Saturday, June 19, 2010
Hand Crank- front
Originally uploaded by oversewn
Yay for Craigslist! I called about this hand crank the day after it was posted, and found out the woman selling it lives 5 houses away from me. I mean - I had to buy it - wouldn't have been neighborly not to, right? :) haha
I am excited to teach my almost 4 year old son to sew on this one. I have a Necchi toy chain stitch machine, but this one is more usable I think.
So much for not buying machines........
Posted by oversewn (Raven) at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Oh my goodness!! That was such a terrible first trimester! I am so very thankful to be feeling better. My mind does not do well when my body is sick. Thanks for the positive comments. It really is so hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, huh?
Busy weekend here. So glad to be back in the sewing shed, even if it is just for cleaning and purging. I have too much stuff. I haven't bought fabric or any sewing machines since finding out we are having a third kid. Baby steps, pun intended! It feels really nice. Sometimes I go a little crazy with things and buy what I want. But there really is NO satisfaction out of this. I think I have tried to teach myself this lesson about 457 times, but yet still don't have it figured out.
I forget about the enjoyment of finishing things, how good it feels to pull a finished quilt out of the dryer, or dressing the kids in something homemade, or polishing up a dirty old sewing machine. The instant gratification of buying just can't come close. Maybe I just have an aversion to hard work- very possible.......
Anywhoooo, I cleaned, oiled and q-tipped a featherweight all weekend. It was a nice weekend here, and I just laid it out on the picnic table and cleaned away. It so fun to see the FW's get cleaned up. When buying one off ebay, you will most likely end up with one that has been sitting somewhere funky for a reeeeeal loooong time. They all smell terrible inside the case. I have yet to figure out anything other than airing them out in the sunshine. Old oil on the machines turns into a yellowy film on all the shiny parts, so they just look so blah until you get busy. I like to use a silicone spray/ degreaser to clean parts. I try just soap and water first, and that can get a lot of the funk off. But for the really gooked on stuff, you have to go for some chemicals. Not my fave, but you can't beat that shine!