First, let me tell you what I have been super excited about for a few days now. I had been thinking about getting a coverstitch machine lately, but they’re crazy expensive and to be honest, I don’t know how much I would really use it. Also, everyone I have talked to about it has said that you can hem knits using a twin needle. Even the owner of Sew Fast Sew Easy said that very same thing when I called in asking her about coverstitch machines. So I guess I am going to table that idea for a while.
But over the last couple of weeks I have been searching Craigslist for sewing machines. Again, originally for a coverstitch machine, but then I got it into my head that I wanted a Singer Featherweight machine. They’re portable, they have a great reputation and you can find them used pretty easily. I found one in the New York area, but they wanted about $275 for it if I remember correctly. I pestered consulted with Cidell whom I know to love Featherweights. She said I could definitely find one cheaper and to wait for it. Cidell also suggested expanding my search to cities where other family members live to see if there were any there. SHEER GENIUS!!!
I found one right away where my parents live for just $125. My mom (Thank you Mom!) checked it out, proclaimed it worthy and got it for me for just $100!!! The tension was a little tight so good ole mom even took it in for a tune up. I should have this lovely little machine in my hands in September when Mom and I meet up in the midwest for a family wedding. I CAN’T WAIT!!! Do you want to see my cute little Featherweight??? Here she is…
Isn’t she a beaut?! She comes with a huge assortment of attachments including a ruffler and a buttonholer. Mom wasn’t sure what the others were, so that will be fun to investigate when I have them in hot sweaty hands. Could I possibly use these feet on my Viking machine????? Does anyone know? Remember, I have a wish list to fulfill. She (the machine, not my mom) comes with the original manual and the original registration too. Can you believe it???!!! I seriously don’t know how I am going to wait almost two months for her. *big sigh*
In other sewing news, Carolyn emailed today with a fantastic suggestion, a Butterick 5147 Dress Sew Along!!!!! How cool is that? She said she had that pattern in her stash already and wanted to make it too. I’ve already set up a flickr group for the sew along. I’m so excited. I would love for you to join us and to see all the beautiful dresses we make together. Do you want to join us?
Here’s how it will work:
- One month to sew the dress (end date is August 13th)
- Post your dress on the flickr group, Butterick 5147 Dress Sew Along
That’s it. How simple is that? I’m cutting out my pattern tonight! Hopefully I’ll have the muslin done by this weekend and see what changes I need to make. Hopefully the changes won’t include the need to add 6 freaking inches to the side seams!!!
Join our Butterick 5147 Dress Sew Along!!!! Do it! 🙂