I have mixed feelings about the consumerism of Black Friday.
But I had a moment of weakness on Thursday. My seamless pledge was holding strong until I bought two pairs of jeans from Old Navy for $15.
The only places I plan to visit to make a purchase today is the fabricstore, and to buy a bottle of Las Moras shiraz.
I plan on finishing another archer this weekend. (which is so outta character for me – not). This version has a major pattern mis-match of the plaid on the front. Tradgic for my OCD, but Im ok with this mistake.
If you havent gone over to Craftsy – stop reading this post and buy yourself another class. You cant go wrong with everything listed as $19.99 (my consumerism weakness is showing). Yesterday I purchased the Sew Better, Sew Faster by Janet Pray.
This class is chalked full of learning opportunities. (Yes, I watched all 8 lessons at once!) She has a ton of tips which are awesome. And she really explains the ‘why’ behind these tips.
I am waiting for my hard-copy jacket to arrive in the mail. The project is an unlined demin jacket with a large amount of top stitching and welted pockets.
In the summer, I was part of a notion swap for the sew weekly reunion. I made a needle book for a swap gift, but never got around to posting about it. Didn’t want to give anything away. This morning, I was about to make another, and realized I didn’t have a post I could look back on.
I also found this incredible project. It would take me months to complete….but I do need something like this for my sewing machine needles particularly. I love the colors chosen and how it is combined with a more natural linen:
I had so much fun this weekend making felt wool mitts. I went down to my local thrift shop and purchased 3 wool sweaters. I never really looked at these before and the average price is around $6.99. I bought 3 for a total of $20. Washed in hot, dried in hot and they came out infant sized. I managed to cut out 4 mitts.
They involved 4 pattern pieces and were very easy to sew together. The thickness of the cuff got me crazy in the first pair, so I opted for a blanket stitch when making the second. I never attempted this stitch before and it was a comedy of errors! But I finally got the hang of it.
I lined them with super soft fleece and they are ultra warm.
I will be keeping my eye out for sweaters as the 100% wool were tricky to find. But I wonder what would happen if a slashed a 100% wool chevron mens suit jacket instead of a sweater? Hmmmmm….maybe another weekend.
Here is the pattern and instructions. Its free!
My girl friends sister sells her wool mitts for $40. I can see why – the wool can get pricey but they are super warm.
a soft leather slipper or shoe, strictly one without a separate heel, having the sole turned up on all sides and sewn to the upper in a simple gathered seam, in a style originating among North American Indians.
I received the verbal instructions and the 5 cut out pieces for a ladies size 7 & 9. In the indigenous way of knowing, I only have verbal instructions.
I have a remnant and have my pair cut. The plan is to work on them on the weekend. Have to find some fur – or maybe my pair will be furless.
I ended up fixing the foot pedal which was evading me all weekend, thanks to these diagrams from Joe. I do credit him and a few other people (Tammi!) on the vintage sewing machine forum for enabling me 2 years ago.
Turns out my 1, 2, and 3 wires were in the wrong order within the prong. Only took 1 zap to find out (I forgot to unplug the cord when I was testing the order).
No copyright info on these images – but I wm still posting or I will lose them.
My son has claimed the newly created pillow. And since learning how to use my #20 Bernina foot, zig-zag, and lowered feed dogs, I dont think I will ever sew a button by hand again! Love that feature. Also used a hidden zipper at the bottom.
I fixed this beautiful sewing machine for a women who lives out of town. It’s a 3/4 – singer 99 model with a very nice bentwood case. She has to buy a new foot pedal, I couldn’t repair hers. The timing needed adjusting and now it’s ready to be picked up. She mentioned she sews moccasins and will share the pattern with me. I am super stoked. She makes them out of leather and recycled fur coats.
I bought the neatest Halloween fabric which will be a skull pillow – inspired by lladybirds blog post. While I was paying for my fabric, I noticed a cute gift card holder. It’s made cheaply, but I took a picture so I could make my own.
I have 12 vintage machines & I don’t need 3 black featherweights!
This is a used vintage Singer Featherweight serial number AH568685 built in 1948. Good working condition with all decals in tact and bright. This is a straight stitch sewing machine.
