I went to an estate sale recently and came across an antique sewing machine. I didn't really know anything about it so I came home and researched it a little bit. It turns out the machine was a Singer Featherweight 221. It seemed to be in pretty good condition. So, I went back up to the estate sale and talked to the family more about it. The owner's kids told me they only ever remembered her using it 4 times. Long story short, it came home with me that day.
Isn't it so pretty!?!? It's in beautiful shape. It has a few light scratches, but nothing too major. The decals are all pretty sharp with only a light rub in one spot. My husband oiled it, polished it, and checked the wiring. I got a kit from April 1930's to give it a tune up. I researched the serial number and it was made in February 1952.
Yesterday, I figured out how to thread the top stitched and the fill the bobbin. I also figured out how to adjust the tension on the bobbin and the machine. It's all a learning experience for me because I haven't sewn that much before except on cards.
I've been wanting to do some sewing and learn how to quilt for quite a while now. Finding this beauty was just the push I needed. I took my kiddos to the fabric store last week and they each picked out a couple fat quarters to create some bags and some other fabric for pillowcases. They want to learn, too, especially my daughter so I thought pillowcases would be a good place to start.
Today, I sewed my first project on the machine. It sews like a dream! I'm a perfectionist and a novice when it comes to sewing so I love that I can control the speed so easily. I've never used my larger machine that much because it sews too quickly for me. I used Amy's Easy Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial to create this bag with some fat quarters my middle son chose at the fabric store. Her tutorial was really easy to follow and I love how it turned out!
This was the fabric that J picked. I tried to talk him into another color/design for the inside, but he loved the green and that's all he wanted. :)
(He's getting to be such a big boy. We celebrated his 4th birthday the end of June. Where does time go?! He is seriously one of the sweetest little boys ever.)
I think he really likes it. lol It's filled with trains now and the older two are anxiously awaiting their bags. I wasn't able to get started on their bags. I had a little one needing me.
The littlest one really wanted to help when I was taking a few photos. He reallllly wanted that bag! He's crawling and standing by things and into everything! lol It's amazing how quickly they grow and change.
I love his little pudgy legs and arms. It's so cute seeing a tiny, little person standing up and he's so proud of himself.
I may be a tad more than impartial, but that little adorable face just makes me happy. He is such a cutie and such a blessing (like all of our children have been). I'm really trying to soak in every minute of the baby years. They go by so quickly.
Have a great week!