Saturday, April 23, 2011

Playing with My "New" Featherweight...

Quote for the Day: 
"Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up."
—Author Unknown


My birthday was earlier this week, (Thursday, to be exact), so since I had to work that day, Andy took me out to lunch today at Outback Steakhouse to celebrate.  We had a good time and decided to stop by The GW (Goodwill) on our way home.  

I got lucky and found a pair of slacks and a CJ Banks Spring sweater that fit nicely!  :)  Andy was able to fill in his wardrobe needs with 3 pairs of pants and 2 shirts...all Levi's Dockers.  

While there I found this Rowenta iron and picked it up, too.  

I plugged it in at the store to make sure it worked, but was a little nervous about the purchase because I've heard people on the quilting forum I'm on complain about Rowenta irons leaking water.  As soon as I got home, I added water and plugged it in and lucky doesn't leak!  :)  Rowentas are an expensive iron, so I really lucked out and got a good deal!  :)

On Tuesday, I went and picked up my "new" featherweight from the repairman who cleaned it up, oiled and lubed it, and replaced the belt on it for me.  Because I've been working since then, I haven't had the chance to sit down and sew on it, but I rectified that this evening.  

But first...I had to thread it.  Since I don't have a manual for it, I went to the internet.  I thought this picture was pretty funny...notice my netbook in the back there opened to the site with the threading instructions.  LOL

The irony was not lost on me...the machine is 65 years old...but it took the modern convenience of a laptop and the internet to get it threaded!  :)

After practicing on the white strip of fabric that is to the right of the machine, I sewed some precut 2.5" squares together to make some 4-patches...

I need to go online and buy some more bobbins, some new rubber feet for the bottom of the machine and the bottom of the foot control, and a 1/4" foot.  I want to make this the machine I use to take to quilting classes or quilting retreats so I don't have to tote my heavy computerized machine around.

Yesterday I attached the binding to the Disney Princess quilt.  As soon as I make the label and get it attached I will post final pictures!  :)  Stay tuned!  :)

Remember when I recommended the book, "The Help" as a must-read? Erin's boyfriend, Dale, sent me this!!!   Oh my goodness!!!  I can't wait to see it!  According to the site, it comes out August 12, 2011!!!  I don't often pay to see a movie at the theater, but I may just have to make an exception this time!  :)

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Easter!  

Till next time...

1 comment:

  1. I owned two rowentas and they both eventually started leaking. I got an oliso for my birthday a year and a half ago, but I saw a post by Bonnie Hunter about irons. She said putting water in them will eventually ruin them, so she suggested spritzing with a spray bottle. I have done just that and have adjusted well. I also found less steam means less stretching and actually press my quilt pieces now.