Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Wide side trip

     Last weekend, a couple from our church asked us to go on a trip with them to the Amish country in Ohio. We didn't know them well, but took a chance. It is about 4 1/2 hours to the south west away. We stayed at a bed and breakfast alongside some Amish farms. Gets pretty dark out there.
Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast. Our room door facing on lower level.
Wonderful shed on the property
     My hope was to see quilts and vintage machines and maybe even bring a special one back. I did eat lots of delicious cheeses and saw a phenomenal selection of wood furniture, but not quilts or machines. I did find fabric, of course. 
One of the fabric stores I shopped at.
Parked outside the fabric store.
The town of Charm, fabric store just out of sight.
     I am not sure if it is funny or it is sad, but when I asked various Amish fabric store clerks where I could find vintage machines or people working on them, they said, "Oh, we don't use them anymore. We just sew on Berninas." They use solar panels for the electricity. I was struck dumb. I sew on vintage machines because of their superior stitches and they are on computerized Berninas? I was told the vintage machines may show up in thrift stores or barns. I found none in Antique Malls. Why is it any little old tool or tin is there, but the sewing machine, which revolutionized the home, is absent? Does it only bother me?

      Some other fun scenes, but no quilts.
Sign around corner from B & B, parking for a wedding
Horses parked, eating from hay wagons.
Behind buggy, is the manufacturing building where the wedding was held- 400 guests
Bargain store we visited. The scrapbook supplies were cheaper than with the coupon at Joann's
Farm still life
Kind of sums up the road size situation


Quilting Babcia said...

In our neck of the woods in Allegany County the Amish are looking for non-electric sewing machines, not sure if any of them use hand-crank machines or only treadle. I guess it depends on the particular sect and how strict the local bishop is. Sadly, the only fabric I was able to find in an Amish store right across the border in PA was 100% polyester, that was a shock. Like you I love piecing on the old Singers.

Debbie said...

That is a surprise. Could be as Pat says...the sect and the area. Sounds like a fun trip anyway. Have you checked on Facebook Marketplace? I see a lot of older ones....a few crank and some treadle around here. Of course, they want a lot for them too.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sewing on Bernina's for the Amish is a new one, that I hadn't heard before. Gee, those Bernina's are EXPENSIVE! I'll keep my vintage straight stitch machines (even my vintage electric ZZ machines).

Quiltdivajulie said...

We lived near the northern Indiana Amish and Mennonite communities for years - it very much depends on Old Order or other sect, local leadership, and whether they work for others and use their powered equipment (allowed). Things have likely changed since we moved away 25 years ago, but it is hard to imagine things changing enough that they are permitted to own and use electrically powered items in their homes.

Julie said...

I had a wonderful time meeting up with you on this side trip, and glad you thoroughly enjoyed your time in my part of the world.

The Old Order districts in the area you visited do vary by their rules, but I know many use an electric machine now. How are they powered? By solar panels and battery storage, of course, and either a cord is there to plug in to, or a line and outlet are run in for convenience. Many things have changed in the past 25 years here.

The Swartzentruber Amish still use non-electric machines, though, and you might want to look in areas near those districts for the vintage machines. Also, I tend to find my golden oldies just outside Amish and Mennonite country. I think there are a large number of machines around here in general, and many wind up at antique stores in the area.

Mystic Quilter said...

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos Linda! The reason I got into quilting was an interest in the Amish quilts and culture.I'v e really enjoyed seeing the horses and buggies but was so surprised to read your comments about the sewing machines, I would have though if they had mov ed on to Bernina machines there would have been a glut of the older machines in antique shops. Interesting to read the comments from Quiltdivajulie and Julie.

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This is really unique and different design. I love the fact that I’ve never seen something beautiful like that before.

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