I haven't gotten much knitting done today. I'm about 3/4 done with the sheep shawl edging, and I needed a break. So I've been playing with this:
Why is she playing with a table you ask?
Because it's not a table!
It's a new/old Sewing machine!
This has been sitting in the upstairs hallway of my parent's house since I was a little kid, piled with junk and most recently my dad's deodorants and other toiletries. (Notice how beat up the top panel is.)
After I made the little sock pouch on m grandmothers old machine I've been itching to sew more.
Then I remembered my mother had an old sewing machine too! She used to make all my Halloween costumes when I was a little kid but hasn't used it since before I was a teenager and I'd forgotten all about it.
This is a Sears-Kenmore model, and I think a bit newer than my grandmother's Singer.* (Which also was a hide away/table combo) besides the plain old straight line I could get on my grandmothers, this one also does Zig Zags! (I am far too easily amused)
It also came with my mothers sewing bench, which had some bobbins, thread, a few rusty hand sewing needles, two packages or replacement needles for the machine, a little tool and parts box, the manual, and several old pieces of clothing from my childhood in the 80's (bright coloured stretch pants... yummy!)
We brought it home Friday (Bill says it was HEAVY!!) and set it up. But after reading the manual I realized it probably hadn't been oiled since before the last time mom used it, and I didn't want to kill it right away. I was able to pick up some sewing machine oil today as well as some pins, and needle threaders. This afternoon I got to work dusting, cleaning and oiling everything up.
Then after dinner I got stitchy!
It's another little sock sack.
I'm still not a very good seamstress. And I'm learning about all the weird little quirks this machine has, but I'm pretty happy overall.
*Random trivia: I live about a two hour boat ride away from Dark Island. The home of Singer Castle. It's quite beautiful there.