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One step closer to the beach …

My sewing days are running out.  Soon my sister and I leave for Mexico.  As usual, I have a dozen ideas but only so much time - so at the top of the list, besides swimsuits, is cover ups.  I bought the fabric for two cover ups - one for my sister and one for me -… Continue reading One step closer to the beach …

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So I like it …

and it takes A LOT for me to like the style, colour and fit of a swimsuit.  With a few changes, this one was good right out of the envelope.  It's a one piece, which I wanted, and it has flattering gathers at the front to hide all evils.  I removed the gathers at the back though… Continue reading So I like it …

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Photos really help!

Every time I make a pair of pants (trousers) for myself I first take a look at this photo.  No, I did not make these.  This is how RTW (ready to wear) fits on my body - and this is the right size.  Just awful!  This photo reminds me that no matter how little or how much… Continue reading Photos really help!

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Amber is put to work …

Perhaps you remember my Singer 421G, a convertible free arm sewing machine made in Germany in 1954.  "Amber" for short!  Since purchasing Amber, she has received a good cleaning and oiling, and I took apart her tension assembly and put her back together again.  She runs smoothly now with a nice stitch. I love the sound she… Continue reading Amber is put to work …

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I’m done now …

I won't be buying any more Vintage Sewing Machines.  That's it.  I'm done.  Why?  Well, because I have my Rocketeer!  My Singer Slant-o-Matic 500.  "Barbie", as I call her, was born in 1961.  Look at this ad someone shared on FaceBook - look at those prices.  Quite steep for the 60's, I think! Barbie, my… Continue reading I’m done now …

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Winnie and I go on a road trip…

and there are strange goings on in our hotel room... I spent last weekend out of town, with one night in a hotel, with nothing to keep me occupied.  Well, nothing except my 1952 Singer Featherweight 221, or "Winnie" for short.  (If you would like to learn how I acquired Winnie and all her deets,… Continue reading Winnie and I go on a road trip…

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Hopeful for a new cardi and avoiding some tension problems …

A while ago I purchased two fabrics - both 85% polyester and 15% rayon knits - a Chevron pattern, one a Hunter Green and one a Red.  Just on a whim.  These fabrics spread out are a bit overwhelming for my taste - but they were too beautiful to resist.  I had to figure out what I… Continue reading Hopeful for a new cardi and avoiding some tension problems …

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Not quite a Rocketeer…

My new Baby is a 1954 Singer Slant-o-matic Convertible, model 421G.  I'm calling her "Amber".  She was "Made in Germany".  She's not quite the Rocketeer (the 500 models) I have been looking for, but being in the 400 series, Amber is close!  My sister says Amber's just a Rocketeen!  🙂   Amber not only has an extension bed, but… Continue reading Not quite a Rocketeer…

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I run for …

Vintage Sewing Machines!   I didn't know I did, but it has been proven that I do. Ever since I was given Ilona and Maria, I've been bitten by the "VSM bug".  (It's all my Mom's fault!!!)  I've been browsing "for sale" sites on line and learning as much as I can about various Vintage Sewing Machines.… Continue reading I run for …

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Ilona’s Future’s so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades!

I have certainly learned a lot cleaning up Ilona - my Singer 15-88.  As you know from this post my Mom has given me her and her sister's Vintage Sewing Machines.  I even bought myself a small hammer and a screwdriver...  you know, one of those ones with a bunch of different attachments?  I took… Continue reading Ilona’s Future’s so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades!