “badged” with the store logo of who sold them. Mine was bought at Macy’s. Pretty groovy! 

I just love this picture!! I've decided I need to start posting about my machines, if only for my benefit. I have acquired a few too many recently and must find some way of organizing them and keeping track of who is who and what's what! And yes, they are being named now.

Up until last August, I had only sewn on recently made, mostly plastic computerized machines. As soon as I tried an all metal old school machine, I was completely hooked. Perfect stitches! I love taking them apart and seeing what the insides look like and how they work. So interesting! I wonder what would have happened to me if I had taken shop class in high school.........

Monday, January 4, 2010


The Sewing Shed

This is where the magic happens, haha, or something like that!

Wow, no posts since Halloween! I think I almost drowned in holiday stuff. First holiday season with 2 kids......interesting! I am so glad the stress is over! I made "most" of the presents this year, mostly grocery totes and sewn gift bags. I gave everyone an Acme bag from They are the best bags and the best website.

Diaper bag, this one is mine and I love it!

Now, the goal is to get some quilts, kids clothes and diaper bags made. I really want to start selling my things at the local art walk here in town. We have had an art walk here in Santa Barbara since 1965. I remember going there with my mom whenever anyone was in town visiting, showing off how cool the SB artists are. I'm really excited to have made a decision on how to sell my things.

I have tried putting my things in local stores, but having to share profits with shop owners just makes it almost not worth it. Sewn items are so labor intensive! By doing the art walk, I will be able to keep my items affordable, while still making enough $ off each item to continue calling this a job.

Finally, I have basted the ORB quilt a long quilt. I just started quilting it and I think I hate it. I'm using a variegated thread and free-motioning it. Not loving it at all. I think the thread will work if I do some straight line quilting. Ah, how do I hate my seam ripper, she is so well used!

Husband brought me a construction site job table yesterday. It's 8' by 4'. Huge. The shed it 10'by 12', so needless to say, it's taking up a lot of the shed, but I am so excited for a huge workspace and a place to hide all my ugly fabric bins!! Yay!!
Today will be organizing, and tomorrow we work, right?

If anyone reads this, thanks! Please let me know with a comment and I would be glad to check out your blog.