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Item with extras – $325
Packing materials – $25
Shipping – TBA depending your location
Photos are intended to be part of the description. I am a long time quilter and sewist and I am thinning my collection – have used this machine with care and regular maintenance. This comes from a smoke-free environment. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
***US Buyers: Shipping times can be slower from Canada, so please patient for extra customs time.
A serviced 221 sewing machine – I have created a video – I think it’s important to see what you are buying. http://youtu.be/z_DO3v7FG2A
Foot control – wear showing on the wires.
Original bobbin case assembly
Bobbins x 3
Singer buttonholer with 4 button templates.
Attachments – see photo. Lots of attachments.
Ready to sew when you get it!
Full disclosure: There are very small pins pits on the bed & light scratches. The foot control is original wiring that is showing wear and I would suggest purchasing a new foot control ($20 on eBay). But I have used it the last year ‘as is’ with no problem. There is also a quirky squeak to the machine….you may hear it in the video but all my vintage machines have their own sound! The case bottom is missing the black paper – this is cosmetic and does not affect the function.
I will do my best at packing and will insure for a value $350. This price listed does not include shipping costs which may vary depending on your location. I will get an exact shipping fee to you…..before you send your paypal payment.
This is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and I splurged on a ‘want’ I have wanted for a while. The Bernina 550QE!
I purchased from Cindy and Cindy-rellas. She was most helpful and made sure it was a machine that would grow with my skills. Jenny from The Missouri Star Quilt Co is even visiting her shop!! Check out Cindy’s shop:http://www.sewcindy-rella.com/.
This will keep me busy for a while. Not sure how my turkey dinner for 13 is going to get done with this in the house!
The unboxing. Once I figure it out and have more time Ill post more info. Trying all the features and the BSR.
I have another Archer cut and ready to sew. This time I am trying a dressy wrinkle free….linen looking fabric in Navy. Can’t wait.
Also got a few patterns in the mail. My favorite is the DKNY dress. My co worker had one made out of a paisley double knit. It looked awesome and her husband sewed it for her. How romantic – his mother believed in raising her boys without the gender stereotyping of only women sew!
I also spent some time cleaning a few machines. The first one the singer 404 I hauled home in the RV from some a small town, cabinet and all. It has a knee control, is super light and I think I have fallen in love with this model. The knee control is so convenient. Think I will sew my Archer on it to test it out.
The second machine the Singer 127 is a shuttle machine…I oiled and cleaned and made a rice bag for my stiff neck I blame it on all the sewing. The sound of this shuttle machine is so unique – it’s like the needle almost does a little bounce. It’s mesmerizing – I guess only someone who is addicted to sewing machines would notice. It has a gorgeous bentwood case and was given to me by an incredible seamstress. It was her grandmothers. And was carried by boat to Canada when she came. I am very honoured Noreen chose me to keep this machine.
Had to make another Archer before I forgot how to make it. The first one was a large learning curve for me! This one is made from a heavier plaid fabric which will last forever. Its cozy and perfect for the cold weather coming our way. It came together so much faster than the first. The next one might be silk!
post script. Only after seeing the pic did I notice one pocket is sewn on backwards. Ha. Gonna have to fix that today.
I have been in a dark place with work for the last few weeks but can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also taking care of my mom after her surgery and dog sitting my sisters dog which wears diapers! Yes, I have been changing dog diapers – like I said – I have been in a dark place The last little while I have only had time to sew and work – not post to my blog. Everything is settling down and the pup will be going home soon.
I am finished my vintage cotton challenge which I am saving for another post.
And I also tried my hand at Grainline’s Archer shirt. I LOVE this shirt. Not sure if I could have gotten thru the construction without the sew-a-long visuals posted on her website. But now that I have made one, I want more.
Didn’t iron this one, but if I would have waited for that to happen this post would never have existed. The plaid is a soft thinner plaid which I picked up for $0.99 a metre. So with my vintage buttons the total cost was maybe $2.50
I learned so much making this – yokes, plackets, collar, and so on.
Going to pick up Grainline’s Moss skirt and attempt the zipper. Possibly my October goal.
Onward and upward.
I spy a diaper! She is deaf too, so she didn’t turn around for the pic! Her name is Sage.
Twelve more bean bags to go for a friend. I ran out of split peas. They would make handy pattern weights.
And my little boy just attempted to hem mark my Saltspring dress and I fear its crooked He is 10, a true helper and very careful. I think I will have to think of another solution. I so wish I had a dress form for times like this. Although he liked to stab the pins through the metal hem marker and play with the magnetic pin weight. I was standing for a really long time.
