I wonder sometimes, how our grandmothers found the time to make such fantastical hand stitched quilts, when I often find myself, with all the modern conveniences, unable to accomplish much of anything. Busy with a full time job, grandchildren, and church activities, I just wanted to sit this week out. I picked up a book to read and surfed through my social media sites. I do have a head cold, which may be impacting my choices. But, this week held little chance of accomplishing much stitching. I only prepared a few pieces for basting and took them on a weekend trip to keep occupied in the car. That’s the extent of my stitching.
So, in order to entertain my readers, I am highlighting another favorite quilter topic: sewing machines. Who among us quilters doesn’t love to check out the latest machines or find antiques worth collecting. Although few in number, my collection is unique. All of my older machines are Singer brand.
I grew up sewing on a Singer. When I got married, my husband purchased me a sewing machine for our first Christmas. It was a portable Singer that now sits inside a sewing machine cabinet; and my eldest granddaughter is learning to sew on it.
My husband also purchased me a Singer Featherweight as a 25th anniversary gift. It’s a 1951 centennial edition. It stitches nice, but I haven’t used is so much.
I learned to love sewing from my Grandma Smith. She sewed clothes and other things; some quilts. My Mom didn’t really have an interest, but my Grandma was very creative. She taught my older sister to knit and me to crochet. We both started 4H together and began sewing clothing. I still remember walking through the fabric section of Newberry’s, a local variety store, touching the fabric and dreaming what I would stitch. The Singer we used at home was an older machine that Grandma gave us to use, while she purchased herself a new one. Later, she purchased a Singer Athena 2000, the first electronic sewing machine on the market back in 1975. I acquired the Athena from my Grandma’s estate, along with the beautiful cabinet she purchased with the machine. Although I’ve only done a little bit of sewing on it, it has a lot of sentimental value.
Several years ago, I came across a Singer treadle at a yard sale. I had to purchase it to round out my collection. It sits in a corner of the front room as an ornamental, conversation piece.
I know a quilter that likes to refurbish antique machines and sew on them. I really have no interest in using the treadle. I may use the other sewing machines from time to time, but I would rather do my sewing on my Bernina virtuosa 155. I do everything on this machine, including free motion quilting. Could I afford it, I would upgrade to the latest version. But, my wish list is to purchase a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen.
Happy Stitching…on whatever sewing machine you own.