Friday, October 5, 2007

Show and Tell Friday: my sewing machine

Has a week really passed by already? Time flies, and here we are at another Friday. Thanks to Kelli for hosting these lovely Show and Tells! This week, I'm going to show you our sewing machine.

It's not as old as the lovely antique sewing machines I saw at some blogs and websites, but like many other much loved things we own, this sewing machine is a good few years older than I am. Mom used it to make many of the outfits I wore as a baby and child. It didn't work well for a while, and for some time we actually thought it was broken beyond repair – but recently, our kind new neighbor and friend tinkered with it a bit, and it turns out all it needed was a bit of oiling.

So, with the sewing machine good as new, it was time for me to start learning how to use it. To some of you ladies and young girls who passed that stage at 14, it might sound funny, but only now I'm working on making my first apron. I was a bit late on learning many other domestic skills as well, such as cooking and cleaning – but hey, I'm making progress!

In the pictures below, you can see the sewing machine and some scattered supplies. I can already see myself in these evenings which are getting longer and longer, cheerfully working on projects (which I hope to share with you!). I know I'm going to enjoy every moment of it.

Thank you for stopping by for this Show and Tell – I hope you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to seeing you again!


















































27 comments:

Miss Eagle said...

This brings back memories. When I was growing up my mother made our clothes on a very old Singer which was turned by hand. It was a big day when my mother bought a motor for the machine from a door-to-door sales for five pounds in the early 1950s. When I left school in 1960, she worked out a situation when she and I paid off a sewing machine together. I didn't sew then so the deal was that she would make my clothes. Then when I got engaged to be married she threw me, a McCalls pattern, and the machine together and I learned to sew. First a dress for myself. Later on, and where I really learned, I made baby clothes for Herself. My experience was learning to sew as my kids grew. In the end, I even made a safari style suit for my husband. So your system at home sounds very similar to ours.

Blessings and bliss

Michelle said...

How cool! You have one of those neat sewing-machine-in-a-table things! My grandma had one like that; it's now at my parents' house. I have a portable unit and we are still trying to come to an agreement. I have successfully made an apron, with my sister-in-law's help. I am currently working on turning an old pair of cut-off jeans into a skirt with some pretty fabric I found, but I'm stuck on making an even hem :( Time to go crying to sis again I guess! It's fun isn't it? I love to have ideas and use my own hands to turn them into useful items! I hope to get skilled enough at some point to make all my own skirts and my own T-shirts which I dearly love to wear. Good luck to you in your endeavors; I'm sure you'll do well at it! :) BTW..this is MrsSlaq, now using my own name ;)

Hootin'Anni said...

Cool. Mine's just a portable one. I guess it works and that is all I need. I too would like to have an antique, treadle machine, but I doubt if I could get the rhythm to my feet again.

That looks like some great fabric too!!!

My Show n Tell is shared, drop by if you can. I’d love you to visit.

PandaBean said...

I've begun my first apron too. I haven't worked on it in two months now tho', it's at my aunt's house. She's the one with the sewing machine and she's been helping me learn. One tip for sewing that she told me, when really trying to press in a crease, dampen a cloth with vinigar and rub it on the material along where you want the crease to go and press it. (This also works the other way, getting a crease out of material.) It stinks to high heaven (especially if you use apple cider vinigar like we did!) but it works almost like magic.

God Bless!

Penless Thoughts said...

So wonderful that you not only have this sewing machine but that you are going to use it and share the things you make with us.
Susan

Tracy said...

I'm so thrilled for you that you are getting to use this machine. Please do post a picture of your apron when it is finished!

Lady_MSnow said...

I enjoy seeing everyone's sewing machines. :D

Anonymous said...

Best of luck with your sewing. It can be such a fun, creative pursuit. And in my opinion, a sewing machine is a valuable frugal tool. I don't know what I'd do without mine...& I'm not even especially gifted when it comes to sewing. But I've learned as I go, & have turned out some pretty nice things. Don't forget to show us your apron when you're finished!

have a wonderful day,
Brenda

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

How neat. I love the cabinet so you can put your machine away when not in use~So nice!

I don't think it is ever too late to learn how to sew. My mom is a great seamstress, but a bit to impatient to teach so I have learned now in my adult years on my own how to sew, and am trying to teach my girls while they are still young and wanting to learn.

Thanks for sharing your machine with us!
~Amy

Michelle said...

I have one of those old-fashioned cast iron (is that right? it looks cast iron to me) Singers in a cabinet. It does have a motor, but it does not work very well. I need to take it in and see about having it repaired, but since I am pretty awful at sewing I have not wanted to spend the money. Everything I sew falls apart, and even before that it looks "home-made." I wish I knew what I was doing wrong so I could make clothes that looked nice as though they had come from a store.

