Sunday, 22 August 2010

Singer FeatherWeight #2, great deal!!!

Earlier this summer I was at a Flea Market for  a general fun day. I have a rule of thumb, seriously consider buying any FW that is priced under $100.
At the market I noticed the wooden curve of a  Singer sewing machine case, so I ask the price. It is a knee pedal model, circa 1923. The vendor is asking $65 so I am hoping to get it for $50. The sales man tells me that there is  another old Singer for the same price, in the back...would I be interested?
Oh look, a Feather Weight, about $65... I am very interested.
The power cord is bare wire so I can not test the motor. I offer $50 just  because I can not test it. He tells me that the vendor always adds a  note if there is any issue with an item. I offer $50 and they accept the offer; I take my prize to the car. When I am setting it in the trunk I see that there is a price tag of $180 and a note that the motor works but the power cord needs replacing. (I JUST PAID $60.00! and I feel very bad about this).
I figured that my favourite sewing machine repair man (Tom Coolen of Coolen's) would charge less than $70  for a maintenance and then add a new power cord for maybe $100 or $120...?
So, off to the shop I take my prize and Tom is much pleased with the find, and very, very impressed that I managed to get it for less than $100 (I am even embarassed to admit to him that it was only $60.00)
YAY... Tom is quite pleased that I have a  beautiful Centenial Edition Singer for such "a good deal". She is a beauty.
Oh yes, the other Singer... I was so happy about my treasure but so embarassed about my good deal that I had to ask a friend to pick that one up for me. I was afraid they would realize they had made a mistake in the sale.
Now I have 2 new beauties. I really should introduce you to them in photos!

Sock Monkeys

I have made many of these over the last 20 years. I do not use a specific pattern but more a general guideline. You will need 2 socks, they do not have to match (see Carley's pink and blue sock monkey from the previous blog  entry). Basically, from sock #1 you will cut down the cuff to just before the heel to create a body with a butt and legs. I sew the legs up and turn it right side out. Then I secure the head with buttonhole twist thread, about 3" from the toe.

The second sock will provide arms,a tail,ears and a nose. The heel becomes the nose, the cuff (half the width) to the heel becomes a tail, the other half  width forms the arms, the foot bottom will provide semi circles for ears and the toe can be a hat if you decide you want one. (search the internet for "free sock monkey pattern").

There are lot's of patterns, all in the public domain, no copyrights.

Just have fun with the socks and the personalizing of the features.