Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's hard going through life being "technically" challenged.....

Meet my lovely vintage Singer 101 machine. She's a cast iron maniac! For quite awhile now I've been frustrated trying to use her.......O.K., it's been over a year! Every time I go to use her the thread would break.....then I would start swearing.

Isn't she a beauty? I've had her over 25 years. When my parents visited me here we found her in a consignment shop and my Dad re-finished the wonderful walnut cabinet for me.
I never really used her much, but the table has been wonderful...lol!

And since I've had a hankering to do some sewing for awhile now I thought I'd give her another try today.....I mustered together every positive thought I possibly could. I had even ordered a user's manual online specifically for my machine.

If you're anything like me, you tend to not read the manuals. I'm glad I did, because I found out what the "big" problem was.
My needle was turned the wrong way! That's right, I'm admitting it right here to the whole entire world. I'm a dunce!
There's a flat side to the sewing needle and mine was facing outwards instead of inwards...towards the machine.
I screamed with joy when she made a gorgeous stitch for me!
Love her to bits and can't wait to use her....in fact I'm on my way to the fabric store after I post this.
I just love these old machines because there are so very uncomplicated. There's very little to go wrong on them, and when it does it's an easy fix.
I'm so glad I found this on my own before taking it down to the sewing repair shop. They would still be laughing about it next year, I'm sure!
As for my beloved featherweight from my Aunt? It's not here yet (did I mention she's a busy woman?).
I'll keep you posted....:)

6 comments:

Rhonda said...

Oh, I'm so glad you posted about sewing machines because all I heard from the ladies at the wedding this past weekend was the feather one you keep talking about. I just shook my head smiling - I could not believe it. It's the rage I tell ya.

There, I've told you, I just knew I'd forget to tell you.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Gail your vintage machine is lovely. Wait unless she sees her new "sister".

xo,
Danielle

Gail Thayer said...

Rhonda, I'm telling you it's crazy how popular those machines are!
And Danielle, I do hope I get to introduce them to each other very soon.......;).

melanie said...

I still have my grandmas featherweight...it is the only thing I sew on...
you will love yours!

craftyles said...

That's a beauty. I had a similar problem, but is was my new machine. Of coarse I didn't read the manual either. Glad you got her going!

Charlene said...

She is a beauty!!! I'm soooo glad you found your issue. I NEED to start sewing again. I have so many projects on the list. Do I do it??? NO!!!! Enjoy her. Charlene