PEA said...

I always say it's never too late to learn something new:-) My mom use to make all my clothes when I was growing up and she was quite the accomplished seamstress. She tried to teach me but alas, I just didn't have the sewing gene in me! lol xo

Haus Frau said...

I have a feeling that once you become more comfy with the art of sewing, you'll take off and breeze through more challenging projects. :o)

I first learned to hand-sew (doll clothes)..even made my own little patterns. When I was 12 I began to sew using a machine. I have my mother's 1948 Singer but it hasn't worked well in years. A few years ago Clark and I bought a very able Janome and I'm beyond thrilled with it, although I haven't enough time to use it as much as I'd like.

El knows the very basics of sewing and has cut/pieced/stitched together enough squares to make a complete quilt. Just have to finish it. This winter. For. Sure. Then in the Hope Chest it goes. I'm hoping she'll develop an interest in attempting other projects as well. I don't push it though.

yikes...I'm rambling.

Seashell / Chelsea said...

You have a treadle machine! I've always wanted one. I do know what you mean about treasured sewing machines though. I have my grandmother's 1951 Featherweight Singer. She bought it the year she married and it still works good. I do need to learn to take better care of our machines though. It seems like something is always a little off! Good luck developing your new skill!

JoAnn said...

That is a nice machine and supplies. It makes me want to start sewing again, but I just packed up most of my supplies. Hopefully when we get to our new house, then I'll start again. :)
JoAnn

Kristi said...

(A fellow late-beginning seamstress)

Good for you for wanting to pick up and learn sewing - it's such a useful thing to know! I've only recently learned how to put in a zipper and set sleeves myself, and it's opened my world of sewing quite a bit beyond making "tube" skirts with elastic waistbands. Fun!

Enjoy learning! It will be worth the effort.

Stam House said...

Awsome! I love sewing machine I recived my firt last christmas, my DH taught that I would like it!

I had to learn, I never touch one before LOL but now I love it!!!

Thanks for theis great post!

Renee

Anonymous said...

You will love it. A word to the wise from this old granny: Don't use old thread. It rots, and there goes all your work. Also, before each new project, clean and oil the machine and put in a new needle. You will be glad.
Blessings.
mlk

nannykim said...

Well--you will have to post some of the things you make on the Friday show and tells. I have not had much success with my machines--I am always having problems with the tensions!!! Hope you have better success ;-)

Kelli said...

Great show and tell, Anna! My mom still has the sewing machine that she used to sew clothes for my siblings and I. I learned to sew on it when I was a teenager and she is sewing on it again and just made Grace a pair of pajamas for Christmas!!

I hope you will show us your apron when it is all done!
Hugs,
Kelli

Laura H. said...

Great post! I love to sew as you know, and am trying to design modest clothing. I would like to design modest wedding dresses designed by the brides themselves. Sounds like extraordinary fun!

I also love to take pictures! I have a great digital camera! I love my camera!

God bless today, sister!

Laura H

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts said...

I think it is great that you are learning to sew! I loved the bin of threads and stack of fabrics, too. I've gotten away from sewing over the past few years beyond basic mending, but I'd love to get back to it.

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I'm re-teaching myself to sew right now - it is such fun! I just finished my second project: a mei tai baby carrier. You can see it here (http://laundryandlullabies.blogspot.com/2007/10/mei-tai-baby-carrier.html) if you're interested. :)

Mia said...

I learned to sew about seven years ago, when my daughter was around four. I've been making clothes for her ever since. It's great fun. The most challenging part is getting the tension right (I have goblins in my sewing room closet, which sneak in at night and mess up my tension)...
I wish you lots of success in sewing!!

Mimi said...

your sewing machine will become a best friend... repairs, new clothes for you and your little ones...
and maybe a shirt here or there for your sweet husband!!

maria said...

I've always wanted to sew as mum used to do when I was growing up! Maybe now I'll gather the courage to learn how to (I've always thought it too hard)!

KTHunter said...

Thanks for showing it to us! I've done decorative hand-sewing for years. I'm now getting into making costumes. I can lay out the pattern and cut and pin, etc., but for some reason the machine intimidates me. My husband runs it for me. For my next project, though, I want him to teach me how to use it so I can truly say that I "sew"! Good luck with your apron. I would love to see it when it is done.
If you like little projects like that, you might enjoy the book "Bend the Rules Sewing". It has aprons, tote bags, napkins, etc., in it that you might find fun and useful.

KTHunter

Coffee Catholic said...

What a nice sewing machine! You'll have to show pictures of your creations!