Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The going-ons in Florida

My mother has a sewing machine that I can use. Well, it is here in the house. It is a Sears Kenmore that is avocado green in a cabinet that lets the machine drop down for storage. She got it in 1967. 1967!!

Sunday evening, they brought the machine out and I stitched the binding onto the Ugly quilt. Granma wanted to sew the binding down to the back. Well, I had to wind a bobbin. That proved to be a huge chore! The clutch doesn't work to turn the needle part off and the bobbin does not wind very easily. Well, I finally got 2 bobbins partially filled and went to work on the quilt. The bottom thread was VERY loose! It was holding the binding to the quilt well enough, but the stitches were loopy.

Well, we figured out that the problem was the pressure on the presser foot and after making an adjustment, I was able to stitch the binding down on the table runner and it looked a lot better.

Here's the machine.

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And here is the finished Ugly Quilt. It has already been washed cuz one of the dogs squirted on it.

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And here is a cross stitch that I made for Mom when they moved down here. I never got a picture of it finished. I think it looks awesome framed!

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6 comments:

Trish said...

OMG! That's looks like the first machine I ever owned! My Dad bought it for me for my birthday at a garage sale when I was twelve! It only had two stitches, straight and zig-zag....I used it for 15 years until my hubby felt sorry for me and bought me a new one. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

I think that's a cool looking machine! Very retro! And...why are we calling that the ugly quilt? I like it! Is this a Harvest Spice Incident all over again? Giggle! What wrong with that quilt? I don't see anything that seems ugly to me!
Regina

Carol VR said...

I haven't done cross stitch in sooo long.

Always enjoyed it. I tyed teaching Dakota, with no luck.

Jen said...

That's a GREAT looking cross stitch. Yeah!! The Ugly Quilt is done! It's done! It's done! Since your mom adopted this one, think she'd adopt mine?

Linda said...

The Ugly quilt is not ugly at all. And I didn't know that you were a fellow cross-stitch junkie! Beautiful picture. There's a great shop here in town and the owner is a dream. Can you say "field trip?"

Moneik said...

Your quilt turned out great and I'm sure you are glad it's done. That's one ancient machine, but at least you were able to sew.