I also need to find a solid thin, neutral brown, black or grey – summer, cotton sweater to wear with the dress – to off set these large flowers. My next Saltspring will be tamer!
I learned so much with this sew-a-long. How to handle slippery fabric, how to underline and line. How to omit the zip
I have decided to make the Butterick 7731 pattern (1956) for the Fall For Cotton Challenge in September. There is a story behind this choice. At the beginning of summer, I received a call from a guy who wanted to know if I wanted a sewing machine that use to be his moms. When I picked it up, he also handed me a box of patterns – at least 60 plus patterns.
Brian gave me a picture of his mom and the bill of sale for the sewing machine which was bought in 1952 for $104 dollars. I can’t fix this 3/4 size seamstress machine…it’s missing a few parts and needs a new motor. It is the only machine out of the 20 I have repaired that remains dormant. I have beautiful picture of Joan who is the seamstress behind the machine. Her patterns mostly range in the 1960s but there are a few 50s and 70s in the mix. This Butterick 3371 pattern was purchased at the Simpson Sears building downtown in the mid 50s. I remember going to this department store with my mom as a kid. It is the 5 story building on the right.
I really like the collar and the cuffs on this top. The pattern states it has an Italian flair. If all works as planned, I will try to incorporate the vintage buttons Nikie mailed me for the Sew Weekly Reunion notion swap from the UK.
My kids always bug me about my sewing habit. Tonight my daughter and her friend decided to design clothes for the sock monkeys I made them last Christmas. Both used my vintage singers – very easy to learn and they each had a machine to work with. Took them 5 minutes to learn how to use them – spent a good 3 hours cutting scraps & sewing them together and making mini clothes.
I tried to convince them to make PJ pants for themselves but it was a no go. Maybe next time!
This is the class that really got me started sewing. Being a quilter, I was afraid of knit material before this class. I also was having fit issues with wovens which can be very discouraging for a newbie.
This class is very worth the $30 dollars. I have made numerous hoodies (3), the slice dress (so comfy), several skirts (3), the pants and the shorts. You get 5 patterns with the class but Meg includes mods for shorts, skorts, and capris – so there are 8 patterns.
They are forgiving patterns, and her videos are very detailed so anyone without sewing experience could have a comfy item in a weekend.
Here is the class and here is a sample of the skirt – so easy!
I used a grey athletic non wrinkle fabric – feels great against the skin and washes awesome. Plus the waist band is double fabric folded and sucks in my gut – love that. The pants have the same waist so thats a bonus. I used a subtle navy chevron, but dont have a pic.
My Sewaholic Saltspring Dress bodice is complete – lining and all. I have never attempted lining before! Caroline’s sew-a-long instructions are so very helpful. I went with the wider strap instead of the spaggetti style. The bottom of the dress instructions will be posted on Wednesday – cant wait.
Sure wish I had a dress form – but my lamp will have to do for the photo shoot.
Just want to participate in the Studio Spotlight Link Party hosted by The Sewing Loft & Ellison Lane. I have enjoyed looking at all the spaces each day featured over the last week. I started in a closet – but kinda expanded into taking over a corner in our rec room where my family hangs out. The closet now stores my stash as it should.
I think what inspires me the most is getting on old broken singer sewing machine and then fixing it up. I have given 11 sewing machines away so far – to anyone who has an interest in sewing. Most items in my space are up cycled or from yard sales. My latest find has been a free white singer featherweight! It was like winning the sewing lottery.
Sewing is a part of my day, after work…time to relax and create. Here is where I sew.
My hubby is a social worker, so he is very understanding dealing with my SMAD (sewing machine acquisition disorder), while my teens call me the ‘sewing freak’
Post Script: How does your family re act to your sewing?
I found my fabric for my saltspring dress. It has 3 colors from Pantone Fall 2013 collection. Carafe (dr brown), Turbulence (dr grey), and Koi (orange). It is a charmeuse with great drape. It is outta my comfort zone in the fabric department. It is a really LARGE print but I am hoping to pare it with a carafe jacket/cover. I found it more challenging than I thought to find the sew reunion colours. However, this will be only the first of a few saltspring dresses and I will hopefully end up with a wearable muslin.
I have retraced my pattern pieces – not darling to cut into the original tissue paper.
