Happy mail from Katie at @katieyarnmonster 💌
Her bags are amazing and adorable! Look at them! 🍙🍚🍘🍤🥠😀
These are so well constructed and have useful snaps in all the right places. She generously gave @bowling.angie and I these sets in her last giveaway.
Thank you soooo much ladies!!!
Thank you to everyone who shared and entered into this celebration of vintage machines, sewing and memories!!! 😁
The bundle of vintage sewing swag is going to @wandering.minstrel and her gorgeous treadle machine!
Thank you again to everyone who entered and played along! 💕💕💕💕💕💕
You can check out #myvintagemachine for all the beautiful contestants.
Stay tuned for more tips for vintage machines next week!
Thank you so much for being an awesome community of makers who support small shops!
Thank you to everyone who celebrates and practices the art of creating, quilting and sewing!
Thank you for appreciating quilts with a vintage flair, and the classic tools, notions and fabrics we use to make them.
I love you and I love that you make my little shop possible. ✨Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the sewing machine appreciation contest to win the bundle of vintage sewing swag! Go back a few posts in my feed for all the details!✨
If you live in the South East Houston area, Pinwheels & Posies has opened back up!
They are a fantastic quilt shop in Dickinson that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
I took a detour in the way home to check on their progress and they opened last month. Of course I found a few fat quarters that I couldn’t leave without.
Stay tuned for a post announcing the winner!
There is so much to celebrate! It’s Friday, I’ve got a bunch of new followers recently and I want to see everyone’s classic sewing machines. If you don’t have a vintage machine you can still totally enter this contest, just keep reading for the details. 😉
Up for grabs is this sweet sewing swag bundle. It includes the 1976 Complete Guide to Sewing, five vintage fabric fat quarters, four wooden spools of thread, two vintage sewing patterns, a thimble, a vintage advertising tape measure, and the cutest little set of wooden mice buttons ever!
To enter, just complete all three of the following steps.
1. Follow me 🙂
2. Tag a friend or few in the comments below who you think might want to participate.
3.Post! You can post a picture of your vintage machine or your favorite sewing machine memory. You have to use the hashtag #myvintagemachine and tag me @rosepettijohn for it to count as an entry. ✔️✔️✔️
I can’t wait to see everyone’s vintage machines and read about your sewing memories. 💕
This contest will end and a winner will be chosen at 8 pm central time on Sunday, April 22nd 2018.
My next post will be me showing off my own machine 😉
True confession, the only reason I have ever bought quilt kits in the past was because they met two qualifications. One they were on clearance, like super duper, marked down three times clearance. Reason two was because I just wanted to add the fabric to my stash. I’ve never actually made any of the five or so quilt kits I’ve bought, just sorted the fabric out into my stash to play with and tossed the pattern aside.
This one is different.
This one I paid full price for as a Christmas gift to myself back in December, knowing it wouldn’t even be shipped for a few months. This one will not get torn apart. This one will get made, eventually.
Thank you to @happysewlucky and @fabricspark for making a quilt kit that made me break my own rules.
So you found a vintage machine and don’t know what to do with it next? Find the manual!
Did you know that Singer has PDF copies of every machine they’ve ever made for free on their website? You just need the model number.
Yours isn’t a Singer? Try googling your machine make and model number with the phrase “PDF Manual”. I’ve found quite a few free versions this way. There are companies online that will print and staple most manuals for you four around 12 bucks.
You can also search on eBay and Etsy for original manuals.
🎵You spin me right round baby, right round🎵
If you happen across a vintage machine in the wild and you want to asses it’s functionality quickly, try turning the hand wheel. It should move smoothly and freely. Always turn it towards you. Turning it away too much and too often can get things out of whack. If it turns, but not easily, a good dusting and oiling usually does wonders. If it doesn’t move at all or you can hear parts grinding together, that’s not a good sign. Also, the needle shaft should move up and down as you turn the hand wheel.
The baby wheel controls the clutch and stops the needle shaft from pumping while you wind a bobbin. While holding the hand wheel still with your left hand, you should be able to turn the inside wheel towards you to unlock it. Now the bobbin winder will move, but not the needle shaft.
Sorry that second clip doesn’t show me actually unlocking it. I had to hold the camera😉.
There’s a bonus pic of Mr. George inspecting my machine if you swipe all the way over! 🐈