I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 59, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 20. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

VINTAGE

My Singer Featherweight 222K with my 1960's Handychest

I'm using it to store everything that goes with my FW

Lots of room for everything!

Love these little trays - the lid clips shut to hold everything inside!

It's great to have a place for everything!

My beautifully bound FW Manual fits nicely in one front tray

My zippered pouch that I use if I am taking my FW away from home,
I keep the few essentials in this like spare bobbins, screwdriver etc


We recently had house guests...... look what they bought me!   they do know me well ...   a Singer Handychest!   This one is from the 1960's so it goes beautifully with my Singer Featherweight 222K from 1957.

The chest had everything in it from the 1960's, including the full box of cotton reels still wrapped in their cellophane!  I've put all of the stuff away and I'm now using the Handychest for all the things that go with my Featherweight.  

Time to sew!

Cheers from Helen

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Featherweight sewing....and loving it!


The Featherweight Portable Thread Stand arrived from April 1930's Sewing Shop, it 's great!  Makes sewing with cross wound thread so much easier and filling a bobbin works perfectly with this stand - I used to hold the thread up high coming off the spool to wind a bobbin, now the stand does that for me!

I am making more Market Bags still using up the lovely vintage sheets and curtains.

Beautiful day here, will head off to the gym soon and then have an afternoon coffee for a change!  I have the feelers traced on to the butterflies, ready to stitch today.

Cheers from Helen

Sunday, 17 August 2014

PREPARING TO ADD THE BINDING

SMOOTH OUT THE BORDER

TRIM UP THE SIDES PARALLEL WITH THE LAST SEAM

MAKE SURE THE CORNERS ARE A TRUE 90 DEGREE ANGLE (THIS ENSURES A NICE MITRED BINDING CORNER)

Then go out for coffee with best friend:-)

I'll be sewing the binding on tonight!

Cheers from Helen

TAPE,PIN,SEW

Preparing the quilt top for straight line quilting around the border.... I lay down the blue painters tape pinning it down as I go, trim each corner so I can just keep sewing all the way around.  The pins are needed to hold the tape well on such long strips .  If I'm using the tape for a line of quilting with no corners to turn then I just lay the tape down as I go.

Almost done!

In using the new Dritz quilting pins I purchased recently - love them!  So fine and sharp but with the large head so I can grasp them!

Once this quilting is done I'm on to the binding :-)

The rain has gone :-(. But I'm still sewing today.

Cheers from Helen

Saturday, 16 August 2014

QUILTING THE KITTIES!

Doing the free motion quilting around the appliqué - using the new open toe foot I purchased from America - I was able to quilt nice and close to the edge but the foot makes a clunk clunk sound which the other free motion foot I have does not!  Any ideas ?

I have mentioned before about the aluminium bobbins I'm now using in my Brother PQ1500.... Well I just have to say again I LOVE THEM!   My quilting has never been so neat and the stitches are so perfect!  

It's raining!  Lovely sewing weather and that's what I'll be doing all day tomorrow!

Happy sewing,
Cheers from Helen


Saturday, 26 July 2014

IT'S A LONG WAY AROUND A QUILT

Sewing the binding down on my "vine" quilt .... Seems to go on forever!

Warm weather so not as pleasant to be working on a quilt ... Could be rain coming- hope so !  Our hill is do dry, it looks terrible.


We are out enjoying a coffee at Kitty and the Bean..  Off home soon to sew!

Happy sewing!
Cheers from Helen