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I’ve been having fun with my new sewing machine that we brought home yesterday.  It’s a Singer Model 15K80 from 1937.

When she’s put away, she looks like this:

I cleaned and oiled the machine itself and lubricated the treadle irons, and she is so quiet now!  She has a lot of wear to her decals, and her wooden table could be refinished, but mechanically she is sound and works great.  That’s most important to me for this machine.  I wanted a good treadle that I can really use a lot.

We bought the machine from a lady in Leeds who inherited it from her great-aunt Whilhemina, who was a seamstress.  It came with a drawer full of attachments, a shoebox full of thread spools, and a big plastic bag full of scrap fabric.  I’ve named her “Mina” in honour of her previous owner.  She also has her original instruction book and a receipt from January 31, 1959, when she was bought used from the Singer dealer for £30.  That was a lot of money in 1959!  The wear to the decals is where the lady’s hands would rest when she was sewing.  It’s just so sweet.  I love it.  🙂

She is sitting on a plastic sheet because I oiled and cleaned the treadle irons and didn’t want to make a mess on the carpet.

Happy New Year!  Happy Quilting!

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ISMACS (International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society) has recently made the vintage Singer serial numbers available on their website.

At the Singer Sewing Company website, you can get a certificate for your vintage machine using the serial number.  It’s really good fun!  They also have lots of historical information and pictures relating to vintage Singer sewing machines as part of their 160th Anniversary celebration.

Happy Quilting!

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Today I’ve been sewing on “Lavinia,” my Singer 15K treadle machine from 1907.  First I cleaned her and oiled her, and then we made some Maple Leaf blocks.  She sews such a lovely stitch!

I’ve been trying to determine which sub-category this Singer 15 fits into — I know she’s not a 15K80 or 15-96.  At first I thought she was a 15K30, but when I saw a photo of that model, I realised the bobbin winder is in the wrong place.  The letter K just means that she was manufactured in the UK, at Singer’s Kilbowie factory in Clydebank, Scotland.

Lavinia’s bobbin winder is in the lower position.  The 15K30 photo I saw had the bobbin winder in the higher position, near the top of the machine.

I like to think that someone spent many happy hours sewing on this machine.  Look how worn her decals are on the machine bed!

I’ll keep looking for her model sub-group, but it doesn’t really matter.  I just love to sew with her, and I’m planning to spend many happy hours with her, too!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

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My latest project has been to clean and restore this sweet little Vibra handcrank machine to good running order.  She really is small — her base is 12 inches long, 6.5 inches wide, and 1.5 inches tall from the bottom of the cast iron feet to the machine bed.

She is badged as a “Vibra,” but she’s really a Jones CS in disguise.  All Jones CS (cylindrical shuttle) machines have that large screw on the top, between the spool pins.

I found some information about this model and a photo of a similar machine at the Antique and Vintage Sewing Machine Virtual Museum.   The serial number of my machine is 510728, so I think she was made in the mid-1930s like the example machine on the website.

The chrome on the balance wheel, faceplate and slide plates is all beautiful and smooth.  There were some dark spots before cleaning that I thought might be pitting, but luckily it was only dirt!

After cleaning, she just needed some round-shank needles and a new rubber tyre for the bobbin winder, and I was able to order those online, as well as an instruction book,  from Helen Howes Old Sewing Machines   — no affiliation, just very pleased with the excellent service and valuable advice.

Now my little Vibra is working perfectly!  I need to do something about her poor old storage case, which is in a very sad condition…but that’s a story for another day!

Happy Quilting!

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I’ve been really good with my buying and have sewn mainly from my stash for more than two years now, ever since I found Judy on the Internet and joined the Stash Busting group.

However…in the last couple of weeks, I have been very naughty.  It all started with this fabric, which I just had to get to make a dust cover for my sewing machine that stays out all the time.

And then, I was lucky enough to make the acquaintance of two very nice ladies who were selling fat quarters and half-yard cuts for such good prices that I couldn’t resist, and I got this fabric, too.

Look at all that brown fabric!  I blame Judy for that.  😉  Before we did the Monochromatic challenge for March, I thought I didn’t like brown.  Now I’m infatuated with it!

That’s 14 yards total, so that brings the status of my Stash Report to:

  • Used this week:  0 yards
  • Used this year:  5.5 yards
  • Added this week:  14 yards
  • Added this year:  16.5 yards
  • Net used:  -11 yards

I have been sewing a little bit but haven’t finished anything, as I just started a new job and haven’t got the new routine organised yet.  But soon, soon!  🙂

To see how other quilters are progressing with their Stash Busting, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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My Chocolate brown project for Judy’s Monochromatic Challenge is turning out to be lots of fun, and the blocks are going together very quickly — almost as fast as I could eat real chocolate!  And that’s really fast!  😉

Nigel the quilting dog is helping to plan the layout.  He likes the “design floor” much better than the design wall!  🙂

As with many things in life, this layout isn’t going exactly to plan!  But — I like it better than the original drawing.  Do you think that sometimes a quilt just “tells” you how it wants to be?

The first two rows are attached:

And all the rest of the blocks are made and waiting to be added, row by row.  The little white squares are the tags for the row numbers.

The pretty tulips were a gift from my husband.  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Brown is the colour for March in Judy’s monthly Monochromatic Challenge.

It’s difficult for me to think in shades of brown at this time of year.  When March arrives, I start thinking in pastels and Easter egg colours.  Maybe I could think of this project as the Easter chocolate?!   Hmmm, chocolate bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs…yummy!  That’ll do it — now I’m in the mood for Springtime Brown.  😉

I don’t have much brown in my stash, but what there is might look nice in this arrangement.  I have been thinking of this pattern for a long time, with the horizontal and vertical blocks each having a different number of rails or stripes.  I even drew a sketch of this quilt a couple of weeks ago while waiting for an appointment, so I guess its time has come!

This design is very similar to the green Strip-Stripe quilt I am (still) working on for my husband, except these blocks will be larger — 6.5 inches unfinished.  The four vertical rails will be pieced from 2-inch strips, and the three horizontal rails will be 2.5-inch strips.

Here’s my small collection of browns, which range from tan through rust to dark brown.  I think it will be fun to mix these up and see what happens!  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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