Cut my fabric using a million pins – it wasn’t so bad as I have heard!
Re-threaded my serger – an hour of hell
And figured out my walking foot for the slippery charmeuse
Just have to pick up my notions….I am thinking invisible zipper but the pattern calls for regular so I think I will wait till farther in the sew-a-long to decide.
My co worker bought 2 copies of Gertie’s Book of Better sewing and let me buy a copy from her. Not sure if I would have ended up with this book otherwise. I am sure glad I did. It is chalked full of every kind of alteration question a beginner sewist would have. I also like the way she explains the various finishes that one could do to make the garment their own. I made a couple of the easier pattern – the portrait blouse. They sew up super fast, take only a metre of fabric, and forced me to face my zipper phobia. I conquered the invisible zip….just couldn’t do the lapped one she explains in the instructions. I am a visual learner and that is one downfall of the book…..I need more images! But that is just me. The first pic is a sateen and the second a sale cotton.
I have been away in Cypress Hills for the past week. It was beautiful. The trees, fresh air, fires, and peace. I was also fortunate to pick up another vintage sewing machine at the local quilt shop – the Cats Meow! That will be for another post.
We got back this afternoon, kinda unpacked, and I soaked in a much needed hot bath.
I walked to our post box and was skipping my way home because I had a special package waiting!
Niki from the UK – not sure of your blog? Or email? Please, please let me know what it is! – Just Found It – Sent a most thoughtful package as part of the sew weekly reunion pattern & notion swap. She sent, Simplicity 1882, beautiful vintage buttons made in Britain, tiny natural pearly buttons that are to die for, blue velvet ribbon, and red ric rack! Nikie you made my day!!! Thank you sew much. I have your thoughtful note hanging in my sewing room too!
I dont have too many patterns and I cant wait to get started on the one you sent. I am a beginner, so this is my first pattern that doesnt fall in the easy category. I am up for the challenge! Woot woot.
Post script. There is an ‘e’ missing from my note in the pic. Sorry Nikie
I am on day 5 of camping and I am going thru sewing withdrawl. I brought a hand stitch project to work on in the car. The featherweight is packed but i have only used it to patch a rip in my daughters pants.
Dont get me wrong. Camping is fun with the family but sewing is my way of relaxing so it is missed.
I dont have alot of space in this hybrid trailer and it would be challenging to sew. I did bring material enough for a silk tie bag.
I miss sewing but have been doing a lot of reading about sewing!
Had a chance to head into the local town and bought a pair of gold scissors with a blunt end for hems. The same store called ‘the cats meow’ had a nice singer rocketeer that she will sell to me for $25 – a fair price.
If the stars align, i will be going home with two sewing machines! Here’s hoping.
I also am curious to know if my pattern notion swap package arrived? And my sewaholic saltspring dress pattern? Something to look forward to.
I am a very indecisive person, but after a night of lurking about for a pattern I decided on the Saltspring Dress by Sewaholic for my Sew Weekly Reunion. There are so many awesome patterns out there – I wish I had more time. Sewaholic is hosting a sew-a-long from August 16-30 – so the timing is perfect! I usually choose easy patterns (sorbetto, knits etc) so I thought this might be a bit up a challenge with lining & a zip. And the step-by-step of the sew-a-long will be the extra help and motivation I need. Another reason to check my mailbox! Can’t wait. Now for 2013 Fall Pantone color inspired fabric choice.
The challenge has been announced. I am not sure where to start, pattern?, fabric? Woven, knit? So many choices. Wait for my notion & pattern swap or charge ahead because of the two trips out-of-town. Must think about this! Oh the possibilities.
I put this scarf together last night. I started with a light see thru black material with 22 inches wide by the width of the fabric. I serged the edges and ran 3 baste stitches down the centre of the scarf and 2 inches from each side. I was lazy when I gathered and went with a single baste row & thought I would take my chances against the thread breaking. After it was gathered, I ran a 3 step zigzag to hold the gathers in place.
It has been a cool summer here and my office is as cold as a fridge with the air conditioning.
The next time, I would make it slightly more narrow and longer. I am thinking 16 inches by 60 inches. But it will do the trick as is!
I also got my swap package mailed this morning. It should arrive in 6-12 days!
