Monthly Archives: July 2011

Just, Before, no After yet

This kind of veneer peeling happens to sewing machine cabinets quite often.  It is not difficult to fix.  I like the pictured glue
There are many folks out there with a lot more experience and knowledge that I, this is just how I do it.
I first check, by pressing gently, that the veneer will push down into the proper place without further cracking.  If not, I put a damp rag on it while my mini iron heats up, then cautiously iron it flat.  I put a dry paper towel on top ot the ironed veneer, a flat board, and a heavy weight and let it cool under flattening forces.

Then I work some of the glue under the veneer with a nail file.  Carefully.  The I cover the area with waxed paper, ably the weight, and go away again.

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the 28 has reached the end of the road, for now

Here’s the final decal and paint work.  I don’t have a shuttle that’s working just now, but when I do, I will try to get it actually sewing.
I have to say, it is a little un nerving, looking at a bright blue machine.Seems improper for it to not be black!  I would never repaint a machine unless it, like this one, had nothing to lose. Otherwise, I think they earn their worn spots.  ( just spelled worn “warn”.  I spell with a Midwestern accent.)  
This machine, however, had a history that was not so good, and so i thought I’d try having a little fun with it.  The paint is no where near as durable as the original finish, called japaning, and made similar to enamel, with a backing/firing process. I may learn more about it and paint it over again someday, but for now, this is as far as it goes.  I can’t spend on a shuttle ( about $30), a bobbin winder (ditto) when there are Singer 128’s to be had for less than that, and I’m not willing to strip a functioning machine for parts, so this is where it stops, I guess.  A bit of a bittersweet finish, really, because I got in over my head.  However, I will just wait and see.  I don’t need to do anything with it right now, and if I get to go to a TOGA (gathering of treadle machine enthusiasts) I will drag it along and seek wise counsel.
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shuttles old and new

Before sewing machines had round bobbins, they had a long, skinny bobbin that was housed in a shuttle, such as these.  The one on the top is from a Singer 128, the abused one I’ve been fussing with.  It will never sew again, likely.  Interestingly, the shuttles were something that was periodically replaced by the machine owner.  The new, never used one pictured closest to the ruler is one of these.  Sold in the same shops that sold needles, the housewife would pick up a new shuttle when she noticed skipped stitches or other problems.  It’s   as though we could pick up a new bobbin race and assembly at the fabric store.  I think it is one of the reasons that these machines can last for 100 years and still be used.
So, why do I have a shuttle without knowing what machine it belongs to?  Well, because it was inexpensive, and seemed worth a shot that it might fit one of my machines, or a machine I will someday get, and because its shiny!

Sewing machine decals

Here’s the latest on the 28 re-do.  The singer decals are purchased.  The birds and flowers are home made decals, made with the packing tape decal method (here). However, I used stickers, and despite what the ladies on the link say, I have used inkjet, newsprint, all kinds of things. Before I made the decals, I painted highlights on the stickers with gold paint.  The packing tape decals are easier to work with, as they are thick.  Downside, of course, is that more layers of clearcoat will be needed to blend in the edges.  
Have more to do, but it is tedious work, and I can’t do it when I’m tired or distracted, which lately seems to be a lot of the time!
So, uhm, everyone gets it, right?  Singer sewing machine? bluebirds? Singers?  I crack myself up.

Why I Like to Make Quilts

The kids try out a new quilt with great enthusiasm.

Here’s my husband the quilt rack.  I love a quilt with feet!  The center is made from crumb pieced blocks that I trim to 12.5 inches.  The narrow border is a Japanese linen that I love love love. I used every purple I had as the solid.

Here is the back, of striped fabric. Back to front for binding.  I’m continuing on my quest of quilting tops.  Quite a few to go, but oh well.  They can’t stay tops forever!
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