Saturday had a small adventure that included a drive I normally do for the day job. I journeyed up to Daly City to see a vintage industrial Singer sewing machine, a 150w3. Because of our weekly shift at the per adoption center, we needed to be up and on the road early. There was the normal filling of the gas tank and acquiring caffeine. Then we stopped at U-Haul to pick up the small open trailer I had reserved. There was no way the machine was going to fit in my SUV, an while it would have fit in Kel’s van, the trailer has a much lower deck. The assumption was that this piece would be heavy.
The drive up took longer than it normally would as pulling the trailer, especially with it unencumbered, required slower speeds than normal for me. I didn’t twitch too much. We found the address via GPS easily enough. Then came the truly challenging part. Daly City is essentially a suburb of San Francisco. If you’re old enough to have watched the TV show The Streets of San Francisco you may remember how steep many of those streets are. Not only is this street one of what I think of as the extra steep ones (so grateful to not be driving a stick), it’s a dead end. Not a cul de sac with a little turning bubble, but a dead end. So very carefully, I managed to get both the vehicle and trailer turned around, though by the time I was done it was way beyond a 3-point turn. See the image below from Google Maps. The yellow arrow is where I had to pull in, the orange is the direction I had to back the trailer then my SUV, and the green is the final parking spot.
The drive and turning challenge were absolutely worth it though. The machine belonged to the seller’s grandmother who was a seamstress who did draperies, leather work and a multitude of other things. It was obviously well used and well taken care of. As expected of an industrial machine, the motor is sizable and mounted under the table. There is a knee bar but it does operate by using the treadle peddle. A test sewing on the scrap leather on it showed she sews like a dream. The table itself is a thick butcher block piece on a cast iron treadle base. It has a separate bobbin winder and dowels embedded into the table top to hold extra bobbins and thread cones. A small work lamp is also a part of the table. There is a drawer on the left that has extra needles, bobbins, throat plates, presser feet and more. Another bonus is the machine cover that was obviously made by her previous owner. The first two photos are from the seller’s listing, and the remaining ones are from the spot of my garage she has claimed.
I spent time today cleaning and organizing the garage. Considering the power draw this machine has, and the fact that the garage is the only room with all ground capable outlets, I think it is a good place for her. A bit more work out there, and I may have a proper workshop. My electrified workbench with riser and shelf is already out there so it will certainly be a good set up.
Here is the Candy Pop Quilt all done! It is machine quilted using my Singer 401A and a wide zig zag style stitch. Took a bit of a short cut and folded the backing over as the binding as I just loved the fabric.
And here it is hanging on the new to me quilt rack.
Two more pillows were completed and delivered to my client. One was a small print of random color splashes (sure, there is a word for it, but it eludes me at the moment). The other was a hound dog / beagle that was challenging to to the nature of the needlepoint stitching not having a solid background. For this one I ended up lining a cut of white cotton sheeting with fusible interfacing then doing a reverse applique to give both body and a regular rectangular shape. From there I stitched random quilting lines to set off the border from the main picture. It turned out fairly well I think. My client certainly seemed happy with it.
I have recently taken on some commission work of turning completed needlepoint canvases into pillows for a neighbor. It started with 4 canvases and a couple more have been added. Three are done and given back to her. Two are on the blocking board. The last came in when I gave her the first 3 and still needs to be blocked. It’s been fun digging through the stash to find the right backing and, in one case so far, trim.
Here are the three that are done.
The mystery quilt was packed up and shipped off in November, not directly to its intended recipient but to a nearby family member who was in on the surprise. Jane had agreed to properly wrap it and deliver to Beth for Christmas. Since it has been received, I can share full pictures.
This is my own design. I looked long and hard for fabric that had sheep that was not meant for a nursery and finally found just what I wanted on eQuilter.com. I ended up sourcing all the cuts from them that I needed, and as I tend to do, overbought slightly, but that meant oopsies weren’t causing stress. The batting is Warm & Natural Cotton batting. This I buy off the bolt when I have those 50% off coupons from Joann’s and get several yards of the largest width available. The woolly sheep shapes are all appliqued onto the black and red checkered background (one is actually reversed applique). The quilting was all done by hand using variegated perle cotton in sizes 16, 12 and 8 and selections of red/black or white/black cuts. The size 16 is a Presencia Finca thread and the 12 and 8 are Valdani – all sourced from Needle in a Haystack.
Visual Recap of the process:
And somewhere in my many files there’s a photo of the matching pillow. I will add it to the port when I finally come across it.
(Five minutes later) I found the pillow pic!
The Baa’s Have It Pillow
All the quilting and binding are done and it even got packaged and shipped off. Here is a shot of the back. I hand quilted using three sizes of perle cotton: 8, 12, and 16. The size 16 is a variegated black/ grey/ white from Finca. The size 8 and 12 were also variegated in black/ red and black / grey/ white from Valdani.
The fabric was all sourced via eQuilter.com
The perle cotton was all source via Needle in a Haystack.
I will share the front once it has reached its intended recipient!
I have all the sashing on and the rows together! I was going to put a border on but love the way it looks as it is. So that makes another top done! The fabric I was going to use for the border is now going to be the backing. I’m toying with a couple different ideas for the border.