I was quite excited to receive an email from Kat http://macskakat.wordpress.com/ | Modern Vintage Cupcakes this morning. She is collecting measurements for a pattern & notion swap which is part of the sew weekly 2013 reunion – http://thesewweeklyreunion.wordpress.com/ My recipient is overseas so I want to get my package mailed tomorrow to account for travel time. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find the perfect pattern. Clothing is such a personal thing so I hope she likes it. I think we are both new sewists, so I want a feminine dress, without a lot of complex construction and the correct size. I ended up purchasing a printable pattern from Butterick.
I buy a lot of PDF patterns but this is the first time I was not given a PDF but instead I had to download software and print off without saving. The whole experience was enough for me not to purchase like that in the future. I was under a time crunch this time!
Now I have notion ideas floating in my head. I think I have come up with the perfect plan…a needle book. I hope to get some sewing time in tomorrow to finish my package up before the post closes. Crossing my fingers or it will be plan B. Either one will be fine!
A great find was had on the street I grew up on! I was helping my mom and when I drove away, spotted a yard sale. I always ask the same thing on arrival ‘Any sewing items or guitars?’ The guitar question I ask on behalf of my son.
Here is what I found. A sewing box in great condition. Wood, large, made in Poland. I have a smaller version of this box from university days, taking art class. I love this new box on legs and it was $3. I spend a Friday night, with a glass of wine organizing my notions – yes my life is the life of envy
The other contraption I first read about in Gerties Book of Better Sewing. Love the book and it is chalked full of information. It’s a vintage hem marker which can be set to a length of 7 – 24 inches from the ground. A partner clamps and pins around the skirt hem for more precise hemming. There is a small place within the clamp to place the pins. This handy device was $2.
The yard sale owner said she sold her dress form last year – arghhh. One day….I will find one.
I keep a running list of pattern pins on my ‘Sewing Clothes’ pinterest board. Often when there is a $1.88 sale and I will go thru and see if there is anything pinned on my wishlist. I do have a long wishlist, and plenty patterns waiting in the wings to keep me busy. Here is the current $100 list which doesn’t fall into the McCalls 2 dollar sale.
I have several ruffler feet which I seem to be collecting with each sewing machine I acquire. A few weeks ago I spent the evening with a glass of wine and the idea to master the use of this funny looking foot. I found out the foot has three settings. It will gather at every 3rd, 6th, or 12th stitch. Now the geek in me thinks this is really cool so I made samples of all three setting.
The mechanics of this foot is basically to attach it to the sewing machine by hooking onto the needle holder. That’s it. I created an a-line skirt which I used this foot to create THE most uniform pleated gathers to add to the bottom of the skirt hem.
I was very excited about what I learned and passed along an extra foot to another sewist friend. Not many people share the same enthusiasm for these vintage gadgets. I just can’t believe what kind of person invented this foot? Truly a time saver for anything needing gathers. Too bad it is still not 1980! I will have to be discrete in which projects I will use this attachment for.
I have finally ran out of silk ties to sew with. All I have left are 2 inch squares. After making a large bag from my favorites, I also made a small bag for my mom’s birthday – Forgot to snap a photo. This is the final bag which is a combination of up cycled navy trousers and the last of the ties. I like the colors. The pattern is super easy and not sure how many more bags will be a result. I seem to have brain lock on making these bags. And other ideas of how I can re use ties to add accents garments or other projects are swimming in my head. Taking suggestions on something else to create?
I am in between projects, so now is the perfect time to post photos of Where I Sew – http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2013/06/30/where-i-sew-month-2013/ Just looking at the 2013 Where I Sew photos by pink chalk, gave me a lot of inspiration. Each space is differentand that is what is so neat about it. I would love to move my sewing space upstairs to a spare room with a larger window but will have to wait about 10 years!
Until then, I have created my space in the family room downstairs. Therea many positives to this despite the lack of natural light. It is the place my husband spends his extra time and my kids too. We have an open concept large room each divided for our own purposes. Media, exercise, computer, and sewing of course. My space is the second largest which affords room for my supplies and my SMAD – sewing machine acquisition disorder! I like to collect vintage machines, fix them, and use them.
I also have a few machine cabinets playing double duty as side tables upstairs in case there is a teen sleepover that takes over the basement. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Where I Sew.
