Well, y'all may realize that I've not been finding the time or energy to be doing a whole lot of sewing lately. So what does a non-sewing sewist do in such a case? She buys fabric and sewing machines, of course!
I'm a reformed SMADist, really. I am. (for the uninformed, SMAD = Sewing Machine Acquisition Disease). There are just a COUPLE more machines on my wish list....you know, just in case the right one comes along at the right price. One of those was a treadle. And if a Rocketeer fell into my lap, I would, of course, cuddle it for awhile & then happily let it follow me home. And I always have a soft spot for a nice little Featherweight. (it's the machine I learned to sew on under my Mother's guidance, after all).
Today there was a "Last Minute Estate Sale" with a Featherweight listed. Kind of off the beaten path, but very close to my house. "Everything Priced to sell!" Since I was passing nearby while out & about, of COURSE I had to check it out, thinking the FW would be long gone if it was, indeed, 'priced to sell'. But at $300? Nope, not priced to sell to me, but that was OK, because they had MY treadle!!! $50. For a Singer 66, and my second choice in treadle cabs. Sold. :) (the only treadle cab I like more is very similar to this one, but the cast iron has straight legs - lovely, simple, clean lines. Also harder to come by than this one, which is quite common). By the time I had gone home & emptied out my car to make room for the treadle, & returned to pick it up, the FW was marked down to $200. Twenty minutes later, I was back home with this:
The 1952 Feather (with case & just a couple of attachments), the 66, which needs some TLC, (but if necessary I'll just cannibalize the wheel & put it on another machine) and a cute little Spartan. All for $200 - I'm OK with that. :)
Next step: decide which machines to re-home (no, I'm not admitting to how many I have....not at the moment, at least) ;-D
And then, shortly after getting home, my Fabric Mart box arrives! Best. Box. Ever!
I've never been this thrilled with a box of fabric in the mail! Now then.....to sew, to sew....... Right after I pay the bills. & go to the post office. & grocery shopping. & the bank. & make dinner. & get ready for work tomorrow. & do all the Mumsy stuff. Oh. Yeah, right. All that is why I haven't been sewing. Maybe next week?
But first, give me a minute......I need to go coddle some pigskin & stroke some silk..........
Oh! I almost forgot! The bonus score from the estate sale - a pile of vintage buttons!!! (Have I ever mentioned that I'm a bit of a button freak? - especially vintage)
Of course, with a pile that size, there are bound to be a few really cool buttons. Here are a few of my faves: