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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Vintage Surprise

     With the help of a friend finding the fabric, I was able to create the Christmas card design that was in my head. The fabric matched the sketch I did days earlier. I am not going to show the cards now as they need to get in the mail. I have to write them out, but all else is done. 
     However, the fabric needed an edge and the stitches on the Singer 401 just were not the right thing. I had some novelty yarn left from when I knit funky scarves and tried to think how to attach it. I tried to use a zig zag over it, but it kind of looked mashed. I opened the vintage manual from the 401 and looked for ideas. Lo and behold, there was a foot designed to couch yarns and do some other stuff. I dug out the box of attachments and there it was. It seemed rather tinny and small and I thought it was going to be a joke. I screwed it on, used the blind stitch, and it sewed the trim on flawlessly and easily with no learning curve. I was so surprised- and grateful. I don't need another reason to love my vintage machine collection, but this was a real good one. I sewed all 100 fabrics to the heavy interfacing with the trim. Yes!




5 comments:

Debbie said...

That looks great. Our new machines just don't have the feet like the old ones do. Or you have to pay an extra arm/leg to get the attachment. You have a jewel.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

The old machines run so smooth and quieter than the new machines. I'm glad you found that foot to make your idea work for you.

Kevin the Quilter said...

You just can't beat those vintage machines! Cool!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've never used any of the attachments from my vintage machines (yet). One of these days I will. I guess that never learning how to sew (mostly self taught quilter) all that stuff (and clothes) scare me.

Missy Shay said...

How awesome, I can't wait to see the finished cards!