Sewing for Profit – Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences Scranton, PA
I found this book at the local used bookstore. It is part of a textbook series mostly published in the 1930′s. I was only able to get one book in the series. The whole thing is available online to read – both sewing & cookery. It is truly a peak into another time! There is a ‘Specializing in Sewing’ section that will be my weekend reading material.
I have been lurking over a craiglist posting for a singer featherweight. The owner sent a pic and the machine looked like it was in good shape. It had a piece of wool over the arm of the machine so I didnt see the badge.
When I went to view the sewing machine – I lifted the wool off and saw the 100th anniversary blue rimmed badge.
I paid and couldnt get home fast enough. Just my luck. She is called ‘moon’ after her original owner. The machine had one owner and was the families machine. A shame no one in the family knows how to sew or wants it.
It all started with a bag of thrifted ties for $5.99. I really wanted to buy all 4 but thought that might be too greedy. Plus I have about 3 quilts started but not finished.
I decided to create the cross over bag from Michelle’s Patterns. I purchased about 6 retired patterns she was clearing out. This pattern comes in size medium and small.
The first bag I made turned out great! I love the silk tie look and used the tie label on the front of the bag. All the ties in this bag are non-diagonal and have a very retro look. If only the ties could talk!
The second bag made was small. I love the look of the bag using all diagonal stripped ties. I dont have an image because I gave it to my mom for her birthday.
I am now on my third bag – a small bag which is part tie material, part recycled cotton. I am running out of ties!
‘Today is your lucky day’ is what Cindy from Cindy-rella’s Sewing & Quilting said to me! She gave me SUCH an incredible deal on her serger, I still can’t believe it. Knowing very little about sergers, I had to do a bit of research when I got home. To be honest, I didn’t even know what the proper tension of the stitch should look like.
I wasn’t really satisfied with the resources online so I decided to buy another Crafsty online course instead of waiting for an in-person course - Beginning Sergering. I really like how she takes you thru a 40 point check of the machine and uses 3 different models. And by the end of the course, you have a handful of resources and you build a binder of samples which you add to your materials. Later when you need the same stitch all the details like stitch length, width and tension dials are recorded.
After a full day with this serger – it became a love hate relationship. By now I intimately know the ins & outs. I also realized some new features on other sergers I would really like, rolled hem capability and differential feed to create a wave effect! Maybe one day. Thanks Cindy! When I save my pennies I will buying my 2nd serger at your store – I am so grateful to you.
Here are a few projects made out of vintage silk ties I pulled together on the serger once I got going with the machine.
I thought I would give the Honeycomb precuts a try. Having never worked with hexagons, I found the moda bake shop YouTube video and 1 PDF instructions very helpful. It’s coming along nicely and I am very greatful for my sewing machines…tie offMon feature which helps secure all these hex points. The finished product will be wall hanging size. I thought I would use over size running stitches in contrasting DMC floss and vintage buttons in each hex for the quilting size of it.
I have a couple more machines – both BLUE. One of them will be given to a local quilt group! A singer & a white. Both we donated. It looked like the singer had never been cleaned…it was a fabric bunny haven when I took the machine apart. The white required a full day of cleaning and scrubbing – and I eventually had to use steal wool the oil was so caked on. The white is just incredible with a great straight stitch.
I needed to create ten treat bags for an upcoming birthday party and procastinated until the nite before. I had a bit of an assembly line set up. They took about 2 hours total. Each bag is:
Supplies needed: 6 charm squares, ribbon for the drawstring.
-sew 3 charms squares together in a row
-cut the row in half down the middle charm
-re-arrange & re sew into small panels
-make two panels for each side of the bag
-face panels rights sides together
-sew around the perimetre, leaving 2 inches from the top on each side unsewn. Clip corners
-iron the top sides 1/4 inch back & sew – which will finish the edge of the casing nicely
-Optional – I folded the tips of the corners, iron, stitched, and cut the corner tips off to create a box bottom.
-pull ribbon thru the casing
-FILL WITH CANDY & ANYTHING ELSE.
This machine came to me in rough shape. I tried oil to clean but the old oil was so thick and discolored I ended using steel wool!
She looks great and sews even greater. The tension is perfectly set now and am surprised at how quiet she is. I was going to fix up and give away, but after an entire day of cleaning this clone is going to stay here! The cabinet is beautiful too. I might paint a linen wash on the bottom half of the cabinet but something is stopping me from doing it. I have a hard time painting natural wood.