Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Friday, June 23, 2017

Quick ORT Snap

Today is the New Moon and time for the Totally Useless Stitch A Long! My ORTs are cluttered atop EVERYTHING in my studio because pest control is coming to do their yearly business in our house. Miss Molly is at the vet's getting vaccinated and toenails trimmed (I don't like getting growled at. Or bitten.) and there she will stay until the house is dry. While waiting, I will post lovely blue ORTs:

And a total crapload of CLUTTER. The pink Post It note is to remind me the throat plate is for straight stitch only...don't switch to a zigzag! Our house looks crazy with stuff pulled away from the walls and stacked on top of tables. The OCD in me is screaming to get everything back in ORDER. 


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your June TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Little Upgrading

Sew, my studio has a new addition! I found this lovely Singer sewing cabinet on Craigslist yesterday. It came with an old 1970's plastic Singer inside but my 1960's Rocketeer will fit once I get the Rocketeer restored. I moved my particle board cabinet right on out!

Right now my Juki is sitting atop the cutout insert. When I want to use the vintage machine I can move the Juki and lift the 503A out of it's cave. The 301A takes a different mount as it was meant to be portable.

Look at all the storage space in the drawers! It is shorter than my old cabinet but I don't mind a bit!

Included in with the accessories for the 1970's machine was this Singer accessory box. 

I cleaned it all up and it fits my 503A cams and feet and plates like it was made for them.

I should really stay off Craigslist and eBay! There is a 401A nearby and it seems I am a sucker for beige and cream colored machines...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fun Mail Day!

I was excited for this afternoon's mail as I was expecting packages! I got home to find a huge box marked "perishable" all over every side. "What's this?" I asked Dash. He had no clue. Fun mail isn't supposed to look like that and I was deeply puzzled. Oh, wait...that's my prescription from the specialty pharmacy! Not fun mail at all! My little bottle of pills came in a giant styrofoam box with little chilled coolers inside another giant box. 

Then the actual mail came and I  was a little frightened:

Eeek! Obviously well smashed on top of being two days late. Hmmm. This package went from Arizona to Virginia where it wandered around before being sent back to Oklahoma for delivery. 

Whew, the insides were undamaged! I found this box of 503 accessories on eBay and snapped it up as I have no feet except a zigzag and I was hoping it had some of the cams I needed to complete my set. It did have two I needed but it also had two of the "0" (zero) cams that are rather sought after. That makes 3 zero cams I have! I will have to give these things a good cleaning ala Andy Tube's method as they are kinda stinky. The box will be put in storage along with the manual...pee-yew...I hate that musty odor!

Another little package, this one undamaged, was a bobbin tension meter so I can check things out on my machines. You can find this creature on The Singer Featherweight Shop's site click here.

I've also gathered even more supplies for machine restoration. Odd photo angle as my paint brushes package would not stop shining!

This is a picture for Andy who was telling me about the rare eyelet cam for my buttonholer and as luck would have it one was mixed in with the accessories that came with my 301. It even has the original box! Quite a find and I still grin every time I think of it!

No photos of the Dresden plate, but all my folded corners are on! Progress, slow but there.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stuff & Thangs

Too much life and not enough sewing...I need more free time! Lots of what free time I do have has been spent watching the Andy Tube channel on YouTube. Andy teaches vintage sewing machines. I am learning so much about my machines and have been gathering supplies needed to take one apart and restore it. Andy is doing a series right now on a Singer 404, step by step, take it apart, clean it and put it back together. It is so interesting!

The other day I stopped by Walmart to get a French bread, ham and Swiss cheese to make sandwiches for dinner. Heading to checkout I passed by the fabric area and discovered it packed full of clearance fabric. I picked up an entire bolt of this navy blue print on white, perfect for the backing on the Dresden plate quilt! Best of all the fabric was $1.50 a yard so I got 8.5 yards for $12.75! I am not kidding! 

How is the Dresden plate coming along? Slowly. It would go faster if I actually sewed on it, right? I tried a few of the scrappy corners and I think I like the look so I am working on the rest of those today.

These blocks are so big! They seem to have taken over my studio. Big blocks will probably make for a lightening fast "putting together" when I get to it.

I need to come up with a border idea for this one. Suggestions?

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